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MTV’S I Used To Be Fat, Episode 2, Marci


The show is about overweight teens who have graduated from high school and work through their summer vacation to lose weight and transform themselves before entering college. Each hour-long episode feature’s one teen as he/she works out with a personal trainer to reach their desired goal. The show is unscripted, and in my opinion has a much more realistic reaction to diet and exercise than most weight loss shows. Will the show promote a healthy attitude towards body image? Or will it simply be a lesson in crash dieting to look hot for the first day of class? We’ll have to watch and see for ourselves, and I will be here to give my opinions every step of the way.

i used to be fat marciThis episode, I have to admit, got on my nerves. Marci came across as a very spoiled cry baby whose sole purpose of weight loss was to look “hot”. The show also lacked any examples of proper nutrition, and even showed Marci and her Mom, cooking a meatloaf. While it was served with healthy spinach, meatloaf is still not exactly a great choice as far as dieting is concerned.

I think they should have specified what exactly they were doing to make it low calorie, or fat free. Was it lean beef? Did they boil the beef first to drain the fat? Why didn’t they use ground turkey? Also, what about portion size?

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Marci’s goal was to lose 90 pounds, her trainer Justin’s boot camp style training seemed tough, however when Marci didn’t want to do something she threw a tantrum. I honestly wasn’t inspired by this episode at all, in the end Marci lost the weight, felt great, and was able to go shopping at a non-plus sized boutique.

Of course she deserves credit for making it through Justin’s vigorous workout routines. However, I’m not convinced that her Mom will stop taking her to fast food places, or that Marci has the will and determination to continue on her own without Justin’s constant supervision. Will she become victim of the “Yo-Yo Life”? Only time will tell. That is all I have for now until the next show.

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About the Author

My name is Candice, but most people call me Candi which is a nickname I despised as a child but eventually grew on me. I grew up in a very big Puerto Rican family, where every day was a major food fest consisting of the highly caloric delicious monstrosities known as Spanish food. Food has always been a big part of my life. In my lifetime, I have probably lost and gained over 300 pounds. My biggest pet peeve is being told I have "such a pretty face", it's a half-assed compliment almost always being followed by "but if only you lost a few pounds you'd be so much prettier." So I have finally decided to make a change, and with the help of my Fat Man Unleashed family, I will put a, "Death to the Yo-Yo Life." Smile people, life is too short to be serious all the time!

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  1. IsraelNo Gravatar says:

    My biggest pet peeve about the show so far is that they do not seem to focus on the food part of it, just the exercise. They seem to only slightly touch on the eating part of it but not enough specifics with the foods and eating habits, etc. I know they only have an hour to present an entire summer to the viewers, but I just hate to see yet another weight loss show focusing solely on exercise. Now, I know that behind the scenes they are talking to them about eating, but why not show it? It wouldn’t be boring to me or to the millions of other overweight people watching and wondering if they really have to kill themselves working out that hard to lose weight (5 to 6 hours a day)…. crazy!

  2. JessicaNo Gravatar says:

    The most important part of losing weight is what you eat. Many of us are not looking for a diet anymore but a lifestyle change which is a commitment to changing the way you eat for the rest of your life. It seems to me that learning about exercise without learning what and how to eat is useless. It sucks more than anything to work your butt off and never see results. Based on this review I think this show may be selling false hope. I’d like to see a change of focus in the remainder of this season. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. FYI, It’s still a pretty cool show :)

  3. JoanaNo Gravatar says:

    Great stuff.
    I’m having a little bit of trouble with eating too much,
    but am trying a new diet so hopefully i can keep up with it:P:P

  4. Great View.
    I having a little bit of trouble with eating too much,I can not control my diet but am trying a new diet so hopefully i can keep up with it

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