The TV show, “The Biggest Loser,” is a great way to makes lots of money! They are able to sell workout dvds, workout equipment, clothing, foods, journals, books, you name it, they will produce it, throw the name on it, and sell it like crazy!
America is all about the fast results and instant gratification, we are in the technology, fast-food driven world now! However, that is not how everything works, but this show puts that idea into people’s heads that they can loose 15 pounds in one week and that is okay.
The people on this show start off with a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, then shoot up to extremely drastic changes in their workout and nutrition regime. This sends a total shock to their system! I would not be ok if I had clients throwing up, passing out, or getting taken away in ambulances because of the routine I was putting them through.
Biggest Loser gives people an erroneous idea of what we as fitness professionals do. I am constantly reassuring people “I’m not Jillian”. And the show gives people the idea that they can-and should – lose weight like the contestants do on the show.
My standard answer is that for however long contestants are on the show their life every day for 24 hours a day is to exercise and lose weight. they have no kids, spouse family, or job responsibilities.No house to take care of, no errands to run, no appointments to keep. Their entire focus, 24-7, is to lose weight. That is just not feasable for anyone NOT on that show. Time and effort and consistancy is what it takes to reach your goals. Not someone screaming in your face trying to make you puke your guts out.
I loathe “The Biggest Looser” TV show. Yes, they do give some sound nutritional advice, but the physical training is abusive and at least borders on negligent. Contestant vomiting, passing out, being taken away in ambulances? How long would your gym be in business if those were common occurrences there? Not very long I’d bet.
Also, what sort of message do you think the contestants get when after all their hard work, they get booted off the show for not loosing “enough” weight? Chances are they already have some self image and confidence issues, telling them in effect that they aren’t good enough won’t help those problems.
Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if the show kills a contestant or one commits suicide after getting the boot.