A&E’s new show “Heavy” premiered last night and as promised, I took notes. In case you were planning to watch, please don’t read – I don’t want to spoil it for you! :)
The show follows 2 morbidly obese people each week as they undergo a hardcore weight-loss/diet program. This is a no-surgery, no-nonsense approach, which I like! This is also not a game show, there is no “prize” – besides winning your life back. God, I just sounded so cheesy! Haha.
They both go to a weight-loss center where they will stay in isolation for 30 days to focus on weight-loss. No phones, no TV, no family etc. Everytime I see things like this I wonder “How can anyone AFFORD to do that??”, but I digress. So they go away for 30 days then continue their journey at home for the next 5 months.
They both had given up on themselves, which is a feeling I can relate to. There comes a point where you think “I can’t fix this….I’m going to die fat.” They both had also had some scary health issues related to being obese. Tom had lymphedema (so icky….he had a GIANT tumor growing on the inside of his leg, yeck!). Jodi had actually had a STROKE a few months before the show. A 36-yr old woman having a stroke?! Insane.
Things I liked about the show:
* The trainers were both great and I valued what the nutritionist said. All 3 certainly understood the needs of an obese person – but didn’t out up with whining either.
* They lost a realistic amount of weight. I won’t give away their 6-month tally but they both lost 30+ pounds their first month. Now, for someone THAT large ( Tom was 638) – you are giving your body a drastic shock when you switch from liters and liters of soda and fried chicken to water and grilled chicken.
* They both had setbacks. Jodi’s were emotional, Tom’s were self-sabotage. Both were completely realistic.
The things I didn’t like:
* The WHINING. Does every show need to have this much whining?! Sheesh!
* In the intro Tom is at a fast food joint and order 6 cheeseburgers and 3 chicken nuggets. REALLY? I want to slap people when I see that. I HATE that stereotype! We don’t all eat that way, dammit.
* I missed the connection to the contestants. On BL you see the people change from week to week, and you pick “favorites”. You can’t really be emotionally invested in someone’s journey when you’ve only seen them for an hour.
My favorite moment in the show was when Jodi says “What if I lose all this weight and I’m still unhappy on the inside“. It’s so true. You could lose 200 pounds and still not feel any better emotionally – because you haven’t gotten to the root of your problems. Kudos for figuring that out early on! So many people think the fat is the source of their pain/unhappiness etc….it’s not.
I liked the show. I’m not sure I’d watch it religiously like I do with BL – but I’ll definitely catch up on bored weekends etc. Overall I’d give it a B.
Did anyone else watch? What did you think?