100 lb. Club - Are YOU The Next Biggest Loser?




View Full Version : Are YOU The Next Biggest Loser?


redreine
12-20-2010, 03:09 PM
I thought about putting this in the actual BL section of the site, but decided against it for practical reasons. (You must be 100 pounds or more overweight to even be considered for the show)

I've only watched the very first and the most recent seasons of the show, but for the past 3 seasons, I keep finding myself printing off the application, filling it out, and then deciding against making the 10 minute home video and sending it all in.

I know all the pros and cons that have been discussed over the years about the show, including the reality that it's not very realistic to expect any of the cast to maintain weight loss once they return to their lives. However.

I still want to try. Something in me keeps telling me I need to at least TRY. Maybe it's my more dramatic side which tends to feed off the limelight? Who knows...but I think I'm really going to fill out the application and send in the home video this year.

So tell me. Have any of you tried out/considered trying out for the show? Discuss any thoughts/opinions! :carrot:


Transporter
12-20-2010, 03:13 PM
I have never filled out the app, but i always thought it would be cool to be a contender since im a competitive person, i say go for it! send your video, what do you have to lose? you will only get to choose what to do after they said you can do the show, why not? go for it!

Shmead
12-20-2010, 03:35 PM
I would worry that planning to be a contestant "someday" might be a way to keep from doing anything today. This isn't aimed at you--I don't know you, after all--but I do know people who, IMO, use agonizing over whether or not to have WLS (or even if they should start talking to a doctor about it) as basically a perpetual excuse to eat whatever they want/not exercise today. The "somedays" are one of the most pernicious ways we lie to ourselves.

Personally, I'd never do it. At my heaviest, I never mentioned or alluded to my weight to anyone. I can't imagine going on TV. Even now, I actively avoid any chance to be on TV/have my picture in the paper. I don't like that sort of attention.


QuilterInVA
12-20-2010, 03:35 PM
I think if you watch some of the reunion shows, you will see that many don't gain all their weight back. It's all in behavior modification and the 7 months it takes from the beginning of the filming to the final weigh in is plenty of time to learn to eat healthy, exercise, and keep it off.

vdander24
12-20-2010, 03:43 PM
I haven't seriously considered it, but my sister has.... FOR ME!!! She thinks my competitive nature would make me successful. I am worried that the show would help, but that I wouldn't maintain.

redreine
12-20-2010, 04:14 PM
I just printed off the application, and I'm going over to my best friend's place tonight to discuss how we're going to make this video.

Personally, I feel like I will be able to maintain my weight loss because I have a very large support system. (no pun intended)

I know I could do this on my own without BL. I worry though that my issue with weight and the fact that I lose and gain so often (aside from medical issues) is that I don't know how to deal with the emotional side of it. My hope is that if I were to be picked for the show, I would get the emotional help I need to push forward and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and likewise be able to turn around and "pay it forward" in my community and beyond.

ChrissyBean
12-20-2010, 04:30 PM
No, totally not my style--I don't even WATCH the show.

Good luck to you, though. :)

rachael
12-20-2010, 04:36 PM
http://www.bodylovewellness.com/2010/06/09/kai-hibbard-biggest-loser-finalist-part-1-of-3/

I would read that before making a decision. That said, it's all up to you. Whatever works for you, but just remember that very few people who try out actually get picked and that can be a huge disappointment, too.

Eliana
12-20-2010, 04:38 PM
I have never filled out the app, but i always thought it would be cool to be a contender since im a competitive person, i say go for it! send your video, what do you have to lose? you will only get to choose what to do after they said you can do the show, why not? go for it!

Yes, the competitive side of me says I'd have done it too. Yeah, I considered it, but never seriously.

But you know what? I think they all end up with saggy skin. I know that's a common risk we all take. If I'd have had it my way, I'd have lost this weight FAST and dealt with the saggy skin. If you gave me two pills and told me both would make me lose weight but one would take three years and no saggy skin and the other would take six months but with saggy skin, I'd have taken the six months with saggy skin!! :dizzy: But now that I'm here and my body had other ideas (thank you body) I have lost the weight very slowly and I have no saggy skin.

So in hind sight...from my own personal experience...I would no longer do it. It's too fast.

shellsbrood
12-20-2010, 06:45 PM
I don't think I could ever stand on a scale in front of the whole world in tight work-out shorts and a sports bra with my flaws hanging out for everyone to see. Every time I see the contestants take off their shirts, I feel so bad for them! I'm so self conscious, I could never do that. But, that's just me. :D You might have more self confidence and completely rock the entire show. :carrot: There's no harm in applying, right?:)

kaplods
12-20-2010, 06:59 PM
I'm not going to criticise TBL, because it stirs up too much controversy, but if you do get selected for the show, I would beg you to make sure a lawyer looks over all your contracts and releases before you sign any of them.

