“How bad do you want it?” is one of the various motivational and inspirational weight loss quotes that Bob Harper says as one of the featured trainers on “The Biggest Loser” reality television series. NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” as well as MTV’s “I Used to be Fat,” A&E’s “Heavy,” ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss,” and VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” showcase obese people vying for a prize by losing the highest percentage of weight comparative to their initial weight. These television shows have an extraordinary ability to get millions of viewers by clearly promoting and generating an extreme weight loss among its participants. However, do watching these shows motivate its audience to lose weight or is it counterproductive and encourages taking on dangerous risks by following the show’s regimen?
A recent survey from Reuters reported that half of Americans studied were of the opinion that weight loss reality shows has a positive impact on the obesity problem by being a motivational source. Of the fifteen percent of the people who watch these programs, a little more than half said the shows have prompted them to change their eating habits and forty-eight percent said that they have altered their exercise routines. Conversely, some doctors, nutritionists and physiologists voice concern about these programs’ regimens of austere caloric restriction diets and hours of rigorous exercise, which causes competitors to lose at times more than 15 pounds in a week. A number of healthcare professionals suggest that these reality programs present an unrealistic view on how to achieve significant weight loss.
By definition, motivation can be that encouragement to change built on the examples of other people succeeding in resolving those same issues. You can influence your own levels of motivation and self-confidence by watching these reality shows which will help in the weight loss battle. Weight loss reality programming can be a great motivational tool if you watch these shows and remember that they have a show to produce and sell.