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64 out of 85 people found the following review useful:

I'm commenting on the person who says this isn't a healthy way to lose weight

Author: bphillips1983 from United States
27 January 2006

OK. Heres the thing...A handful of people in the whole American population says this isn't a healthy way to lose weight. OK. I'm sorry but I always assumed that diet and exercise was healthier than drugs that can overall give you a stroke or heart attack or surgery that can leave you in a vegetative state and brain dead or kill you on the spot. Maybe thats just me though. These few people claim that it is only short term and can come back even faster but what about the contestants from season 1? TWO YEARS AGO. NONE of them have flabby skin and none of them gained the weight back. This show is not about losing weight. Its about CHANGING YOUR LIFE AND LOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING IT OFF, which everyone has done successfully. This show is so motivational and inspired me to get up and hit the gym (I have lost 35 pounds from Jan 1st-Jan 27). This is a great show to watch even as a family as opposed to all the other shows that SCREAM sex, drugs, bad language, violence, and murder is whats in.

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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful:

Biggest Loser is a Total Winner!

Author: Innuendo88 from United States
4 January 2005

What has reality TV come to these days with shows from Real World to Apprentice picking stereotyped characters to appear on them week after week and season after season. The Biggest Loser, however, is a different make-up entirely, featuring normal yet overweight contestants to compete to see who can lose the most weight and be...THE BIGGEST LOSER.

Two teams train and face-off each week in different challenges. Some of the challenges focus around their improvement, such as seeing how far one can ride an exercise bike for a set number of hours. Other challenges focus on the contestants' weaknesses, such as having them build a tall tower out of sugary food. It sounds cheesy, but it's fun to watch as the two teams try their best each week in the competitions. Host Caroline Rhea and trainers Bill and Jillian also provide a nice distraction from the contest and contestants. Caroline even has exciting lines such as "It's time to...CUT THE FAT!" Where do these writers come from...?

After the competition (and watching the winning team with their prize), we then have the weigh-off where each team member sees how much weight they have lost that week. Sometimes inspirational, other times boring, the weigh-in is one of the best moments of reality TV for me. Each week I get to watch as each team member works to try and lose weight and the real payoff comes in these moments. Afterwards, the team that loses the least weight has to vote a team member off, Survivor style. It can be somewhat cheezily intense.

Sometimes the game seems a little appears that every week, whoever wins the challenge for that week gets some cushy prize. The team that loses the challenge stays home and gets extra workout time. Does this seem like cheating to anyone else? It always seems to be that the team that wins the challenge loses the weigh-in. Hopefully if this show sees a second season (which I hope), this problem will be addressed.

While some have complained that the show should focus more on maintaining a low weight instead of just shedding the pounds, the fine print at the end of each episode says that they trainers and show mentors DO address this! As well, each contestant, as least as far as I can tell, is dangerously overweight and needed to shed that many pounds, so I don't know where some reviewers on here get off saying that the contestants should be focusing less on rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss is dangerous for people of AVERAGE body weight. As well, each contestant has been medically consulted.

Lastly, it is important to note that the show is also inspirational in many aspects. It shows that people who are overweight can still achieve things they would not have normally thought were possible. Each and every contestant has stated this, and I feel it is important to reinforce on here. The Biggest Loser shows how much can be achieved in diet, exercise, and self-image, which is important to an overweight America. I highly suggest tuning in!

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Good points and bad

Author: the_frog_princess
2 February 2010

Before listing the numerous bad points I have to say there is one point about this show that is so amazingly good it almost makes up for the bad ones: it demonstrates with no doubt whatsoever that nearly ANYONE CAN BE ACTIVE no matter what their weight. A good deal more active than most people believe is possible. This is so important. It shows that change is possible. It also shows how people who do eat well and exercise can accomplish amazing things well before they reach their goal weights, that there are rewards for changing your lifestyle throughout the journey, not just when you reach that magical number you've been striving for on the scale.

Among the bad points are the cheap psychoanalyzing that goes on, which appears to be more for making drama moments than actually accomplishing anything constructive, product placements (especially for products one strongly doubts the trainers actually encourage the contestants to use), the necessity for some contestants to lose more weight than is healthy in order to win, and raising unrealistic notions of what constitutes an appropriate rate of weight loss or level of intensity of exercise would be safe for viewers at home without strict medical supervision.

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

The Biggest Loser-inspirational, but could be so much better!

Author: whysyourhatwet from United States
2 January 2006

I agree with the comment that the format needs to be changed. It's amazing that when the weight loss involves "famous people" they stay thru the whole show! As the people involved in The Biggest Loser know, some weeks are better than others because you've had great weight loss in a prior week or weeks; men normally lose weight faster than women; someone weighing 220 pounds will have a tougher time losing "big numbers" than someone weighing 320 pounds - and I noticed most of the women are under 300 pounds! While the team idea is okay, it should be put together by weight - trying to put together, at the beginning an equal amount of weight. But the final competition should be individual and the very final prize should be a year later - who has kept the weight off! In addition, I agree that there should also be a lot of stuff about keeping the weight off in a healthy manner. It has been inspirational to see how well most of these people have done and there is a lot of good about this - showing people they need to combine exercise with dieting.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Entertaining.. Interesting..

Author: mirosuionitsaki2 from United States
22 February 2008

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Reality shows have grown. Gradually, but they have grown. Another thing that has grown is the weight of the people that were sent to these ranches. Now, they have to work off the weight. The Biggest Loser may not be the best reality show, but it is quite interesting to see what people can come up with. No, this is not anything original. There have been reality shows in the past based on weight loss, but this is only a little different. A little different and entertaining like the other shows.

