It’s inspiring, don’t get me wrong. It’s wonderful to see people change their lives. But, like all so-called reality shows, it’s not realistic.
For starters, you’re going to get people who look at the contestants screaming, crying, sweating, falling down, and puking, and think, “There’s no way in HELL I’m going to put my body through that!”
I know I wouldn’t! Well, the sweating, I’d do. In abundance. But I’m not into punishment. And that’s how The Biggest Loser makes exercise look on television. Torture. Punishment for being gluttonous and slothful. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy what you’re doing and get fit. Zumba is lots of fun. Running is fun. Sports are fun. The Warrior Dash was buttloads of fun!
An overly energetic fit person yelling at you is never fun. Ever.
They barely touch on the food aspect of losing weight. And that’s the most important. Getting the right nutrients, finding foods that are healthy and satisfying and tasty. All I see is a bunch of corny product placements with bad acting.
And worst of all, the weigh-ins. Where people beat themselves up because they didn’t lose 15 pounds in a week. Then you get real-life people thinking that’s ideal or expected. People who say, “I have a wedding coming up in two weeks that I’ve known about for six month, but I didn’t do anything about it, and I wanna lose 30 pounds by then! I can do it! The Biggest Loser people lose way more than that!”
Most people shouldn’t lose any more than one pound a week, more if you have a lot weight to lose, but you shouldn’t try for more than two pounds a week without a doctor’s supervision. If you only have a few pounds to lose, less than that. Just ten vanity pounds? Go for a half pound a week.
It’s not an all or nothing situation. You don’t need to spend hours every day in the gym to get fit. You don’t need to starve yourself. All you need to do is make small, sustainable changes. Sure, losing a half pound a week doesn’t sound very satisfying, but it’s still 26 pounds in a year. Or if you start now, about 20 pounds before the next swimsuit season starts. And what does it take to lose a half pound a week? Eating just 250 less calories than your body needs to maintain your weight each day.
That’s a little more than the amount of calories in a 20 ounce bottle of soda. Swap out that soda for a water, and you’re good to go. Skip the bagel at the weekly meeting at work. Don’t get fries with that. Cut the candy bars. Just little changes. Or, if you’re not active, get a little more active. Take the dog for a long slow walk, and you’ll probably burn at least 250 calories in an hour.
Little changes. That’s all you need. No crying, screaming or puking required.