The Biggest Loser

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    Sep 12, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    I'm psyched. I don't know why I love this show so much, but I do. The new season started last night and it looks like it's gonna be a good one. They ousted a very whiney woman last night, I forget her name. Didn't really want to be there, I think, though when they showed her now, she's been continuing on with her program of exercise and diet.

    Any other devotees here?
  • MYKENVA

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    Sep 12, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    I must say I'm addicted too. (I love when they cry)...it makes me smile...(i'm so bad) :)
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    Sep 12, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    I've just assumed that, as with most television, the biggest loser would be the viewer.
  • art_smass

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    Sep 12, 2007 5:44 PM GMT
    I watched the first half, knowing that had something else to watch during the second half. I got into it and ended up taping the second half.

    I like the show, but I always find myself laughing out loud at people who cry over everything. If I ever went on a show where I received letters from home, I probably wouldn't even read them. I'd just look into the camera and say "I came onto this show to get away from my family. Stop sending me letters, you freaks!"

    It was Amber who was eliminated. Right now I'm rooting for the music teacher. I want him to come out of the closet just before the final weigh-in.

    Oh, and Sami Brady made a great host.
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    Sep 12, 2007 6:08 PM GMT
    I love the fact that Sami Brady is hosting this show! They should have shown footage of when she FIRST appeared on Days of Our Lives, she was a pretty hefty teenager.

    Amber was getting on my nerves. As soon as she said she wanted to go home when they first started working out, I thought that was the end for her! I am glad that she continued after being booted, good for her.

    I really enjoy this show. I guess being a former heavy person, I see a little bit of me there, HOWEVER, I NEVER cried about it. I did something about it! :-)

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    Sep 12, 2007 6:11 PM GMT
    I was sucked into a marathon of last season this past weekend. Its pretty good, especially now that the hot SUPEROMGMOTIVATED Personal Trainer got rid of his friggin mullet. It is an inspiring show, but it makes me feel down that I am having trouble with 10 - 15 lbs of excess baggage and these people are shedding 150 - 200 lbs each.

    I want to go back to boot camp.
  • jarhead5536

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    Sep 12, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    The appeal of the show has got to be that nobody actually loses anything other than weight. Although there was some cattiness in last night's episode, which bothers me some, the show has nothing but positive outcomes for everyone involved, which makes it different from most "staged confrontation" reality shows out there. I LOVE this show, and nothing inspires me more than seeing these really nice people improve their health so dramatically.
  • jarhead5536

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    Sep 12, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    That trainer IS pretty damn sexy. I have had some seriously nasty fantasies about him...
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    Sep 12, 2007 8:53 PM GMT
    I don't have a TV, mainly because I agree with Mindgarden but also because I don't want to have to pay for a TV licence, but I have seen this show at other peoples place on occasion and I do think it's hilarious (in a Victorian sideshow kind-of way). I especially like it when they cry when they realise how disgusting they are. HAHA!
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:05 PM GMT
    Well, it's TV, and of course it's compacted down, and made for an emotional impact.

    But those people are doing something good for themselves, and proving that you can loose weight. Also good that they show people like the whiner who was kicked off, but then went home and lost 60 some pounds. Maybe not a prize winner, but she still transformed her life, and others can do that at home as well.
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:10 PM GMT
    Bloody stupid programme does more harm than good I think when it comes to perceptions and understanding.

    yes its great it may motivate people to make a change but all these massively overweight people being made to run is just plain stupidity and damaging
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    Do they ever seperate wieght and bodyfat on the contestants when they measure them?
  • jarhead5536

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    Sep 12, 2007 9:58 PM GMT
    Yes they do. Since each person has a different physical makeup, and the teams are co-ed, they compete for percentage of bodyfat lost per team each week, rather than actual pounds. This makes it fair for everyone...
  • art_smass

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    Sep 13, 2007 2:11 AM GMT
    "all these massively overweight people being made to run is just plain stupidity and damaging..."

    I agree with this! I believe it's quite irresponsible of the trainers to make the participants do many of the exercises. Unless the producers are going to supply free orthopedic surgery for life, they should tone it down a notch. It sets a bad example for the entire profession.
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    Sep 13, 2007 4:41 AM GMT
    On our Aussie version last year, one of the contestants had to be taken to hospital after collapsing whilst doing boot-camp style exercising. It's just too extreme in my opinion.

    And although the results are amazing in most of the contestants, the winner of our first series out here had to have plastic surgery to remove all the flaps and folds of saggy skin it left him with. It was disturbing. The runner-up of that series put most of the weight back on after the show and now reps for Weight Watchers, which she says is a more effective form of weight control than the reality TV series.

    It's entertaining to watch, granted.
  • Laurence

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    Sep 13, 2007 10:22 AM GMT
    I love this show.

    We get the Aussie and the US versions shown on cable here in the UK.

    The US version is so much better - no one does enthusiasm like Americans and even exercise looks glamourous over there.

    The Aussie contestants are just too whiney and have zero motivation compared to the American guys.

    Of course it's all very explotative and TV rots the brain, and probably doesn't do much for fitness generally blah, blah, blah. But whatever, I love it for entertainment value alone.

    Lozx
  • art_smass

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    Sep 13, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    Yeah, "Train Wreck" TV might just be my favorite genre. I can't wait for the new season of America's Next Top Model. Watching Tyra smile with her eyes is like crack to me.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 17, 2007 8:07 PM GMT
    I hate all so called reality shows equally.
  • art_smass

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    Sep 20, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    I was happy to see one of the evil women go on last night's show. Those two were plotting against the guys who have been kicking their asses.

    I really was amazed during the weigh-in by how some of the men looked. Their manboobs were so dangly. They almost looked better plumped up. Oh well, I suppose the skin will spring back after a while.

    Remind me to never get over four hundred pounds.
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:49 AM GMT
    I love the show. I think it's an inspiration to millions of Americans. Even though the average American probably wouldn't subject themselves to or have access to the intense training of the people on the show, it still shows the public that it's possible to change your life for the better.

    I probably won't watch much of this season. I usually start watching it towards the end.

    They should have a version of the show that's completely opposite -- skinny guys training to put on muscle. We struggle too!