I hate The Biggest Loser Show, even if it helps somebody to lose weight. I hate it because it lies to people about weight loss.
The main problem with The Biggest Loser is that it makes people watching it believe that losing weight is a hard task. While in reality, it is not.
When I see methods that these The Biggest Loser trainers, I really get angry. This is torture, especially for some obese people. It looks terrible and super-complicated, and physically demanding, and psychologically challenging. And because of this, obese people who watch the show start to believe that they need to join US Army and become a Navy Seal to lose weight.
How The Biggest Loser Shows It
This is what we see in the show. Obese and overweight people are taken away from their families and put in almost army conditions. It already sounds uncomfortable enough, and I bet it feels awful. They are not allowed to see their families most of the time, and they cannot find support and friendship among other participants because they all are competitors.
The show tells us: Losing weight will distance you from your family
THE REALITY IS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE YOUR SUPPORT TEAM
Obese and overweight people in the show are given very little amounts of food. They are not used to this kind of food, and I personally find most of their meals not appetizing. They suffer sugar cravings and also their stomachs are not used to small amounts of food, which causes stomach churning.
However, the obese participants are not provided any means to ease these unpleasant conditions. They are expected just to tolerate them, which causes huge stress. Stress, in its turn, triggers emotional eating which is not satisfied as well. So, the participants tolerate hunger most of the time.
The show tells us: Losing weight means tolerating physical and emotional hunger
IN REALITY, HUNGER PREVENTS EFFICIENT WEIGHT LOSS AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED
In the show, obese and overweight people are forced to participate in complex and exhausting physical trainings. They are forced to work out with weights, run marathons, spend hours outside on hot days, do exercises that demand a certain level of physical endurance without any preparation.
They are tired and sore. They are on the edge of their physical abilities in terms of training. Obese people do not feel well due to extra stress on cardiovascular system. They are always sweaty and are not given enough time for their bodies to rehabilitate. It all looks like torture.
The show tells us: Losing weight demands running marathons and suffering physically
IN REALITY, SOFT AND MILD CARDIO REGIME GIVES MORE EFFECT THAN HARD TRAINING; EXCESSIVE TRAINING PREVENTS EFFICIENT WEIGHT LOSS
In the show, almost all participants hear unpleasant and humiliating comments from their dietologists and most often – from their fitness coaches. These people who are expected to help and motivate sometimes directly humiliate and mock the participants, shout at them, making dismissive statements right during the workout sessions.
The participants are often already stressed due to being separated with their families, lacking support and lacking comfort foods; they are exhausted and hungry, and don’t feel well, and it all adds to the comments made by the coaches.
The show tells us: If you are fat you are a loser and are unworthy of soft and tender approach to your psychological comfort and self-esteem
IN REALITY, IMPROVING ONE’S SELF-ESTEEM AND KEEPING THE MOOD POSITIVE INCREASES THE CHANCES OF LOSING WEIGHT
By the end of the show, those who failed to lose enough weight quickly enough leave the show and therefore lose the opportunity to get the prize.
The show tells us: Lose weight quickly or you fail
IN REALITY, SLOW WEIGHT LOSS IS GUARANTEE OF LONG-LASTING RESULTS
What The Biggest Loser Never Shows
In reality, weight loss should be enhanced by a comfortable and positive environment. The one who wants to lose weight should look for people to support him or her, and even if the family does not provide much support, it is better to look for like-minded friends online.
Having a well-meaning and positive company is a must. Hanging out with friends and visiting family events is a must. Obese people often feel enough socially isolated in many ways, like believing they should not visit indoor water parks or public beaches. So isolating themselves from family and friends is a huge mistake.
Emotional support creates favourable environment for successful weight loss
Those who wants to lose weight must not tolerate hunger. There are many ways to manage hunger with healthy and low-calorie foods. Tolerating hunger decreases the mood and makes weight loss unbearably hard; no human or animal being of sound mind will not agree to tolerate hunger. The more you tolerate being hungry the closer you are to giving up your weight loss plans. This is why hungry diets never work.
Hunger makes weight loss unbearably hard and causes giving up; avoid hunger
For obese people and those who lack physical endurance, long and hard workout is the best way to have heart issues, cardiovascular problems, get dizziness, headaches, vomiting, and microtraumas. The more excess weight you have, the milder should be the training, the softer should be the approach. You do not want to be taken to the hospital right from the gym.
The more excess weight you have, the milder should be the training, the softer should be the approach
In terms of self-esteem and emotional balance, obese and overweight people – not all, but in most cases – have a low self-esteem and are “negative believers”; they believe only in negative things about themselves.
Some of them do feel motivated with humiliating phrases, but with time, this negative approach accumulates, and the person learns to be negative about every fail, while not being positive about wins. Overall, negative emotional stimulation is unhealthy approach to creating weight loss environment.
Be positive about your wins and forgive yourself small fails; this will create a favourable environment for successful weight loss
With this being said, now you understand why I hate The Biggest Loser show. Next time you see a show like this, look critically at the methods they apply. If it all reminds you of Navy Seals and US Army, don’t watch. Weight loss must not be a torture.