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'The Biggest Loser' - 'Week Nine' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2010 3:39AM
Ashley Johnston(S09E09) This was a very emotional week for the contestants. Remember when O'Neal thought Sunshine had been eliminated, and the producers made him wait until the last possible moment to see that she was still there? They were at it again this week with Daris, only the news wasn't so good. Why they can't just let the first person in say, "Sorry, bud," and put him out of his misery, I don't know.

Actually, I do. It's good for ratings. Also good for ratings is a sexy chef, which is why they brought Curtis Stone back for a food-themed week. Even the blatant product placement in-show commercials were food-based, covering avocados, milk and a silent shout-out to Subway.

There were two challenges this week, and I'm going to go ahead and spoil right here that the black team finally won a challenge, though I won't tell you which one -- or if it was both. It was a much needed boost of confidence for the team, coming off of that brutal weigh-in loss last week on top of all those challenge losses.

It didn't start off as well for them, though. I'll admit that when I saw it was a quiz challenge, I thought the edge would go to the team of women, as well. Perhaps I'm as naive and sexist as Ashley. The blue team proved us both wrong, with Michael coming through in the end with the final point.

I suspected the spa treatment reward might backfire on the blue team, but when it was revealed that the hotel restaurant had a healthy options menu, I quickly had to chuck that theory out. I just remembered a couple years back when a nice reward away from the ranch led to bad eating habits, drinking and a terrible showing at the weigh-in.

Certainly the black team was hoping for that, as well. They know they don't stand a chance against the blue team in physical prowess, so mental prowess was supposed to be their vindication. Instead, they had to clean up both the gym and the kitchen while the blue team was away, further demoralizing them.

The emotions early in the week may have had an effect on how things turned out for them, as despite that promised victory in the second challenge -- completely with a massive five pound advantage as the prize -- they still came up short in the final numbers. This, with Michael having been gone most of the week visiting his sick grandmother.

Granted, Michael still managed to have a huge night, which proves that the lessons he's learned about how to live a healthier life have clearly sunk in. On the reward trip, they showed O'Neal in the pool getting his workout in. It's good to see that these people are truly changing their lives on this show, perhaps even more than playing for the prize money.

Sam said as much when his cousin Koli, on the opposing team, had a monumental week on the scale, dropping below 300 for the first time, as well as becoming only the second person on campus, behind Michael, to shed 100 pounds or more this season.

It was definitely an emotional back-half to the night, with Koli's impressive achievement, Sunshine's epic nine-pound loss; proving to her team that she can hang with the big boys, and the heartbreaking second loss in a row for the black team. Michael definitely made sound strategic moves for himself and his team when he stacked the decks the way he has. The blue team erased that five-pound advantage, and then some, and Daris had the raw elbows to prove it.

The elimination broke another team, leaving only yellow and gray intact, and only O'Neal representing for the parents that started the competition. With Sherry already so tiny, it did make sound strategic sense to get rid of her. That said, her three pounds was still better than Stephanie's two. At five pounds in two weeks, Stephanie needs to figure out what's going on (something I can definitely relate to with my own struggles).

I was genuinely moved during Sherry's follow-up video package, as well as stunned by how much tinier she had gotten. As small as her frame is, she could easily lose even more and stands a great shot at capturing that $100,000 check, which she promises she'll be strong enough to carry. It was great seeing her in the canoe, fit and able to live her life the way her late husband would have wanted her to.

[Catch up with clips and full episodes of 'The Biggest Loser' on SlashControl.]

My Pound for Pound Challenge

This week I decided to take your suggestion, and remember to pay a lot more attention to what I'm putting into my body, along with continuing my exercise. I'd already cut out soda and most sweets, and now it's about portion control and making sure the meals we're eating aren't junk food in their own right. I'm not as vigilant as the contestants are, because I don't have a show paying for my food, but we are making improvements, and that's good for my whole family.

  • Starting: 224 lb.
  • Week 1: 222 lb.
  • Week 2: 225 lb.
  • Week 3: 220 lb.
  • Week 4: 218 lb.
  • Week 5: 221 lb.
  • Week 6: 216 lb.
  • Week 7: 221 lb.
  • Week 8: 220 lb.
  • Week 9: 217 lb.

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If I might make a recommendation regarding your approach to weight loss...

While im sure programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and all of those work in their own right, I highly recommend the Body for Life program. I've done it, one of my best friends lost almost 100lbs doing it (the transformation is amazing), and the program is not only simple, the workouts adapt as you lose weight and get stronger, AND it's free. I have never posted any comments on this site, but I do read your reviews pretty regularly and am following you on your challenge. I don't intend to take up a lot of space singing the program's praises, but I am happy to offer up some additional details and insight on the program if you're interested. Just email me!

March 18 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"They have never mentioned this on the show nor have I ever seen it mentioned here, but (not to sound sexist) but I often think that when the women have lower than expected losses (ie "I don't understand, I did everything right") it could be that they are premenstrual."

Yeah, I've often thought about that too. Just the basic differences in hormones levels and fluctuations cause females to hold onto fat differently. I'm not using it as an excuse but I just know from personal experience with weight loss not to get discourage at what the scale is saying at certain times during the month. In a week or so my weight will be back on track. It's really frustrating because you're working out and eating right and then, bam! Very little weight loss or none at all and you're like, "WTF?!"

Also, I really wish they would provide us with the contestant's height on that weigh-in scale. It would give us a better idea of where they're at and where they need to be. For example, if you're 5' 9" and 160 lb that's within a healthy BMI range (23.6) but, if you're 4' 9" and 160 lb your BMI is 34.6! And even with that, there are differences between men and women.

March 17 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They have never mentioned this on the show nor have I ever seen it mentioned here, but (not to sound sexist) but I often think that when the women have lower than expected losses (ie "I don't understand, I did everything right") it could be that they are premenstrual.
And regarding your personal pound for pound challenge, try Weight Watchers. It's the best program. It teaches you how to eat for life.

March 17 2010 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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