The Bachelor, Keeping up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives, etc: I’m not really a fan of reality television. However the one show which I do love *surprise surprise* is The Biggest Loser. For those unfamiliar with it, the show is a weight-loss reality drama in which two celebrity fitness trainers join with top health experts to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. I love watching the contestants trying to make a positive difference to their life by losing weight. It’s inspiring to watch them tackle the mountain despite how huge it seems.
The only thing that irks me about the show is that they paint an unrealistic picture of what weight loss should be. Because the contestants are losing over 5 lbs a week, the mass public watching assume they can lose that much too. When the contestants on the show are dissapointed that they “only lost 2 pounds” on a particular week, all that I can think is “Are you for real?”
For a safe, effective and healthy weight loss, individuals should be aiming to 1-2 lbs max weekly. With the exception of the first few weigh-ins, anything above that amount is either water weight or likely to come back on. Many weeks when I was losing weight, it would even be a measly half a pound off. Sure it was slightly upsetting that it wasn’t even a pound but as long as the weight was coming off, I knew I was heading in the right direction. On one occasion where I asked my Weight Watchers leader for advice on how to lose more than “only one pound”, she gave me this excerpt which I still have saved:
Hello do you know me?
If you don’t, you should. I’m a pound of fat.
And I’m the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet.
Want to know why?
It’s because no one ever wants to lose me;
I’m ONLY ONE POUND, just a pound!
Everyone wants to lose 3 pounds, 5 pounds or 15 pounds, but never only one.
So, I just stick around and happily keep you fat.
Then I add to myself, ever so slyly, so that you never seem to notice it.
That is, until I’ve grown to ten, twenty, thirty or even more pounds in weight.
Yes, it’s fun being ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT, left to do as I please.
So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying, “Oh, I only lost one pound.”
For you see, if you do this, you’ll encourage others to keep me around because they’ll think I’m not worth losing.
And, I love being around you – your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you. Happy days!!!!
After all, I’m ONLY ONE POUND OF FAT!!!!
So next time you are trying to lose weight and it’s “only a pound”, keep this excerpt in mind and remember that losing a WHOLE pound in just 7 days is an amazing achievement! And also bear in mind that you’ve lost the equivalent of 4 sticks of butter…not too shabby, eh?
Can you relate to this? What are your thoughts on shows like The Biggest Loser?