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Fat March: Episode One Recap

Raise your hand if you watched Fat March on ABC last night....

My hand is raised but not proudly. As one of the biggest fans of The Biggest Loser, Fat March could have also been one of my favorites, however it didn't even come close. The show starts off with twelve contestants who are obese, who apparently knew they were going on the show to lose weight, but they weren't sure as to how. The premise was revealed as this: The contestants will be granted $100,000 each if they all walk 500 miles. Oddly, it kind of reminds me of a hodgepodge of all the reality shows currently on TV. There are challenges along the way and contestants get voted off. Each person that leaves the march, either by quitting or getting voted off, means $10,000 less in the jackpot for those that make it to the end. So far, the group is down to $80,000 -- This is because one person quit and another was voted off. I will be shocked if they end up with any money at the finish line.

I see how ABC could have thought this was a good idea for a show, but it does fall short. The reason I like The Biggest Loser is because it offers many tips for the viewers to lose weight. It is motivational and inspirational. The contestants work their asses off and it shows. The Fat March did not offer any tips and came off as just a bunch of folks whining about having to walk. Also, walking 13 miles per day is not something an average person can integrate into their daily life and it's just not realistic for those of us watching.

One thing I do think was interesting was to see how hard walking was on the contestants' bodies. 2.5 miles was all they had to walk on day one and it was incredibly hard for them. This is because the extra weight an obese person puts is the pressure of seven times their body weight on their knee joints each time they take a step. As a result most of the contestants had hardly walked around the block in the past few years, let alone a mile or two. One thing to be learned from this is the enormous toll fat can take on your body. Test yourself and try to walk 2.5 miles on your own in one day (either outside or on the treadmill). If that proves too difficult, you more than likely seriously need to get in shape.

I'm going to keep watching the show because I want to see how much weight they end up losing. Did any of you guys watch it? What did you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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bethiesny bethiesny 9 years
I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser, and was also looking forward to Fat March. I'll probably keep watching, but it won't be with the same enthusiasm with which I watch TBL. I think Bob Harper is just fantastic - I love that he strives for a personal connection with everyone he trains. Does anyone watch Big Medicine on TLC? I find that show fascinating!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I haven't seen it (I don't have TV)... but the guy trainer is co-owner (with his wife) of an all-female gym I used to go to, here in Florida. He is stunningly goodlooking in real life and always a very nice, genuine guy. That said, I don't like the idea of the voting people off either. That sort of cheapens the whole purpose behind the show in my opinion.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
The title of this show still makes me cringe.
SpicerK SpicerK 9 years
I also love The Biggest Loser and I watched this show because I love to see people lose weight. I was disappointed because they said EVERYONE will win $100,000 each and failed to mention until the end that people can possibly get voted off which sucked. It's nothing like The Biggest Loser which I can't wait to watch in September. They should have kept the Preacher on.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Well said, Mainly Obsessed. I think the critique was fair and not at all mean. Fat March is a cruel exercise in trotting out overweight people for viewers' temporary amusement and not about long-term health benefits like The Biggest Loser is. Be mad at the network, not at Fitsugar, for pointing that out...
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
Bahia, I may be overstepping my boundaries here, but chill. I'm not saying you have to agree with everything fitsugar (or any of the sugars) says - and I don't have a problem with you voicing your opinion, but that was kind of an attack...(which is frowned upon here :(). And, how can you say that about her (I'm assuming it's a her) before you've met her? What she writes and who she is are probably two totally different things, and to me being judgmental is a much worse quality than being shallow...
Bahia Bahia 9 years
Judging from a lot of posts I've read on here it seems that you really enjoy watching shows about a lot of over weight people. It sucks theese people couldn't inspire and motivate you because that is really the whole reason for them being on shows like that, and to help you feel good about yourself because they are just so overweight. You seem beyond shallow and that fake nice crap is very transparent. I'm sure you pat on youself on the back every time you make a nice comment about fat people. Those people are trying to better their lives. You just blog about how whiny they are and how everyone at the gym does things that annoy you. Please get over youself, they may be fat but they are a million times better than you!
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
Okay I watched it, and I think your post was dead on. First, the premise is confusing. Naturally, it's a reality show, so there's all the typical crying and whining and the stock characters and the "challenges." But I couldn't figure out how they were forced to vote people off and then lost money for it. It doesn't create tension OR bonding so it's a kind of pointless notion. Are they competing or not? I really don't get it. And at one point they had to like go back and walk someone else's miles? I don't know. And the idea that they are just going to walk off all the weight...I don't know, I definitely like Biggest Loser better because they are in gyms, with trainers, using easy to replicate routines, and then at home with their families, so it's more inspiring to people watching. Even if these people drop a ton of weight, it's just like "Well, I could lose X pounds too if I walked that many miles across the country." The diet seems decent...I hope they start doing some other exercise soon. Like you said, I'll probably keep watching, just to see how they all fare...and the one male trainer is hot.
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
Why vote people off? I dont get it...
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I missed it, but now I feel like I didn't miss out.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I was thinking the same thing Mainly. It's not fair that they end up losing out. This sounds like a really BAD idea to me. I am overweight and can walk 3.5 miles a day easily, but 13? I have a friend training for the 3-Day and it took a long time and a lot of hard work to get to 13. This just sounds cruel.
Antsa Antsa 9 years
I hadn't heard about this show, but it "sounds" like a good idea. Though, going from no or very little walking to doing 2.5 miles could be hard especially if you haven't mentally prepared yourself for it.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
Wait...that doesn't quite make sense to me - are they forced to vote off other contestants? Because if they are it really isn't fair to take off money from the jackpot now is it?
luvbugg luvbugg 9 years
I want to do it!
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