I honestly do not understand what these shows are for. If I’m just looking for entertainment, then it’s fine. But to apply the advice that they give – I would not. You need to go to a personal trainer and nutritionist who will really help you. And if you just want to see a cool show, then I advise cirque du soleil https://best-vegas.com/cirque-du-soleil/zumanity-cirque-du-soleil-show/, you will spend time with good time and rest.
Absolutely not! If I recall correctly the first season of the biggest loser factored body composition into their equation for determining the winner. My understanding is they did away with the body comp because the general population didn’t understand it. The gen pop wanted/needed numbers on the scale and that was it, and that’s why we haven’t seen body comp on the BL since.
If there is one positive some of these shows provide (and I’m reaching here) it’s that perhaps some otherwise unmotivated individuals may find inspiration to begin to make positive lifestyle changes. However, these shows often create unrealistic expectations that are very hard to live up to. So the inspiration needs to be followed up with education.
Short answer – No, they do not accurately represent our industry at all.
1. The problem I have with these Biggest Loser type shows is that they use scale weight. As we CPT’s know that body composition is a more accurate measurement of fat loss or muscle gain which, these shows do not take into account. Then they call them a loser when in fact they very well may have actually lost more fat than their opponent but because muscle weighs more than fat.
2. They do not go into the 80% Nutrition & 20% fitness aspect to healthy weight loss and keeping it off afterwards.
Holly St.Lawrence BSc, NASM CPT, NTP