February 5, 2013 |
David Jones wasn't surprised when he was sent home this week on "The Biggest Loser. " He expected it -- and, in a sense, he courted the elimination. "I kinda knew the plan was, if we ever failed, if we ever lost the weigh in, I would be the guy to go," he said during a media conference call Tuesday morning. He said that despite an injury that kept him from running, he was still able to keep up his weight loss, a factor that made him a threat to win the grand prize for largest percentage of body weight lost.
January 29, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser's" red team sent Lisa Rambo home this week. But the 37-year-old special education teacher from Houlton, Wis., suggested Tuesday morning that the elimination might have been the best thing that could have happened to her. Rambo returned home to a family eager to learn what she learned at the ranch. Her support system appears unshakable: Her four children didn't complain a bit when she swept through the kitchen and tossed all the junk food. Her husband recently yanked the laundry basket out of her hands: You need to stay focused on the finale, he told her. That's right, Rambo is gunning for the at-home prize and just might have the edge given the unwavering determination of her husband: He's lost more than 70 pounds so far. PHOTOS: The Biggest Loser: Season 14 tackles childhood obesity "I'm over 80 pounds down" so far, Rambo said Tuesday morning during a media conference call, adding: "I'm not finished yet. " She said she told her teammates as much when she was leaving the ranch, challenging them: "You'd better work hard, because I am going to work twice as hard.
January 22, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" could rename the white team "Team Danni. " That's because she's the only left standing after a week in which the trainers were dispatched to check in on the kids, leaving the players to work out on their own. This week's episode was playing out like the blue team was poised to lose - the way the cameras caught the blue team members relishing some down time when they were supposed to be working out on their own. And it seemed they...
January 15, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser's" Cate Laughlan said the red team put in the work in the gym. It just didn't show up on the scale. "It was not a reflection about the work we did," she said of the team's abysmal weight-loss numbers. The only person more unhappy than Cate, who was sent home, was Dolvett Quince, who was flying high after winning the first two weigh-ins. While she was disappointed to be sent home so early in the game, Cate said was completely transformed by her time at the ranch, brief as it was. To date, she has lost about 50 pounds (including 10 pounds more than was shown in the "Where are they now" segment)
January 8, 2013 |
"The Biggest Loser" counts on Jillian Michaels being tough. Her no-nonsense, hands-off-the-treadmill, in-your-face antics make for exceptionally good TV! But is she being too tough, too no-nonsense as she returns to the show? (Put another way: Is she shooting herself in the stiletto?!?) And is the white team paying the price? Granted, the viewer at home is seeing just a sliver of the time that Michaels has spent with her team. And no doubt, we're seeing far more of the screaming, bellowing and ranting side of Michaels because, again, that makes for good TV. But it seemed like Michaels had zero mercy for Nikki and, in the beginning, T.C. and Nathan.
January 5, 2013 |
The National Assn. to Advance Fat Acceptance calls it "appalling " that the new season of "The Biggest Loser" will include young teenagers. Season 14 of NBC's reality weight-loss competition begins Sunday night and will include three teenagers -- two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old. The casting decision has sparked controversy in some circles, with critics worrying that the experience will stigmatize the children involved. In a statement issued late Friday night NAAFA accused the show of trying to "profit off the bullying and stigmatization of fat kids" and said that lasting harm is done to children by focusing on body size and weight loss. "I am concerned that The Biggest Loser promotes short-term weight loss and does long-term harm to the bodies, minds, and spirits of many of its contestants and viewers --precipitating eating disorders, weight gain, depression, and weight-based bullying," Barbara Altman Bruno, a NAAFA advisory board member and clinical social worker, said in the statement.
December 4, 2012 |
Reserve judgment. That's what Jillian Michaels says about the new season of "The Biggest Loser. " She's not talking about her return to the show -- she talking about the controversial decision to include three children among the new competitors on NBC's weight-loss program. For the first time in its history, the show is taking on childhood obesity. While we may be a country that can talk endlessly about weight loss and exercise and diets, we often fail to discuss childhood obesity with more than a generic "move more, eat more veggies" kind of way, Jillian said.
September 4, 2012 |
Jillian Michaels is returning to "The Biggest Loser" -- again -- as the show revamps its format to focus on what is certain to be a sensitive topic: childhood obesity. Michaels made the announcement on NBC's "Today" show, telling Al Roker that she couldn't miss an opportunity to tackle such a touchy topic, one that Michaels dealt with herself as an overweight child. "The show has chosen to take on something very controversial. They are going to go after childhood obesity," Michaels said.
May 25, 2012 |
Contestants on the reality TV program "The Biggest Loser"not only lost weight fast, they "rapidly and substantially" lowered their blood pressure and improved their metabolic function, the physician who is the show's medical consultant reported Friday to the American Assn. of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Robert Huizenga, the medical director of the NBC program and several other shows, including Univision's " Dale Con Ganas ," says the combination of moderate calorie restriction and roughly four hours of daily exercise yields bigger health gains, more cheaply and with fewer complications, than bariatric surgery.