New TV Show: “Fit to Fat to Fat”…Double Facepalm…

Right on the heels of my new favorite TV show, “My Diet is Better Than Yours” (is it even still on TV?) comes a new, and even more insulting, asinine, out right dumb TV show – “Fit to Fat to Fit” on A&E (arts and entertainment, anyone?)

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Before I go further on my take, I want to say when looking up the show online I came across this fantastic article by James Fell via AskMen.com. He pretty much sums up my opinion on the show, and does it perfectly.

Trainer Mike’s Take:

This show follows a trainer, who gains fat, so he can “feel what his clients are going through”. Are you kidding me?

Going from having a 6 pack, to a full on keg, then back to 6 pack is not real life obesity. No one intentionally gains fat because they directly choose to, especially over such a shirt time span.

This guy is just setting himself up for orthopedic issues, aches, pains, and all the glamour that people struggling with their weight go through everyday.

The fact that he was muscular, and lean before, also makes it easier to lose the weight in the end because of several factors:

  1. Muscle helps boost metabolism and burn more fat. He already ha a great metabolic foundation, which probably gets a little messed up with the rapid fat gain, but the body is fairly resilient and will re-vamp that metabolism once he gets back to his normal lifestyle.
  2. He already has lived the “fit” lifestyle, and he knows what to do. He already has the right mindset. Many people struggling to lose weight have never been there. They are constantly bombarded with messages and trash (like this show) which can be even more confusing and downright dangerous (box jumps for 50 reps at 300 pounds is not the best idea…)
  3. The time span of this transformation is nowhere near a lifetime of weight gain and struggles to lose. This is not real life.

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Dietitian Mike Says:

This is such a bad idea. To gain this weight, so quickly, can set the body up for some nasty side effects. Increased blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are all things that might very well stick with him after he loses the weight (they will improve, but he could really be setting himself up for disaster.

The bigger picture is that in NO WAY does this “teach” the trainer what its like to struggle to lose weight. Like I said before, people don’t consciously choose to gain weight and they don’t do it over such a short time span.

If I gained body fat super fast, I might look like someone who deals with obesity, and the struggle that comes with it, but I will never deal with everything that may have caused it for my real life clients.

Gaining a ton of body fat won’t make me feel like the client who lost her mother, her job, her son went off to college, or struggles with depression or menopause. I hopefully will never know what some of those feel like.

Gaining weight won’t also add the stress of being a CEO, a struggling farmer, a single parent, or someone who is dealing with the bigger issues that often push health and fitness to the back burner.

Final Points

This show is garbage, it brings fat shaming to a whole new level. “If I can do it, you can do it too!” It’s not that simple. Yes, anyone CAN do it, but it may be much harder and deeper rooted for many who have struggled their whole lives with their weight.

Save your time, please don’t watch this show.

 

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New TV Show: “My Diet is Better Than Yours”…Sigh…

So, I just saw a commercial for “My Diet is Better Than Yours”,Instantly, I had a bad feeling about this. I went to the website, and my fears were confirmed. Without giving the “diet experts” any more publicity, let’s look at their credentials, and “diet” plan principles:

Dude #1 – Cred: Psych Major/Lost a bunch of weight so now thinks he is an expert

Diet: Paleo-ish diet. – NO CARBS, but you can have butter, cheeses, and chocolate. Heaven forbid you eat some carbs, but go to town on the butter, no biggie.

Woman #1 – Cred: Registered Dietitian (nice), works as a sports dietitian with the Chicago Cubs (double nice)

Diet: NO refined sugar, NO snacking, and you can ONLY drink when you are in groups in social settings.

Bro #2 – Cred: English Major, CSCS (nice)

Diet: Plate exchange method, everything CAN fit and still work. Uses exchanges and portion control.

Lady #2 – Cred: Not Even Sure…

Diet: The “Clean Momma Plan” – Encourages 3 meals, healthy snacks (not bad), and exercise known as “taskercising”…you don’t need exercise, you can make vacuuming, cleaning, cooking and any other good housewife task your exercise…really, really?!?! No outrage over this?

Guru of the Guru’s aka Woman #3 – Cred: Got a weekend certification and took some “masters” level courses in nutrition, this one time.

Diet: “Wellness Smackdown” – anti-inflammatory, herb based, detox, vegan, only eat between 10AM and 7PM, NO SNACKING, DETOX OUT THE FAT! (no joke here)

So, in a country where over 50% of us are overweight or obese, we need ANOTHER unrealistic, unprofessional, weight loss show that will spew fad diets out faster than the tabloid section of the grocery store??

I respect the show for having ONE Registered Dietitian (not that this is the end all-be all of a nutrition expert, but it’s a nice professional, science based credential – AND the only one on the show who can technically legally give out nutrition based prescriptions), they also have a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (top credential for a trainer, but again, not the end all be all of training – and hardly anything to do with diet). Besides those two, I am scared as to what the others will preach to the millions of Americans watching, hoping, and looking for guidance.

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Yet here we have another show preaching quick fixes, through unrealistic means, that may work for some, but most people will end up in an even worse situation than they started in.

Diets that completely outlaw food groups (carbs, refined sugar, meat, animal products) or say that you MUST eat certain foods, or ONLY eat during certain time frames, or you can NEVER snack are always ones to be weary of.

All of these diets that eliminate whole food groups, like carbs, animals, fats, or snacks, or must eat within a certain time frame etc – might work. They very well might work because you are eliminating a huge chunk of calories by eliminating entire food groups or times of eating. Remember, calories are always the king of weight loss – no matter where you cut them out.

They also have a good chance of getting you right back to where you started. The national weight control registry found that over 90% of self proclaimed dieters regained their weight after following a “diet”. Thats a 10% success rate! Something needs to change!

These fad diets, strict elimination diets, unrealistic purges of “toxins” ARE NOT WORKING! 

We need to stop promoting these quick fixes, these restrictive black and white approaches to nutrition, these shameful tv shows that punish people for “only” losing 5 pounds in a week, these unrealistic/unprofessional gurus claiming to have the “best” diet for everyone. WE NEED TO CHANGE!

We need to be looking for lifestyle changes, an eating plan that works for the individual, based off of their lifestyle and what they can accomplish through behavior change, small tweaks and changes over time, and lifestyle creating habits.

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