Cable or satellite TV is the norm these days. No longer is it exciting when someone launches a 5th channel… go on admit it, you were excited too!
You can literally watch a program about anything these days. Things you didn’t even know existed. I don’t know about you, but watching hordes of Asian dudes storming a castle that looks like it was made by the Blue Peter crew out of plastic cups and sticky back plastic is enough to sell a TV package on its own!
However TV is unfortunately the same medium that gave us nut-cases like “Dr” Gillian McKeith, and worse, a program that makes even her look like she’s playing with a full deck.
I’m talking about America’s fattest export, The Biggest Loser.
We’ve had a few programs like this over here. Who can forget Harvey, the phsychopathic army PT who got his jollies shouting abuse at celebrities?
The Biggest Loser is car crash TV at its worst. But what makes it even worse is that, through no fault of their own, people take it seriously and try to emulate what they see.
On a regular basis you can see people lose 12lbs or more in a week! So it’s no wonder that people lving in the real world are left feeling disappointed when they “only” lose 1-2lbs in that same time for their hard work. Of course, when you have no job, spend all day locked in a house and practically every waking hour exercising, while only having access to certain foods, the sky’s the limit!
Not really something us people that live a little south of TV land can do ourselves though…
And even that won’t guarantee you the big numbers. I actually personally know someone (she sung in my band for a few months) who was on The Biggest Loser, and she got stabbed in the back for – after doing all that – still “only” losing half a pound!
But that’s just the half of it. We forget the smoke, mirrors, and outright lies used to make the program entertaining.
So bravo to winner of America’s Biggest Loser Kai Hibbard who came clean about what’s really going on.
Here’s a few things the public don’t know:
- A week isn’t a week on TV
- BL contestants are so pressured to lose big numbers, coffee is considered a meal
- Using any trick in the book, such as dehydration, to show a bigger loss on the scale is commonplace
And that’s just scraping the surface. Check this out:
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So if you ever feel bad because you couldn’t lose a pound or more a day, don’t. Do you know why? Because you’re normal!
Remember, shows like The Biggest Loser are no more real than an episode of Eastenders. It’s made for entertainment, not instruction.
So go on, be honest, who’s watched this?