Discovery Health has begun taking registrations for its National Body Challenge 2009, billed as a free, comprehensive weight loss and fitness challenge. The National Body Challenge 2009 aims at providing weight loss tools and inspiration, as well as expert advice and recipes. Discovery Health Channel programming is an integral part of the National Body Challenge 2009.
The January 5-9, 2009, kickoff will feature two competing teams of severely overweight people working with Bally Total Fitness personal trainers, a nutritionist, a therapist under the guidance of fitness expert Dr. Lydie Hazan. The teams’ goal will be to shed a lifetime of unhealthy habits in the span of six months, replacing them with healthy ones.
The National Body Challenge 2009 is not the latest fad diet or reality tv show. What the challenge aims for is educating and supporting viewers on healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk heart disease, stroke and cancer.
This is the 6th annual National Body Challenge so naturally potential participants will want to explore the effectiveness of past year’s challenges.
According to Dr. Pamela Peake, a Discovery Health Channel spokesperson, the 2005 National Body Challenge resulted in a cumulative weight loss of 395,000 pounds (or 197.5 tons) for participants nationwide, almost double the amount lost in 2004.
The National Body Challenge generates a lot of enthusiasm for lifestyle management changes even among those who are not ultimately up to the challenge. On the 3fatchicks blog, 3 bloggers who tried the National Body Challenge in 2007 applauded it as fun and worthwhile, even though 2 of the 3 dropped out.
Testimonials on the Discovery Health Challenge website also praise the benefits of the National Body Challenge. One woman wrote that she lost 65 pounds in 2008, dropping from 208 pounds to 143, and dropping from pants size 19 to 8. Another lamented regaining the 40 pounds lost in the 2008 challenge but expressed determination to lose weight and keep it off as part of the National Body Challenge 2009.
Among the tips from those who have participated in past National Body Challenges: it is not necessary to join Bally’s Total Fitness when the 8 week trial membership expires or to avoid the challenge if there is no Bally’s nearby. Success at the challenge does require exercise but that exercise can be done at home.