We’re all guilty of watching TV shows that lack substance, especially reality TV shows like The Bachelor or The Real Housewives, or the ultimate reality guilty pleasure: Keeping up with the Kardashians. In the spirit of vegging out to lackluster TV shows, I was actually excited to watch Khloe Kardashian’s new show “Revenge Body with Khloe.” While the reviews I’ve read haven’t been positive, I’m going to take a different approach.
For a Kardashian produced and focused show, I thought Revenge Body met expectations. From what I can tell, we’ll see two individuals work on their fitness each episode, and follow them through their 12 week transformation, concluding with their final reveal party where they confront the person that inspired them to get healthy.
Critics are saying the show’s entire premise is bogus and that encouraging people to get healthy for the sake of revenge is in itself flawed, but I disagree. I think oftentimes it’s the bullies and haters in our lives that give us the motivation and drive it would have been hard to find from something else. As Khloe says, “Let our haters be our biggest motivators.”
While you can argue that health and fitness should be about bettering yourself and making yourself happy, which I agree with, you can’t deny that what some people need to kickstart a difficult lifestyle change, is tough love. When you’re going after your revenge body, it’s actually just as much about yourself as it is about the person you are trying to impress, which is something BOTH participants on the premiere came to realize. Considering both also went on to lose more weight after their time on the show, I think the overall process and experience was done right, and taught two people who put little value on health and fitness that it was actually something they love, and that improved their lives.
I found myself rooting for the contestants and feeling proud of their results. I was shocked to see that the female contestant, Stephanie, lost 27 pounds in 12 weeks, and the male contestant, Will, lost 30. They both worked with celebrity trainers and nutritionist and got a lot more than help in the gym, they also got to meet with celebrity dermatologists and oral hygienists to help improve their skin, teeth and overall appearance, which only added to their newfound confidence.
I’m excited to see where this show goes and to hopefully watch more and more people improve their lives with health and fitness. And I think as long as your process is safe and healthy, your motivation can come from a variety of places, whether it be to get fit for your kids, set an example for your friends or family, or even get your revenge body.
We can all admit that Khloe has done nothing but work her famous butt off (while making it considerably larger….) and she looks amazing. I’m happy she’s using her new passion for fitness to help others, even if its not in the way most critics think she should be.
Revenge Body with Khloe airs Thursdays on E!