Although I do know that People is a magazine, I was disappointed with how glossy-magazine-like this video is. It's short, gives a really shallow coverage of the journey each woman took, and does not show any detailed information about what they eat on a daily basis (amounts, calories, specific meals, etc.), or all that much on their specific workout routine (length, speed, weight used). It doesn't cover almost any of the very emotional component of both weight gain, and weight loss for so many. Most of it is just video of them in bikinis in Islamorada, and a few pictures of their former bodies.
I lost 75lbs which I had gained in the first place due to a serious medical condition, by myself at home with no help or gym, and I know that there is so much more that goes into the daily experience than just what you look like after in a swimsuit. It's a lot of heartache, confusion, setbacks, and redemption moments. I also find it unbelievably tonedeaf that they chose to splice this together with countless triggering close-up commercial videos of junk food, trying to make that food look way more tempting than it even looks in real life. No one trying to lose weight should be subjected to content like that - it is enormously counterproductive. And yet, there were no real tempting images of healthy food, the food these women are committing themselves to eating for the rest of their lives and are actually CURRENTLY eating at the time of the video - you know, the food they actually used to LOSE the weight!
I do find it cool that the women did all this work, and although I currently weigh a lot less than they do, some of them actually look far more toned than I do. Clearly you have to eat a lot, and work out in a smart way, to build and keep that kind of muscle. So I do appreciate that this is not in any way encouraging eating disorders (although possibly exercise addiction). It's also good that they showed a diverse group of women - although I noticed all of them were young - and that they seemed to have diverse diet and exercise methods to achieve what they did.
Ultimately this was a really shallow, too-short film, that is basically like looking at a magazine cover in video form. Surprised at the great reviews before me actually. It seems more like they rated the women's success, rather than the quality of the actual film. This could easily have been a TV series with an episode per woman, that really detailed their journey and what it took to get that kind of success.