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The Biggest Loser: Motivating or Depressing?

I enjoy The Biggest Loser, well except for last week's show, which was crap. I do however take it with a grain of salt realizing that the contestants are on this show and their only obligation is to lose weight. No kids, no work, no holidays, no school, no McDonald's, just weight loss. I am thrilled that it does motivate some of us to get off the couch and lose some weight too, but the New York Times is reporting the show may make some of us feel worse than we did before watching the show. (Thanks to BuzzSugar for the lead on this one.)

Here's why:

"...If you’re losing two pounds a week and you’re watching The Biggest Loser, you probably think your diet is going horribly. If you lose two pounds a week and you’re not watching the show, you probably think your diet is going great.

I fully agree, which is why I say you need to take it with a grain of salt. Take the tips and tidbits with you, but leave the expectations that you're going to lose ten plus pounds a week at the door. I get angry when the contestants are all mad over losing less than ten pounds a week because in the real world, even half a pound weight loss is an accomplishment to be celebrated. Remember to watch the show tonight!

What do you guys think? Do you find The Biggest Loser to be motivating or depressing?


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