Before you start calling us meanies, we didn’t call them “Big Fat Liars.” Bravo did: That’s the title of last night’s episode of Thintervention. Several of Jackie’s clients and contestants on this new reality show are not shedding the pounds the way she thinks they should be after five intensive weeks of her hard-core program (which involves eating clean and working out — really working out — five to six times a week). The culprits are losing 0-2 pounds a week, and in some cases, they’re actually gaining weight. (Note to Nikki: Cocktails contain calories! Especially three to six drinks a night.)
This must be a little humiliating for Jackie, who has built an entire business on being able to get people into shape. Of course, she knows that some of them are cheating. And guess what? They are. (Thank you, Mr. Surprise Polygraph Examiner!) But, aside from Nikki and her vodka, most of them genuinely believe that they’re following Jackie’s program to the letter. They’re just not being honest with themselves. They think they’re working out hard and often enough, but they’re not. They’re making too many of Jackie’s fresh fruit smoothies. (There’s sugar in those things, Stacy!) In short, they’re in major denial.
Can’t really blame them. We’ve all been there, in one way or another. I remember when I used to think that 20 minutes on the treadmill three times a week was all I needed to keep in shape. In my dreams. I’m 5′ 8 1/2″, in my 30s, and have a metabolism slower than molasses.
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the reasons why Thintervention trumps The Biggest Loser in terms of reality TV is because the eight Thintervention contestants are living at home, going to work, going out at night, and going about their daily lives. (Of course, Jackie often ambushes them at the most inconvenient moments to check in on them, cook with them, or work out with them, but that’s just damn good TV.) The contestants are already facing daily temptations, and are forced to incorporate Jackie’s drastic healthy lifestyle changes into their worlds, which is much more interesting to watch than a bunch of overweight people quarantined in a fat camp. I cannot tell a lie (or cheat). Thintervention is becoming my personal addiction.
Skip to 4:51 of this video to watch Nikki try to rationalize why she’s cheating on Jackie with vodka!