More to Love

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This evening was pretty tame.  I’m hoping to go to bed within the next hour!

 

Snacked on cereal:

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And dinner was a platter of yummy goodness.

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I had two Wasa crackers with hummus and steamed carrots:

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And tomato soup and corn on the cob.

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More to Love – "Yay" or "Nay"?

 

I bet you guys knew I’d talk about this on the blog EVENTUALLY! šŸ™‚

So, I’ve been asked by a few people "What do you think of the new show "More to Love" on Fox?"  If you haven’t heard of "More to Love," here’s the synopsis.

 

MORE TO LOVE, the new dating competition show from Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), follows one regular guy’s search for love among a group of real women determined to prove that love comes in all shapes and sizes. The inspirational new series is hosted by iconic supermodel Emme.

 

Luke Conley is a 26-year-old former college football offensive lineman who stands 6’3" and weighs over 300 pounds. He’s a successful sub-contractor and real estate investor who has his sights set on building a long-lasting relationship. Luke’s ideal woman is intelligent, passionate, down-to-earth, full-figured and comfortable in her own skin.

 

This eligible guy will have the chance to find the woman of his dreams when 20 voluptuous ladies vie for his heart. These unique women have careers ranging from waitress to teacher to lawyer to rocket scientist, but they all have one thing in common: They are also looking for love.

 

This brawny prince is searching for one curvy Cinderella to take on the romantic adventure of a lifetime!

 

I am DEFINITELY going to watch "More to Love" because I’m kind of curious….   Oh, here’s the eligible bachelor:

Judging from the previews, I’m sure they are going to make a big show about how "curvy" the women are the first episode (because it’s exploitative reality TV!).  But, I wonder if they will drop all that talk as the season progresses and REALLY make it about love, not appearance.  Basically, I’m going to reserve judgement until I see it!  But my initial reaction is "Ehhhh… I don’t know about that!"

 

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to "More to Love"? Or do you think it’s going to be a totally stereotypical crap-fest?

{ 41 comments }

 

  • CALORIES DON'T HAVE FANGS!!! July 22, 2009, 5:56 pm

    I think it's a great idea for a show, but I agree with you Caitlin. They'll definitely focus on the size concept for quite awhile in the beginning. Hopefully, they'll be able to move past the appearance after a few episodes and focus more on the personalities of the individuals. Great post!

  • Kimberly July 22, 2009, 6:06 pm

    Haven't heard about this show, but if it's on Fox (the network that proudly brought us The Swan and Battle of the Bods), gotta go with "stereotypical crapfest" šŸ˜‰

  • Eliza July 22, 2009, 6:06 pm

    I think its annoying that they present it as though skinnier women wouldn't be interested in a larger man, or that a larger man wouldn't be interested in skinnier women. (Or that they couldn't "get" someone skinnier than themselves). Love has nothing to do with size…

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 22, 2009, 6:07 pm

    eliza- ohhhh i AGREE!! good point!

  • Spotty Prep July 22, 2009, 6:09 pm

    I feel the same way you do about More to Love- I'll watch at first because I'm curious. I think as soon as the show is over he will hook up with a typical bachelor type girl, and be all hated by the media, haha. Shameless cynical prediction.

  • Ania July 22, 2009, 6:19 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    I've noticed you've been eating Wasa crackers recently! Have you always?!! I'm a BIG fan! They are awesomeee with PB or hummus! Do you have a favorite kind? And random fact…..these are a big fav of Oprah's too! haha! : )

  • Niki July 22, 2009, 6:25 pm

    I'm going to vote for crap-fest. I might watch at the beginning and hope they prove me wrong!

  • Julia July 22, 2009, 6:28 pm

    I think my biggest problem with the premise of the show is that they are pairing people based on size. I understand that this guy has a "type" or whatever that he is attracted to, but why not have more of a variety of sizes of women on the show and not just "curvy" (whatever that even means). Is it impossible for him to be attracted to someone who is a different size than most of the women on the show (smaller or larger?)
    Sorry I ramble. I think it'll be entertaining but just a crappy concept overall!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 22, 2009, 6:38 pm

    Anina – i think it get the whole grain kind! i kind of go through wasa phases though šŸ™‚

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 22, 2009, 6:42 pm

    It seems a little exploitative to me. I think it will be a crapfest! Like Heather said on twitter: there is more than curvy and skinny. why not all shapes? Shouldn't be about the person NOT the size or shape???

  • lighterportions July 22, 2009, 6:53 pm

    I've never heard of the show before but it seems like an interesting concept… I don't know how I feel about it though. I guess I'll have to try to catch an episode or two and see just how it all plays out.

