Three Lessons By Biggest Loser

Anywhere in the world, day after day, millions of people are fixed to their TV sets - but not to watch the latest soap or CSI. Not for watching Jay Leno or Blacklist. Not to see who outwits, outlasts and outplays others in Survivor. No - they are spellbound by the struggles of a small band of obese people trying to defeat the results of years of overeating.

It's not extraordinary that for so many people this is critical viewing. Obesity is the new epidemic. Fat children are increasing around school playgrounds while their overweight mothers fill shopping carts with wrong products. Then, they relax at night to watch The Biggest Loser. They see exciting weight loss and startling new body shapes beginning to appear. They want the same outcomes - and they start to think it might be possible.

But who has 4 or 5 hours a day to go to the gym? Who can pay to a personal trainer several times a week? And who has the enjoyment of their own personal adviser on calorie content and smart food selections? The answer is that not many people. But you have to put in mind that this is television: it is a wrong situation. As the players keep reminding themselves and the viewers: "This is a GAME. You have to exploit the most of your time here - it's going to be so much tougher in real life."

Is it more difficult in real life? Seemingly. But you can take advice away from watching this reality show. You can make it happen, as well as for the players. Here are 3 efficient and helpful pieces of advice you can consider immediately.

1. Consider Weight Loss First.

In the Biggest Loser household WEIGHT LOSS COMES in the first place. Make it come first in your household, too. Sounds easy, doesn't it? It is. Indeed, so easy that many people just ignore it. They try to fit workout and meal planning around everything else in their daily life, instead of making it a necessity.

Think: what is most valuable: getting the weight off, and becoming fit enough to put years on your life - or following another TV show? Sit down and think well about it and put at least one hour a day to planning meals, observing what food you eat, and doing some practice. You've still got 23 hours left to do everything else!

2. E is for Exercise - and Enjoy!

What other thing do you see in the Biggest Loser household? The more they exercise, the more they seem to enjoy it. Oh sure, they cry and they suffer; they make efforts, and they complain. But as the weeks continue, you'll hear them say words like: "I never thought I'd say that I look forward to working out - but now don't feel okay if a day goes past without activity!"

The secret to enjoying exercise is choosing what's right for you. If you don't really enjoy the gym, look for other forms of exercise.

You need a mix of cardio and confidence training - but it doesn't have to be on machines. Swim, climb hills, walk, dance, many choices can be exciting for you. Report what happens to various muscle people - and to your heart - when you exercise and choose activities that you will love.

3. Identify the Triggers.

Feelings run high when the participants have to face their beasts. Weight gain is rarely from just a physical situation. If you keep a food log and faithfully write not only what you eat but when you eat it, you'll soon notice a pattern of emotional eating. What are your triggers? Boredom? Tiredness? Family reasons?

Once you have recognised these triggers, you can start working on strategies to beat them. That can be as easy as challenging yourself every time you need food. If I'm not hungry, then why do I need to eat? Am I just thirsty? If I'm running to the fridge because I'm confused, is there something else I can do to feel sounder? Is there a long-term solution that will fix this permanently? If you're not yet ready to handle the cause, then be supplied with food that will NOT add to your issues with the resulting rolls of fat. Be certain that you have 'good' food - but also food that you PREFER.