Celebrity Weight Loss on ABC

January 5, 2011  •  6 Comments  •  Uncategorized

I’m sorry to say that the program was a total piece of crap.

Cynthia McFadden, a former client of mine that lost a ton of weight and was profiled in Vogue magazine, basically did an hour of puff on weight loss.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. YES, the photos in magazines are all airbrushed. No one looks like that in real life. It’s a joke and one of the biggest offenders is a VERY famous talk show host.

2. Most women starve themselves, then binge. That makes total sense. Your body is starving on many levels, and then you eat like a crazy person.

3. When anyone loses 100+ pounds, your body does NOT look the way it does in magazines. I’ve been in this business for 25 years. When you lose that much weight, it isn’t pretty unless you do a lot of surgery.

I guess it’s just sad that this business is SO huge, but filled with such deception.

By the way, not one person on the show sited any research. That’s where I really fault ABC for not getting the facts.

Do we really need a lot of time devoted to the people who run Us Weekly to tell us what sells. Extreme weight loss sells, but it doesn’t last. All that lasts is the money that the issue made for the publisher.



  1. What did you think of Dr. Phil’s show this week with all these huge people and dividing them into 2 teams with he being the head of one and one of the doctors from The Doctors being the other. Also incorporating that 17 Days Diet book that supposedly can be bought only on Dr. Phil’s website? Also watching this show and watching a few minutes of The Biggest Loser is pretty much the same. They all have the identical story. They are there because they might die otherwise, they have been overweight all their lives, they have all the emotional problems, they love junk food….just the same old stuff. After a while it seems like watching the same old rehash over and over. Oh and all these people on the 2 teams will have their own trainer. But as is the case usually, I wonder how many of these people will actually keep the weight off after the competition is over. I forgot to mention it is a competition thing. We shall see.

    Comment by Bobbie Navone — January 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  2. I saw that ABC show and thought is was pretty worthless for the most part, too. However, I thought the interview with Ricki Lake was interesting (I’d not heard her story before), especially the part where she said she got more attention and accolades for going from a size 8 to a 4 than she did going from a 24 to an 8. I totally believe that.

    Comment by Sara — January 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

  3. Bobbie … just a quick note that The Doctors show is an extension/spin-off of the Dr. Phil show and is executive produced by his son.

    Comment by Sara — January 7, 2011 at 1:06 am

  4. Bobbie:

    I, too, get tired of these same stories, but they appear to bring with them ratings. It’s a bit like the Us Magazine covers. The more extreme the success story, the more copies sold. it’s sad that all people want is a quick fix.

    Comment by admin — January 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  5. Sara:

    I thought Ricki Lake part was the best as she was honest. I HATED the fact that she starved to lose weight. How horrible for her metabolism and her muscle as she shed both at the same time.

    Comment by admin — January 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

  6. Yes, The Doctors is a spin-off of Dr. Phil.

    Comment by admin — January 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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