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?

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