In: FITNESS TV
Fit TV: Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss EditionMay 31, 2011
As you know I’m not a fan of NBC’s hit weight loss show The Biggest Loser. I outlined all of my…Read More
The Biggest Loser: 5 Ways To Make The Show Better! (Podcast)May 25, 2011
So NBC’s hit weight loss show The Biggest Loser is in in full swing again – with big ratings and big weight…Read More
THE BIGGEST LOSER: MY TAKE ON THE NEW TRAINERSJanuary 6, 2011
So here we are in season 11 of the Biggest Loswer and the show has added two new trainers to the…Read More
DYING TO WINNovember 17, 2010
Do Weight Loss Shows Push Safety Limits Too Far?
Yesterday I read that a contestant on Obese, ABC’s new upcoming extreme weight loss show, was hospitalized. Apparently 25-year-old LaRhonda Darby took a medicine known as a diuretic to make her body shed water. The problem is that LaRhonda severely dehydrated herself to dangerous levels, enough so that she actually required intravenous fluids. The company behind Obese – 3 Ball Productions, yes the same company that produces The Biggest Loser – commented that Darby’s usage was unrelated to her weight loss. Hmm, I don’t know about that.
Still, the question has to be asked – just what are these people willing to do for money? I’ve always said that whenever money is a person’s motivation to lose weight, there will always be compromises in judgment. I remember a few seasons ago on The Biggest Loser when Neal purposely gained water weight by drinking two gallons of water (and salt) to throw a weigh in and get someone on his team sent home. He actually weighed in something like 12 lbs. heavier! If you’re truly looking to be healthier and get fit, does that sound like a sound decision?Read More
INFOMERCIAL INSANITYOctober 7, 2010
I usually tune in to Saturday Night live for a good laugh, but over the years I’ve realized nothing is as funny (or ridiculous) as the fitness products advertised in all those late night infomercials.
Those “skits” are hysterical – complete with actors, scripts and wobbly sets. My face muscles definitely get a workout from these products as do my abdominals, from all the cramping caused by my laughter! But then I get angry. Why do people buy this garbage?
I asked myself the same question when I saw this recent segment on the Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford. The two hostesses were chatting with fitness “expert” and author Jennifer Cohen, as she took them through some of the current products on the market. Given Cohen’s credentials I was really hoping she’d take the opportunity to start telling some home truths about what, in my opinion, are money wasting gadgets – but boy, was I wrong! Take a look at this:Read More