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
In my opinion, they do not. They only give the viewer a snippet of they types of work and lifestyle changes it takes to successfully become healthier. Most of these types of shows give the unreal perception that life-long health and fitness issues can be dealt with in a short and condensed time frame.
In addition, because most of these shows take the subjects out of their “real world setting,” it is seldom applicable to the normal viewer since they probably will not be able to sequester themselves from their real lives while they attempt to deal with their fitness issues.
They are the worst influence on the fitness industry. First they are bad representation. Second due to the power behind the media.
They are unrealistic. I do not want to even get started on how terrible and corrupt these shows are. As much as I am not a fan of television and media (bad representation) I hope to change this!
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