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      23.03.2011 12:04
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      Reality TV at it's best

      'm not usually one to watch these types of programmes. I love my reality shows, but I tend to watch the ones that feature America beautiful rich people, where the scenes are quite clearly re-enacted for dramatic affect. However I ended up watching the first episode of The Biggest Loser UK out of boredom and I was hooked from that moment on. It doesn't take much to get me hooked for the record!

      The Biggest Loser follows pairs of overweight unhappy and unhealthy people, whether they are mother and daughter, cousins, sisters-in-law etc, who have all made the decision they want to change their lives and ultimately win a prize fund at the end of the series.

      The show starts by introducing us to each of the contestants and showing us a bit of a back story, so we can learn about how they got to the weight they are currently at. Watching the show is an emotional rollercoaster at times, with the joys when weight is lost and changes are being made, to the rocky moments when they have to confront their pasts, feelings and fears to be able to overcome them and make significant changes.

      There are two trainers Rob and Angie, who shout like drill sergeants at the contestants and certainly put them through their paces in workouts, whether they are in the gym or in the great outdoors. Not content until their team are breaking a sweat in every orifice of their bodies possible!

      Davina McCall presents the show. Every week Davina summons the contestants up on to what I can only describe as the Worlds Biggest Scales. For the weekly weigh in, contestants are in competition with each other as to who can lose the most weight. Their weight loss gets put down as a percentage on their whole body weight. Whoever has the lowest percentage at the end of the weigh in, risks being voted off by their fellow competitors.

      Every week the competition gets shaken up in some way, whether it is changing the teams around, mixing the original couples up and given them various temptations for the chance to win advantages at weigh in.

      The contestants live together in a house and have to learn how to cook filling and nutrious meals for themselves, so they can continue to diet and exercise in the event of them being sent home. Even if the contestants get sent home, they still stand a chance to win the other prize of who loses the most weight out of everyone who left the competition early.

      What I find nice about this programme, is it actually does help and change the lifestyle of these people and quite honestly the prize fund is literally just icing on the cake. The real prize is having a new skinny lease of life that they have never experienced before.

      My favourite part of the programme has to be the moment that everybody waits for, which is the finale, when we see all the contestants in their final weight and find out the winner after weeks of rooting for various different people.
      Some people are seriously unrecognisable from when we first met them. Although the competition is tough between them, it really does seem as though everyone is happy for each other when all is said and done.

      I'd recommend watching The Biggest Loser to anyone, because it motivates you in ways you wouldn't even think of. Not all of it is about weight either and it really gets you thinking.

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        18.01.2011 13:49
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        4 stars, it's good viewing

        This television show airs on ITV on a Monday night at 9pm for one hour.


        ***What is the show about? ***

        The show is about extremely over weight people who want to lose weight. They are in pairs, so there may be a married couple, sisters, best friends etc and they go to stay in the fitness camp with the hope that they will lose as much weight as possible and become The Biggest Loser.

        Now this show isn't just about watching people change their eating habits and do a bit of exercise, it's actually extremely intense and can be quite painful to watch at time. There is no caring, best friend like you may expect to find on shows like How To Look Good Naked and 10 Years Younger where the presenters/experts are very hands on and emotionally supportive, instead the experts in this show are strong and hard and try a more brutal approach with the contestants.

        Every week the couples are put through vigorous exercise routines which would make even the fittest of people cringe. These over weight characters are expected to carry heavy tyres above their heads, cycle a marathon, hang from a rope and then be taken off to the gym for an intense work out where if they are not sweating enough for the instructor's liking they are singled out and shouted at. Each week there is an activity which is created to test their inner strength as well as physical strength and whichever team is the winner achieved immunity. The task this week was hanging from a rope for as long as possible before falling into water, last week's test was who could cycle the marathon the longest. The tests are all designed to try to get the contestents to realise that they are strong people mentally which should help them physically.

        At the end of the week contestants are weighed and the teams' overall percentage weightloss in calculated. The two teams that fall in the bottom of the rankings are then up for elimination. Elimation is where the other teams each vote for who they would like to send home. They have to reveal their answers and give their explanation whilst sitting in front of all the other teams.

