Okay, I know I’ve said it before, but I love me some weight loss reality TV.
My original love and still all-time fave is X-Weighted (catch it on Discovery Health Channel Canada). It’s just sooo…Canadian. The formula is this: each episode focuses on a particular individual who wants/needs to lose weight. They are followed for six months, and have a weigh-in after 3 months and then the final weigh-in after 6 months. Host/personal trainer extrordinaire (from Edmonton, no less) Paul Plakas comes to their homes and dumps basically all their food in a big black garbage bag. Then he whips their butts through a bru-tal fitness test, which they do once at the beginning of the six months, and again after their six month journey. But much as I love Paul (well, I love to watch him go at other people: I’d likely punch him in the mouth in real life), my heart truly belongs to "Self Esteem Expert" (still haven’t figured out which University gives a degree in Self Esteem Expertise) Fred. I lurve my Fred, yes I do. I love Fred so much that my friend Laura actually looked him up last year to book me an appointment at his salon for a Christmas present. The only problem was that his salon is in Halifax. I live in Calgary. Darn.
Like I said, the appeal of the show is partly its Canadian-ness. So far they’ve aired filmed in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto and Kelowna. And – GET THIS – a friend of mine is going to be in the new season! She’s just over half-way through her six-month journey and she looks great, but that’s about all I know. It’s all very hush-hush, you know. But as soon as the episode airs, you know I’ll be glued to the tube and I’ll record it on PVR.
And I’ll be sure to let you all know when to watch, too!