Secrets From The Biggest Loser Set
There has been an international collective gasp over the weight of the winner of The Biggest Loser USA, Rachel Fredrickson and how gaunt she looked. Sure she gets the title of skinniest winner ever but even Shannan Ponton a trainer on the Australian version is shocked.
The story has also brought out some people who reveal some behind the scenes strategies the contestants and the producers use on the show. Some of these tactics have been revealed before.
Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello a former contestant who has fairly positive memories of the program has revealed to news.com.au:
- The weigh-ins are not done weekly and can be up to three weeks apart;
- They have limited contact with their family;
- Only worked out for two and half hours a day;
- Shannan and Michelle Bridges regularly came in on weekends to give the contestants extra sessions;
- Seventy-five percent of the contestants from his series are back to their starting weight and he has put back half the weight that he lost.
Former host Ajay Rochester has also come out talking about the show in her blog Finding My Mojo. She says contestants before weigh-in would dehydrate themselves, were on as little as 200 calories a day, and would drink tea tree oil to make them throw up.
She also writes in one season the winner had to be put on an IV drip before going on camera to take the title. Ajay says now the final weigh-in takes place a few days before so the contestants look OK. Apparently the US trainers Jill and Bob were pretty much divas on set only turning up for an hour training a day and other personal trainers had to be hired for the contestants. She reveals they also wanted to import caffeine pills something Jill’s team was penalised for on the latest series on the show.
Also Ajay has a new coaching business to help motivate people to lose weight. Go here for details.
The Biggest Loser Australia on TEN Sunday to Tuesday nights at 7.30pm.