        Each week this becomes more intense as the couples are getting less and less until eventually there is a final in which one person is announced The Biggest Loser.


        ***My opinion ***

        I didn't want to explain more about the show as I think that the above paragraphs cover it well, I think a lot of this show is very controversial and therefore I wanted to write more about my opinion on it.

        The reason why this show is controversial is that it is extremely harsh. The contestants have all been told by specialists that they are seriously overweight and unfit, many of them have been told they're going to die early, they can't have children, they are putting their families at risk and so you can imagine how emotionally challenged these people are. Throughout the show they face certain emotions they didn't realise they had and there are plenty of tears. The instructors ask them whilst they are training questions like "Why did you let yourself get this fat?" and the contestants give blubbering replies about how they are unhappy, how they are comfort eating for various reasons and video clips taken before they entered the show dramatise this even more by showing just how much they want to lose weight, how they see this show as the only way of achieving this.

        For the reasons above this television series really is a lifeline to some of these people who have tried all sorts and have concluded that being locked away in a hotel where all they do is concentrate on fitness and diet is the only thing left to help them in their quest to lose weight and remain alive for their families. This show is obviously a huge motivator for these people who pin their hopes on achieving their dreams by being on it so why then are the producers so brutal that they make it so that couples are voted off each week? Some couples only manage to be on the show one week, two weeks, three weeks... when they have had their heart set on being on the show for much longer.

        A little bit of healthy competition is good don't get me wrong, I think it really helps to spur some people on and get them to work harder, I just wonder why we the public seem to enjoy watching these shows which are created purely for entertainment value. If this show really was about weightloss then all of the couples would remain in the show for much longer so that they can be helped but it's made into a dramatic sensational show so as to pull in the viewers.

        It is very cleverly done too, you can't help but watch even if you do think it's unfair how couples are not able to try and carry on fullfilling their dreams. I don't agree with the fact that couples are voted off so early in the regime but I do really enjoy this show.

        The reasons why I enjoy it is because it's like nothing else out there. It's not like the shows which try to focus on diet and clothes to try and get people to look and feel better, instead it's all about getting fit and healthy and it isn't all about food, in fact it's very sensible in terms of the diet part of these peoples' lives. These over weight pepole have gone from eating over 5,000 calories a day and on other shows they would just be put on a strict low calorie diet, however, on this show the experts explain to them that they still need to eat 1,800 calories per day so that their bodies don't shut down and begin eating themselves which then leaves them with body fat as the body tries to preserve it's stock as this is what starvation mode does. Never in any other diet-related television show have I heard this important piece of information mentioned. Yes you may lose weight if you half your calorie intake but it's fat you want to be losing and this show explains that.

        The work outs which the contestants are put through are extremely hard. On their first week they had to cycle a marathon and I began questioning whether I could actually do it and I'm reasonably fit and the right weight. When I watch the work outs I often wonder if I could do it, how I would feel afterwards and I'm not at all suprised by how much they shake, be sick or pass out. It does make compelling viewing, as you're sure one of them is going to get carted off in an ambulance.

        What is great about this show is that you see v ery good weightloss and great outcomes. It's amazing to see what the contestants look like at the end of the show and how much it's changed them emotionally too. I really like to see the support and encouragement that the contestants give each other as they are able to relate to their desire to do so well in this. Throughout the weeks you see home truths coming out, relationship issues being aired but the main focus is all about getting fit.

        I enjoy this show, I like how it is different from other weight loss programmes which are more about the experts being friends with the contestants and taking a gentle approach. This show takes a much harder one, telling the contestants the hard facts exactly as it is but without being cruel. It's nice to see how they change over time and really throw themselves into this experience knowing that it may be the last chance they get at achieving weightloss.

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          01.04.2010 17:43
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          Beware of becoming addicted!

          'The Biggest Loser', as with many reality TV shows is a concept which started off in one country (I imagine it was probably the US), and has since spread to others - over the past year or so, it has been possible to watch both UK and Australian versions. It generally airs on the Sky Real Lives channel.

