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?
Honestly, I don’t think that any trainer who is regularly active on IDEA Answers couldn’t come up with a better program for these individuals. For me, the issue would be money. How much are you going to pay me? If I’m helping you make arrangements for prepared meals, a small army of staff including a medical doctor and a nutritionist at the very least, not to mention the time that goes into coordinating workouts and making sure that your programs are sound, then… I need compensation that is reflective of those services offered. I think for clients in the top 10% income bracket might be the only ones who could live the lives of biggest loser contestants. As it happens, it usually is the case that we see people with issues like obesity and being unfit are usually in the lower income brackets or at most upper middle class.
Does it make the job harder? Well… It makes it harder to motivate a client. It’s harder to get a “biggest loser” client to understand the reality of what has to happen for successful and long-term weight loss in the real world with limited resources and time.