HerStrawberri's Journal, 18 July 2011

Ok so I'm watching Extreme makeover weight loss and while I'm very happy for the girl in the show, I honestly feel it's giving other big chicks the wrong impression. The girl lost 160 in 6 months!!! Now, I'm NOT some weight loss professional and I have LOTS to learn.....but there is ONe thing I DO know and it's this.......if you lose weight that fast you will almost always gain it back. Giving others the impression that you can lose 100 freaking lbs in 3 months is just so unrealistic. OMg if I could lose 100 lbs in 3 months and be healthy and NOT GAIN IT BACK i would be so on that. But I KNOW it's just NOt going to happen. i don't get these shows. I think it also makes people feel like fat people can just lose the weight super fast and that it's NOT HARD. Ummm yeah ok...that's why we have such an obesity problem...because it's so EASY to lose weight. I also feel that you have to deal with the underlying issues that caused you to gain weight in the first place. if you don't do THAT you will also gain the weight back. It really makes me sad. I mean, I totally get why these shows are so successful......but what happens when the show is over?

Diet Calendar Entries for 18 July 2011:
1308 kcal Fat: 66.17g | Prot: 122.25g | Carb: 53.82g.   Breakfast: Egg, breakfast sausage, Sausage Link, bacon. Dinner: 7g Net Carb Tortillas, Mayonnaise, cottage cheese. Snacks/Other: choco chip granola bar /. more...
3730 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 30 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...


I understand what you mean. We are just regular people though, learning as we go basically. They have someone come in and totally walk by them (I think Chris Powell even lives with them for the first three months) teaching them everything they need to do and know. I follow a few of them on Twitter and Facebook and so far, it seems like they have kept it off. But, I TOTALLY get what you are saying. I haven't started watching tonight's episode. Getting ready to tuck the kiddos in bed and head that way. I DVR'd it. :D 
18 Jul 11 by member: kcook323
I always go back to the amount of extra skin. With losing weight slowly, my body has a hope of having less extra skin. I would imagine that 160 pounds in 6 months would mean you would need surgery and I don't think that is something I am willing to do. The other thing is that they do deal with the underlying issues they don't always show it because it is not as exciting as being able to show the big losses. 
19 Jul 11 by member: BrandyRelaxing
Amen sister!! The fact of the matter is, the mass of people don't have those kinds of resources available (like this show and others) to do this kind of transformation. So what kind of help messae are we sending Americans? If you really want a quick fix to your problem, get a casting call. Other than that you can grit your teeth and change your life yourself (or fall pray to the weightloss industry "quick fixes" ala HCG). Ya know, I;m a DIY'er at heart and have built many things I'm proud of. I think I'll "Pimp My OWN Ride" thank you very much... Peace. ;) 
19 Jul 11 by member: nolechick
Hey I watched that last night too. I am kind of torn, I have never been big just a little chunky....but I feel like the show can be both helpful and hurtful to people trying to lose a lot of weight. It shows people that it IS possible to lose the weight and change your life but at the same time it gives others this unrealistic goal that weight loss can be that fast. I mean I guess anyone her size could lose the weight that fast, BUT they would need lots of money, a lot of time off of work, a nanny and lets face it most people can't afford that. I like shows like extreme makeover weight loss and biggest loser but even in my life it sometimes screws up my perspective on how much weight I should/could be losing each week. I feel like those types of shows give the general public false info on how quick it is to lose weight and how "easy" it is to lose weight, and I wish I could tell the world that its not as easy as tv edits it to look. 
19 Jul 11 by member: allieaac
People have to understand that he IS pretty much holding their hand. That kind of motivation is SO HARD to find and keep on your own. However, my sister has lost over 60lbs in 6months...she's now gonna become a beachbodies coach.  
19 Jul 11 by member: NoChubbyMom
During last night's show she said that she had to make time to work out for 4 hrs a day. I've heard that on the Biggest Loser they work out like 8 hrs a day. I'm not a good exerciser. I haven't done any since the beginning of this year and even then, I did good to get 30 minutes in. lol 
19 Jul 11 by member: kcook323
Thank you all for the responses. I think it's great that girl lost over 200 lbs in a year. I have lost 50 lbs in 3 months and I'm so happy I have been able to do that. I do think though, losing 100 lbs in 3 months can't possibly be good for your body...but maybe I'm wrong. Like I've said before, I'm NOt an expert. Just someone very surprised at the time frame and weight loss on that show last night. I just don't want someone really struggling with their weight who might be big like that girl thinking she/he can loose 100 lbs in 3 months, and whens he DOESNT she gets all depressed and falls deeper into the weight gain/loss cycle. With that being said, she did look so great at the end and she was so happy. It broke my heart listening to her talk in the beginning about how she thought she wasn't worth it and how she gave up on herself. I'm glad she found 'herself'.  
19 Jul 11 by member: HerStrawberri
This is basically the root of my hatred for BL & all shows like it. I have not watched EM: WL & do not ever intend to because I think losing that much weight in such a short time is insanity. Honestly, I feel that losing it slowly is the price I should pay for allowing myself to gain so much. That's not a bad thing. The harder I have to work for each & every pound, the more valuable it is to me that I have progressed this far & the less likely I will be to slack off & go back to my old, morbidly obese life. Working out for 4 hours a day is ridiculous, not for the simple fact that it's physically taxing, but because it doesn't promote balance. You don't become morbidly obese by having balance in your life. You just don't. So putting these people through extreme diet & exercise programs teaches them NOTHING about balance. Omg I could go on...but I have work to do, lol. 
19 Jul 11 by member: kstubblefield
I do not watch weight loss shows because I find them discouraging. For one these people have major professional help, they get to work out between 6-8 hours a day and they have someone helping them cook and shop. If I could work out for 6-8 hours a day and then come home to have someone help me cook, and grocery shop it would be amazing and I am sure I would lose major weight too but unfortunatly... I have to work, and I have to cook, and I only have a 2 hour window for exercise.. so slow and steady is where it is at for me and personally I think for me having to work that extra little bit means enjoying it more when that weight finally comes off, and I also know that I have created a blanace that I can maintain for the rest of my life not just for a short term.  
19 Jul 11 by member: pixidaisy
"Get to" work out?? I guess I'm just a control freak or something because that doesn't sound amazing at all. As a matter of fact I would really hate it for someone to "help" me do all that stuff. And I don't do anything for 6-8 hours a day that I don't get paid very well for unless it's sleeping. Hell, I wouldn't do it for 4 without getting paid. Even 2 hours a day would cramp my style enough to take time away from my family & taking into account that exercise for that long of a duration eats away at muscle mass so I'd have to take extra steps to preserve it somehow...no thank you. 
19 Jul 11 by member: kstubblefield
Well you know what I mean, get to was a bad choice of words lol. I don't actually work out for 2 hours a day but that is how big my window is for working out the rest is consumed by life (working, friends, family etc), I only do an hour a day sometimes less. I know working out for long periods of time is not beneficial but I am just saying they have nothing else to worry about. I could lose 100 pounds in a short amount of time as well if I was shipped off to a rehab facility where the only thing I had to do all day was work out and have someone to cook for me. However; I probably wouldn't learn anything either and the second I left said place I would probably gain that 100 pounds back because I wouldn't know how to balance life, or how to feed my face properly or anything like that.  
19 Jul 11 by member: pixidaisy


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