          The idea is simple - lock some very overweight contestants away in a house for a while, make them do lots of exercise and see how much weight they can lose. Every week someone gets voted off, usually based on being 'below the yellow line' (ie one of the two contestants to have lost the least weight), although this is not always the case - when competing in teams for instance, it can be any member from the team who loses the least weight who can be up for eviction.

          Of course there are some good things to come out of this show - it does educate people regarding healthy eating (although we very rarely actually see what they are having!), and there is a human aspect to many of the individual's stories which can at times be quite touching. However there is also the pre requisite amount of bitching, infighting, factions etc which are part and parcel of all reality shows.

          The thing which I find hardest to cope with, living in a house with three avid fans, is that it seems to be neverending! The UK only started showing it about a year ago, and they started off with old series. Needless to say that as it has been quite popular, they have ensured that it is always on our screens - so as soon as the US series from a few years ago had been aired in its entirety, they showed the Australian one from the same year, then back to the slightly more recent US one, and so on and so on. And boy do they drag it out! At the moment they are showing the second (or is it third?) Aussie series, and after 38 episodes, there are still eleven people left in the house!!

          Of course there have been slight changes to the format, new challenges, new temptations for the contestants to withstand, but the bottom line is always the same - week of exercise, weigh in, elimination of one contestant. And that's four nights a week, with up to 90 minutes of episodes on some nights! Just imagine how much weight all those ardent overweight viewers could lose if they did not watch a single episode and dedicated the equivalent amount of time to exercise!!

          So overall my advice would be, watch it periodically (especially the Australian one, where typically they tend to tell it how it is - as opposed to the UK one which is so budget it's untrue, and the US one which has a huge amount of weeping etc), but don't become addicted to it, there are so many better ways to spend your evenings!

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            27.01.2010 14:20
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            An inspiring programme

            The Biggest loser is a game show which runs across numerous countries, including USA, England, Australia and India. The point of the game is that a group of competitors exercise and diet in order to lose the most weight each week. Whoever loses the least amount (based on a percentage of their weight) are up for elimination with another contestant. The rest of the competitors then each have one vote to vote out the contestant they want out of the competition.

            However, the game show is not just about the weigh in, they competitors also compete in weekly challenges, the winner normally receiving either immunity, an advantage at the weigh in or a cash prize. Each week the competitors also have to take part in a temptation. The temptation is normally food based, and this helps the contestants to put their previous bad food habits behind them by teaching them that they do not always have to reach for food.

            The contestants primary aim is to lose weight, but a lot of the contestants also find themselves going through an emotional journey. It is compelling to watch, as the competitors transform themselves physically and emotionally. The amount of weight that the contestants lose is amazing and is a real inspiration to viewers.
            A recommended watch!

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              14.01.2010 13:28
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              Real people solving a real problem.

              Can I say straight away that I love The Biggest Loser - no matter which country the programme comes from. Yes, the english version appeared more down market than the american and australian version but the stories are inspirational no matter which country it is set in.

              The basic premise is that people who need to lose weight are holed up on a ranch and are undertaking a range of intense exercises and strict diets. Along the way they are pushed, urged and supported by their two trainers - Bob and Jillian - who deal with the mental anguish of weight loss as well as the physical aspects.

              The constestants compete in teams and meet weight loss / exercise challenges along the way - each week monitoring their weight loss to see who is up for elimination. After each weigh in the two pairs / individuals who have lost the lowest percentage of weight are up for elimantion and the rest of the constestants have to vote to see which pair / individual are to be saved.

              THis is a weight loss competiton / popularity competition. Huge amounts of weight are lost - even by the emliminated contestants at home - and a large amount of money is up for the person who loses the most amount of weight.

              Best of all is the change in the individuals as they grow mentally and change their physical shape.

              The formula works because the candudates have such different eprsonalities and the trainers REALLy crae about them - this does not coem over as one of those "I want to be famous for 15 minutes" reality TV programmes. The candidates really know that they have the chance to change their lives - at one recent challenge they were offerred $25000 to go home now - and they all refused. A real testament to their mental strength.

