Posted on | January 20, 2010 | 1 Comment
Caught the latest BLA episode last night….. in my opinion they just don’t get it. Sigh.
The blue team needed to win the weigh-in – so their trainer made them exercise for 8 hours each day…. a week later they all get on the scale and are devastated that they’ve all only lost 2kg each. Um hello…… for starters – 2kg is alot. I think everyone needs to realise that they are winning if they have the ability to control their weight. That’s the most important thing. And how loud and long do I need to scream that vigorous exercise is NOT THE ANSWER to weight loss if you haven’t got a diet to match. And what’s going to happen in the real world when these people don’t have this much time to dedicate to training?
Secondly – the contestants must not be eating right. One contestant had such low blood sugar the trainer had to make him drink a sweet sports drink to complete his workout – and the rest of them had it in their heads their weight loss would be fast-tracked if they didn’t eat carbohydrates. Both silly. With the excessive level of exercise they are completing – carbohydrates are essential to fuel the body – and for such obese people – not eating and snacking correctly in between their meals can be life threatening.
Finally – A dance off? You have to be joking. Their weekly challenge was a dance off judged by a group of school kids. Quite humiliating and almost irrelevant -and- as a viewer shocking to watch. Some of the contestants looked like they were attempting a strip tease in front of primary school aged children. No comment.
On a good note – it’s nice to see the contestants supporting each other and seem genuinely interested in keeping people in the competition that need it the most. It seems like a much less ‘bitchier’ version of the American and Australian equivalent.
How I would have improved this episode:
- If you’re going to create a fun challenge – try making it relevant – perhaps a quiz / game / puzzle about nutrition facts
- Get the trainers to educate more on fueling the body correctly
- Don’t over exercise – it’s detrimental to the body, mind and soul
- How about talking less about weight loss on the scales and more about each persons achievements: how many dress size’s they’ve dropped – body fat % loss – cm lost from waist, hip, neck, arm, leg circumference etc
- Get a new host
I hate being a whinger – but I get so worked up watching this show….. and yet I keep watching! I guess that’s reality TV. I think the main reason I get so worked up is because they are broadcasting unrealistic and unsafe weight loss practices. I know I could help each of these people in such a better way – and give each of them a better chance at controlling their weight for life while stressing the fact – it’s not just about a set of scales. Consider your health – achieve ‘normal’ body composition, shape and function and find out what’s happening underneath your skin. And remember – just because you’re skinny – doesn’t mean you’re healthy.