Toxic TV: Are Reality Shows Making Your Journey Harder?

You might think this post will go after TV shows like, “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” or “Man vs Food”; but when talking about TV and it’s toxic effects on your weight loss journey I’m actually referring to some of the more inspirational TV shows out there. 

I bet you didn’t expect me to name shows like, “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition”, but that’s who I’m putting on blast today.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser and was dedicated to watching Danni Allen take home the prize in season 14. I just think these shows give those of us at home a double edged inspiration cross to bear. 


Danni Allen BL 14 Winner

Sure, on one side I felt inspired watching these sometimes morbidly obese people getting into the best shape of their lives. Some were coming back from the brink of death, some of the stories were gut wrenching and others were heart warming.

But I also felt like they had this totally unfair advantage. This sometimes made my own results seem minimal and made me feel like I must not be doing enough. Sure it’s naive to compare “reality” TV to real life and I know that, but how many people are fat, obese, or want to lose a few pounds and think the only way they can do so is by being secluded from family and friends under the strictest supervision of trainers and doctors for 9-12 months? That’s not real! 

Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition

Snapping out of that mentality and seeing my own progress and that of those around me remind me, probably daily, that each milestone and set back are mine to own. Sure, I’m on my own “ranch” and it’s chuck full of temptations, distractions and excuses but it’s mine to conquer! 

I work hard to remember, if I want to feel good about my real world, real life results I totally can!

A few ways I do that are by making small, attainable goals for myself, tracking my progress and keeping a nurturing support group close. Believe it or not even if you live far away from friends and family you can get their support on a daily basis. Just ask my My Fitness Pal friends. Our weekly (sometimes daily) encouragements of each other really help the journey be less of a lonely chore and more of a group effort. 

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