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              14.12.2009 18:08
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              the only time reality TV has ever motivated and inspired me!

              I really enjoy this programme, and have now (religiously) watched two o the USA series and two of the Australian series of the show. There has been a UK version, of which I watched a few episodes, but it was very disappointing compared to the other versions, so I'm hoping for an improved UK version!

              The trainers Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Michelle Bridges and Shannan Ponton are all brilliant and very likable people who seem to genuinely care about the health of the contestants, even though they don't always seem to agree with the twists and turns of the game, they persevere as helpng the contestants to lose weight is their main concern.

              The show has been slated for its 'quick results' methods, however I do not believe that the regime is that extreme, but more of a 'kick start' for the contestants. I agree that working out for 4 hours a day is not really realistic here in the real world, but the workouts the contestants do can be used and adapted to suit a more normal workout regime. Also the trainers promote healthy eating, and do not promote 'starvation' to lose weight, and are often stressing how important it is that the contestants eat the right amount of calories in order to fuel them through their workouts.

              The show is entertaining and almost addictive, it has all the drama of a reality TV show, plus the remarkable transformations (both physical and emotional) of the contestants is very heartwarming and inspiring.

              Although it would be hard to do the same things the contestants do in everyday life, there are many health and fitness lessons to be learned from watching the show, and if nothing else, the journey of the contestants is so motivating that anyone watching can't fail to start making changes to their own life to make themselves healthier and fitter!

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              17.11.2009 14:10
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              Amusing TV show

              There are both an American and Australian version of this disturbing but funny programme.
              I recently watched both but found the American one more compelling to watch due to the vast sizes of the contestants.
              The show is shown on Sky and each show lasts around 60 minutes.
              The show has been around since 2004 aparantly and is now in its eighth series, however this is the first time I have watched it.
              The show is made by NBC and the show I watched was a family edition that had 2 family members competing on the show as a team there were 8 teams of 2 people.
              The couple sometimes husband and wife or father and son ect were extremly obese and the object of the game show was to lose the biggest portion of body fat to avoid elimination.
              The teams are split into 2 teams with one team being beasted by Jillian Michaels and one by Bob Harper trained coaches.

              While staying at The Ranch they are put through their paces while trying to win tasks that reward them with prizes but the ultimate goal is to lose the most weight by the shows finale and thus win the prize money which was around $150,000.

              The contestants are tempted throughout the series with yummy Homer Simpson donuts and roast dinners and are also shown how to cook in a healthy way.
              They are weighed at the end of every week and the person who has lost the least percentage of weight goes home to lose weight alone but is still a contender to win the big money as long as they keep the fitness regime up.

              My opinion of the show is one of horror at the size these people have allowed themselves to get to, they must really eat junk constantly.
              Saying that it is a good show with you quickly latching on to your favourite person and willing them on win the show.
              What surpried me was the lengths these tubby people would go to to win the competition (and I thought all tubbys were nice happy smily human beings)

              I have checked out the NBC website and they are in series 8 which means we will have at least 2 more series to watch.
              Yes it is pretty sick but I found it quite funny to watch and cannot wait for the next series.
              They are showing re runs of this now so get watching if you have missed previous showings
              Anyway must go just in the middle of a cream bun (he he)

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              29.10.2009 11:24
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              A reality show with a serious message!

              I first got into this show whilst in New Zealand a couple of years ago where they were showing the US version of the show. I don't really watch a lot of TV but I must say that I am completely hooked on this show.

              Format
              It is a reality TV show which started in the US (unsurprisingly given that there is such a high rate of obesity there I guess). Basically a group of hugely obese people are brought together, put in a house and made to eat healthily and excersize in an extreme way.

              The aim is to lose as much weight as possible - the highest percentage of body weight lost winning the prize - in the US version this is $250,000, in the Aussie version $200,000, in the UK version £10,000 (oops spot the difference).

              Which channels
              If you want to watch Biggest loser Australia or US you will need Sky - currently they are showing the second series of the Australian series and US series 5.

