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The Biggest Loser
Member Name: hlb2009
The Biggest Loser
Advantages: motivational, interesting
Disadvantages: unfair in certain ways
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.
Summary: 4 stars, it's good viewing