|November 12, 2013||Posted by Carrie under Biggest Loser|
I’m a little behind as Season 15 of The Biggest Loser premiered 4 weeks ago. Friday is my day to sit down and catch up on the few shows I like to watch each week.
In past seasons, I’ve talked a lot about The Biggest Loser and I didn’t want to let too much time go by before bringing it up.
There are a lot of changes to this season – I’ll catch you up on a few if you’re not watching.
There are still 3 trainers – Jillian, Bob and Dolvett.
The trainers selected the contestants. And then they watched them during the first week and divided them into teams based on how well they’d fit with the trainers. Gone are the people who aren’t quite ready to make drastic changes to their lives. It’s a group of people who are working their butts off. There’s an Olympic weightlifter and a winner from American Idol. There’s A LOT LESS drama. Although the contestants stories are still very compelling.
Jillian’s team is the White team – gone is the black “outsider” type team character. (although I think she was the white team last season, too). But, her team isn’t made up of the hardest luck stories. They’re all pretty equal.
The show is now airing in 1 hour increments instead of 1 1/2 or 2 that had been a few seasons. On one hand they show a lot less drama and social interaction between the contestants, but on the other hand, the episode flies by and it seems like you hardly get to see what happened.
I like the shorter show. However, now it’s really feeling like a competition. They’re all really competitive and there aren’t the people that have to really break down to figure out why they’re there or what they want to do about their health. In a good way, it’s reminding everyone that it is a competition. This isn’t reality of how to get healthy. These people are undergoing something really really drastic and not at all sustainable at that pace/level.
The worst part of the show is how much it focuses on working out to lose weight. I hate when they have a bad week, the first thing they go to is that they worked hard in the gym. Losing weight is so much more about diet – exercise is just a part. I still wish they’d talk more about nutrition and not only when they have a product placement.
I still think it’s inspiring. And with a lot less whining from contestants, it’s easier to get behind them and cheer them on.
With all of the negative parts of the show, it’s nice to see a bunch of people who are actually very supportive of each other and working hard to make changes in their lives. I still love to watch them succeed at a hard workout and to realize their potential. I love to watch when they realize that they are stronger than they thought and that feeling healthy and strong is so much better than they way they felt before.
I’m also appreciative of a show that continues to make improvements so that it can continue to be around. I wish they weren’t still out there telling people that eating 1200 calories a day and working out for 4 hours a day was the only way to lose weight. Ugh. Because it’s not.
The Biggest Loser is great at helping people see their potential. I like to take a few good lessons out of watching the show and leave the rest by the wayside. It’s not perfect. Not at all.
But, it’s good TV and it does get people talking about getting healthy.
Do you watch Biggest Loser? Do you like the changes this season?