General chatter - Guilty pleasures--weight-loss TV shows




nakedmango
01-02-2009, 11:34 PM
First confession up front: I watch too much TV. It's on while I do other things, but it's still on a lot. This means I get to watch a lot of different TV shows. One of my guilty pleasures, even since before I started losing weight, was TV shows about weight loss*.

Tonight's tear-jerker weight-loss show was X-weighted. It's a one-hour show on Slice network (which used to Life network but re-branded), and for those of you who are curious, there's some info here (http://www.slice.ca/Shows/showspage.aspx?Title_ID=97067). Tonight's episode was about a woman, an unemployed single mother with two daughters, one of whom had cerebral palsy. The woman started the show with the goal of losing 50 pounds over the six months of filming, and had the fitness goal of biking 50 km while towing her disabled daughter behind her. Since they film for six months, they shows the person's successes and also her struggles--an injury that affect her workouts; a trip to Toronto to visit her sister, who was pregnant with triplets and had to have a c-section too early in the pregnancy, and lost one of the babies; her struggles with money, work and buying more expensive, nutritious food. By the end of the show, I was all teary--not only had she lost 50 pounds and an amazing 23 inches, she completed her 50K bike ride, including towing her daughter, going up a giant hill, and completing it in great time. Everyone who had supported her throughout was there and so happy for her, as was she.

I also watch The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp (http://www.slice.ca/shows/showspage.aspx?Title_ID=105451) and Bulging Brides (http://www.slice.ca/Shows/ShowsPage.aspx?Title_ID=113151). They're not as in-depth as X-weighted--they seem to emphasize "dieting" (to look good for a reunion, an event, or a wedding, not for health) instead of long-term eating and exercise changes--but they're still motivating to me, and besides, I think the guy is cute. :o (Info

I love shows like that. I really think they're motivating, and I like to see what works for other people. I also like to see that even people who succeed have challenges along the way.

So people, fess up: what weight-loss TV shows motivate you? Or even just captivate you?:D


sm177
01-02-2009, 11:50 PM
I watch the same ones you do! And I also saw the x-weighted one today. I also like Superskinny vs Supersize.

I also like the shows on TLC about the obesity problem. They had this story about this guy that lost 700 pounds with Gene Simmons and then within 7 years he gained 800 pounds. I think it's one of the saddest things I can imagine. It's also motivational because it makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to move and run etc, not to mention how lucky I am to be able to actually live a normal life.

Ookpik
01-03-2009, 01:04 AM
I love X-Weighted. I used to watch it on TVTropolis but they've discontinued airing it, so I never see it anymore. I have watched the episode you are talking about, Nakedmango, and a lot of their episodes make me tear up.

As for the trainer, Paul Plakas, I think he is great...he tells it like it is. I was on his website and decided to send him an e-mail, just to tell him how much he and the show have taught me, and tell him a little about my own weight loss. He e-mailed me back a few days later, congratulating me on my weight loss and thanking me for being a fan. So there's my celebrity crush, I thought it was nice he wrote back!


choirgirlhotel
01-03-2009, 02:35 AM
First confession up front: I watch too much TV. It's on while I do other things, but it's still on a lot. This means I get to watch a lot of different TV shows. One of my guilty pleasures, even since before I started losing weight, was TV shows about weight loss*.

Tonight's tear-jerker weight-loss show was X-weighted. It's a one-hour show on Slice network (which used to Life network but re-branded), and for those of you who are curious, there's some info here (http://www.slice.ca/Shows/showspage.aspx?Title_ID=97067). Tonight's episode was about a woman, an unemployed single mother with two daughters, one of whom had cerebral palsy. The woman started the show with the goal of losing 50 pounds over the six months of filming, and had the fitness goal of biking 50 km while towing her disabled daughter behind her. Since they film for six months, they shows the person's successes and also her struggles--an injury that affect her workouts; a trip to Toronto to visit her sister, who was pregnant with triplets and had to have a c-section too early in the pregnancy, and lost one of the babies; her struggles with money, work and buying more expensive, nutritious food. By the end of the show, I was all teary--not only had she lost 50 pounds and an amazing 23 inches, she completed her 50K bike ride, including towing her daughter, going up a giant hill, and completing it in great time. Everyone who had supported her throughout was there and so happy for her, as was she.

I also watch The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp (http://www.slice.ca/shows/showspage.aspx?Title_ID=105451) and Bulging Brides (http://www.slice.ca/Shows/ShowsPage.aspx?Title_ID=113151). They're not as in-depth as X-weighted--they seem to emphasize "dieting" (to look good for a reunion, an event, or a wedding, not for health) instead of long-term eating and exercise changes--but they're still motivating to me, and besides, I think the guy is cute. :o (Info

I love shows like that. I really think they're motivating, and I like to see what works for other people. I also like to see that even people who succeed have challenges along the way.

