I have never watched that show. It has always seemed like it would be a mean show, like a lot of those reality shows are, with people degrading others in front of the camera. Also, the idea that you have to work out so hard to lose weight is a really negative message to send to all those overweight people in the world. The message I got watching Gary Taubes lecture and from websites like this is so much more liberating and uplifting. Fat accumulation isn't a character flaw it's simply a hormonal problem. A hormonal problem with a simple fix.
I actually gave up exercise when I started this diet. I had read on either the PaNu or Protein Power blogs that studies showed that many people lost more weight by not exercising and that the weight lost was fat not muscle. So since I was having a hard time with exercising, I decided I would quit while in the initial weight loss phase. Oddly enough, it has worked. Of course, by quit I mean I quit the daily cardio and just did things I actually enjoy instead like hiking on the weekend or bird watching around the lagoon at work. I've recently added a 2x/week class that does various strength exercises. We'll see what that does, but it can't hurt (except of course for giving me sore muscles )
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2