I was slightly disappointed with the 2nd episode of Fat March last night. I’m not completely sure why.
The contestants completed the second leg of their march. There was a lot more sniping and in-fighting this time around. Maybe that’s what made the difference. A few of the folks I had really liked in the first episode were quite a bit more whiny and manipulative.
The fact that there was more of the “Survivor” type of plotting did make it a bigger surprise when everyone voted for “nobody” when asked who should leave the show. I’m not sure if they were getting wiser or just thinking about their wallets (each contestant loses $10,000 when someone leaves the show).
The “challenge” was a little lame. Hauling water in buckets to fill a container to a specific amount. There were pairs. Since one of the males had been taken to the hospital (poor eating habits had caused a serious drop in his blood sugar), one of the females was unable to participate and also unable to win the reward. The remaining women paired up with a man for the game. The women used buckets to haul the water (cardio and agility) while the men held the buckets that were getting fuller and fuller of water (strength). Last one holding the bucket when it got full won an evening in the jacuzzi for the couple. Nice reward, but tough that only one couple got to relax those tired muscles.
The weight loss was more significant this week and even the women were into double digit losses. That was certainly encouraging after so many miles. Still, I’m not sure this show will be keeping my interest for all of the episodes without something more.
As far as I’ve been able to learn in this life (remember, learning about it and being able to accomplish it are two different issues completely), there are only a few things that really help you lose weight: eat less and move more. That’s it. Simple, really. But difficult. Because what you eat less of and when you eat it and how much more you move and how much you were moving before all play into the fine tuning.
And WHY you eat. For myself, I’ve realized that it’s self-medication. Carbohydrates increase seratonin, which in turn helps ease the pain of fibromyalgia. So wanting to stay out of pain is a big road block to weight loss for me. I don’t see that kind of work being done on this show yet – helping these people see what eating was giving them and how they can replace it with something else. Maybe that will be discussed in an upcoming episode.
I’ll just have to tune in next week.