Mixed up Reality TV



I was watching The Biggest Loser (TBL) last night.  And Survivor (S) tonight.  And I thought, hmmm…..maybe we should switch things up.

The people on TBL have a problem with eating too much.  The people on S have a problem with not getting enough to eat.

TBL has people on a strict diet, but they can fall off the wagon.  The people on S are on a strict diet, but they have no choice.  There is limited food for everyone.

TBL winner typically loses a shit load of weight over a fairly long period of time (12-18 weeks, depending upon who you talk to.  And those people are not losing mostly fat, they are on a starvation diet and exercise 6 hours a day).  The people on S all lose weight, and most are skinny to start with.  Ribs start showing, girls just seem to disappear right before our eyes!  It’s a quicker weight loss, a little over a month, but not as drastic.  Most contestants lose 10-20 pounds, and when you see them at the finale months after the show ended they still look pretty good.

What show is better?  TBL offers a trainer and a lot of support, but unrealistic goals and diet restrictions.  Contestants intentionally dehydrate themselves for weigh-ins and put themselves in danger.  Also, the “weekly weigh-ins” are typically not over a week’s time, but usually 10-14 days.  Just because the show is weekly, doesn’t mean the weigh-ins are!  Many behind the scenes manipulations are going on.

S on the other hand is more of a mind game, even though there are physical challenges.  Most people break down because of their minds, not their bodies.  The weight loss makes them look lean and mean.  Because they are not intentionally trying to lose weight, it is done more naturally.  They usually come into the game in good shape.  Haven’t seen a 400 pound S contestant yet.  Might be interesting to see how they would fare.  But a lot of the challenges involve holding your weight up, so the lighter folks have the advantage there.

Also, I think there is more crying on TBL.  Emotions come into play every day.  Most people are overweight due to issues/emotions they must overcome.  The people on S seem more steely strong mentally.  Physically too.

It might be fun to switch the games up for a week or two, and see how the contestants fare.  I think the people from TBL would have a much harder time being survivors, than the people on S would have on TBL.

What do you think?

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