It’s not about you.

Feb 18

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In the last few weeks since the Biggest Loser finale (in which Rachel Frederickson loses 155 pounds in 7 months), clients and friends have asked me to weigh in. “Did she go too far? Do you think she’s too skinny now? Is she anorexic?”

I don’t watch the show. In fact, I had to do a bit of research to get the facts on this one. My opinion is this:

Being comfortable in one’s skin is key to living a happy and successful life. For each of us, that level of comfort is as different. I know someone who weighs in at 120 pounds and sobs at how fat she is. I weigh in at 135 (less than once/month) and think to myself, “Yeah!!! I’m doing GREAT!” I train to be FIT, to feel GOOD and to slow the aging process. If I lose a few pounds, so be it – I’ll probably eat it back tomorrow.

Now, more to the point: Do I think losing more than 5 1/2 pounds on average PER WEEK is safe, realistic or appropriate for anyone? Going from habitual couch potato and binge eating habits to exercise bulimia and disordered eating seem to be perpetuated on the Biggest Loser. All the while, ratings are made for all the puking, yelling, manipulating and outright sobbing that occur as a result.

Dana Zilber, founder and CEO of fitID.com, says, “Being fit is our birthright,” and I wholeheartedly agree. We all deserve to feel good in whatever skin we find ourselves. The once-overweight beauty, Jennifer Hudson, says it best: “People say, ‘Oh, you were better heavy,’ or ‘I like you better thick,’ and I say, ‘It’s not about you.’”

She’s right! It’s not!

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