The Biggest Winner?
Watching reality unfold.
I love reality TV. From the very first episode of Survivor, I knew that I was in for an emotional ride. I hold my breath as the contestants try their hardest to win and get excited over the fake-drama. When the camera pulls in for a close-up, the tears in the contestant’s eyes cause tears to spring to my own. This, my friends, is the power of reality TV.
As an advocate for pushing myself to become more active, I find The Biggest Loser completely fascinating. It’s not a diet pill or a gimmick; it’s real people pushing themselves to become a stronger person inside and out. I quickly become lost in the journey of the contestants, watching them become frustrated with themselves, being proud when they break emotional and physical barriers, and crying when they finally get to see their loved one’s faces after being isolated at the famous Biggest Loser Ranch.
Haters of the show that say it is scripted and promotes the fact that people can lose weight in an unrealistic amount of time, yet I find truth in what I see: people changing their lifestyles for the better. Admittedly, some contestants have other intentions while being on the show, like greed or deceit, but those are the things that make The Biggest Loser exciting. Getting angry at shady contestants and hoping with all my might that karma will get them is a part of the fun! It IS a game, after all.
This past Sunday premiered the 14th Season of The Biggest Loser with a twist: adding three teenagers to the mix. But here’s an even bigger surprise: the three teen contestants will not have their weight announced on the show, their workouts will not be as vigorous as the adults, and they will not be eliminated.
Jillian Michaels, who returned to the show this season, says, “As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.” The point of having these young adults on the show is to teach them about having true health and not about having a smaller waist or clothing size.
I, for one, can’t wait to see what kind of transformation each of these contestants will make but I am ready to cry, laugh, root, and be exasperated at the television in hopes of seeing something amazing happen.