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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Biggest Loser is a fitness sim for the Wii based on the TV show of the same name. Unlike some other fitness sims, The Biggest Loser doesn't rely on Body Mass Index (BMI) to decide if a person is the "correct" weight. Rather, players are free to set their own weight loss goals, which the game helps them achieve through exercising with a personal trainer and monitoring caloric intake. The game also contains 50 recipes that players can try at home. The Wii balance board is an optional accessory; all exercises can be performed either with the balance board and Wii remote, or just the Wii remote by itself. The game keeps track of progress via graphs and calendars that encourage the player to exercise every day.
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What's it about?
THE BIGGEST LOSER is a fitness simulation based on the TV show of the same name, where overweight contestants compete to lose the most weight and earn a cash prize to become "The Biggest Loser." In the video game, payers can select a full 4-week, 8-week or 12-week fitness and nutrition program that tracks calories consumed and burned, and overall weight loss. Alternately, players can jump into preset routines of various lengths, or create their own by selecting from full body, upper body, lower body, core, and yoga exercises. There are also four challenge games that incorporate exercises, like flying a virtual hang glider with Tricep Dips and Leg Lifts, or staying on an elevated treadmill above a pool using Skaters and Side Step exercises.
Is it any good?
Fans of the TV show will feel right at home being coached by digital versions of hosts Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, reading tips from past show contestants, and watching video clips of Bob and Jillian dispensing workout and nutrition advice. Aside from the TV show theme, a few other nice things help set The Biggest Loser apart from other fitness sims on the Wii: one is a nutrition section that includes 50 healthy recipes that players can try at home, and the other is a system of measurement that doesn't rely on the sometimes unreliable Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. The main game's emphasis on weight loss makes it especially suitable for obese people looking to shed dozens of pounds or more (just like the TV show), but the make-up-your-own-routine and quickplay modes are suitable for those who simply want to maintain an ideal weight or stay active, making The Biggest Loser well-rounded fitness package.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether it's more fun or easier to work out alone or with a "workout buddy."
Does having a personal trainer make you more motivated to finish the whole workout?
The Biggest Loser contains 50 real recipes to try at home. Which of the recipes did you try, and were they tasty?