I love watching 'The Biggest Loser' (obviously because I'm a trainer) and season 11 has proven to be one with a difference already. The show has introduced two new trainers, apart from Bob and Jillian, but are keeping their identities secret from the viewing world for now. In episode 1, the contestants had to choose between Bob and Jillian and the 'Unknowns', as they've chosen to call the new trainers. They were also given the choice of 4 weeks immunity if they choose the 'unknowns'. I can really see how this can resonate with the general viewing public. Often times individuals tend to stick with one trainer, because they build a bond and grow to trust them. They are therefore very hesitant if they are put in a position to switch or get someone new. It's human nature. Very smart of the show to add an extra incentive to allow for an easier transition.
At the beginning of episode 2, the host, Alison Sweeney, acknowledges that group 2, the group with the 'unknown trainers' blew group one out of the water when it came to first week weight loss. She poses a challenge to group one that if they lose more weight that week than group two, then they will get immunity and cash.
In as much as I love the show, and think that a little competition is a great motivator, I can't help but think of how this show is laden with unhealthy practices. These contestants, I believe, are now going to cut calories even further and try to exercise even harder to lose the weight faster. This will in the end (meaning long after they leave the show) put them at risk of weight gain (be it major or minor). Their skin will also not be able to bounce back as quickly leaving them with extra flab.
I think that the first few seasons of Biggest Loser did more to educate and help the contestants and now the producers are just getting crazy for ratings and not thinking about the consequences as much. We have no idea what's going on behind the scenes and when the cameras aren't rolling.
What do you think? Let me know...
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