On the season premiere of “The Biggest Loser,” Bob, Jillian and Alison traveled across the country to find 14 new cast members, including a contestant from Tucson, Arizona. Though this group has a lot of weight to lose, this season does not have anyone over 500 pounds. For the most part, in addition to the weight, they carry a lot of baggage, including physical abuse and the loss of loved ones.
At the beginning of the episode, the Yellow Team was added, composed of two people who didn’t complete the first challenge, but the trainers thought deserved a second chance. Aaron, 26, weighed in at 468, has a young son and grew up with an alcoholic father. Elizabeth, 30, weighed in at 244 and nearly passed out during the step challenge. She left an abusive marriage.
Alison revealed that, although they are all wearing team shirts, all of the participants will be playing as individuals. When they went to the gym for their first workout, Bob and Jillian challenged they bodies. There was a lot of puking and groaning. If you’ve watched the show, you know that this work out is a baseline for each cast member. Usually, the remaining cast members have to repeat the same exercises near the end of season. Most of them show marked improvement in stamina and execution. Jillian was her usual tough self.
Dr. Huizenga evaluated each contestant, providing full physicals and body scans. Some of the contestants have not been to a doctor in a long time. Some contestants had extremely high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty hearts. Lisa, at 31, had a real age of 62 years old, more than 30 years above her biological age, due to cholesterol and smoking. I’d never heard of cholesterol in the neck arteries. Pink Team member Allie, 22, who received gastric bypass surgery at 14, had the most fat and very little muscle tissue as a result of the procedure. Her situation proves that even surgical procedures don’t cure everything, especially if deeper issues are the root of weight gain.
Bob and Jillian gave the contestants a brief lesson on healthy eating. Though not a radical concept, they learned you have to eat to lose weight. Of course, if you eat things called “The Terminator” or the “Grave Digger” on a regular basis or sandwiches topped with French fries, you can expect the scale to creep up. We got a look at the sandwiches. As the weeks progress, they will be getting more healthy eating lessons.
For the first weigh in, the twist was that half the contestants were below the yellow line. Rick, who had the highest percentage of weight loss, saved Patrick from elimination. The other players had to compete in a challenge. Tina and Allie ended at the elimination table. Allie went home after getting a second chance on the show. At home, she lost 60 pounds, weighing in at 262 lbs.
This week went as expected. The first weigh in always yield high numbers, especially for male contestants. So far, no one has gotten on my nerves or become the bad guy. We’ll see what happens in coming weeks.
Above Yellow Line
Rick 350 314 36 lbs. 10.29% weight loss
Mark 421 380 41 lbs. 9.74% weight loss
Brendan 362 331 31 lbs. 8.56% weight loss
Adam 402 368 34 lbs. 8.46% weight loss
Jesse 369 339 30 lbs. 8.13% weight loss
Frado 367 340 27 lbs. 7.36% weight loss
Ada 258 240 18 lbs. 6.98% weight loss
Aaron 468 438 30 lbs. 6.41% weight loss
Below Yellow Line
Tina 263 247 16 lbs. 6.08% weight loss
Lisa 288 272 16 lbs. 5.56% weight loss
Patrick 400 378 22 lbs. 5.50% weight loss
Allie 322 305 17 lbs. 5.25% weight loss
Burgandy 231 219 12 lbs. 5.19% weight loss
Sophia 272 258 14 lbs. 5.15% weight loss
Jessica 282 268 14 lbs. 4.96% weight loss
Elizabeth 244 232 12 lbs. 4.92% weight loss