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The Biggest Loser: Week Two

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2009 3:28AM
The Biggest Loser's Tracey(S08E02) It's week two on The Biggest Loser ranch, and you know what that means? You don't? Well, let me tell you.

Biggest Loser first week weigh-ins are notorious for ridiculously huge numbers. These people are shocking previously inactive bodies they've been filling with the worst possible foods into a sudden regimen of regular exercise and proper diet. Before their bodies can react, they dump weight. It's nothing for contestants to drop 20-30 pounds in the first week.

By the second week, their bodies go into a protective mode, hoarding carbs as they try to figure out just what the hell is going on. It's common for contestants to turn around and drop only a pound or two, or even gain weight. So why not, Alison Sweeney, come out and tell the contestants that if the 15 of them can collectively lose 150 pounds in week two, none of them will be going home. If they fail, two are out. No pressure, right?

Right away, we got to see the benefit to the contestants of having Bob and Jillan work together. In the face of this new challenge, the trainers realized they needed to push the two important aspects of their work here: exercise and diet. And they split the groups in two to tackle both at once. Bob vs. Jillian wouln't have been able to do this.

They also knew what a challenge the contestants were facing looking at a 150-pound combined goal to avoid elimination. It was perhaps possible, but if it happens, that only means that week three will probably become the new week two. That body has to have time to freak out, react, adjust and learn how to be better. I don't think these contestants get that yet.

As with everything else this week, the challenge was an all-or-nothing challenge. I'm not going to lie. I wasn't sure they were going to be able to pull it off. Tracey was fresh back from the hospital and still a little weak on her knees. And while it may sound kind of rude to say, I don't have a lot of faith that 400-plus pound people can balance easily on a six-inch beam. But they soundly proved me wrong and reduced that magic weight-loss number to 115.

Even more impressively, with Bob and Jillian wiping up the gym with them, they not only achieved the 115, but surpassed the original goal of 150 as well. The fear now is that riding this head of steam, they're going to get it into their little heads that they're all going to lose 10-15 pounds every week now. It's not gonna happen.

I'm continuing to enjoy a lot of these contestants. Daniel continues to be a great source of inspiration for everyone, and Shay is coming into her own, as well. While she was critical of Julio, some of that was probably due to a closeness she'd developed with eliminated Alexandra, and part of it was because of his stoic demeanor and his lack of visible effort.

The cast is too big and it's too early to have any clear favorites yet, but I don't dislike anyone who's still there (Alexandra's attitude rubbed me wrong last week), so I'd say we're off to a great start.

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I find this "season of love" annoying. I like when they are divided into teams and there is a goal to win...It may be a weight loss show, but it's also a reality competition, people!

Ron from last season is def the kind of "evil" player they needed again this season.

September 23 2009 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the BL season of love. And I love how those younger girls held hands as they walked up to their way in.

September 23 2009 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the first year where I have actually enjoyed most of the contestants. I think that by not dividing them up in to teams (so far), the show has erased most of that animosity that seems to build up because of the whole competition aspect.

I think Daniel is my favorite. Oooh and Rudy too!

September 23 2009 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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