  • tryingtobefit July 22, 2009, 7:07 pm

    I agree with the person that said that it's not all that great that they are pairing couples by size. I am a skinnier girl and my boyfriend is almost 6 feet tall and about 200 lbs. And I love him just the way he is. I will watch bits of it to see what it turns out to be.

  • Amanda July 22, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Knowing reality tv, they will make too big a deal out of the fact that these women are curvy. It's nice that they are picking women to cater to the bachelor's "type", but it seems like they'll focus on weight.

  • Christy July 22, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I was just talking about this show with my husband tonight! I think this show will probably be extremely tacky and exploitative. But I thought the same thing with The Biggest Loser when it first came out. And now I like that show since it also focuses on personal growth. We will watch it and see how it goes! Hopefully there will be a positive message in there somewhere.

  • Amanda (Panda) July 22, 2009, 7:27 pm

    I'm going to vote for crap-fest, it seems a little cheesy just from the previews. I also am bothered by how on one of the previews they say something about how these are "normal sized women" not that I'm saying anything is wrong with their size, but I don't consider 300 pounds the standard. In fact, I hate calling anyone of any size normal, we are all different sizes, and using words like normal to describe size and shape are what make women crazy! just my two cents šŸ™‚

  • roseyrebecca July 22, 2009, 7:43 pm

    I haven't heard of More to Love because I don't watch much tv (only at the gym on the elliptical :-)) but I'll bet $10 they're going to make the majority of the show about appearance and not love. I wish media didn't have to be so stuck on size and appearance!

  • whitsgettingfit July 22, 2009, 8:17 pm

    I think the bachelor is pretty handsome…I'll watch it!

  • Rachel July 22, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Just the name of the show ticks me off! I know it's already been said, but why are overweight people locked in to being attracted to/dating only other overweight people? what the heck?! I like all shapes and sizes and colors of men, and while it's totally legit to have a "type," I don't think I'm THAT unique in that. I'd like to see a dating show with a huge diverse pool of all different types of people.

  • Emily July 22, 2009, 8:32 pm

    Crapfest for sure, I bet. I agree with previous posters. Also, if this is supposed to be "real" women, how about a mix of body types rather than all plus size or all size 0 and 2. On the other hand I feel like the regular bachelor is pretty much a crapfest as well so maybe in that sense it makes things even? I wonder if these women will be as horrible and bitchy as the usual bachelor contestants?

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) July 22, 2009, 8:38 pm

    If they're determined to show that "love comes in all shapes and sizes" then they should have women of ALL sizes on the show, not just overweight or "curvy" women. What about the girls who are just in between?

    Personally, I think it's a lame gimmick. But it'll get viewers – that's for sure!

  • leslie July 22, 2009, 8:39 pm

    i saw a preview for that show a little while ago – the concept bothers me. i wish they would do a show with a mix of shapes and sizes (you know, the way it is in the real world!). maybe it'll surprise us though? i always get sucked into these things!

  • Lexie July 23, 2009, 3:49 am

    I haven't seen any previews for that show, but I will definitely be watching it! I am a reality tv addict!

  • Lauryn July 23, 2009, 4:28 am

    You seem to love cereal as much as I do!
    Maybe you could do a post of your top 10 favorites?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 23, 2009, 4:41 am

    Lauryn – I DO love cereal! My favorites are: Grape Nuts, Kashi Heart to Heart, any form of granola, Raisin Bran, Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I don't think I have 10 favs though šŸ™‚

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 23, 2009, 4:43 am

    I'm always skeptical of the types of people who choose to partake in these shows… it can't possibly be good for their professional careers.

  • NYgirl@heart July 23, 2009, 4:53 am

    I'm glad you mentioned this because it's been a topic at work and at my house for a few weeks. I think it's total garbage. My initial reaction when I saw the previews was "are you SERIOUS?" Anything to make money. Eliza is right with her point about love having nothing to do with size.
    Crap fest for sure.

  • skinnysweetpea July 23, 2009, 5:55 am

    The previews for this show have gotten on my last nerve for a variety of different reasons. It's created by the same people who made The Bachelor. Well, why couldn't women of all sizes be on The Bachelor? Why can't the "fat" chicks score a hot, athletic dude? I'm not the size of these women, but I would have liked a chance to meet this guy. I don't have a size I prefer. But apparently, I'm not large enough to be on this show. And I'm not skinny enough to be on The Bachelor. Oh, and I wasn't fat enough to be on The Biggest Loser either (I went to the auditions).