So people, fess up: what weight-loss TV shows motivate you? Or even just captivate you?:D


Yup, I love X-weighted, bulging brides and the last 10 pounds bootcamp. I don't actually like the Biggest Loser -- it's too long and drawn out. I love Brookhaven Obesity Clinic. I don't know why!

But my FAVORITE guilty pleasure TV show is Real Housewives of Orange County! :o

~CGH~

JackieRn
01-03-2009, 04:01 AM
I like all these shows as well. I'm really excited b/c Ruby starts here in Canada in next week and its supposed to be really good. I like Brookhaven Clinic as well but find it a little depressing when the patients sneak take out. I was able to quit Real Housewives though since coming to Canada.

river
01-03-2009, 08:12 AM
I watch all the same ones, plus I do watch biggest loser too, but it is long and I fast forward through some bits.

nakedmango
01-03-2009, 09:51 AM
Yay! I am not the only one. :D

Has anyone picked up some good tips from those shows? I like to look at Nadine's daily food plan on Bootcamp/Bulging Brides.

And, most importantly, are there any weight-loss shows that I'm missing that I should be watching?!?

AngelD
01-03-2009, 01:25 PM
I could watch weight loss shows all day long. If they could just have them all on one channel I would sign up for it!

I really like X Weighted as sensible motivation. It happens over 6 months and these people are doing it while still living their normal lives. They have to deal with kids, jobs, relationships and all the stuff you can't prepare for. It makes you think that weightloss is actually possible without taking time out from life.

Having said that I absolutely love The Biggest Loser. It's a bit all over the place on UK TV so today I have only just seen the first 2 episodes of the US season 4 despite spending last year constantly watching season 5!

JackieRN I'm the same with Brookhaven Shows. I get so angry with some of the patients there when they sneak in food or complain about being there. They are so lucky to be in a place that wants to help them when there must be countless other people out there who would give anything to get that chance and would really do well there.

choirgirlhotel
01-03-2009, 03:55 PM
I could watch weight loss shows all day long. If they could just have them all on one channel I would sign up for it!

Now that is a GREAT idea! Can't believe they don't have that yet! I don't really get very many tips per se from the shows, they just inspire me.

JackieRN I'm the same with Brookhaven Shows. I get so angry with some of the patients there when they sneak in food or complain about being there. They are so lucky to be in a place that wants to help them when there must be countless other people out there who would give anything to get that chance and would really do well there.

YES! me too. Especially because at the beginning they were BEGGING to be let into the clinic!!!

~CGH~

kbee
01-03-2009, 04:58 PM
I love all those shows! Although I think I watch bulging brides and the last ten pounds boot camp to see tommy the trainer...not so much for the results of the weight loss:o. X-weighted is great, I was so inspired by yesterdays episode.

choirgirlhotel
01-03-2009, 05:11 PM
I love all those shows! Although I think I watch bulging brides and the last ten pounds boot camp to see tommy the trainer....

I know! He's a really fine specimen. I saw him walking down the street in Vancouver and squealed with delight! Too bad I was inside my car and couldn't say anything.

~CGH~

JackieRn
01-03-2009, 06:14 PM
Oh that Tommy is hot isn't he and I like his approach as well, especially at the end when they do the final challenge. I'll have to checkout bulging brides.

Beautiful Ace
01-03-2009, 06:23 PM
X-weighted always makes me cry. Probably because I'm over joyed that they got to reach or almost reach their goal. It hits close to home.

bosoxfan
01-04-2009, 11:54 PM
I've never seen x-weighted, what channel is that on?

Ookpik
01-05-2009, 01:49 AM
In Canada, it's on Slice, but in the U.S., I believe it's on Discovery Health.

sacha
01-05-2009, 10:29 AM
I enjoy the show as well, but I found out they are rather fake. I work with a woman who was on the show. She was told to make up an event (in her case, a cruise, as a target event) and her "before" meals were exaggerated. That was for LAST 10 POUNDS though, some of the X-Weighted people appear to be more realistic in their "before" habits.

I still enjoy it though. And I still want Paul Plakas.

cbmare
01-05-2009, 08:39 PM
I try and catch the BBC show You Are What You Eat. I haven't watched too many of the shows. I am watching Ruby but her voice is starting to be a bit cloying.

nakedmango
01-05-2009, 11:10 PM
I enjoy the show as well, but I found out they are rather fake. I work with a woman who was on the show. She was told to make up an event (in her case, a cruise, as a target event) and her "before" meals were exaggerated. That was for LAST 10 POUNDS though, some of the X-Weighted people appear to be more realistic in their "before" habits.

I still enjoy it though. And I still want Paul Plakas.


