Thoughts on the Biggest Loser

Last night’s episode of NBC’s hit tv show, The Biggest Loser couples, was the second to last episode of the season. The four remaining contestants were sent home to tackle the last 30 days of the competition on there own. After losing hundreds of pounds combined they returned home, where all their weight/body problems started.

It must be hard to come home and live a completely new lifestyle. Where they once went through the drive thru late at night, shoving their mouths with unhealthy food, to now being gym rats and obsessing over the number of calories in a mini meatloaf. The contestants have been isolated for 17 weeks now, where their SOLE focus was to exercise and lose weight. Their day was: Eat, sleep, breath, weight loss. No distractions whatsoever other than the occasional “challenge” or “temptation” where Tara alone gobbled down 2,000+ calories in one sitting.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to focus for 4 straight months on ONE thing… a life changing thing at that. That’s longer than a semester of college.

Once the contestants returned home, they were faced with normal everyday decisions, only now they seemed soooo overwhelming. Jillian practically had to FORCE both Tara and Helen to sit down, take a breather, and enjoy one glass of wine. Tara freaked out when she went out to a restaurant with her old friends. Ron and Max had to deal with their son/brother who felt left out of the “weight loss club”. Max was projecting his insecurities onto his obese brother. They were all nervous wrecks about going home. Is it just me, or does it seem like this is not all that healthy? Definate eating disorder tendencies are being shown by these contestants. Honestly, is that what it’s about? Is this wrong?

The Biggest Loser definately has a great idea… teaching adults that it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are determined enough you can do anything you set your mind too. Just look! Half way through the competition, the contestants were told they were going to run a half marathon! Last night’s episode, they were told in 26 days they were to run a marathon…. 26.2 freakin’ miles. I was AMAZED when they crossed the finish line. If a 200lb+ man with horrible knee problems could do it, anyone can. It is totally inspiring. I almost shed a tear when Ron crossed the finish line. On the other hand, were they ready for this type of challenge? Is this healthy? It usually requires 16 weeks of training to be able to run a marathon. Maybe they were running enough during their 6 hour daily workouts to be ready. Who really knows.

It’s all part of the game. It’s a tv show. I’m not going to lie… I love this show. They want good ratings. Period.