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The Biggest Loser – Tiffiny Hall Is Back As A Trainer

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There appears to be a lack of personal trainers in Australia as today it has been announced that Tiffiny Hall will be back on The Biggest Loser Families.

Tiffiny who was known as the ninja was on The Biggest Loser for two years, in 2011 and 2012, before her contract was not renewed.

However Tiffiny has been keeping herself busy including writing books and will again Commando, Michelle Bridges and Shannon Ponton to get the contestants in shape.

The Biggest Loser on TEN later in 2015.

April 19, 2015   9 Comments

The Biggest Loser – Hayley Lewis Is Out Fiona Falkiner Is In As Host

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Their have been rumours for a couple of years that TEN were looking to replace Hayley Lewis as host of The Biggest Loser but they could not find a suitable replacement. Well it looks like they now have.

It is former Biggest Loser contestant Fiona Falkiner. The 31 year old lost 30 kilograms on the first season of the show.

She told the Daily Telegraph that she is fine with the weigh loss methods the show uses and that her time on the show was life changing.

She says:

“My time on the show gave me time to grow, to become an independent woman who took control. To realise this was my life and I just had to become a more confident, happy, healthy person.”

Embracing her curves and maintaining her luscious size 16 figure has seen her draw on the lessons learned under the tutelage of TBL’s American trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, who were part of the Australian series in its early days.

“There have been ups and downs, but I’ve been able to revert to the lessons I learned on the show and implement those into my life. It honestly helps me every day…it was a great experience.”

She rejects suggestions the show goes to extremes or exploits people at a high-risk period of their lives, arguing: “for a lot of people, it’s either this or surgery…it’s their last chance. The show is about promoting being the happiest, healthiest people they can be.”

What we can expect from her is tears as apparently she cries a lot.

April 12, 2015   9 Comments

Another Contestant Speaks Out Against The Biggest Loser

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The Biggest Loser’s weight loss program is coming in for more criticism by a former contestant on the US show. Kai Hibbard who was on the show way back in 2006 and she said the show was  “fat shaming”.

Kai who was 120 kg when she went on the show was 65 kgs by the times finale.:

This is what she had to say (story from Daily Telegraph):

In the United States, a country where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, The Biggest Loser has multifaceted appeal: It’s aspirational and grotesque, punitive and redemptive — skinny or fat, it’s got something for you. It’s not uncommon to see contestants worked out to the point of vomiting or collapsing from exhaustion. Contestants, collegially and poignantly, refer to one another as “losers.”

“You just think you’re so lucky to be there,” Hibbard says, “that you don’t think to question or complain about anything.”

Contestants are made to sign contracts giving away rights to their own storylines and forbidding them to speak badly about the show.

Once selected, Hibbard was flown to LA. When she got to her hotel, she was greeted by a production assistant, who checked her in and took away her key card. When not filming, she was to stay in her room at all times.

“The hotel will report to them if you leave your room,” Hibbard says. “They assume you’re going to talk to other contestants.”

Another competitor, who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity, says that when she first checked in, a production assistant also took her cellphone and laptop for 24 hours. She suspects her computer was bugged.

“The camera light on my MacBook would sometimes come on when I hadn’t checked in,” she says. “It was like Big Brother was always watching you.” The sequestration lasts five days.

After an initial winnowing process, 14 of 50 finalists are taken to “the ranch,” where they live, work out and suffer in seclusion. (The remaining 36 are sent home to lose weight on their own, and return later in the season.)

Those who remain, Hibbard says, are not allowed to call home. “You might give away show secrets,” she says. After six weeks, contestants get to make a five-minute call, monitored by production.

Once at the ranch, contestants are given a medical exam, then start working out immediately, for dangerous lengths of time — from five to eight hours straight.

“There was no easing into it,” Hibbard says. “That doesn’t make for good TV. My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks.”

“My first workout was four hours long,” says the other contestant. She came on to the show a few years ago at more than 136kg. On her first day, she was put through this regimen:

— Rowing

— Body-weight work

— Kettle bells

— Cool-down on treadmill

— Interval training

— Stairmaster

— Outside work with tires

At one point, she collapsed. “I thought I was going to die,” she says. “I couldn’t take any more.”

