1. One problem with shows like the Biggest Loser…

    On Reality TV: First of all, don’t get me wrong— I enjoy watching shows like the Biggest Loser. They’re fun to watch & can be motivating. The thing is, because the “Losers” start out at such a large weight (over 200 lbs, sometimes over 300 lbs) and focus on nothing but fitness, each week they lose massive amounts of weight. Some contestants are extremely upset to “only” lose 5 lbs in one week. While this may be fine for the show (providing us watchers with delicious drama), this can be harmful to real people trying to make real, lasting changes. This can lead “regular” people to have higher expectations (although unrealistic) followed by disappointments at weight loss of 1 lbs or less per week (which is, in reality, healthier). Obviously it’s just TV, and nothing on TV should be fully believed or put into practice in the “real world”, and this may not be a revelation for anyone else, but I really think my expectations have been warped by shows like that (and magazines, etc). What is “healthy”? To be honest, something different for everyone. But 1 lb per week is generally seen as “healthy” weight loss. Come on guys, let’s strive for health! :) Making this into a lifestyle instead of something temporary is infinitely healthier and easier to maintain. ————— On Scales: I’m going to just go ahead and say it: there is no point in weighing yourself everyday. No point. Any weight fluctuations in a day is most probably just water weight. Each pound of fat is about 3500 calories. That is a lot of calories. You’re not going to magically lose 1 lb in a day. Sorry, it’s just not happening. It’s also unhealthy to cultivate an obsessive mindset about scales/ weighing in. When the flavor of your day changes depending on the number on that screen, you know it’s gone too far. And it’s addictive! I know how tempting it is to weigh in every morning. But why bother? Instead, to keep track, once a week is more than sufficient. :)

     
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