Weight loss TV shows do benefit us, because they can help motivate us in our lifestyle changes. And the rapid results that these programs depict help us understand the relationship of cause and effect. In other words, they fast-forward from the “before” to the “after” state. But do not assume that these TV programs can be applied directly to your weight loss efforts. The people on these shows have nothing else to do all day long but concentrate on losing weight, and they lose weight in the artificial environment of a TV show. Your weight loss program is going to happen in real life. The best things you can learn to lose weight and keep it off for good are how to eat sensibly and exercise regularly while going about all of the joys and aggravations of a normal busy life. And normal life is not what reality TV is about!