Reality TV has become such a standard on almost every single network that we hardly remember a time when we didn鈥檛 have some sort of competition or behind-the-scenes show to devour week after week. At this point, most people understand that reality TV isn鈥檛 really 鈥渞eal鈥 (and shows like UnREAL help solidify that idea), but it鈥檚 entertainment, often with characters played by 鈥渘ormal鈥 people and not actors (except for shows like The Hills, which we now know are actually fake reality tv with aspiring teen actors 鈥減laying鈥 themselves). Even though we generally understand the concept of reality television as entertainment, so many of us still look to reality shows as personal inspiration 鈥 and one of the worst culprits for this is The Biggest Loser. Now, a former winner of that show is coming forward with her continuing body struggles, proving once and for all that reality television is a straight-up lie.

The Biggest Loser - Season 17

The Biggest Loser winner (and first female winner) Ali Vincent won the show in 2008 after losing 112 pounds over the course of filming, a huge feat for anyone. But eight years later, Vincent admits that not only is she struggling to keep the weight off, but she鈥檚 in fact gained back every single pound she shed during her time on the hit reality show. Her very honest Facebook profile is peppered with posts about her fertility issues and new weight-loss journey, reminding us that reality television is anything but 鈥渞eal.鈥

The Biggest Loser

Back in October, during a segment on Oprah鈥檚 Where Are They Now?, Vincent admitted that a sexual assault during a massage has mentally blocked her from truly caring for herself. She became so busy and so stressed that she allowed her weight to creep back up, which proves to us that just because you鈥檝e been a contestant on a reality show, doesn鈥檛 mean your real life will actually change for the better.

Since we live in a culture so obsessed with reality stars, from the Kardashians and the Real Housewives to shows like The Biggest Loser, we need to stop thinking about them in terms of 鈥渞eality,鈥 and start thinking of them as they truly are 鈥 as 鈥渢elevision shows.鈥 We can鈥檛 imagine the pressure that Ali Vincent feels after struggling before her reality stint and again today, but know that we鈥檙e going to stop trying to tell ourselves that anything we see that鈥檚 promoted as 鈥渞eal鈥 actually is.

With The Biggest Loser having almost 20 seasons, and almost every single Bachelor and Bachelorette couple splitting up (save for three bachelorettes staying with their picks and only one bachelor staying with his), we think it鈥檚 high time to reframe how we talk about reality television so that we can remember that it鈥檚 not real, but it certainly is television.

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