I've never been a big fan of the show The Biggest Loser. Maybe it's my background in fitness, but I've just always been appalled at a show that touts over-exercising and extreme dieting as an acceptable way to lose weight.
And I think what always worried me the most was I never, ever saw anything in the news about the unhealthy consequences a show like this could have on someone.
At the very least, I always thought each episode should start off with a "Don't try this at home" message, but, unless I'm wrong, I've never seen one.
People who are uneducated about health, nutrition, and exercise, might look at a show like this and think they are capable of doing the same routines as the contestants. What the people at home don't have are the doctors and experts that the contestants have to monitor them and help if something goes wrong.
Not to mention the fact that most people do not have a private chef and 5 to 6 hours a day to devote to their health and fitness routine.
Well, finally some people are catching on. MSNBC had this article up about the dangers of such extreme weight loss methods. I really suggest you read it, especially if you look to the Biggest Loser as an inspiration for your own weight loss.
Do any of you watch the Biggest Loser? How do you feel about the exercise and eating programs the contestants follow? Do you feel they are unsafe, or believe it's ok for people to go to such extremes to lose weight?