Are Reality Weight Loss Shows Creating Unrealistic Expectations?10:02 AM
By now you have likely all seen a reality weight loss show like The Biggest Loser or MTV's new "I Used to Be Fat" series. These reality shows are entertaining, don't get me wrong. I have watched my fair share of episodes and they are quite inspiring. The question is though, are they creating unrealistic expectations for viewers?
Let's face it. When you watch an episode of these shows, they don't tell you have to reach these goals. In fact, they don't really teach you anything at all about losing weight, other than a screaming maniac woman can force you to do things you never thought your body was capable of doing before. The MTV series is a little better, but none of them give you the tools you need to make the progress on your own. They don't advertise that the people's calories are being drastically reduced or that they are working out 6-8 hours per day or more.
If anyone were to cut their calories that much and workout that often they would of course lose an insane amount of weight, but it is not a realistic expectation. As a mom of four boys, I know I don't have the time in my day to workout for 6 hours.
I fear that the people who watch these shows will try to take on too much and will become discouraged when they do not see the same results. There needs to be some sort of transparency here or a new series that focuses on teaching the right and realistic way to lose weight. These reality shows are good for entertainment value, but I wonder if they are doing more harm than good in some cases. You can visit my friend Cheryl to see how she utilized healthy weight loss measures to take off 60 pounds!
What are your thoughts?