Lessons From "The Biggest Loser"

Hello and Happy Hump Day! Today is going to be a busy one. Lots of stuff happening at work including an offsite meeting this afternoon. Then I will head to the gym for my yoga class. I hope to have time to get some walking in before yoga.

Check out the delicious crab cake sliders I made last night:

Crab Cake Sliders

They were AMAZING! Let’s talk about “The Biggest Loser” – one of my favorite TV shows.

Lessons from the Biggest Loser

For 14 seasons, viewers have watched parents, children and spouses of all ages and backgrounds change their lives on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Through blood, sweat and tears, contestants have pushed their bodies to limits they never thought possible to pursue their goals: losing weight. Few could have predicted that this reality show would still be running, but American’s across the country relate to the trials and tribulations that go along with significant diet and exercise. “The Biggest Loser” tackles bigger issues including fear, discipline, commitment and hope, inspiring anyone who has a goal or dream. If you haven’t seen the show, head to www.directtvdeal.com to find a package that delivers these inspirational journeys.

Whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds or 100, learn from the show that gets up close in personal with people trying to make change their lives.

Don’t Go It Alone

Whether it’s a trainer, teammate or competitor, “The Biggest Loser” contestants don’t take on their weight challenges without someone else close. In most cases, one of the voices in their ears was one of the show’s prominent trainers, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper and the more recent trainer, Dolvett Quince. Together, they have yelled, cried and encouraged contestants with great effect. When this support system goes away, however, contestants often revert back to their old habits.

If you’re trying to change your lifestyle, you can’t do it alone. Surround yourself with a support team that will hold you accountable and keep you motivated when things get tough. Losing weight is never easy, but trying to do it alone is nearly impossible.

Mind Over Matter

Contestants push themselves to new heights physically, but those that succeed on the show maintain mental toughness. Throughout the course of any weight-loss regimen, subjects are bound to encounter setbacks. This can mean a bad weigh-in, a weekend of overeating or an emotional breakdown mid-workout. Successful contestants understand that setbacks are part of the challenge. Each pound they lose makes it tougher to lose the next. This seeming plateau is really the result of hard work.

If you feel yourself breaking down mentally during the course of a diet, re-commit your mind. Maybe you need to continue your workouts, even though everything is telling you to cut out a workout or maybe you need to sleep more. With a sound mind, you’ll achieve your sound body.

Turn Negatives Into Positives

Each contestant on “The Biggest Loser” has a range of unique challenges and weaknesses, but a common trend emerges among contestants who don’t meet their goals: excuses. Whether it’s an injury, a personal struggle or a team conflict, uninvested contestants can always find outside factor holding them back. Successful contestants, on the other hand, turn negatives into positives. A contestant may feel burdened by the cost of eating healthy, but stretching the budget will help him or her avoid splurging on snack food and eating at restaurants, where portion control goes out the window.

A mindset that turns negatives into positives avoids roadblocks and achieves success.

Not a Diet; A Lifestyle

If you are a contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” you’ll want to pace your weight loss with a healthy sustainable plan. You want a sustainable plan to keep you healthy and happy. Health kicks often feel like marathons. Once the race is over, all you want to do is go back on the couch. Quick diets are fine, but once you lose will, you’ll be right back where you started. A lifestyle change can change your life for the better. If you’re white-knuckling your way through diet and exercise, you don’t stand a chance.

Find a regimen that suits your life. Eventually, you’ll hit your goals.

Do you watch “The Biggest Loser”? Who are you hoping wins this season? Which trainer would you want to train with?

Enjoy your day!


6 Responses to “Lessons From "The Biggest Loser"”

    • Glenneth

      this has been the best season in a while. the contestants are nicer than some seasons in the past. i do think losing that much weight (10-20 pounds sometimes) in a week is not healthy, but they are being looked after by medical professionals. i do wish they gave at home viewers more tips and advice. this year they have had 3 kids on as ambassadors to try and remind america of the growing problem of childhood obesity.

  1. This is the first season I have ever watched and I do find it inspiring. The changes in these contestants in 11 weeks is amazing! I love Danni and hope she wins. I think I can relate to her most… young, single, supportive family but just got off track with health. And she’s gained 19 lbs of muscle??? That’s awesome!

  2. It’s the main show I watch- actually pretty much the only one during the week that I watch! I have LOVED this season- with the kids and the inspiration. Other than a time or two here and there there hasn’t been anyone I wanted voted off! Rooting for Danni!