Lisa Curry Slams Biggest Loser Training Techniques

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a fan of ‘The Biggest Loser’ – so prepare yourself to read a few more posts about the show until the season ends! I must say though, this year, more than any other, the Trainers have been much more ‘cruel’ to the contestants. For example, Michelle Bridges was training a young man who was struggling to complete his workout and paused for a rest. This resulted in a tirade, with her basically telling the contestant he was lazy and no wonder he was overweight: she finished her verbal attack by saying, “You can either go down Pussy Street or Man Up Road”. Naturally, the contestant was very angry and swore at her (which is when she ejected him from the gym) but this type of ‘tough love’ treatment is much more evident amongst the trainers this year.

The Biggest Bullies:  The Biggest Loser Trainers

The Biggest Bullies: The Biggest Loser Trainers

Anyway, it’s not just me who has noticed the distinct difference in their attitudes this season.  This week, leading women’s magazine ‘Woman’s Day’ headlines an article where ex-Olympian Lisa Curry is extremely critical of the training techniques employed by the Biggest Loser Personal Trainers.  In defending the feelings of the overweight contestants, Lisa says, “You have to put yourself in their shoes, walk a week in their shoes, and feel the hurt that they feel every day and treat them with a little more respect”.  (read more here: )

Honestly, I have to agree with Lisa.  It may just be that the Executives at Channel 10 have told the trainers to be much more ‘aggressive’ in their dealings with the contestants (apparently, being nasty to overweight people generates higher ratings) however, is this the type of treatment these people need?  All of these contestants have spoken about being taunted, bullied, and /or criticized about their size, so when the Trainers belittle and criticize their workout efforts, is that helping them to feel better about themselves?  Of course not!

At The Natural Way, we help our clients to lose weight in a caring and nurturing environment.  Once a client commences our program, we support him/her with private weekly consultations:  these consultations are a weigh-in and measure (we take measurements every week!) followed by a ‘post-mortem’ of the clients’ results.  We work out where challenges may have arisen, discuss ways to avoid these ‘hard times’ while encouraging & motivating the client to continue towards their goal.  Our clients leave each week feeling supported and armed with the knowledge that they can continue to lose weight due to the advice they have received.  On top of that, we encourage our clients to phone or email us at any time if they feel they need any additional support or encouragement.  The best part about this is that our expertise is totally free of charge – we do not have any consultation fees.  The client really receives our support FREE throughout the duration of their The Natural Way weight loss programme.

If you want to lose weight where you will NOT feel degraded or humiliated, then you need to call your nearest The Natural Way clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663).  We have been helping overweight Australians lose weight for over 30 years’, so we know that we can help you too in an environment where you will feel comfortable and supported:  our goal is to get you to your goal and together we can do it!

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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