    What also bothers me about this show is that one girl called herself "normal sized". I hate the word "normal", but excuse me for saying this, but her type of "normal" is unhealthy! Is it now becoming widely socially acceptable to be morbidly obese? I mean, I'm obese too, but I KNOW I'm unhealthy and I'm taking steps to fix my health. But this type of show makes women think it's okay to be unhealthy and fat. I think it's good to have confidence at any size, don't get me wrong. I don't know where I'm going with this, but I just think it's wrong to clump people together based on size. Now if this show was clumping people together solely based on race or religion, there would be A LOT more negative talk about it.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog July 23, 2009, 6:09 am

    I think it's interesting that they're basically saying "These are what REAL women look like dammit!" and but then turning around and having a supermodel host. What??

  • Runeatrepeat July 23, 2009, 6:17 am

    I don't think it's cool if they really push the fact that these women are curvy like it's some rarity – these are what most women look like. I do appreciate them putting ladies that aren't super skinny on TV šŸ™‚

  • earthybrit July 23, 2009, 6:25 am

    It would be great for women to see that men don't marry women for their size 00 waist. They want a women because she is beautiful on the inside and out. I hope they focus on that perspective, instead of their dress sizes. But it is reality tv, so I am not going to get my hopes up, but I may watch it from time to time. I know I used to think in highschool that I needed to be a size 0 for a guy to like me, but now that I am in my 20's I know better. Being healthy and happy is what makes you glow, and that is what makes people attractive to each other.

  • Eve July 23, 2009, 6:46 am

    It's really true that love shouldn't have to do with size. But I guess in our society where all the past reality love shows have been with woman who were really thin, they needed to do something different. I'm curious to see it.

  • HD@Losing Weight-Healthy Heart July 23, 2009, 6:48 am

    Crap-fest for sure. Why make such a big deal about size if these people are in fact "normal sized"? Just let it be about looking for love, not about weight.

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) July 23, 2009, 6:54 am

    Gotta say I definitely agree with your initial reaction on "More to Love" – but we shall see!

    That cereal looks delish – Nature's Path?

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 23, 2009, 6:56 am

    The whole concept is reeking of desperate tv execs… i dunno about this one!

  • Life's Too Short to Eat Fat Free Cheese July 23, 2009, 7:02 am

    I think this show just continues sterotypes.

    For one, the bachelor isn't exactly one buff dudes usually on the bachelor.. so does love come in all shapes and sizes only if both parties are equally plus-sized?

    I feel like making a show of only plus-sized contestants makes it seem like they can't compete against a size 0 on the same show, which is completely ridiculous. Attractive women come in all sizes.

    They're trying to pitch this as though this is a ground breaking show, but it's really just same old, same old. If they really wanted to show love comes in all shapes and sizes they'd have a mix of contestants on the bachelor and bachlorette rather than creating a separate show.

  • MyRunningJourney July 23, 2009, 8:46 am

    I've been looking forward to this show for months, however, it's because I've been obsessed with "The Bachelor" since season 1, and this show will be very similar, therefore I'm thrilled. I also like the fact that they are using "normal" people. Based on the previews (there have been some on TV recently), many of these women (and the guy) don't look overweight to me… they look like REAL women! I'm excited to see how the show goes!

  • Raya July 23, 2009, 10:22 am

    I just saw the preview for this show yesterday and I laughed when I saw it. It's a shame that we have to have two separate shows…one for "thin women" (The Bachelor) to be on and one for "curvy women"….It's like segregation. Lol. Just a thought!!

  • Anonymous July 23, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I think it's a good idea but i'm sure they'll use it like an exploitaion….kinda like dance your ass off…it made me sad b/c I think show like biggest loser do a good job so i'll cross my fingers but my expectations are low:( Although i'm not gonna lie i laughed pretty hard when people were calling it the fat-chler….

  • Allison July 23, 2009, 3:44 pm

    So I've had a blog post about this topic swimming around my head for weeks, ESPECIALLY since the name of my blog is "more to love."

    I don't know if I can contain all of my thoughts in a comment. Short version:
    I agree with what most of your other commenters have said, Size shouldn't matter, what is "normal" or "real" and why does it have to be a "fat" guy with a "fat" girl?

  • Jocelyn August 8, 2009, 1:29 pm

    I think it's better then watching a bunch of overprimped bimbos catfight their way to a guys attention lol…

  • Jocelyn August 8, 2009, 1:31 pm

    and by bimbos I just mean that some of the episodes of the bachelor I'v seen have just disgusted me with how the ladies act… and on top of it they are all so "perfect" looking..it's just not real!

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