              What happens?
              Well as noted above clinically obese people are put into a house and have to lose as much weight as possible - they are trained by top fitness trainers, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper in the US version, Shannon and Michelle in the Aussie version and given expert advice about what to eat.

              There are weekly challenges - which include such tasks as having to run up the stairs in a tower block, running up hills, pulling an aeroplane - basically all very physical!

              Each week there is a weigh in and someone is eliminiated from the competition. There are various twists to each series - such as returning contestants, sudden evictions and changing from teams to individuals against each other.

              Why should you watch this?
              In some ways this is a really cruel show - people work out until they throw up, pass out and in some cases need oxygen and then have to work out some more.

              There is a weekly "temptation" - when the contestants have the chance to win prizes such as immunity from elimination, or money by eating the most chocolate / icecream / takeaway which just seems to be bad taste TV at its worst. But there is something inspiring in seeing a contestant go " I am not going to eat that because that is what got me here and I don't want my kids to see me eating chocolates to stay in the game!"

              That having been said the results are stunning - the winners of the series lose up to 50% of their body weight, and although apparently some put the weight on again - lots of them do manage to make a permenant change to their lives.

              At the beginning of each series they take the contestants to the hospital and do full body tests on them. It is terrifying to see what damage, being obese can do - my personal favourite is when they tell the contestants their biological age. The 24 year old who is biologically 55 for example -by the end of the series they are back down to a 25 - 30 year old so you really see the improvements!

              The challenges are amazing too - in the Austalian version on SKy at the moment there is a guy who weighed in at 217kg (over 34 stone). He has managed to lose 35kg and took part in a team challenge where the three team members had to run up and down a hill 100 times - even when his team lost (they were slowest) and he wanted to give up, he didnt and when you think of the effort that carrying a 200kg body up and down a hill must have taken you couldnt help but be amazed at the strength of the guy!

              The show is full of useful tips from the trainers for the audience on everything from how to work out at home, to what to eat so is great,

              PLUS - being a game show with money at stake there is a healthy dose of game playing, bitching, fighting and personal competition! I have to say that the Australian version is my favourite for this - hate to stereotype but imagine really competitive Aussies going for each other!

              Overall I adore this show - it is my guilty pleasure and I like to think that it is not just trash TV there is a great deal that can be learnt from it!

              It would be an amazing show to make school kids watch so that they could see the choices they are making with their lifestyles today will impact on their lives and I think provides good life lessons for anyone!

              Biggest Loser USA - Currently on Sky one - 12.00 weekdays
              Biggest Loser Australia - currently on Sky Real Lives 9.00 Monday - Thursday

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                28.09.2009 16:11
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                Watch it once, you'll be hooked

                The Biggest Loser is a tv show developed in the USA but which now has versions running in many countries globally. The Biggest Loser takes a group of extremely obese people, and the competition is to loose the most weight.

                I have mainly seen the American version, where there is $250,000 for the winner, and $100,000 for the person who was sent home who lost the most. Not a tiny sum of money, and you get to help your health as well.

                Each series there is a different slant. People are chosen for the show, and are often known to one another beforehand ie colleagues, father-daughter, husband-wife and so on. These pairs are little teams, and each week the teams are weighed in, and there is a vote to send home one of the two teams with the lowest weight loss in any given week.

                After about half the series, the pairs are broken up and just two teams remain made up of all the remaining people to battle it out.

                Each week throughout the series the contestants face a series of challenges to test their mental and physical strength, and encourage resiliance and of course weight loss.

                The weight loss shown in the show is dramatic. Results of more than half a stone per week are the norm. The contestants are encouraged to eat healthily, and exercise frequently. Whether this weight loss is sustainable after the end of the show is open for debate. The press has lept on the fact that over half of the contestants in the final show are the same weight or worse than when they started within two years.

                The characters on The Biggest Loser are similar to those on Big Brother or similar. There are the game players, the back stabbers, the nice but nieve one, the slow one, the loving one everyone likes and so on. This variation is what makes the show for me.

