Yeah, Lifetime's "Diet Tribe" has similarities with NBC's "The Biggest Loser" -- the dramatic pause before the weight's revealed, for instance -- but there are enough differences to make it worth while, if this is your thing.
The premise is this: 5 friends -- all over 200 pounds -- set out to lose 30 pounds before one of the friends' wedding. It all unfolds in 5 one-hour episodes, so it moves pretty quickly. It's not competitive, so you see how vital group support can be, and how your friends can set you back.
The women don't go to a camp; you see them in their everyday lives and interactions so you get more personal drama, and more of the truth of the roadblocks to weight loss, and the components of weight gain -- family dynamics and tensions, enablers, and good old self-sabotage.
There's a therapist, Stacy Kaiser (also the therapist on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club") who has kept off 60 pounds for years, so the emotional component is dealt with.
And there's the rock-hard, easy-to-look-at trainer Jessie Pavelka, who is a good motivator but not much of a hugger. His awkwardness when the women first get on the scale, and some start crying, shows this.
I'll admit one episode in, I'm still interested. I'll be checking in Mondays at 10pm through Feb. 2.