Operation Transformation 2012: are you watching?

By Aisling | January 5 2012 | 46 Comments

Standing beside Kathryn Thomas would be enough to give anyone a complex

If it’s January in Ireland you know it must be time for Operation Transformation, the blockbuster RTE show which aims to get the country slimmer and fitter.

Sponsored by  Safefood  (who have been trying to get us to face up to the fact that as a nation we’re heading down the same road to obesity as the UK and the US), the show is packed full of nutritional advice, recipes, real life stories and fitness tips.  It’s now back for the fifth year and its enduring popularity is due in part to its use of a mix of media to support and back up the individual weight loss journey of everyone watching.

Pick a leader to follow.  The five who have been selected this year are of different ages and from different parts of the country, increasing the chances that you’ll find someone to identify with.  They’re honest about their weight, their diet and their struggles with exercise.  After the show is over you can head to the website which is full of video, recipes, advice and other support tools.  It’s not a quick fix – the show promotes a lifestyle change and a shift in attitudes towards weight.

Of course this is Gerry Ryan’s show.  And as Gerry is sadly no longer with us, Kathryn Thomas is at the helm with her team of experts.

The Leaders bare all on the Operation Transformation website

So what do you think?  Did you make the transformation of your own self one of your New Years Resolutions and are you watching the program?

Or maybe you’re sick to death of diet shows and the thought of another one is enough to make you reach for the crisps?

Thoughts please!



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46 Replies to "Operation Transformation 2012: are you watching?"

  • Sandy Beach says:

    Won’t be watching. I do watch some of those shows and have to stop. My time would be better spent getting a proper meal prepared, planning food for the week or getting off my own backside and doing some exercise. I love transformation shows and admire all these people, but I’d be better off working on my own transformation without worrying about others.

  • LancomeLady says:

    I put in my details in and was shocked to see they recommend that I lose almost a stone. I am 5’3″, 40, and weight 9 stone 3. And it told me I should be 8 stone 5.

  • lainey316 says:

    I don’t watch these shows at all, no interest, but I did click the link out of nosiness – is the program only on for a short period/few weeks? The target weights would appear to me to be quite high, for example the lady from Cork, I would have thought 11st would be on the highish end of a healthy target, but she’s aiming for 12st5.

  • ~Thalia~ says:

    Missed it last evening, just caught the very end of it, anyone know if it’s repeated?

  • ams says:

    No don’t watch these – refuse to!

    Sandy Beach you make a very good point!

  • BerG says:

    I gave this a miss last night, just could’nt face it. Still officially Christmas till the 6th, thats my excuse. Have to confess i reached for the crisps instead.

  • missyL says:

    kathryn thomas in a black vest and tight black pants – anyone else think it was unfair to wear that standing beside the girls in their black leggings and black vest tops? would have thought she would have wore some colour to not look like she should be standing on the scales too?

  • Grá says:

    I don’t watch these programmes usually but since I was online at the time and my friends were all chatting about it I tuned into it. It would make no difference to me personally but I do know of a few people this show has helped. Some guys I know, who are in their twenties, watched it last year and said that it made them realise that they have to take care of themselves so that they can be fit for the future. They never real thought about it until then. Two of them lost three stones in weight and they all go cycling, playing golf, rowing and walking together but it was this show that gave them the push to do it. It helped them mentally as well, they all started doing courses and all have gotten jobs since too.

  • Grá says:

    As for what Kathryn Thomas was wearing….to be honest I didn’t notice at all because the show really isn’t about her. I was paying more attention to the leaders and it shouldn’t matter what she wears really.

  • MsSitting says:

    LancomeLady – what website gave you those figures?

  • LancomeLady says:

    MsSitting, their official IPhone App that they kept pushing. I was a bit taken aback I have to say. I am slim, could do with losing a couple of lbs but not that amount of weight.

  • ChloChlo says:

    Will be glued to this on rte player as in Oz at da min and have finally decided to shift the extra 2 stone hovering around the middle for years. Have been totally swept up in all the fitness mania out here and am starting work in a fitness centre Saturday so have the 1% inspiration sorted – just need the 99% perspiration : (

  • lainey316 says:

    That does seem to be going too far lancomelady, it’s very much a size 8 target for your height.

  • Aisling says:

    Can you watch the RTE Player in Australia now?

  • Aisling says:

    Here’s the link to last nights installment

    And here’s the link for their ideal weight gizmo – myot.ie

  • Charli says:

    Yikes, I just put my details in to that app, more out of interest than the need because I’m reasonably slim and only need to shift a couple of pounds (in my opinion). I think they need to have a look at it again. I’m 5’3, weigh 8st 9, and it says my target for this week is to get to 8st 6, and overall to get to 7 st 10. If I ever weigh 7 st 10 I will be heading for anorexia, because that would be waay to light and extreme for me. Maybe there is an inbuilt thing that has a percentage weight loss regardless of your starting weight. I wonder does it also tie in with who you have picked as your leader?

  • lainey316 says:

    Charli I was going to fill it in but it says it’s only suitable for people with BMI over 25, so you may be right on the percentage loss. At around the same height I was miserable and unhealthy at 7st10, always cold and lacking energy, had a bruise all down my spine because it was too exposed, it’s definitely underweight. If it worked properly it should have given you and lancomelady similar targets, since you are about the same height.

  • LancomeLady says:

    I noticed the BMI thing too. They should really get you to calculate your BMI first.

  • Tina says:

    Well said Sandy Beach.

    Re target weights. They’re different for everyone, depends on your build. Eg I’m 5ft4in, if I’m 9st I’m a happy size 8 because I’m v heavy build but i have a friend who’s about the same height but she’s v tiny build so if she’d be same weight she’d be size 12. I think she weighs less than 8st but is size 8 and doesn’t look too skinny at all.
    That’s why BMIs and the like give a very wide range for healthy weight. I don’t think anyone should be so naive that they just take a target weight given by a website as the ultimate target weight for them. Though you’d think they’d make it take different factors into consideration, might be difficult to do online.
    Anyway, you can use it as something to aim towards and stop when u feel you e reached a good weight.

  • sweetie1 says:

    I love this show and think it’s good inspiration because they’re normal people that any Irish person can relate to and it’s based on a lifestyle change. It’s good that there’s two men there too as men often don’t relate to these shows.

    My main gripe about this years show is the fact that the oldest female leader is 32. Last year was similar, one v young girl and 3 women in their 30’s. I think it would be nice if they had an older lady included also as menopausal women struggle with weight too. Also it would be interesting if they had someone with a disability or something to show modified exercises for those with limited mobility.

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