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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle, but it also sends questionable messages about losing weight and the importance of outer beauty.
Positive Role Models
The trainers and nutritionist genuinely want to help couples lose weight before their wedding. The couples themselves appear committed to each other regardless of their weight.
Violence & Scariness
Trainers yell to motivate contestants to work harder. Some competitors gag and/or collapse during workout sessions. Arguments occasionally break out between contestants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contestants briefly talk about sex and sexual acts, as well as about feeling insecure about their bodies when intimate. Weigh-ins require the men to be bare-chested and the women to wear spandex and sports bras.
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Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped, with mouths blurred.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages. One couple wants a beer pong table at their wedding. Some of the couples are cigarette smokers and must commit to quitting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series follows engaged couples who are participating in a weight-loss competition for a dream wedding. It sends positive messages about living a healthy lifestyle, but the extreme weight-loss workouts featured here -- and the lack of focus on inner beauty -- offer iffier take-aways about what it takes to lose weight and what's really important in life. Expect some brief sexual discussions, as well as lots of bleeped language (with speakers' mouths blurred). References are made to cigarette smoking and drinking, but these acts aren't visible.
Is It Any Good?
Like most weight-loss competitions, this reality show highlights the importance of exercising and eating right in order to lose weight and be healthy. But the show's motivational tactics -- like stuffing the couples into wedding dresses and tuxedos that are clearly too small for them -- are sometimes more humiliating than inspiring. Meanwhile, important information -- like understanding the difference between gaining muscle weight vs. losing fat and the benefits of losing weight slowly -- are exchanged for oversimplified presentations of weight-loss successes and failures.
Nonetheless, the series does offer some limited long-term advice about the importance of making a lifetime commitment to living a healthy lifestyle after the wedding is over. It also offers viewers a chance to see couples attempt to empower themselves to make positive changes in their lives. It's not always comfortable to watch, but some folks may find themselves getting motivated to make better life choices, too.
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