The Biggest Loser is Simply ‘Un-Reality’ TV

If only you could ‘escape it all’ when trying to lose weight.  Imagine if you could be locked in a house with access to only ‘good’ foods, gym equipment and personal trainers – and no ‘real life’ distractions like work, family etc – I am sure you would find your weight would fall off you.

This ‘dream’ scenario is the reality for contestants on Channel 10’s, The Biggest Loser.  However, those of us in the ‘real’ world who watch ‘The Biggest Loser’ find ourselves developing unrealistic weight loss expectations based on the achievements of those who feature on the show.

I guess watching The Biggest Loser contestants drop constant kilograms MAY be motivational to some struggling with their own weight BUT it certainly is NOT real life!

Let’s begin with the exercise regime the contestants on the show are subjected to: Personal trainers punish contestants into tortuous hours of endless exercise which is not only unrealistic in terms of what the average person can achieve on a daily basis but it also makes exercise seem overwhelming when just taking a walk may be enough to get someone on the road to becoming healthier. 

Even more disturbing is the representation that quick, significant weight loss such as losing 8kg in one week is normal and healthy.  The fact is that it makes for a punchy show where people can be eliminated but in real life this type of massive weight loss in minimum time, is pretty much impossible AND mostly leads to regaining the lost weight plus more.

Let’s ‘cut the fat’ and go back to reality:  the fact is to lose weight successfully you have to make a  long term commitment to change your lifestyle and, for most people, this will never include a personal trainer or spending up to 6 hours a day exercising.

The Natural Way is not a ‘quick fix’- we are dedicated to educating clients and creating a weight loss programme that incorporates your current lifestyle with new healthier choices.  Our clients learn to cook new meals that the whole family can enjoy using fresh food and adding an appropriate level of exercise to your day.  This is far more successful for long term weight loss than the “ratings grab” currently showing.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way.
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5 Responses to The Biggest Loser is Simply ‘Un-Reality’ TV

  1. Monique says:

    I have Had so many Clients get Depressed after seeing how much weight they lose on the show and then when they come and lose .5 to 1kg they get upset…… Frustrating as i would love to lose .5kg each week because i know it is FAT!!!!!! “Love the Blog…..U must have been Reading my mind”!!!!

  2. David E says:

    Sue, is it true that healthy, sustainable weight loss is a maximum of about 1% of your body weight per week?

  3. Tama says:

    Absolutely correct Sue, so many people comment and ask me if I watch ‘that program’ – the answer is NO; totally unrealistic and unsustainable…….

    • Robyn says:

      Such an unrealistic way to lose weight! I feel so sorry for the participants as I know that they will be back to sqaure one, UNLESS they have learnt the tools to keep it off!

  4. @David – different people lose weight at a different rate as variables such as their metabolism, amount of activity etc can all affect the weight loss rate. We do tend to find that those with a lot of weight to lose, tend to lose a little more than 1% of their body weight in the initial stages, however this often settles after a few weeks on the programme. To be honest, we like it when our clients only lose 1% of their weight weekly, as this is good, steady weight loss which makes maintenance so much easier.

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