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Health and fitness: Be inspired, not fooled by weight-loss shows on TV

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By Kent Pegg

Another season of the television show “The Biggest Loser” has begun and once again we’re seeing people lose vast amounts of weight week after week. Like that, it seems, 15, 20, 25 or more pounds seem to come flying off people.

While these shows can be entertaining and — hopefully — inspiring to those looking to lose weight, don’t be fooled by the big weight loss numbers these people are achieving. Losing weight isn’t always that easy or that fast.

Remember that the people you are seeing are devoting all of their time to losing weight, something most people can’t do. They are also heavily monitored 24 hours a day, watching their vital signs to make sure they aren’t in any danger.

Additionally, the people you see are obese and have a tremendous amount of weight they need to lose. It’s much easier to lose 20 pounds quickly if you are 200 pounds overweight and impossible to lose that amount if you are, like most, only 30-40 pounds overweight.

Realistic weight loss goals for most people should be about one to two pounds per week. To do this you should use a three-step approach: cardiovascular exercise, weight training and diet modification.


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