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The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby GlowOnline » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:05 am

Ok let's start with the good:
It motivates people to get busy losing weight.
It highlights just how dangerous it is to our health to carry excess weight.
Its good television.
I get to see Workout Worlds latest and greatest training gadgets :)
Shannon and Commando - the poor man looks like he is in hell training 4 girls who keep crying :)
Michelle is growing on me :)
The bad:
The injuries! The participants are injured A LOT due to the ridiculous and often unsafe demands being placed on their sedentary bodies. The fact the trainers have the safety net of a whole team of paramedics on hand does not make it ok to do this to those poor bodies!
The acting!! Why Oh Why do they think it needs to be scripted?! It is supposed to be reality television people!
We see very little of the training and way too much of the drama.
We don't see the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The Ugly:
The fact that the general population now feels a 1kg per week weight loss is a failure. All I am going to say on this is look at how many Biggest Loser contestants actually maintain their results over time. So many of them put the weight back on and go on to plug weight loss shakes or other products and tell of how they fell apart because they couldn't maintain the intensity they were forced to endure in the house or the ridiculously low cal intake.
Losing 1 kg a week is never going to go out of style because it works; it works because you don't have to kill yourself to do it, you don't have to be injured or starved to within an inch of your life. You can lose 1kg a week and enjoy the process which means you will KEEP DOING IT which is key to maintaining.
If you lose 1kg a week give yourself a big pat on the back because you are doing it right :)
I debated whether or not to put this in The Bad because I know my bias is colouring my view but here it is: Tiffany!! I am horrified with the way my beloved Taekwondo is being portrayed here and hoping like hell that people don't think that all taekwondo people look like barbie and carry on like she does.
Typically we do not switch from being mild mannered people in normal clothes and turn into a banshee when we put on our doboks (uniforms) - it is so contrived it makes me want to vomit (too harsh??).
As a rule we are a dignified lot who don't feel the need to scream and carry on at our students!
One thing in her favour though is she is getting awesome results for her clients by adding taekwondo training to their program and I like the fact we actually get to see her train along with her clients and she is fit - running at 17kph on the treadie she was still talking and her recovery was good - if this is what really happened and things weren't cut then she is super fit so another tick there.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby Metalcharm » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:20 pm

We don't get channel ten where I live :( but I would love to be watching it.I have to do with the English one that is on PayTV.

I ike that the show brings attention to weight problems and hopfully fat people sit there and think they should lose a few kilos and actually do something about it but I have to agree with you that people are getting the idea that those are normal numbers that everyone else can lose in a week. Sure, they might be if you have a nutrionist on hand, give up work and take up exercise full time, weigh yourself every ten days and call it a week and get rid of any excess water just before doing that but the average person just can't do that.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:21 am

I totally agree with your assessment, GlowOnline. Especially about Tiffiny. Yes, it's spelled Tiffiny with two i's. I nearly choked when I saw it written on the screen. Yet another reason why I really don't like her. Or maybe why I don't like her parents. I mean, what person looks at a baby and thinks "You know what, the name Tiffany isn't quite girly-bogan enough. I know, we'll make it even more twee and misspell it!"

The obvious veneers on her teeth, the fake tan and the full make-up while working out really don't endear her to me either.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby äirly » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:53 am

I may be in the minority, but I really can't stand to watch the forced drama in most reality shows. I know they're just trying to get an emotional reaction from the viewers, but it ruins the show for me. I would much rather a more natural show were they cut out some of the 'drama' (ie tears, polictics, voting off etc) and just focused on the hard work, food and results.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby newyork » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:28 pm

Yes the weight loss numbers are staggering, but I think most sensible people out there realise this is not a normal occurance, and not something that can be maintained. Overall, I think the show is great because it motivates and teaches people some good habits.
I'd love to see next years shows have familes with younger children who are overweight. It's very sad to see a child who is overweight, when it's not their fault, it's the parents. This would be great viewing. Obviously, the children would not be training like the adults do, but they need to learn what they should be doing to be heathly.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby GlowOnline » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:17 pm

I agree if done well bringing the kids in would be a great way to highlight what we know to be a growing problem.
I don't think the would get it over the line though as we are more protective of our kids (hopefully) and wouldn't put them at risk like the show does to the adults.
Plus the issue of setting them up to yoyo which is what happens to the BL people for the most part.
I was speaking to a lady who works in Workout World and she mentioned that Adro came in the other day and had put on quite a lot of weight.
This guy had surgery and now runs a weight loss retreat and still can't stay on top of it.
Very sad and very frustrating that it can be done so much better than this.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby jessmeow » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:52 pm

I agree with most comments. The weight loss numbers are crazy this year. One guy has lost 24kgs in TWO WEEKS! Wtf? That's insane. People should definitely not be given the idea that this is normal or achievable in the real world. I was unhappy to notice last night that some contestants were quiet upset when they only lost 3 or 4 kgs in one week. That's a month worth or weight loss people! Lighten up.

I have to disagree with some of the comments about Tiffiny. I agree she looks rather bimboish but she seems like a really nice person. She really cares a lot for her team and became very emotional when they were under the yellow line. I'm sure she'll be devistated to find out one of them was booted out. She's also very loud and a bit crazy during workouts but obviously it works so I say more power to her! I think the way they edit the show doesn't show the trainers compassion very well. I also disliked Michelle until I read her book and realised she's quite a lovely and understanding woman.

It would be nice if they showed a bit more about the nutritional side of things as well! I'm sure in past seasons there was a lot to do with the food they were eating but this year there has been nothing about food so far. They need to cut some of the drama and put in some more footage of useful information for viewers.
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby nature » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:15 pm

I agree also. We'll be having it in our country this month. Im so much excited to watch it on our favorite local channel :)
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby yogibbear » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:36 am

It's on at such a crap time though. It's on exactly when i am exercising after work. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Biggest Loser: The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Postby zana1126 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:45 am

The Biggest Loser used to be a very inspiring show, but the producers keep adding more and more drama, which really takes away any of the spice the show used to possess.
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