Do weight loss shows help us lose weight?

2 Feb

I love watching weight loss shows. I’m so torn between The Biggest Loser on Channel Ten and Excess Baggage on Channel Nine that I can’t decide which to watch and which to record. I have decided to watch Excess Baggage because The Biggest Loser is available online. As long as I get my daily fix of both shows I’m happy. I’m mostly happy I’m not on either of these shows. I’m not someone who responds to pressure well. I have a strong aversion to pressure, orders, deadline and stress in general, especially when it comes to something as personal as my weight.

I will never have a personal trainer or a dietician. I love reading interviews and articles about diet and exercise and being in control of my own journey. I am in charge of me. So what makes someone go on one of these shows? There are people who thrive under environments of constant pressure and direction. These people have personal trainers and probably cope with stress better than the rest of us. My sister loves having a personal trainer. Her personal trainer is crucial to her health and a close friend. When she describes her sessions with her trainer it sounds like some kind of hell to me. Someone yelling at me to do one more push up or to eat less? Get lost!

Weight loss shows are like research for me. I like to see what they eat and how they exercise but in general I think they are way to harsh and stressful. I wonder how these poor people feel when they leave the show. I wonder if they can continue their journey to health without all the direction and monitoring. I want to hug them all and I pray they take back control of their lives.

Sitting down on the couch watching these shows doesn’t actually burn calories but it can give you some pointers you can implement into your own life. What these shows do for me is they make me appreciate my relatively good health and reasonable weight. I have days like most women when I feel fat and disgusting, but I’m not. I’m 160 centimetres tall and I weigh under 60 kilos. I should be happy with that and stop trying to be thinner, prettier, more toned. Because when does it end? The truth is that it never does. Happiness isn’t about what you weigh, it’s about accepting yourself for who you are. If you want to make changes go ahead, but don’t wait to appreciate yourself until you get there. Losing five kilos isn’t going to make me feel happier, more successful. It’s not going to give my kids confidence, earn money for my family, find a publisher for my book or achieve any of my life goals. I can walk, talk, breath and dream. Health is important when it comes to these things but weight isn’t for me.

Funnily enough, My Kitchen Rules does help me maintain my current weight. Also online so I can watch episodes when I have time, My Kitchen Rules and similar food shows teach me to appreciate the gift of food. Food is cooked with such care and creativity. Plates are made to look so pretty. The portions are always so small and the finest ingredients are used. Food is treasured. Food is treated and eaten with respect. If we all cooked and ate like this, savouring every bite, we’d find it much easier to lose or maintain weight. How many times have you heard we should slow down when eating, chew our food, savour it, taste it and stop eating when full. Love your food and it will love you back. The fifth Tim Tam never tastes as good as the first, right?

I’m writing this blog late at night watching Excess Baggage which I taped on my Foxtel IQ. I plan to catch up on The Biggest Loser and My Kitchen Rules online. Hopefully the sum of all these amazing shows is relief that my weight is reasonable, happiness at the fact that I’m not and never will be a contestant on a weight loss show and an appreciation for the amazing food we enjoy in Australia.

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

3 Responses to “Do weight loss shows help us lose weight?”

  1. wartica February 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    I totally agree; I think these shows do give people a lot of motivation to want to stay in shape. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)


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  3. joabiadmin March 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I am trying to improve the quality of my food. I think it’s what you do most days, not occasionally.


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