I may be a cynic, but I'm not surprised. A friend of mine works on TV shows--reality TV shows mostly. I really found it interesting how much they play things up to make it more...shocking, dramatic, etc. And a co-worker was on a home-reno type show and he told us how much is "fake", like prompted ot . They ask, "Do you think your wife bit off more than she can chew?" He says, "Yeah, maybe." They say, "Um, could you repeat it back? We need the sound bite." He says, "Yeah, I think my wife bit off more than she can chew." And there was a part on the show where they were told how "structurally unsound" their home was, and escorted out by the reno expert. Um, no, it was totally exaggerated--their home was safe.

Anyway, as heartbreaking as it is to hear that TV lies to us *sniff, sniff* I'm not surprised to hear it about Last 10 Pounds/ Bulging Brides. That whole thing with "THIS is what you will look like if you gain 4 pounds a year for 10 years...!!!" followed by a horrible distorted picture of the person 40 pounds heavier... that really bugs me. For some people, it really plays on their insecurities, and sometimes it's just cruel. So yeah--they already have so many other things that are obviously for shock value or obviously exaggerated...I'm not surprised.

I do like You Are What You Eat though. Besides the emphasis on healthy eating and exercise, she says "Poo" like 15 times every episode. And she's actually talking about poo! :lol:

So deal then, Sacha: You can have Paul, I'll take Tommy. :D

bandit2
03-02-2009, 02:26 PM
Hi everyone

I met Paul from Xweighted last week & it was lots of fun.

He was doing a 3 hour bootcamp thing in Richmond Hill & I just had to go.
So glad I did - if he comes close to you, you should make the effort & go.
Totally worth it!

Ookpik
03-03-2009, 12:45 AM
I've seen ads for Paul's bootcamps and would love to go if he ever came where I live - I'm in Labrador so that's not likely :(

Sounds like it was fun, Bandit!

bandit2
03-03-2009, 12:37 PM
Yes, it was great. Lots of information & instruction.
I also gave him a big hug at the end. Exciting evening!

Ookpik
03-04-2009, 12:46 AM
Funny how sometimes you see something in passing and it stays with you...Paul Plakas was in my dream last night, Bandit, after reading what you wrote!

He sounds awesome!

Amy8888
03-04-2009, 12:37 PM
I've been looking for more weight loss shows to watch while I'm on my Gazelle (for motivation), and I recently discovered Last 10 Pounds and Bulging Brides. Ruby is great...I hope you enjoy it up there in Canada!

KnCmamma
03-26-2009, 11:37 AM
OMG, I am nuts about weight loss shows....here's a bunch of my faves....

Ruby (I absolutely love this show and can't wait for season 2)
Biggest Loser(wish I could go on but they don't accept Canadians)
Supersize vs superskinny
X-weighted
Taking it off(although I am tired of all the re-runs now)

kiramira
03-26-2009, 05:36 PM
X-weighted rocks, especially since the people featured are regular people who don't have assistance provided to them by the show. They are just doing their best, and not all of them meet their goals. And Paul sure speaks his mind! I laugh alot when I watch the show.
I think what bugs me about the Tommy the trainer shows (Last 10 pounds, Bulging Brides) is when he does the ugly distorted picture of the participants if they gained weight. Almost ALL of them have the ugly weight that is LOWER than my current weight! So how ugly must I be if their worst nightmare is a place I hope to get to some day!!!! I can't stand it for that reason, and refuse absolutely to watch Tommy because of this. If he just eliminated that part of the show, I'd watch. But to have the participants recoil in horror and say how GROSS and how DISGUSTING they look at a weight I one day hope to get to just makes me feel like crap!!!
Kira

SweetScrumptious
03-27-2009, 12:09 AM
You have the exact same guilty pleasure shows I do!

The XWeighted episode you talked about was actually filmed in the city I live in (Kelowna)! I often drive the roads she did the 50km on, and oh man I can't imagine doing that myself! Maybe I'll make it my goal one day...

I love Bulging Brides and Last 10 lbs. For one, Tommy is delicious to look at haha. I also watch since it's filmed in Vancouver, again close to where I live, so I like looking at the scenery on the show.

I get a lot of good tips from both shows and actually listen to what the trainers say..

I like to watch Biggest Loser too....

I think I have become addicted to weight loss shows :dizzy:

Jen415
03-27-2009, 10:23 AM
I also like the shows on TLC about the obesity problem. They had this story about this guy that lost 700 pounds with Gene Simmons and then within 7 years he gained 800 pounds.

Umm....I think you meant Richard Simmons, and not the guitarist from KISS.....ROFL!!

sweet_talker
03-27-2009, 02:16 PM
Yup! I am with you guys...I love these shows. I don't watch any of them religiously, but I am a fan of X-Weighted, Supersize vs. Superskinny, The Biggest Loser, Taking it Off, and You Are What You Eat. I also like the show How to Look Good Naked because it has nothing to do with weight loss but the people always seem to feel so much more confident at the end and it makes me happy :)

It's funny though...Weight loss shows and the Food Network are my two favs. Oy, the internal conflict reigns.