Do not sign your life away, make sure you fully understand what you're giving away.

shellsbrood
12-20-2010, 07:23 PM
http://www.bodylovewellness.com/2010/06/09/kai-hibbard-biggest-loser-finalist-part-1-of-3/

I would read that before making a decision. That said, it's all up to you. Whatever works for you, but just remember that very few people who try out actually get picked and that can be a huge disappointment, too.

Oh, wow. I just read that and rescind my "no harm in trying" comment.

Aclai4067
12-20-2010, 08:50 PM
I printed out the application a few seasons ago, and then got totally depressed by the fact that I didn't HAVE 3 guy friends to list on it. I also was deterred by the logistic of fitting it in with job hunting. I couldn't put off job hunting in hopes of making the show, and I couldn't leave a new job if I got one to be on the show

shannonmb
12-20-2010, 09:38 PM
What the heck, go ahead and make a video. Just doing that might be motivation to keep going strong!

I would guess that there are hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of people who apply each season, so I just wouldn't get my hopes up too high. But you never know, right? If you think it's something you could rock, go for it!

GirlyGirlSebas
12-20-2010, 09:41 PM
I say Go For It! I would love to do it, but can't take the time off of work. Also, many of the contestants do lose in a healthy way. Not everyone's experience is like Kai's.

redreine
12-21-2010, 01:12 PM
Thanks for all the responses!

I definitely know the odds of actually making it onto the show aren't probable, but I won't get discouraged. I think just the fact that I've finally worked up the courage to make a video and put myself out there says a lot.
Should I not get picked, I know I can still do it on my own. I just want to be able to say that I did try.

Arctic Mama
12-21-2010, 06:46 PM
Eh, multiple contestants have come forward with varying degrees of horror stories since the show started, and while it seems to have improved since they moved to the pairs system, it still isn't a safe or healthy way for most people to lose weight. I wouldn't recommend it or idolize it. It can be motivating to watch, but also psychologically harmful to someone who doesn't understand fundamentally that losing half a pound per week is no less admirable or desirable than losing fifteen pounds per week... Perhaps quite the opposite.

I have very mixed feelings on the show, but needless to say it is NOT necessary to do to lose weight. Why not make a start video and enact a plan with your friends and family at home? You can even weigh in with them there for accountability and cheerleading, and set before and afters once you reach yor goal. You can have the benefits of the show without the distinct disadvantage of losing weight as a cash cow for producers, with your health considered secondary to good tv.

lottie63
12-22-2010, 10:44 AM
I think if you watch some of the reunion shows, you will see that many don't gain all their weight back. It's all in behavior modification and the 7 months it takes from the beginning of the filming to the final weigh in is plenty of time to learn to eat healthy, exercise, and keep it off.

Do they have all of the people? Or just the ones who have maintained?

Just wondering because I saw a 'where are they now' slideshow and about half of them had regained the weight if not more.

Shmead
12-22-2010, 11:12 AM
Thanks for all the responses!

I definitely know the odds of actually making it onto the show aren't probable, but I won't get discouraged. I think just the fact that I've finally worked up the courage to make a video and put myself out there says a lot.
Should I not get picked, I know I can still do it on my own. I just want to be able to say that I did try.

But will you stop trying to lose weight until you hear, because you don't want to get "too thin" in the meantime? I can see this being a real danger. Frankly, it's the kind of thing I used to tell myself (not about TV, but other things--"It's better to start in January (or the beginning of the school year) so I better not even worry about it now."

LisaF
12-22-2010, 11:43 AM
http://www.bodylovewellness.com/2010/06/09/kai-hibbard-biggest-loser-finalist-part-1-of-3/

Wow, that's just... horrific. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to go through that. And I never thought about the fact that, for the rest of their lives, the contestants are going to be judged on their weight first. I wouldn't even know how to handle a stranger coming up to me and asking what I weigh.

tschaff04
12-22-2010, 11:56 AM
I would read that before making a decision. That said, it's all up to you. Whatever works for you, but just remember that very few people who try out actually get picked and that can be a huge disappointment, too.

:yikes:

Thanks for linking that. You expect "reality" tv to be a lot of editing and staged stuff but WOW. That is just awful.