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the elephant in the room

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

ok for some reason the link keeps going to the bottom, try this one and see if it works. thanks.

Has anyone read this? See, this is my love hate relationship with the Biggest Loser and any of the other "weight loss quick" shows.
You all know, well most of you, who have lost a significant amount of weight, and especially if you are over a certain age, that your body doesnt miraculously get tight and toned such as they want us to think it does on the BL.
While I know they work out alot, like training for the Olympics workout, they still arent going to go from 450 pounds to 180 and not have some skin and some other visible signs of the loss.
I know I have blogged about this before, but this isnt a crapshoot show, they DO NOT pick people at random.
This is how they are able to bring us the heart wrenching back stories of some of the contestants.
They are examined, etc long before the show.
They have experts who pick and choose the contestants they believe they can show as fit and toned and not the ones who are going to be jiggly.
At any rate, they need to stop pretending to the home viewers that they too can look this way and not ever have to have surgery to help remove skin and that their bodies will be prefectly toned and no scars and life will be sunshine and roses.
They have past contestants come on to encourage and you can see that some of them have gained some of their weight back, which is typical especially if you lose it so quickly.
The girl they had on this past season who lost so much weight, that was scary.
The biggest incentive for them to lose the weight is money.
That is not a good reason in my opinion, yes, we all need money and some way more than others, but when she went home and came back, she looked sickly, almost anorexic.
This is not a good way for her to have lost the weight, and probably she has gained some back.
Anyway, this story is inspiring and sad all at once, that this woman lost all this weight on her own, and then her pic was rejected because who wants to see the truth right??
No one wants to admit that this is what happens to our bodies after a significant amount of weight loss.
This is probably one reason that holds alot of people back from really going for it.
Fear of having loose hanging skin.
Fear of having to have plastic surgery and even bigger fear of not getting approval for it.
There is a plastic surgeon here in my town, and he only really does surgeries on patients who have the WLS at the hospital he works from. In fact, they only brought him here once they started doing alot of WLS here, to keep people from going elsewhere for the surgery.
I recall when I made the choice not to have WLS, the surgeon told me that if I was lucky enough to lose any weight on my own that my insurance wouldnt cover my reconstructive surgery since it wasnt related to WLS.
I said oh well, and left her office and never looked back and I am happy with that decision.
I am often left shaking my head at the decision of some and most insurance companies not to pay for these surgeries.
Well any way that is my rant for the day.
I have so many other things I could rant about but I will save it for tomorrow, its so hot in here.
That is one of my rants, the heat and lack of having my a/c unit fixed yet!!!
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  • PCOH051610
    Very well said!
    2361 days ago
    I agree with you. I lost almost 100lbs in 2004-2005, and I had some loose skin. Well, guess what, at 44 and having gained and lost the same 100lbs again, I have more loose skin. The good part is, I am not trying to win any beauty contests. It's not about that. It's about being able to get up in the morning and not be in crippling pain, and to be able to do what I want, physically and otherwise. That weight was holding me back. Loose skin won't hold me back from anything.
    2363 days ago
  • GORDON66
    I take The Biggest Loser with a grain of salt, because it's an unrealistic way to lose weight. I have to have a job to pay my bills, so I couldn't be locked up for months on end in a weight loss compound. With that said, the show does provide some inspiration. I just wish it would focus more on the process rather than the silly challenges.
    2363 days ago
    Thank you for sharing.

    I haven't watched the Biggest Loser in years. I just can't watch Jillian scream at people.

    Congrats to all who lose that much! They should be proud!
    2363 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    I have never really seen much of the biggest loser but I always go back to the same thing with all "reality tv" is that no matter how "real" it is, it is still prodcuced. So of course they are going to find stories and certain stereotypes and all that. But, with that said, that is a really sad story about her being rejected. Having lost over 200 lbs myself, I understand all the skin issues, it is something I deal with every day but in the end, it is much better to have that and healthy than to not and be 500 lbs again!
    2363 days ago
    My skin frequently looks like I've been in the bathtub too long. So what? A Loose, jiggly body and undefined body contours are a small price to pay to be at a healthy weight and to be able to move freely and do more things.
    Yes, the show isn't straight forward. Somehow reality TV always seems to celebrate the worst of humanity. Not everyone could or should do what those people chose to do. It is their choice. I won't sit in judgment of them. I have felt that desperate a time or two myself. The inner journey of learning what lead us to overeat is a much more difficult thing to get in our grasp. Those are the real things that fixing to stay at a healthy weight for life.

    2364 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    well i appreciate everyones comments and yes the biggest loser contestants motivate and are real people. but the editing and producing of the show is not real.
    it does not show that in between weigh ins is not 1 week but up to 4 to 6 weeks, this coming from former contestants.
    and as we seen in the last season, many of the contestants were taking fat burners, etc.
    do you ever wonder why the women all wear shorts and sports bras early on, the men, only shorts. but as the show progresses, the women and men both wear spandex shorts and spandex shirts, then you look closely you can see the men are wearing body contouring undergarments. the clothes get tighter and you get this idea that wow they look so great.
    but all the fat and saggy skin is sucked up and taped and spandexed over.
    do they do this to protect the pride of the contestant???
    hardly, how could they when they have stood before the world in their bra and shorts??
    no, they do it to give the audience this idea that there is no ugly side to weight loss.
    but you still see the arms and thighs. they arent kidding anyone so why try?
    the blog wasnt intended to be all about the biggest loser, but about any show or magazine article that sugar coats what weight loss looks like.
    i used to buy womans world and first magazine and i was motivated by the people and their stories.
    but one woman was interviewed and she admitted that her photos were air brushed.
    rememeber when jamie lee curtis posed in a magazine with no air brushing, while she looked really good, everyone was making this HUGE deal out of it, like what in the world possessed her to appear as she really looks.
    im just saying, you dont lose 140 pounds without some jiggling, some loose skin and why do magazines and tv shows want to act like you do???
    2364 days ago
    That link wouldn't work, but I checked around and found this link.

    Personally, I don't care if I ended up with a bunch of skin, as long as I know I helped my health and heart.
    2364 days ago
    2364 days ago
    i watch biggest loser as it really makes me motivated I really dont mind what others say
    2364 days ago
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