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The Biggest Loser

Whenever I tell people where I work, I usually get the same response “Oh, so it’s like The Biggest Loser?!”  And then unfortunately I have to tell them, “No, not at all.” 

Well, I guess that is not entirely true.  Hilton Head Health, like The Biggest Loser, is based on jumpstarting an exercise program, learning how to eat healthy and make changes to live a healthy lifestyle.  However, what stands us apart is that we provide the tools to make these changes sustainable and realistic.  Also, we look at weight loss as a byproduct – not an end goal. 

Don’t get me wrong, we see a great deal of weight loss success.  But more importantly, we see life changes.  Individuals leaving here accomplishing things they never thought possible – like going off of their insulin shots, learning to love vegetables, completing a 5K, or even just walking 10 minutes straight on the treadmill.  The stories (and possibilities) are endless. 

Thanks to the popular show on NBC, the reality of losing weight and making these life changes has been showcased through the stories of ‘real’ people. 

Everyone seems to have their own opinion about the show; some feel the show is a little too intense as others find it motivating.  What is true – is that it is definitely creating awareness in the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

See what Adam Martin, H3 Fitness Director, had to say about the controversial show.

“The Biggest Loser is a show that gives the obesity pandemic the attention it so direly deserves.  However, the ‘Hollywood’ gloss may be robbing Americans of the reality of weight loss.  It may be time for The Biggest Loser producers to have a behind the scenes episode because simple math tells us that inordinate weekly weight loss with the recommended regimen is impossible. 

In fact, a recent TIME magazine article interviewed participants and found that all they were eating was sugar free Jello and asparagus for several days, as well as, exercising vigorously in the sauna prior to the weekly weigh-in.  These radical approaches to weight loss would never be recommended to the American public. 

So, why then deceive common Americans with the perception that hard work and calorie control can result in such dramatic weight changes?  Answer:  because that’s what sells episodes!  I KNOW that this altered perception of weight loss is affecting its viewers because on a weekly basis we have guests that have given their maximum physical and emotional effort in fitness classes only to weigh-in on a Friday morning and feel defeated by a number.  The disgusting so-called ‘reality’ television is unfortunately not even close to a reality. 

Therefore, I look forward to the upcoming ‘Reunion Show’ that airs the current lives of 40 of the past contestants.  Let’s see what has truly made them successful for the long-haul, not what motivates them to radically alter their lifestyle in search of fame and fortune.”

-Adam Martin

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Do you watch The Biggest Loser?  If so, what are your thoughts on the show?

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