Weight Loss Shows Inspire And Frustrate Me
I just finished watching the first season of Heavy and now I’m looking for another show to get me pumped about eating right and working out. I’ve got two options – My 600-lb Life and The Biggest Loser.
Like Heavy, My 600-lb Life is shot documentary-style. It focuses on people who undergone bypass surgery to lose weight. The camera crew follows them around for 7 years.
I’m curious to see if this one gets more into the nutrition side of things. If you spend 7 years following a person dealing with obesity, you think what that person eats might be of significance.
While I enjoy the documentary format of a show like Heavy, I can’t help but think people who’ve never been fat make these shows. They almost never focus on nutrition.
Note to these TV shows producers: What you eat is 80% of the battle.
If food or nutrition isn’t interesting visually, how the heck do you explain the success of The Food Network? Not one show, but a whole frickin’ network dedicated to food. Hell, even Hungry Girl has a healthy eating show on The Food Network.
As for The Biggest Loser I’ve never seen it, but I do own the yoga DVD.
I’m a little skeptical about the show. I know it’s a contest with a huge marketing machine behind it (hence my DVD!). That’s about it. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a marketer, so I like the idea of a huge marketing machine. But this topic hits close to home so I’m leery of a weight loss competition via reality TV.
I watch shows like Heavy not to see the train wreck that is people’s lives, but to feel inspired. Also, I actually want to learn something. I’m just not sure what I’ll get out of watching The Biggest Loser. But I think I need to watch it at least once before writing it off.