Biggest Loser Review

Biggest Loser Review

BACKGROUND

Nearly five years ago NBC introduced some of the biggest losers television has ever seen- and audiences couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about embracing them and cheering them on. “The Biggest Loser” will begin its eighth season in the fall of 2009 and has grown to become one of the most popular programs on TV. Not only has Biggest Loser touched millions of Americans, but now reaches more than 50 countries, with places like Australia and Guam hosting their own series.

Each season the show introduces teams of people battling serious weight problems. During the fifth season, the show had ten teams of two couples competing to win, in season 6 they hosted a families format, season 7 returned to couples and season 8 will go back singles.

In the beginning, the teams are competing to win a cash prize of $250,000 and the title of Biggest Loser; but after a few weeks, they start to discover themselves and become more interested in getting healthy. The player who loses the highest percentage of body fat during the program wins. But ultimately, they all go home big losers who’ve won even more.

As the popularity of the show increases, so does the audiences’ interest in trying it for themselves. The Biggest Loser Club now makes all of the expertise and tools used by the contestants available to you at home. Trainer Bob Harper, a renowned personal trainer, says that those following the home-version likely will not realize the same results as those on the show, simply due to circumstance. The contestants are in a highly focused environment for 12 weeks, without influence of typical daily stressors like children, work and chores.

Trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have each published books with additional fitness and diet insight. During season five, Biggest Loser partnered with Bistro M.D. to provide the Biggest Loser Meal Plan, a home delivery meal service with healthy, chef and doctored designed menus.

In addition, The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, located in Utah, offers a structured, affordable weight-loss program for those who want to lose weight The Biggest Loser way, but without all of the cameras and popularity. The resort accommodates adults and teenagers and emulates the same successful features of the NBC hit reality show with its calorie-controlled and chef-prepared meals, energetic workouts, motivating personal trainers and helpful dietitians.

PRO

  • Fitness and diet programs available from the show
  • Chat with The Biggest Loser experts and contestants
  • Access delicious recipes from the show
  • Personalized meal plans
  • Shopping lists available
  • Customized fitness program, including circuit training you can do at home
  • Connect with the show’s trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels
  • Access to message boards
  • Personal progress journal

CON

  • Sample exercise plans not available
  • Club Web site doesn’t give detailed membership information

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