37 responses

  1. Evan Thomas
    June 1, 2010

    I started to watch an episode of that show tonight, actually. But I wasn’t a fan of how it seemed to be more comedic than inspirational. I think it’s a touchy subject whenever people who clearly just need help are made into a public spectacle like that. That and I found Ice Cream Paradise two channels above them which sounded more entertaining 🙂

  2. theprocessofhealing
    June 1, 2010

    I haven’t watched that show but it sounds interesting!!!
    Mmm.. fresh watermelon: one of the best things about summer!

  3. Annie
    June 1, 2010

    I’ve never seen this show, but I completely agree with you. I enjoy The Biggest Loser, but its approach to weight loss seems completely unrealistic and inaccessible to me. Not to mention, I don’t think it is entirely necessary or healthy for overweight people to work out for hours on end and live with an extremely strict diet. To me, weight loss is about patience and time.

  4. runningwithsass
    June 1, 2010

    i havent seen it.
    have you heard about jillian michaels new show? it looks really good! I think it premiered tonight…oops!

  5. adrienmelaine
    June 1, 2010

    I have not seen the new show- but I will look for it- it’s nice when a family can work together on their health- I think it’s really important in family dynamics to all be on board.

    We’ve had clients before who’d family didn’t support them, and it was a daily struggle for them to lose their weight.

  6. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    June 1, 2010

    I’ve never heard of this show but now I really wanna watch it! I enjoy learning about the struggles or overweight and obese people….not sure why. Just do!

  7. Jenny
    June 1, 2010

    I have yet to see it! I’ll see if it’s illegally available online tonight:)

  8. Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com
    June 1, 2010

    I saw it when it first aired. Looking forward to new episodes.

  9. clairedille
    June 1, 2010

    Sounds like my kinda dinner, yum! I’ve never heard of that show but it definitely seems interesting!

  10. Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    June 1, 2010

    I don’t think we have that show in Australia…but sounds interestinG!

  11. Emilyeatsclean
    June 1, 2010

    I’ve not even heard of this show…..I’ll have to check it out!

  12. Erin
    June 1, 2010

    I haven’t seen that show but might try to catch an episode. I love BL and am sad it’s over until next year.

  13. Lindsay
    June 1, 2010

    That new show seems really interesting and much more realistic than The Biggest Loser. While I find The Biggest loser inspirational at times, I also think that it breeds a disordered attitude about food and exercise. I remember watching one of the finalists (I forget which season this was…the one before last, I think?) cry her eyes out to Bob b/c she had gone over her “calorie count” for the day and couldn’t fit in all six hours of exercise that the trainers wanted her to do. If that’s not an eating disorder in the making, I don’t know what is.

    I also find it interesting that a few of the winners have gained back all their weight. I just wish The Biggest Loser advocated a healthier, more long-term, and more realistic approach to weight loss. I’ll have to check out this new show to see what it’s like.

  14. missyrayn
    June 1, 2010

    I love the idea but I hope they show the internal work they have to do as well as the external.

  15. Run Sarah
    June 1, 2010

    I haven’t seen that show but it sounds pretty interesting and a bit more real world applicable than Biggest Loser.

  16. Suburban Sweetheart
    June 1, 2010

    Never seen the show but it sounds interesting. And there’s no dried fruit I love more than dried kiwis! So underrated.

  17. Sarah
    June 1, 2010

    It’s definitely an interesting show. I agree that it’s intriguing to see the other side of the spectrum and watch a family try to get healthy the real way. It’s definitely a more light-hearted show that’s also about this family full of interesting personalities.

  18. Samantha Angela
    June 1, 2010

    I never heard of that show but when I scrolled down and saw that picture my automatic reaction was “whoa!”
    They are definitely a big family. I like that it chronicles “real” weight loss, but I think that they could probably benefit from having trainers and nutritionists.

  19. Alisha
    June 1, 2010

    I saw a few episodes of this show during, what I guess is now being called Season 1, and thought it was pretty good. I watched tonight and was shocked to see how much weight the mom (I forget her name) has lost. I like how they all support each other and how they seem like the average family struggling with car repairs, motivating their kids, their finances, and people close to them not always supporting their lifestyle changes. Some parts seem staged and cheesy, but I’ll probably keep watching. I’d like to know how long it took the mom on One Big Happy Family to go from a size 34/36 to a size 20.

