I feel shows like this have unrealistic results compared to most individuals. This then can make clients expect similar, yet unrealistic results. Still shows like this tend to motivate people and get them interested in losing weight/fat. Do shows like this help or hurt our industry? Your thoughts?
I think that this show definitely makes our job more difficult as we deal with “real people,” living real lives, and being surrounded by real temptations. As fitness professionals, most of us understand that the Biggest Loser farm presents an “unreal” setting for the participants. As a result, they can (and do) achieve unreal results. Unfortunately, the sensationalism of it all can have a very detrimental effect on our clients as they see the “results,” (after all, we live in a very results-oriented society) but not necessarily at the same time taking in the situation under which those results occurred.