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19 Dec

The Biggest Loser Sponsors

There are many good things that could be said about NBC’s The Biggest Loser. I can give it accolades for its goal to help people lose weight through exercise and, more importantly, by completely re-thinking their diets. And I can praise it for the inspiration it has instilled in many people around the country to follow in the footsteps of the contestants on their own weight loss journeys.

But nobody’s perfect.

Some have pointed out that the show may push the contestants to unhealthy limits. Others have noted that the show sets unrealistic expectations for your average over-weight American leading to frustration, discouragement and no weight loss at all.

I just want to point out something I find comical. The Biggest Loser finale was viewed by 8.6 million people last night and many millions more have followed the show over the past four seasons. Throughout each show they offer tips, advice and what amounts to their own version of health education. Due to its widespread popularity their advice is regarded as having some level of authority. We all know they have a business to run and that the show is first and foremost about making money, but because they offer what comes across as genuine and heart-felt health advice they should be held responsible for what they promote.

This gets me to the issue of contention I have with the show, however minor. Has anyone else noted their sponsors?

Surely they could come up with better suggestions than these. I guess farmer’s markets and grass fed beef suppliers don’t have the sponsorship bucks that these companies do.

Do you think Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, or Kim Lyons actually eat this stuff? I doubt it. Would you?

Further Reading:

Many “vices” aren’t vices at all

Whose food pyramid is it anyway?

10 Ways to Cut Calories

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  1. How’s it possible to have a 100 calorie pack of chocolate chip cookies. Isn’t that like .42% of a cookie? Ah well, it would have been funny if Dominos Pizza was a sponser.

    McFly wrote on December 19th, 2007
    • They’re usually cracker-like items of food that hint at the original products usual flavor.

      Kent Cowgill wrote on September 29th, 2009
  2. Apparently Diet Coke is not even a safer alternative to regular Coke. Studies have shown that our bodies mistake the replacement ingredient in the Diet Cola for sugar, and stores it as such. So to all of you that have been suffering through Diet Cola, Merry Christmas!

    Bob Biggles wrote on December 20th, 2007
  3. So you’re saying it’s possible to gain weight from something that has zero calories??? Hardly seems possible unless it increases your desire to eat.

    Kevin Burnett wrote on December 21st, 2007
  4. @Bob Biggles: Source?

    I’m a rare soda drinker, so it makes no difference to me personally…

    @Kevin Burnett: It’s possible for an ingredient to have a metabolic effect; consider ephedrine or caffeine. There are certainly compounds with the opposite effect out there. I’m not so sure about this claim that the sweeteners in Diet Coke are utilized as sugars by the body, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other effects.

    Alchemyguy wrote on December 23rd, 2007
  5. Some people have hypothesized that diet soda is that the sensation of sweetness instructs your brain to instruct your pancreas to pump out insulin. (This is just someone’s hypothesis, but truthfully I don’t remember where I read it and I don’t know if it’s ever been tested.) And although we think of insulin as the hormone that causes carbohydrate to be stored as fat, an excess of insulin can also cause triglycerides to be stored as fat, too. (This much is standard biochemistry you can find in any biochemistry textbook.) So, if the hypothesis is correct, that artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin release, it would mean that this would cause your body to store fat. But it’s not that artificial sweeteners are utilized or stored as fat like sugar, but that they promote the storage of other nutrients as fat.

    My husband has, lately, decided that he might cut back on sugar in his diet. But he said, “I can’t bring myself to drink diet soda.” I told him, “You know, you could just switch to water or unsweetened tea.”

    Migraineur wrote on December 30th, 2007
    • You know, I recall reading the exact same thing about the insulin response to diet soda. I was never sure if they were right or wrong, but I took it as a good excuse to stop drinking can after can of diet soda (which I had switched to from can after can of regular soda).

      Now if I drink anything* it’s either coffee or water.

      * There are, of course, rare exceptions.

      Kent Cowgill wrote on September 29th, 2009
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    jilian wrote on May 16th, 2009
  7. I just want to notify, Nabisco, Jello, Subway & Oatmeal sponsors (and I do enjoy these products) that I will NOT buy these products any longer.

    I do not appreaciate the attack of Oprah for some skinny girl who has probably had an operation to remove fat OR PURGES.

    just me wrote on October 26th, 2009
  8. TBL in Australia has recommended meals available at dominos. No joke.

    Harryd wrote on March 20th, 2010

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