Television viewers go absolutely gaga over The Biggest Loser, the NBC reality show that takes obese, out-of-shape people away from their regular lives and puts them on a punishing full-time fitness and diet regimen aimed at stripping them of pounds. The finalist who loses the biggest percentage of his or her starting weight is the winner. (Most people already know this; I'm more of a Top Chef kind of girl, so the details of the show were new to me.) But some fitness pros cringe when they watch the show, says a new article published in the September issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, the publication for members of the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, a professional association for the fitness and wellness industry. They worry that it gives people the wrong idea of what they need to do to lose weight and get fit.
The article, by fitness pro and writer Amanda Vogel, is available only to IDEA members, but here's the gist of her piece:
What do you think? Does The Biggest Loser inspire you to improve your diet and exercise routine? Or are you discouraged when you don't get the rapid results seen on the show?