Sir Roy regularly "tempts" the participants with trips into town. He gives everyone spending money and then is surprised when they steal away to the pub for a pint of beer or the candy shop for chocolate. He sets up a table of shame several times at dinner time where he puts tempting foods like cheese cake, chocolates, beer, etc. to test the participants' self-control. Of course, some of them have very little self control so it's no surprise when they choose to eat those foods instead of the healthy period food they should be eating.
As you can imagine, the weight loss program is very difficult for most of the members. They are quite out of shape — most at least 50-75 lbs overweight. They haven't had any exercise for years and have no self-control to refuse the tempting foods they should be refusing. Many of the women are used to wearing only baggy, form-hiding sweat suit type outfits and have a real problem wearing the gorgeous dresses, corsets, undergarments, and hoops a proper lady used to wear.
Just as a little warning if you're considering watching this DVD: one episode features quite a bit of nudity as they spend part of an episode nude because the Victorians believed in fresh air and sunlight to help people feel their best. There's also quite a bit of swearing throughout the series. Also, one episode focuses on the participants' bowels and lack of regularity and includes rather icky pictures of poo and one of an enema. Although it doesn't show any nudity, it was rather unpleasant to watch.
All in all, this is a fantastic series. If you like programs like The 1900 House and The Biggest Loser, you will really enjoy this one. I absolutely loved it and will be watching it over and over again but I'll be fast forwarding through a few sections.