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Reported February 05, 2010

The practicality of ‘The Biggest Loser’
by Ron Blake

The NBC show The Biggest Loser is a smash hit with viewers. It is basically a reality show that offers a grand prize to one of about 20 obese contestants who loses the most weight. It is hard to criticize anything that is successful and inspires people to better their lives. However, people need to understand the practicality of the show’s premise.


Most people wanting to lose weight have begun a program for intrinsic reasons or because their doctor strongly encouraged it. I have never met anyone that had a $250,000 carrot dangled in front of their nose to lose a significant amount of weight. The Biggest Loser contestants know they have two major cash prizes, various other big ticket rewards, and possible endorsements up for grabs if they are successful with substantial weight loss. It isn’t too likely the average Joe or Suzie will have this motivation available to him or her.


The show’s participants have a qualified trainer and a state-of-the-art fitness studio at their beck and call. That’s a fantastic benefit that is completely free to these men and women. Two of the impediments for people to start an exercise program are the cost of a trainer and a health club membership. Scratch these roadblocks off the list for the reality stars of The Biggest Loser.


There is a large support group in place for the competitors of this weight loss show. All the participants have the backing of their family and friends when they head to the show. Additionally, they receive the support of their fellow competitors while striving for the ultimate reward. They also realize there will be millions of viewers watching and cheering them on. So many individuals in the real world are just those…individuals. These people just don’t have that group base of support and that often thwarts the weight loss plans for them.



The players of this reality show game don’t have the normal obligations of the 9 to 5 rat race that all of us common folk are dealing with. These TV stars are put up in some nice room and board setting, taken away from their families, and given a get out of work card. This affords these plump lords and ladies the opportunity to solely focus on weight loss. How perfect would it be to have no distractions to impede the ability to achieve goals in life!


It is understandable that contestants of this show can experience significant weight loss in a short amount of time. They are given all the right ingredients for success. The everyday chunky boy and girl need to be aware of the disclaimer, “The weight loss shown on this program is not typical and might not be experienced by everyone.” Losing 30 pounds in one week is very possible for your avatar but highly unlikely for those of us living in the here and now.


God bless The Biggest Loser and all that it has helped achieve for so many morbidly obese men and women during its numerous seasons on the air. Continue to watch this show and get excited about the weight loss successes that are showcased. Use it to inspire you to get started with your own journey toward better health. Just know that you will have a better chance of success when you approach your weight loss with a practical mindset and realistic goals.