                I love nothing more than to curl up and watch a good episode of The Biggest Loser late on a night. even better if I have a nice pot of ice-cream to enjoy it with!

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                  25.09.2009 14:01
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                  worth watching

                  This programme follows a group of very large people who want to loose weight. They go to a big manor house to be trained and set challenges by 2 very fit coaches.

                  There are 2 teams, and there are various ways to get people to leave either by nomination or sometimes people just leave.

                  The fact is that exercise and good diet makes you thinner, chocolate, crisps and fast food dont. These people have reached the stage where their fitness levels are very low. By introducing a lot of exercise and good diet they loose a lot of weight quite quickly. They then get depressed when the weight loss slows down and this is where the coaches have to come in and motivate them.

                  A lot of them are very insecure and therefore theres a lot of bitching between the groups and who they think is less deserving of the opportunity. The more weight they loose the longer they get to stay at the mansion. They also get to win personal training sessions for after the series ends if they win a personal challenge against others in their group.

                  I think its a good idea, the title is just awful! It does work, because we all know that exercise is good for you. Whether they can keep it up after the programme ends is another thing but at least for now they can be happy in their own skin again.

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                    25.09.2009 10:59
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                    Compelling viewing

                    The Biggest Loser is one of the best programmes on TV at the moment, in my honest opinion. The whole concept is not alien to us TV viewers, but the methods they use are.
                    The basic premise is that a group of very overweight people join a show in which the whole aim is to lose weight, hence the title. And boy, do they! The difference between most of them when they start and when they show up at the finale is astounding!
                    Having watched a few episodes of the UK version, I stopped recording it as it differs so much from the US and Australian versions and it's not half as compelling to watch.
                    In the US and Australian series that I've watched, the trainers are Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. Bob is one of the sweetest guys you've ever seen on the TV, but Jillian is practically the devil in gym clothes! She's fantastic and one of the main reasons I watch the show. She barks at the contestants and makes them do more than they ever thought possible. Great!
                    Various series are on Sky 1 and Sky Real Lives at any one time and it's not just a show for overweight people to watch, although I do sometimes feel guilty about sitting there watching it whilst eating pizza...

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                      much better to come on this site when its on at home.

                      Well it's that time again 4:00, its the biggest loser on our TV, hence I have come in here to go on the dooyoo site. I am definitely not a fan at all. . Sorry for my strong views and I apologise to anyone who actually likes this programme (my family mostly who watch it on a regular basis, hence why I have had to watch it also)

                      The whole idea of people losing weight is not what I am against, as I think this is a good idea. Unfortunately this doesn't work as a programme. They spend more time whining and moaning instead of exercising. I feel this programme is only there to increase conflict between the contestants.

                      * about the show *

                      The Main ideas behing the show is that the contestants started off in pairs. They have a number of challenges, daily exercise routines with their personal trainer, don't know their names as I tend to disappear into the computer room when it is on. I know that once a week they have a particular challenge they have to complete for a certain reward. Not sure of most of the rewards, I think sometimes its for immunity from the weighing and they get to stay one more week guanteed. There is aslo a day where they have temptation, variuos amounts of high calorie food is placed infront of them and they need to decide if they want the chance to eat it for a prize. My views on this challenge are below. At the end of the week the contestants are to be weighed and the person with the lowest amount of percentage weight lost must go home. This can take a long time and full of tension music in the background, but it seems to me that there is alot of unnesessary messing about. Now that they are coming to the last week the contastants have been split into two team, the black and the blue team.

                      * My very strong views, I just hope I don't upset anyone *

                      The only part I find it bearable to watch is the trainers challenge. There has been some interesting challenges. Pulling the truck, building a tower using crates, climbing a wall, and obstacle course. I remember doing obstacle course at school and I hated it, especially the climbing frame and rope. There was no way I was going to climb the rope, no matter how hard I tried.

                      I find temptation round extremely insulting and tormenting. The contestants are actually rewarded for pigging out. How is that helping them to lose weight? This just gets right under me skin and i usually start shouting at the TV. I find this programme brings out the worst in me. I feel angry, frustrated and actually started to call the contestant for being so soft.