What this show basically is about is that overweight people struggle to lose weight in a ranch. They are told not to eat fatty foods, and they are also instructed to do some activities to work off the weight. At the end of the week, one person from a team will have to go back home. They determine this by how much everyone as a group has lost weight. The person who lost the less weight goes home. While this is going on, people from different places of the United States and perhaps elsewhere are struggling to lose weight to make it to the ranch. Once they do, the people already at the ranch are usually so mean to them. Well, I've only seen this show a few times.

The goal of this reality show seems pretty interesting, but also a bit rude and mean. People are given star treatment to lose weight, and if they mess up somehow, they will have to leave the team. Once they are home, who knows what can happen to them? They could be back to eating food. That's horrible.

Overall, this show is pretty entertaining and interesting. At times, you may find yourself feeling angry, and at times you may be a tearjerker.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A great show and inspirational in some aspects.

Author: boondock_saint_la from United States
19 January 2009

Biggest Loser, is a show where overweight people go to place called "the ranch", to compete against each other to lose weight. The winner wins $250,000. There is also a prize of $100,000 for the person that loses the most weight at home.(more on that in a second) On the show there is something called "The yellow line." Basically everybody weighs in at the end of the show. The teams/two people that fall below the yellow line are up for elimination. The remaining people in the house, vote them off. The person voted off goes home and is eligible for the "at home biggest loser," which is the $100,000 prize.

also while on the ranch, the contestants are not able to talk to their families by phone, letter, or anything unless its a prize they win through a challenge. A challenge is exactly what you think it is. All the contestants compete and the winner/winning team get a prize. The prizes vary from phone calls home, packages from home, money, vacations/cruise, immunity for the weight in, a 1 pound penalty to use on anybody they chose, and etc and so forth.

Another thing Biggest Loser does is something called Temptations. The contestants are placed in a situation where they can eat food for a chance to win a prize. Its a test of will power. basically a temptation means you are willing to sacrifice your hard work/weight loss for a material possession, if you go through with it.

Biggest Loser really is a great show. its inspirational, because it shows people you CAN lose weight. And the people that get voted off and lose the weight at home show people you don't have to be on the show to lose weight. It can be done at home.

You also learn a lot about the people on the show. You learn about how bad obesity really is and being overweight really can be and what goes along with it. Some people on the show admit them being overweight is due to unhealthy eating habits, a rough divorce, a traumatic experience, etc. But it is something people watching can relate to and probably went through a similar thing.

I highly recommend watching this show.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Mind Over Matter in Reality Show!

Author: ShelbyTMItchell from Seymour Tennessee
19 November 2013

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Sure the people want to lose weight. And live healthier lifestyles. But also it is about winning the prize money. Hence the title of the "Biggest Loser" in losing the weight.

As they arrive on the ranch over in CA. As they have to face a lot. Like not to eat unhealthy foods and workout at the gym and also take outside the gym. To running among other things. As well as pulling stuff like a car.

The trainers Jillian, Bob, and Dolvett want to see the people strive and it is not just physical. But mental and emotional. Due to the fact that they give them tough love. And not cut them slack.

But in the end, it will pay off as they take it home to their families. Jillian always seems to win despite being over the top at times. But that's because she and the others care.

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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Should be more popular than it is now.

Author: batudingin from Indonesia
25 April 2009

Bob and Jillian is the reason the show is so great, but Jillian is more watchable, period.

DO understand that I am not overweight, but I am concern with a few of my friends who are. That being said I do think that the show is interesting even for those who are NOT overweight or obese or just damn skinny, healthy, or even an athlete.

The only thing that is sometimes missing is the trainer's point of view in challenges or in the activities that the contestants is engaged in. There should be more of Jillian, Bob and Kim, or a new trainer, because the workout with all the drama and physical endurance is damn worth watching.

At the end of the day, they are all winners, or dare I say, The biggest loser.

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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Kelly is hot!

Author: psmith68 from NY, baby!
14 December 2004

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No matter the weight, she's got a phenomenally beautiful face. And she curves where she should...just a stunningly attractive woman with a very sexy body. I'd love to see her win the whole thing (and get offered a shot at Playboy!). She's got a good attitude as well. Lisa got kicked out this week (10/14 episode), and was whiny the whole time she was "under the yellow line".

Looking at the opening credits, you can tell they were looking to cast people who would look great after the weight loss. The reunion/wrap-up episode for this show should be quite remarkable.

Tonight's episode featured one of the better challenges: they had to run a quarter-mile with all the weight they had lost strapped into a vest. It was kind of like the NFL's playoff system, where the worst are teamed up with the best. I was shocked by the results. Obviously, Lisa was one of the forced nominees, by virtue of her meager weight loss. The other nominee was the shock. But that person has survived another week.

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

A great inspiration.

Author: Christine from OC, California
4 August 2009

I despise reality shows in general and all they have to offer. But I just couldn't say no to the Biggest Loser. I think it's great that they focus on making a healthy individual and motivate them to get in shape rather than watching fake idiots on the Bachelor or Bachelorette trying to find their soul mate by making out with every contestant and contracting mono.

For those who think it's unhealthy to lose weight so least in the show it's accomplished by diet and exercise. Sure you can lose weight with pills in just as short of a time but it's extremely unhealthy that way. To be honest, I was a bit surprised to find this show has a 5.8 rating on IMDb. I was expecting more from an inspirational show such as this.

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