Between back-breaking workout routines and no-excuse diets, NBC's infamous weight-loss competition show "The Biggest Loser" puts its contestants through hell in order to shed some pounds.
But that's nothing compared to what contestants have to do in order to get on the show in the first place.
First, you have to wait to lose weight.
If you think you just apply, meet the casting director, and start training to lose weight right away, think again.
"I was back and forth to LA for two to three months" — and that was after submitting her application, Kim said. "I think the process took about two to three months of high stress, anxiety, and uncertainty."
You have to go through an extensive psychological evaluation.
Kim was at nearly 290 pounds and struggling to lose weight when she auditioned for the show, thereby making her a great candidate for "The Biggest Loser," but that's not all they're looking for in contestants.
Kim had to meet with a psychologist and complete a "50-page Scantron-style evaluation" with some pretty intense questions.
"I remember there were questions like, 'Have you ever had the urge to harm someone or yourself?'" she said. (In the end, Kim was told she was "too normal" for reality TV. That... sucks?)
Even the show's experts warn you of its risks.
The psychologist Kim had to meet with told her that the show "wasn't all it seemed to be... that there were a lot of behind-the-scenes issues and that some people lose weight in unhealthy ways," she said. "In the long run, they endure really negative long-term effects.
"...[That] should have deterred me from wanting me to be on the show, but I was so desperate to lose weight I was [still] willing."
Ultimately Kim wasn't cast to be on "The Biggest Loser" and has been losing weight on her own.
Using the Kayla Itsines BBG program, Kim has lost 72 pounds so far and came away from the "Biggest Loser" audition process with some valuable information — not about reality TV, or even about losing weight, but about herself.
"I never realized I had hated myself until [the show's producers] pointed that out," she said. "I kept calling myself disgusting, worthless, and I never even noticed. ... Talking to the producers woke me up. They told me even if I didn't get on the show, they truly believed that I needed to start loving myself again."
So she did.
Read Julie Ana Kim's full interview on PopSugar.