                      When they start moaning about the exercise routine, I find myself thinking, "just get on with it and stop your crying". Like the saying goes "there's is no gain with out pain". I sympathise with the trainer as they are trying to help people who just don't seem to want to help themselves.

                      The idea that they voted the only person who was willing to give it his all defies belief, just because they found him a threat. Yes, I know its a competition, but surely the idea behind a competition is the best person should win.

                      sorry everyone for the rant, but I just needed to release my frustration.

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                        01.06.2009 18:31
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                        A waste of time

                        I apologise in advance if this is not the epic review you normally expect of me, but there is only so much of dullness you can watch and there is only so much you can say about something so dull as The Biggest Loser.

                        This review is based on the one and only epsode of this programme I have seen, aired on ITV on the 1st of June 2009.

                        I didn't set out to watch this programme - I had the telly on in the background, and the begining of it coincided with a coffee break, so I decided to see it through so to speak.

                        So I waited for something to happen!

                        Now I will be honest, I have never seen the programme, or any trailers before, and I have done no research, but what I gather from the epsiode I saw, there are two teams who each have to eliminate one of their own members each week?

                        Obviously this is a narrowing down process to an eventual individual/team winner.

                        The programme is an hour long. What I was expecting was to see the teams do fitness test against each other, perhaps also have some sort of meal challenge. What I got for the first 45 minutes or so was a load of bitching and sniping and a slow, slow, slow process of the individuals talking about themselves and their team mates, in the context of elimimation.

                        Then we get to meet the trainers Angie for the black team and Rich for the blue - they don't know who has been elimiated, so they only find out by each contestant introducing himself back into the trainers room individually to announce their weekly weight loss.

                        This is a tense time for the trainers, as they eventually find out if one of their team has gone. This is a long slow process.

                        Angie must be one of the most insincere people I have seen on telly, she is also scary, then again that might be an act.

                        At last, for the last fifteen minutes or so, we get to see the contestants actually have a bit of fun and do something. This portion of the programme actually had the trainers doing something useful.

                        I will stick my neck out here and say that I feel regular viewers might watch this programme in the hope that they can learn something about weight loss, keep fit and diet. If that is your aim for watching this, I would say spend the hour between doing some gentle exercise and/or reading up on healthy eating.

                        What a waste of time!

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                          20.05.2009 19:01
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                          Great motivating show

                          The biggest loser is a very popular show in America and Australia which are on Sky which I do not have so I have never being able to see. The Biggest Loser started in the UK in 2005 on Living which again I could not watch however when it started in 2009 on ITV I was quite looking forward to watching it. The show is on Monday - Friday at 4pm and is presented by Kate Garraway. The trainers are Angie Dowds who is a tough trainer on the contestants and Richard Callendar who is a much more relaxed trainer.

                          As I have only ever seen the ITV series that is the one I will be reviewing. For the 2009 series it was changed to how it had been on living to how it was in America and Australia with each individual in a team of two who are competing together as a team. Each verweight contestants are competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of their starting body weight. Mondays episode shows the results from the previous Fridays weigh in except on the first episode which introduced the contestants. Tuesdays episodes sees the contestants training with their trainers. Wednesdays episode sees the weekly challenge were each team competes to win a prize, usually immunity from the weekly weigh in but sometimes something differently like one week were it was the choice between £1000 and immunity and another week were 3lbs could be taken away from the teams weight at the weekly weight in. Thursdays episode is temptation which is were the contestants are faced with different luxuries ranging from food and drink with the chance of winning a prize if they eat or drink it. However this could add lbs to their weight as the weigh in is the next day. Fridays episode sees each contestant being weighed and the teams combined percentage weight loss is recorded. This is one advantage to the show as it means the bigger people won't be favoured at the weigh in. After everybody has been weighed the two teams with the lowest percetage weight loss go below the yollow line and face elimination.

