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The simple idea of The Biggest Loser, familiar to dieters the world over, is that "whomever loses the most...wins." Losing weight will be difficult, though, as the 12 contestants (six male and six female) will be faced with real-life temptations that their new approved weight-loss skills and resources should help them overcome -- if they want to win, that is. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Biggest Loser is a winner!
22 February 2017 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a rather good reality TV show about celebrity trainers helping dozens of obese contestants lose weight, and to ultimately achieve a monetary prize toward the end of the show and claim the title of "The Biggest Loser." This show is inspiring for it demonstrates that anybody can be active, exercise and improve one's lifestyle health-wise. This show also demonstrates how losing weight and/or improving upon one's health could release those inner demons inside you and lift a great deal of burden off your shoulders, and also help you gain self-confidence and face life's challenges with more endurance and ease.

The series does also get intense quite a bit. In addition to the grueling workouts, the gamesmanship kicks in as the show progresses, as contestants begin eliminating each other off, sometimes at the expense of broken alliances, to become one of the finalists. This shows the selfishness and deviousness in some of the contestants, which does at times take away the pleasure of the show, and makes you rooting for his/her elimination from the program. Also, some of the contestants can be quite cocky or overly dramatic in a "whoa is me" attitude.

The team challenges are entertaining stunts to watch, and the weigh-ins toward the end of each episode are definitely a nail-biting experience.

There were a number of trainers on the show, but the two original ones, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, were the highlights. Bob was OK, but can be annoying at times, and his excessive tattoos were a turn off. Jillian can be brutal, but is a no-nonsense trainer whom I thought was the best on the show.

Overall, it's a good series - quite inspiring and entertaining.

Grade A-


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