So last night I found myself alone, watching the second episode of Thintervention With Jackie Warner (while drinking a glass of vinho verde, of course), which is basically Bravo’s version of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Warner is the former host of Bravo series Workout; she’s also an author, wellness coach, DVD “star,” and fitness trainer for Hollywood’s leanest. Now, I’ve watched The Biggest Loser a handful of times, mostly because, on a purely selfish/vain level, it makes me feel good to see people who are a lot fatter than I am. If you need to drop 5-10 pounds, The Biggest Loser is the biggest ego boost ever. (Also, as a former Days of Our Lives junkie, I have a soft spot for host Alison Sweeney. Sue me.)
But after watching just one episode, I have to say that Thintervention kicks The Biggest Loser‘s ass, and here’s why:
– The Biggest Losers get sent away to a secluded fat camp where they have to live with and annoy each other on a daily basis. But in L.A.-based Thintervention, Jackie makes the contestants live their sad, boring lives in their own homes, so that they can deal with the daily pressures and stresses of weight loss temptations, fitness pitfalls, and work pressures (which is actually a really good idea in terms of potential long-term success).
– Jackie pairs up her contestants for workouts and meals, and then takes them “by surprise” by popping in on them unannounced when they’re supposed to be doing hard-core crunches, but instead are gossiping on their yoga mats. Busted, ladies! Then Jackie makes them do a real workout. This is fun to watch.
– During each episode, Thintervention contestants sit in a circle and have a group therapy session with Jackie and a clinical psychologist. This rules – in a completely creepy and voyeuristic way. Last time I checked, mental health therapy sessions are supposed to involve a bit more privacy than, say, national cable television affords, but c’mon, who doesn’t like to watch grown men and women cry and blame their parents for everything, including their lifelong weight issues? Why didn’t NBC think of that? (Well, I guess they did, because NBC owns Bravo, so it’s really a win-win for them.)
– If you and your partner win a challenge, you get to go over to Jackie’s cute house, where her personal chef will cook you a nice dinner! And Jackie will even let you have a low-calorie cocktail (last night’s choices were vodka and soda or tequila with water). Then you get to sit around and “get to know each other better” – i.e. face just how much fitter Jackie is than you.
– At this point, however, The Biggest Loser has one thing on Thintervention: Their weigh-in scale is much cooler. Sorry, Jackie.
Watch Jackie kick the contestants’ respective asses: