America is addicted with reality TV shows, not only those involving lots of drama but also weight loss related shows. Many reality TV shows such as the Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss or Extreme Make Over involves extreme exercise, super strict diet and intense training sessions. Others such as American Ninja Warrior or Dancing with the stars involve extreme physical capability that most of us will not even come close to trying to perform. Sure it is fun to watch all the drama and funny moves that comes with it, but what do we learn from watching the shows?
Are you getting challenged after watching these shows? Are you saying that you can do it too? or is it discouraging you even more as far as your physical ability. How realistic are the goals that we have for ourselves? I think that we all know what to do to live healthier and increase our quality of life. It is a matter of whether or not you have the motivation or will power to do what you want to do.
The Biggest Loser contestants are being studied due to their failure in maintaining the weight loss goal after the show. Contestants had to live in the ranch for about 14 weeks with a trainer and dietitian. During this time they are away from daily life hustle and bustle and able to focus only in losing weight and/or to win the prize. But for almost all of them, keeping the weight off turned out to be a losing battle. Maintaining weight loss is just as hard as losing it.
I have learned that yes most of us know what to do to lose weight or maintain your weight loss, but the guidance of your doctor/surgeon and dietitian is always necessary as constant reminder and motivator also as your cheerleader when you are doing above and beyond. Having had weight loss surgery means that you have survived the “ranch life” as it was in the TV show, but the maintenance with follow up care is just AS important as your life in the ranch.