last night, the ever-so-favorite show of many premiered. i must say, i have NEVER watched a single episode. i’m not sure why, but i’ve always been turned off by the concept of putting “overweight” people on TV to watch them sweat and fall over until they lose half their size. yes, i know the show CHANGES LIVES and does a lot of positive…but i just don’t like it (we’re all entitled to our own opinions, right?!?).
so, since i’ve changed my own lifestyle pretty drastically in the last six months, everyone was telling me how inspiring the show was and how much they LOVE Jillian Michaels (again, have never liked her…still don’t), so i decided to give it a go. maybe it’s hard for me to understand because even at my heaviest or when i was the least out of shape, i was still exercising. i’ve been exercising since i was 5. i’ve been pushing my body my whole life, even if i hate it, i’ve known what a “tough workout” was before i hit puberty. so it’s actually unfathomable to me to see SO many people who just don’t work out (that sounds super naiive, and i’m forever grateful for having parents who were active and allowed me to pursue my athletic goals). and then not only do they NOT exercise, but they eat absolutely horribly! maybe it’s a turn off and i don’t respect the way they have treated their bodies — maybe that’s what makes me cringe just seeing the commercials. maybe it’s the fact that i feel like it’s a mockery. making women who clearly are overweight weigh themselves in front of america in “crop tops???” obviously they signed up for it and know what they are getting into, but even at my gym, the weighing is done at each own’s discretion and there are even room dividers for people who are uncomfortable putting it ALL out there for the whole gym to see.
then there’s the issue of weight loss vs. fat loss. as any fittie knows, muscle weighs more than fat, and clearly these participants have a bunch of fat to lose, but are they gaining muscle? i’d be more interested in seeing their fat percentages go down than their weight. anyone can stop eating or even go anorexic and instantly lose five pounds (trust me, i’ve done it)…but eating right, exercising right, losing FAT and gaining MUSCLE is what i’m interested in. hell, my goal in November (before i started eating clean) was to lose 30 lbs by thanksgiving…that was absolutely INSANE of me!!! when i started eating clean, i lost a percentage of body fat in a week…but weighed the exact same…lost inches, but weighed the exact same…i wasn’t so concerned about the number on the scale anymore, but more concerned about my measurements and body fat!!
i’m not going to lie, i’m a bit jealous of the ladies who lost 20 pounds in a week…as i struggle to pass my plateau weight this week…but when you take someone who has never eaten well and never exercised three hours a week, let alone three hours a day, obviously that 20 pounds is going to come off quick. (Maintaining after the show is always the issue, but hopefully this is a lifestyle change for all of the participants…but we ALL know that one girl who lost “so much weight” at the gym who hasn’t been back in 6 months and now looks heavier than when she began…).
so maybe i’m a negative nancy when it comes to the Biggest Loser, and maybe i just haven’t given it enough of a chance yet since i have only seen one episode now…but everyone in america cannot “play” biggest loser and afford Bob Harper for an hour every day. and it really isn’t a show SHOWING anything but Jillian yelling at people falling off a treadmile (and really, if you have the energy to YELL back at your trainer, you clearly have the energy to keep going on the treadmile…just saying!). so I really wish they would focus on explaining things better to the world. explain WHY they are doing cardio and weights and certain exercises. explain the “diets”/new eating habits/changes of the participants are on and why. explain that in actuality they are working out SIX HOURS A DAY (um…yea, you bet your ass you’d lose weight after 6 hours). explain hydration issues. explain injury prevention. explain how someone who is 100lbs overweight can get started on their own. i’d be VERY interested in seeing everything we don’t see. we all know how a elliptical and row machine works, show America what they don’t know.
lastly, i commend EVERYONE and ANYONE looking to improve their health and fitness! i am in no means cutting down participants or anyone else inspired by this show to get fit. the fact that it has had such a great impact on the country is awesome! i just think there is still SO MUCH SO MANY PEOPLE don’t know about working out and eating healthy. and let’s face it, it can be very intimidating to take that first step.
so i apologize if i have offended any Jillian Michaels fans or Biggest Loser watchers! again, it’s great that it is so inspiring and motivating for people. if that is what motivates you, then AWESOME, keep watching and keep getting your ass in gear 😉
just my two cents! 😉