    And don’t even get me started on The Biggest Loser… HATE IT!

  20. Laura
    June 1, 2010

    Haven’t heard of that show! I’ll have to check it out. I love inspirational stories of weight loss, but I’m sort of bored with the competition aspect of The Biggest Loser.

  21. chasingcasey
    June 1, 2010

    I’m actually watching it right now. I remember seeing the first few episodes. I really like it. It’s more real and heartfelt than the intensity and the weight loss impracticality in the real world.

  22. Heather Rose
    June 2, 2010

    I’ve been thinking of checking out that show, but I hadn’t heard much about it. Thanks for the feedback, maybe I’ll give it a whirl now.

    I’m looking for something in that genre now that BL is over for the season, although I do want to check out Jillian Michaels new show too.

  23. BroccoliHut
    June 2, 2010

    I just watched this show for the first time tonight (while waiting for The Little Couple to come on), and I think I am totally hooked! The family is so likeable, and you can tell they love each other very much. I like to see a family unite to improve their health:)

  24. britchickruns
    June 2, 2010

    That show sounds awesome; they don’t show it in England but I’d love to see it!

  25. britishbride
    June 2, 2010

    No wonder I thought you were a veggie – all your vegetarian recipes are amazing!


  26. amanda
    June 2, 2010

    mmm, the watermellon looks delish! nice and juicy. what an interesting combo.

    never seen or even heard of that show. i’ll have to give it a whirl.

  27. Sarah (from See Sarah Eat)
    June 2, 2010

    I haven’t seen that show yet but I’m going to have to look for it now! I quit watching the Biggest Loser a couple years ago because it’s just so unrealistic and I hate all the advertising during the show.

  28. Frugal ‘n’ Fit!
    June 2, 2010

    I watched that show when it first premiered and found it hilarious. I enjoyed it more for the cuteness of the family than for its inspirational nature, but I will definitely watch again especially since there seems to be a dearth of good shows on TV now that it’s summer.

  29. Kati
    June 2, 2010

    I totally forgot that show started and had been meaning to watch it. I used to love the Biggest Loser but feel it’s very unrealistic because due to the insane workouts and the amount of weight they lose in a short period of time. Last night I watched Jillian Michael’s new show, “Losing It” which works with a family who wants to lose weight. Although it was similar to Biggest Loser in regards to the grueling workouts, it went a little deeper in understanding where their issues stemmed from which I think is what needs to be emphasized when anyone has issues overeating, not exercising, etc.

  30. Miranda @ Mirandasjeans
    June 2, 2010

    Just reading this post now… I am pretty much having the same thing for dinner tonight as you had. Tofu, with sauted veggies and the recipe called for peanuts but I thought I’d jazz it up and use cashews instead.

  31. Lauren @ Running Examiner
    June 2, 2010

    I haven’t watched the show, but would consider doing so. It sounds like the this family has a lot of say it what methods they employ to lose weight and become healthier people. My issue with The Biggest Loser is that I find many aspects of it incredibly exploitative, and simply a ploy for higher ratings. Why set people in a room filled with “forbidden” food and watch them struggle to triumph over the temptation? Ugh. I’m also don’t think the show advocates long-term, sustainable weight loss/maintenance. Inevitably, people won’t be able to reserve 5-6 hours of workout time each day–nor should they.

  32. Lauren @ Running Examiner
    June 2, 2010

    And, lastly, forgive all my typos-sorry!

  33. katie
    June 2, 2010

    Thanks for introducing me to the show. I wish I had a dvr, but will check it out in reruns!

  34. kirsten
    June 2, 2010

    I was wondering what that show was about, I’m glad you discussed it, I will definitely check it out!

  35. hundredtenpounds
    June 2, 2010

    I hadn’t heard of that show but it sounds interesting. I’m glad they are trying to make a change as a family unit. That’s the only way to succeed! Support systems make all the difference.

  36. Brynne
    June 2, 2010

    I really like that show – I think it’s great they’re trying to get healthy and it’s really interesting to see all of the conflicts they have with each other and their family’s eating habits!

  37. Marissa
    June 3, 2010

    I agree about One Big Happy Family; its a brilliant idea, but it just hasn’t been executed as well as I would have liked… I liked Jillian Micheals’ new show, Losing it with Jillian, much better! But I love Jillian Micheals, so…

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