Many people say that shows like Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition inspire them to lose weight and eat healthier.
As you can read here and here, the reality behind those weight loss shows is rather murky. Dehydrating your body in an extreme way or popping diet pills is not exactly something I would recommend to anyone.
Also, how are you going to feel when you realize you’re not going to be able to reach the kind of weight loss results that the show participants are deemed to lose?
I’m pretty sure you will be discouraged, not inspired or motivated. If you let these shows set your expectations, any results you will see in real life will be a big disappointment. Kai Hibbard told in the interview about meeting one woman who agonized over not being able to lose 12 lbs in one week like someone on the BL show purportedly did (not really!).
There is another reason I dislike the shows intensely.
They convey a very peculiar idea of exercise. Having a 300 lb woman work out until she pukes or passes out is what passes for exercise is these shows. I find it difficult to understand what purpose that kind of exercise serves. If I weighed 264 lbs (120 kg) and I got the notion that to in order to start exercising I need to go to a gym and exercise till I pass out, I would be very careful to avoid exercise at all cost.
Watching extreme weight loss shows is bad for you. You might claim that you’re immune to the their influence because you know the shows are just fiction, but I think they probably have an insidious effect on your attitudes. There’s even some research to prove that watching the show affects your attitude toward severely overweight people.
I’ve also noticed that following a Finnish weight loss show made me feel uncertain about the way work out. Because I don’t usually like to exercise till I nearly pass out, I started feeling somehow inferior. I was only able to shrug off that feeling when a personal trainer remarked somewhere that it’s not the way he trains his clients at all.
I think it’s a better alternative to watching the weight loss shows. You’d be better off if you followed successful weight loss bloggers that have lost a lot of weight and managed to keep it away. Those bloggers usually lose their extra weight over several years (not months) and you get a much more realistic conception of the whole process than from television shows.