Hey Diet.com members! Happy Friday!
I just read an interesting article about the TV show The Biggest Loser that I really wanted to pass along to you all.
The show has been criticized in the past for its unrealistic portrayal of weight loss progress - with contestants regularly losing in the double digits each week. Turns out that this portrayal of weight loss coupled with the show's nightmarish depiction of exercise, actually turns off viewers from performing physical activity.
Read the full article here:
The Biggest Loser Weight Loss: TV Show Doesn't Help Others Lose Weight, Study Finds
With the crying and vomiting typically shown on the show when participants are working out, it's no wonder at all that viewers would get a totally twisted idea of what exercise is like. I can honestly say it's something I hadn't thought about before - how the intense workouts they show would have the opposite of the desired effect on viewers who may be overweight or out of shape themselves.
And of course Diet.com has always stood by our recommendation of losing 1-2 lbs/week as a healthy rate of weight loss. Double digit losses each week are NOT realistic, NOT sustainable, and probbbbbably not very healthy either!!
Let us know what you think of this new study... and we'd also love to hear your opinion on The Biggest Loser - do you watch it?