New Year, New Weight-Loss Shows On the Way

So, how much weight can these teens lose in, say, three months? The bar is set at 100 pounds.

Logo for MTV's latest.
Logo for MTV's latest.

The new year always signals a new beginning, whether you want it to or not.

It definitely will be for me, but I’ll tell you about all the coming changes in the next week or so.

Right now, anyone vowing to join me on the weight-loss wagon January 1 will find “motivation” everywhere. Just like the Christmas commercial season seems to debut before Halloween, the annual commercial dieting season is rushing to the fore ever earlier.

We used to have to wait until January 1 before grapefruit juice, tuna and iceberg lettuce went on sale – three foods I can no longer consume, by the way, because of the awful memories associated with them. Now, though, there are few weight-loss commercials sneaking in just before Christmas. I’ve just seen a few cereals, but it was surprising, nonetheless.

December 26, though, all bets are off, and the closer we get to January 1, the worse we’ll be made to feel about feel-good indulgences. This is the first time in, I dunno, decades, that I haven’t felt crushing guilt with each sip of eggnog or every bite of cookie. I have a healthier mindset, and I’m enjoying myself a great deal more.

I’m also asking for several pairs of sweats, exercise mat and a treadmill for Christmas, *LOL*.  I can’t say I need motivation, but for the rest of you . . .

From the network that brings us Sixteen and Pregnant and Teen Mom comes I Used to be Fat. Not surprisingly, it bows December 29, two days before resolutions begin. It’s a weight-loss “reality” show that follows teens during the summer between high school graduation and their freshman year at college. There will be 10 episodes, total, brought to you by some of the folks behind Biggest Loser.

So, how much weight can these teens lose in, say, three months? The bar is set at 100 pounds.

Yes, you read that correctly.