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.
This 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?
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.