Why I hate the Biggest Loser

Today instead of the Top 5 Articles of the Week, I only have one. Why? Not because there weren’t some great articles I came across last week, but this one needs to be read by everyone.

http://www.strongcoffey.com/open-letter-biggest-loser-study/

The article is by Kelly Coffey and it’s an open letter to the producers of the Biggest Loser. A must read, trust me.

Before you read Kelly’s article, you may want to read the recent article about the Biggest Loser in the New York Times. If you havn’t you can check it out HERE. I will be openly honest. I can’t stand the show. I’ve never been a fan and let me tell you why. This show gives our culture a FALSE representation of what it takes to lose weight. It sets unrealistic expectations and the show is profiting off the ignorance of the general population. As a trainer, this show is my worst nightmare. Clients watch it, and then think that they should be dropping 10 pounds every week. Then when they aren’t, the thought process is they have to work harder. Eat less, WAY less, workout more, WAY more. Then you end up fucking yourself over in the process. What do I mean by this? Sustainability. You can’t do it. You can’t sustain a 1000 calorie diet and 3 hour workouts per day. What happens when you plateau? Cut more food and do even more exercise? In my opinion shows like the Biggest Loser are creating more of an obesity problem, not helping it.

 

Example: Overweight individual loses a bunch of weight in a short amount of time because of the thought process of less calories and more activity. That same person reaches a breaking point and starts backing off, eating a little more, doing a little less. Weight comes back on and probably even more this time because there is no change of behaviors that were taught. Modifying your behavior is the cornerstone of any weight-loss option. It may also be one of the most difficult aspects of weight-loss or weight maintenance. Our behaviors are engrained in our daily routines, families, lifestyles and more. That is why being realistic is SO SO SO and I’ll say it again, SO IMPORTANT when starting.

 

Weight loss is easy, calories in vs. calories out. It’s a simple energy equation yet it’s not simple at all. It’s not easy to lose weight. It’s easy in the sense that we know how to lose weight. Be active, eat less, blah blah blah. It however is much more complicated than that. The problem is self-sabotage, which Kelly talks about in her article. It’s about really figuring out what is causing our behaviors that make us fat or unhealthy in the first place. You must figure that out FIRST before you can be successful in the weight loss game.

 

-Abby

 

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