First off, I do think they get incredible results. However, I can’t watch the show without feeling like someone is going to die right before my very eyes. It’s like watching a train wreck just before it happens.
Secondly, the contestants are given everything they need to be successful “for television”. Notice how I did not say “for life.” There are very few people in the world that could afford a trainer everyday for hours, a nutrition specialist, a person to cook their perfectly proportioned meals, a life coach to talk them through the tough times, and a group of people going through exactly the same experience at the same time. Whew! What a great opportunity for someone. And yet, these people are given totally new lives and bodies, and then put right back into their old lives, and patterns and reality.
On the last finale, every final contestant introduced family members who were all heavy. So you see, the problem goes much deeper—right into the home. You can’t take someone completely out of his or her comfort zone. You are setting them up for failure. It’s kind of like taking away Cinderella’s slipper. So while I can see and appreciate the great transformations, what I see even more clearly is a life of disappointment when all the “amenities” are gone and they are left with just a pumpkin.
This is why I do not believe in dieting and why everyone needs to start from where they are, and change not only their mindset, but their environment as well.
You don’t need a magic pill or a magic slipper to be successful. You just need to want it. So don’t get blown away by the entertainment value of The Biggest Loser. That kind of entertainment is just cruel in my book.