I stopped watching this show after the first season for numerous reasons. It makes my blood boil that this show has not been forced off the air, and that the producers and ''trainers'' have not been made accountable for their absolute negligence, and for spreading such harmful information to the masses. Unfortunately, people seem drawn towards train wrecks, hence why shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, 17 Kids and Counting, and Duck Dynasty, just to name a few, remain on television, and new shows of this ilk continue to pop up like annoying and unforgiving weeds.
After the finale of The Biggest Loser where Ali Vincent became the first female victor, shit absolutely hit the fan. Many fitness and health professionals were completely outraged, and they should be. Sadly, this show, one that absolutely preys on the contestants desperation to lose weight, and in many instances, their motivation to win the cash prize, should have been put to death after the first season when it became painfully evident that it is incredibly dangerous and detrimental to the overall health of the contestants, and its worldwide audience.
The Biggest Loser promotes and condones EXTREMELY dangerous and negligent behaviours, both in terms of exercise and nutrition. The ''trainers'' have absolutely no business training these individuals, and had them performing exercises that were well beyond their current physical capabilities, and paid zero regard to using proper form. In their eyes, the more tired they made the contestants, and the more they made them hurt, the better. Unfortunately, this mentality plagues most people, including many fitness professionals. This show completely demonizes what living a truly healthy lifestyle is all about. To live a healthy lifestyle, you do NOT need to:
1) Exercise for 6-8+ hours per day
2) Perform exercises that are WAY too advanced and dangerous for your current fitness level
3) Eat like a bird and starve yourself
4) Exercise to the point of extreme mental and physical exhaustion
5) Push yourself through excruciating pain
6) Be verbally abused
7) Pass out or throw up during a workout
8) Obsess about a number on the scale
This is NOT a healthy lifestyle, and it is certainly not one that will be sustained for more than a very short period of time. It is the definition of insanity, and will prevent you from getting started in the first place, and will set you up to fail...or worse.
Shame on NBC, and the ''trainers'' who have sold themselves out to make lots of money, and at the expense of these contestants and the millions of people out there who are struggling to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Contrary to what they, and the diet industry want you to believe, there is NO safe or effective magic formula or quick fix. They are instilling fear in people and are trying to scare/shame them into buying their product (or watching it).
Living a healthy lifestyle is NOT rocket science. It should not remove the fun and joy in life, it should not consume all of your thoughts, it should not make you miserable, and it should not hurt. It SHOULD enhance your life, it should be practical, and it should be sustainable.
Some of my tips to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle include:
1) Make healthy choices most of the time. Consume nutrient dense foods
2) Be aware of your portions. Measure if necessary
3) Make sure you consume enough protein. Base all of your meals and snacks around protein and compliment them with carbs and healthy fats
4) Prepare most of your food in advance. Proper preparation prevents poor performance...in the kitchen
5) Treat yourself in moderation
6) Work out/be active for at least 30-60 minutes, most days of the week
7) Do not neglect performing strength training. Compliment your strength training with cardio. I will usually opt for high intensity interval training over longer steady state cardio
8) Focus on performing compound exercises
9) Do not beat yourself up if you have a bad day
10) Do not fall prey to quick fixes or fad workout that promise results overnight
11) Be accountable
Be smart and use your brain. If something seems like it is too good to be true, or seems extreme, it likely is. Enhance ALL facets of your life by adopting a healthy lifestyle, and do it the right way. It might take practice and fine-tuning, but it will be WELL worth it. I hope that Ali Vincent is able to establish a healthy lifestyle that will lead to lifelong results, and one that won't compromise her health, well-being and happiness, something that she, and virtually all of the past contestants, were robbed of when they competed on The Biggest Loser.