Does anyone know how many weight loss tv shows are out right now?
I do. Too many for me to count, and too many to keep up with.
These shows do some good, like helping the general public realize there’s a weight epidemic in this country. It helps show that regular people, with some guidance, can do amazing things.
But that’s where the good ends.
All too often, clients talk about stuff they saw on their favorite TV show. “Oh this person was doing this and they lost 100lbs” or “this TV show trainer said this food was good for fat loss”.
There are several problems with these shows, so lets dive right in.
First, most contestants gained all their weight back. This means they were nothing more then that season’s entertainment. They didn’t learn anything, they didn’t truly get better—they simply lost weight.
Second, these shows aren’t interested in anyone’s health, they are interested in selling airtime and products. How many times was an ambulance called onto the set? How many 5 hour workouts did they do?
And 1200 calories for someone who weighs 350lbs? 1200 calories is enough to support the body of a 100 pound 35 year old female who works an office job, not a 350 pound person who is working out hours upon hours each day.
This is downright dangerous, and irresponsible. It also breeds a generation of viewers who think they too will get results like this when they go to the gym, which simply won’t happen. Nobody is going to workout for 8 hours a day, just like nobody will subject themselves to starvation.
And if they do, they’re going to gain that weight back.
And finally, the trainers are a horrendous representation of what a good coach or personal trainer should be. At Edge, our coaches are there to motivate, guide, and support. Serious, more personal talks are done professionally and behind closed doors, and are guided with compassion and caring—not screaming and belittling!
Losing weight, and specifically body fat, is something that most people will never even try to do. And of those that try, even less succeed. A coach or trainer should help give you the knowledge to move closer to your goals safely, sustainably, and in a way that makes you feel good, not worthless.