It took me until the week 12 episode of The Biggest Loser Season 8 to finally watch most of an episode. I had accidentally seen a few minutes a couple of years ago--the weigh-in part--and was very turned off by the process. I wasn't turned off by the contestants' physiques as I realized they were a work in progress; I was disturbed by what I felt was an unnecessarily public display that didn't need to humiliate the way it did.
So a couple of weeks ago I was trying to un-clutter my mind and was clicking through channels on my remote and I found I had stopped on The Biggest Loser, but what intrigued me was that each contestant in the final group of four was about to run a marathon. As someone who's only walked a half marathon I had to admit that this was something I had to see.
I meant to stop after a minute or two, but I had to admit they got me. Before I realized it, I was watching the full episode--even the weigh-in that I didn't care all that much for. And then I had planned to watch The Biggest Loser Finale, but a delayed return flight from a day trip to Phoenix made me miss all but the last 25 minutes. But I did see Danny Cahill win. So I started watching the season from the beginning online while waiting for the replay of The Biggest Loser Finale to be available (I'm up to week 8) as I had time to spare. I hate to admit it, but I am now hooked.
There's still a lot I don't like about The Biggest Loser (yes, that will be another blog post), but I think it's now a case where the pros outweigh the cons.
So here is the first of the three lessons I learned from The Biggest Loser (watch for parts 2 and 3 shortly--better yet, please join my list or subscribe to The Healthy Food Review RSS feed so you'll never miss another post):