                          The contestants feed themselves which again I think is an advantage to the show as when they leave there is nobody their to cook for them and to tell them what to each. One disadvatage to the show is that sometimes when the small contestants only lose 4lbs were as the heavier contestants lose 11lbs the smaller contestants are sometimes frowned upon by the trainers. The show helps to motivate bigger people to lose weight as you can see how the contestants have developed mentally and physically by losing weight. It encourages people who want to lose weight to eat more and excersice so they do not gain more weight and either get to or stay at their ideal weight.

                          The show has a club which you can join through the ITV website which I think is an excellent idea however you have to pay and I would think the whole point of the show is to help people to lose weight and not to make lots of money. Standard monthly membership is £9.50. Quarterly Membership is charged at £25.50 each quarter and Half Yearly Membership charged at £45 each half-year. However the club is helpful as it includes a food and exercise diary which calculates how many calories you have eaten and how much excercise you have done. The website includes recipies and your goals and results. The website also includes a community were you can discuss with other members your progress and experiences.

                          Overall this show is a great way of motivating people to lose weight and keep healthy in their lives.

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                          13.05.2009 22:52
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                          Gripping Weight Loss Reality Show

                          I have been addicted to The Biggest Loser since they started showing it on Sky Real Lives. I was really excited when I heard that ITV would be showing the UK version , especially as Sky were going to screen the Australian version at the same time!!! Biggest Loser overload!!

                          The format is very simple, a group of very overweight men and women move into a house for a set amount of weeks. They are split into two teams, put through their paces by two personal trainers and take part in gruelling challenges as they strive to become the biggest loser. Each week they are weighed and someone (or two people if they are playing as couples) are sent home. The person who is still there at the end and have lost the largest percentage of their starting weight is crowned the biggest loser and gets a large cash prize. There is normally a competition between the eliminated contestants to wind a secondary cash prize.

                          In the US (and first Australian) versions of the show, the trainers are Bob Harper (Blue Team) and Jillian Michaels (Red Team). Bob is seen as the cute soft one, while Jillian is a gruelling loud one. The contestants seem to all want to be on Bob's team but it is Jillian's team that has had the most success. The first prize is $250000, with an eliminated winners prize of $1000000. The challenges are always very gruelling and have included climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hill walking on treadmills suspended high above a swimming pool. There is often a twist halfway through the series where an eliminated contestant gets the chance to return to the house, giving them an extra incentive to keep up their new healthy regimes.

                          The UK version of the Biggest Loser kicked off just over a week ago on ITV1. It is actually the third season of the biggest loser , with the other two series being shown on Living TV. The second series was won by Jodie Prenger, who was the first female biggest loser anywhere in the world. She went on to win BBC1's I'd do Anything to play the role of Nancy in the West End musical Oliver.

                          The new series is made up of 10 couples, including Father and Son, Mother and Daughter, Friends, Sisters and Strangers. The two trainers are Angie Dowds, who has been a trainer in all 3 series, and Richard Callender, who is new this year. In parallel to the US series, Richard is seen as the soft one while Angie appears to be more of a tyrant. So far two couples have been eliminated, and one contestant has left due to poor health. A lot of the contestants have been suffering with injuries with poor health, the worst affected being Jamie - the youngest and largest contestant - who has dislocated his shoulder and bruised his lungs. So far the most successful team are the brown team - Kevin and Mark - who are actually the couple made up of strangers.

                          The only thing that really annoys me about The Biggest Loser is that it doesn't focus enough on what diets they are following, preferring to show the many gruelling workouts they are forced to endure. Ok, I could lose a whacking amount of weight if I was taken away to a big posh house, with no distractions from everyday life, and force to workout 4 times a day!! But we all know that weight loss is made up of diet and exercise, and although it has been touched upon briefly I would like them to give more emphasis to this side. I did see if there was any more information on the website, but you have to pay to join the club to find this out, which is a bit of a disappointment!

                          However I still love The Biggest Loser, and can't wait for the finales' when you get to see the fantastic transformations since the contestants left the house!! The Biggest Loser UK is currently being shown on ITV1 at 4pm Weekdays, and The Biggest Loser Australia can be found on Sky Real Lives at 8.30pm weekdays.

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