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Fitness TV shows....I can't take it anymore

Merkaba

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Get Shredded!
I Watched a certain popular TV game/reality show about weight loss and I knew I was ready to post my "fed up " thread here...luckily a conversation on FaceBook (of course) let me pretty much say what I needed to say....
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ME- Wow. I'm watching a certain weight loss show on t.v. that is actually "predicting" the death dates of contestants if they didn't change. Ok I know it's something to think about but this is too far with the marketing crap. What better way to get you to feel like you need their products,etc, than the fear of death wrapped up in it all? I've lost 4 lbs since Sunday, No cardio, and no lame trainer marketing crap.

Response from a friend: You're not addicted to food. It's a horrible thing to live with and even worse to try and fight.

ME- And there in lies the problem. This show is soooo successful and entertaining it makes people automatically assume it's accurate and realistic. It's not. Addicted is a very strong word to use, and shouldn't be used lightly. There is nothing on this show that deals with food addiction. Just weight loss(Not fat loss, two totally different things). If one is addicted to food, working out for 8 hours a day(which would automatically put safety as a secondary priority) is not going to deal with that. More reps of an exercise is not going to deal with that. The let down of "ONLY" losing 5 pounds this week is not going to deal with that. Thinking you need to run on a tread mill until you fall off and then get stood upon by your "trainer" is not going to help with the problem. Tasks and games and penalties that revolve around food temptations is not great for a food addict. A pseudo-psychological reflection of days gone by and tear jerking moments to tie in with a captivating storyline of weight gain while telling someone to never give up MIGHT just be beneficial. But you can't really make an interesting show out of that psychology... unless you make it something like "Hoarders" or "Strange Addiction" in which those people all are at least talking to or contemplating talking to psychologists about their problems, not a trainer.
If one is addicted to food, they need to see a specialist, not be on a game show based on their addiction's nemesis and competing for a quarter mil.

Now if one has a severe overeating problem that can stem from various causes, usually emotional issues or lack of knowledge about nutritional intake and things like insulin and serotonin responses, then I would say it might be worth me actually falling for it and using the tax software program the trainer recommended since it is January, or maybe some other useless product or "low fat" food they pitch. Most dieters cut their fats and calories too low, a common problem. But this is what people want to hear and what they want to buy into, and why they yo yo, not because of an addiction. If anything the program actually shows that most peoples problems aren't addictions, they are emotional baggage with a feeling of needing to be cleared and a need to kick someones ass metaphorically or, take it out on yourself and actually kick your own ass, one or the other, in order to release that anchor. This is why yelling in someone's face real loud can help. That won't help an addict.

From a marketing and money making business venture it's genius. From a fitness and health standpoint it's sophomoric and lacking and I'm not the only one who thinks so. The only reason why I'm not more qualified to eat any of these trainers lunches is because I live in South Carolina and don't know somebody that knows somebody. Ahhh...Thanks, I really needed that!
 

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Unless you have some type of actual medical problem (Thyroid i.e.) there is no reason you can't cut back. I've lost over 110lbs from my highest weight and have kept it off for two years now. Its about motivation and finally just being fed up. No one is going to make you lose weight, you have to do that yourself. I guess for some people that is a hard pill to swallow. I was in an argument with someone before about weight loss. Their point was that these "fat" people didn't have the time or money to cook good meals at home. Instead they chose to eat off dollar menus. I called bullshit. Cook your meals on the weekend, for the whole week. Stop eating at McDonalds or at least eat more responsibly when you do. Two steps to weight loss and you're done. Simple as that.
 

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Unless you have some type of actual medical problem (Thyroid i.e.) there is no reason you can't cut back. I've lost over 110lbs from my highest weight and have kept it off for two years now. Its about motivation and finally just being fed up. No one is going to make you lose weight, you have to do that yourself. I guess for some people that is a hard pill to swallow. I was in an argument with someone before about weight loss. Their point was that these "fat" people didn't have the time or money to cook good meals at home. Instead they chose to eat off dollar menus. I called bullshit. Cook your meals on the weekend, for the whole week. Stop eating at McDonalds or at least eat more responsibly when you do. Two steps to weight loss and you're done. Simple as that.

Well there is a half of my brain that agrees with you 100%. Then the other side says not really. For many people eating and food and everything all together is a rut, a real problem, with lots of emotional shit going on. And some people's make up makes it harder than others. But addicted or "needing to be here cause you have so much more to learn"....???? No.
 
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