Her trainer yelled, “Get up!” then made a comment about a sick and overweight relative.

“I got up,” she says. “You’re just in shock. Your body’s in shock. All the contestants would say to each other, ‘What the f**k just happened?’ ”

The trainers, she says, took satisfaction in bringing their charges to physical and mental collapse. “They’d get a sick pleasure out of it,” she says. “They’d say, ‘It’s because you’re fat. Look at all the fat you have on you.’ And that was our fault, so this was our punishment.”

Meanwhile, their calories were severely restricted. The recommended daily intake for a person of average height and weight is 1,200 to 1,600 calories per day. The contestants were ingesting far less than 1,000 per day.

Hibbard says the bulk of food on her season was provided by sponsors and had little to no nutritional value.

“Your grocery list is approved by your trainer,” she says. “My season had a lot of Franken-foods: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray, Kraft fat-free cheese, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Jell-O.”

Such extreme, daily workouts and calorie restriction result in steep weight losses — up to 13kg lost in one week.

In fact, contestants have been seriously injured, but it’s not often shown. The first-ever Biggest Loser, Ryan Benson, went from 149kg to 94kg — but after the show, he said he was so malnourished he was urinating blood. “That’s a sign of kidney damage, if not failure,” Darby says. Benson later gained back all the weight and was disowned by the show.

In 2009, two contestants were hospitalised — one via airlift. And 2014’s Biggest Loser, Rachel Frederickson, became the first winner to generate concern that she had lost too much weight, dropping 70kg in months. She appeared on the cover of People with the headline “Too Thin, Too Fast?” Frederickson (5-foot-4, 47kg) admitted to working out four times a day, and within one month of the finale had gained back nine kg.

Hibbard’s own health declined dramatically. “My hair was falling out,” she says. “My period stopped. I was only sleeping three hours a night.” Hibbard says that to this day, her period is irregular, her hair still falls out, and her knees “sound like Saran Wrap” every time she goes up and down stairs. “My thyroid, which I never had problems with, is now crap,” she says.

“You’re brainwashed to believe that you’re super-lucky to be there,” Hibbard says. One doctor told a contestant she was exhibiting signs of Stockholm syndrome, and Hibbard herself fell prey to it.

“I was thinking, ‘Dear God, don’t let anybody down. You will appear ungrateful if you don’t lose more weight before the season finale.’ ”

The other contestant had a similar response. Despite “the harassment and the bullying, I wanted to please them,” she says. She lost seven pounds in one week and apologised. “I’d lost five kg the week before,” she says.

The show’s most famous trainer, Jillian Michaels, quit The Biggest Loser for the third time in June 2014, with People magazine reporting she was “deeply concerned” about the show’s “poor care of the contestants.”

Hibbard has said she has put the weight back on but does say how much.

Weight loss reality show are not entertaining if sensible weight loss measures are in place just look at Excess Baggage the celebrity weight loss show that tanked here in Australia.

It should be noted 50% of people who go on diets put the weight back on [Ed’s note: I can concur with that research and have renewed the gym membership as it was such a good investment last year….NOT!].

But Biggest Loser is known for its quick and dirty weight loss regime and if you are keen on still going on the show after reading this applications are now open!

January 20, 2015   2 Comments

This Week The Biggest Loser Is Shannon Ponton

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Yesterday this dietary advice from The Biggest Loser trainer, Shannon Ponton, went viral for all the wrong reasons. He is saying to lose weight you have to cook food badly. Meddles to say the Internet lost their collective minds over it.

January 19, 2015   16 Comments

The Biggest Loser Australia – Now Casting For Families

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Is one of your new year resolutions to lose weight? Then The Biggest Loser Australia is  now casting.

The Biggest Loser Australia is back on TEN next year and it is looking for families for the new series.

They consider ‘family’ to consist of four people who have the same shared goals, values and have long-term commitments to one another, whether they are Mum, Dad, & Son, best friends or cousins. Everyone must be over 18 years of age.

The deadline is 31 January 2015.

If you are interested go here to apply.

January 2, 2015   48 Comments