When The Biggest Loser first aired in 2004, it changed the national dieting landscape almost overnight. The Biggest Loser brought the subject of weight loss to the forefront in a way that no other television show had done in the past. What’s more, its continued success has demonstrated how resoundingly interested in this subject the American TV audience truly is.
But what is the secret to its success? To me, the thing that keeps us coming back week after week is a combination of the personal connection we feel with the cast (and their weight loss struggles) as well as the inner demons we face in our own weight loss struggles. Upon seeing that a Biggest Loser book had been released, I was instantly intrigued.
What is The Biggest Loser Book About?
The book version of The Biggest Loser is subtitled “The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life–Adapted from NBC's Hit Show!” Whew, that’s a mouthful– but the book really does appear to offer a massive variety of information.
Beginning with insights from the cast and creators of the show, the book also packs recipes, a complete diet plan, color photographs, and exercise and fitness regimens, as well as tips and tricks to achieve long term weight loss.
Does The Biggest Loser Really Deliver?
According to reviews, The Biggest Loser is wowing readers in the same way the television show did! Product reviewer Jimmy Moore, a 180+ pound weight loss success story, found the combination of information mentioned above to be a winning one, and many others agreed. Read Jimmy's review, here.
Will It Help Me Lose Weight?
The key to The Biggest Loser may be in its variety. But if you’re a chronic dieter like me, you may have already tried many of the methods covered in The Biggest Loser and already be aware of some of the technical information referenced.
S. Jensen, who struggled for over 20 years with her weight finds that the workout is easy and anyone can do it. "I started out my 12 week challenge at 322 pounds and am proud to say that at the end of 12 weeks i had lost an amazing 45 pounds!!", says S. Jensen in her review.
It’s important to remember that there is a reason that we are chronic dieters: could something be missing from our weight loss plans? I am beginning to think that the issue may be in a lack of motivation or inspiration. The Biggest Loser (both the TV show and the book, in this case) may be just the sort of thing to help in this respect.
Pros and Cons
Builds on the wildly successful TV program by offering behind the scenes details and information.
Contains a variety of helpful tools, including meal plans, fitness plans and recipes.
- It will motivate you and inspire you, as you read the stories of the contestants and how losing weight changed their lives for the better
- Some readers found the diet and exercise regimen to be too intensive for real life.
Problems and Complaints
A majority of reviewers rated The Biggest Loser favorably. However, there were three common threads that ran through the negative reviews.
First, some found the content of this book to be “fluff,” without enough substantive content.
Second, some readers felt that much of the information presented had already been covered on the TV show.
And third, perhaps most importantly, a significant portion of readers found the diet and fitness regimens covered to be too difficult to follow successfully in day-to-day life. Specifically, many readers felt that the amount of calories recommended for daily consumption were far too low, even suggesting that in some cases, they might cause blackouts or other problems.
On the flip side, reviewer K. Corn, was disappointed that the book did not present an extreme enough diet as it does not represent the actual diet and fitness regimens that the contestants on the television program experienced.
Is The Biggest Loser Better Than Other Diet Books?
The Biggest Loser is an interesting book, because in many ways it is not competing with other diet books. It doesn’t offer a new fad weight loss plan (like Atkins or the “Paleo” diet), but instead gives readers the pragmatic approach highlighted on the show. And the show is what will really sell this book– if you are hooked on the format of the show, the book may be a great next step.
How Does The Biggest Loser Rate Overall?
Product reviewers gave The Biggest Loser by The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast a 4 star rating out of 5 possible stars. On average, reviewers said that The Biggest Loser offers a practical look at weight loss with the added benefit of appealing to fans of the TV show. However, the book is not without its critics, as mentioned above.
Where Can I Buy and Where Can I Read More Reviews for The Biggest Loser?
The Biggest Loser is currently in stock and able to be purchased at a discount on Amazon.com. Amazon.com is currently offering Super Saver Shipping on this item with orders over $25. Read more reviews here.