The Biggest Loser (season 7) - Wikipedia
The Biggest Loser: Couples 2 is the seventh season of the NBC reality television series The Biggest Loser. The season premiered on January 6, , with eleven overweight couples competing for a cash prize of $, Alison Sweeney is featured as the host, with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian .. making them both the sickest and the heaviest group of contestants to date. When it comes to Jillian Michaels' love life, the Biggest Loser trainer said she does try to make time for dates — with men and women. NBC to. Jillian Michaels has a surprising response regarding her former Biggest Loser co-trainer, Bob Harper, and his recent heart attack. The fitness guru joined E!'s Daily Pop today and admitted she thinks Harper's diet and fitness routine didn't help his situation. I was there when he.
During team-based competition, the team that loses the highest percentage wins and the losing team must send one person home. When the teams are dissolved and the show becomes an individual competition, the two contestants who lose the lowest percentage of weight are below the yellow line and eligible for elimination. A similar setup to individual-based weigh-ins happens when the two initial teams are broken up into four teams of two or three, as happened in the second and fourth seasons.
In season ten, the rules changed. The contestants are now expected to weigh in before challenges. The yellow line now increases up to half of the slots depending on how many contestants there are at the ranch. Contestants below the yellow line face an elimination challenge before the vote. In addition, the Biggest Loser of the week is allowed to save a person below the yellow line from elimination.
Some episodes have featured both a yellow line and a red line; a contestant who falls below the red line is eliminated outright from the competition without a vote of the other contestants.
Introduced in season nine, the elimination challenge was for the two people below the yellow line. In the only elimination challenge of that season, the longest one standing stayed while the other went home. In season ten, the elimination challenge was re-introduced.
Those below the yellow line participate in a challenge to escape from the vote. The two least successful contestants face the vote. The final segment of the show takes place in a dining room that has refrigerators labeled with each contestant's name active contestants have their name illuminated and filled with that contestant's favorite tempting foods.
The other contestants are not required to honor any requests to be sent home, though generally such requests are honored. The contestants facing elimination arrive at the dining room first; the other contestants each carry a covered plate containing the name of the person they wish to vote out. In the event of a tie, the contestant or team who lost the least percentage of weight is eliminated, except if both of the contestants or teams lost the least percentage of weight.
As people are voted out, the light for their name is extinguished. After the vote, the eliminated contestant is shown at home and discusses the progress they made in their weight loss. I have had some patients who want to [follow the show's regimen], and I counsel them against it.
I think the show is so exploitative. They are taking poor people who have severe weight problems whose real focus is trying to win the quarter-million dollars. Charles Burant, director of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center  "Simply put, the Biggest Loser provides viewers with a completely inaccurate picture of what you must do to lose weight and live healthy. It takes an overly extreme course of action on an important, but far less effective and achievable way to attain good form and better health.
Several former Biggest Loser contestants have regained some or all of the weight. So while researchers did find a correlation between that rate, on average, with members of the Registry, all this correlation can mean—if there is any causal correlation at all there is no control group -- is that it is more likely, on average, for someone to be successful at losing a large amount of weight, and more successful at maintaining that weight loss.
There is no way of stating whether this rate is more healthy than any other rate, simply because a there is no comparison with any other rate, and not even any comparison between disease or mortality rates of members of this Registry and any other random group.
Other health writers take it even further, suggesting that everything from the shows dietary guidelines to workout routines are completely flawed. Barry Sears sums up the wellness paradox: Second, the more people exercise, the hungrier they become.
Sears continues by claiming that "even with the most intense training, people are unlikely to add more than five pounds of muscle in 12 weeks of weight training. The reason viewers see their muscles emerging as the show goes on is because as the layer of fat surrounding the muscles is lost, muscles become more visible.
Those muscles were always there but covered by a mass of fat tissue. Consult with your own doctor before embarking on any diet or exercise program. Despite this claim of supervision, however, all contestants are required to sign a waiver that states: This helped contestants to lose weight in a healthier and safer way than some previous exercise routines on earlier seasons. She further stated that two weeks after the show ended, she had regained about 31 pounds, mostly from staying hydrated.
The show dismissed these allegations as false and without merit. Their metabolisms had slowed to the point where they were burning hundreds of calories a day less than other people of their new, reduced, size.
Tara wins immunity, with Blaine coming in second, Mandi in third, and Helen in fourth. All four are rewarded with phone calls. Tara gives her phone call to Filipe because she says it would mean more to someone with a wife and kids at home. A large portion of this week's episode is focused on the problems of Joelle, who appears to lack motivation and is not putting forth sufficient effort.
At the "last chance work-out," Bob becomes frustrated with her as she keeps stopping during second sprints, and he takes the loud tone with her at some length.
Jillian states that she has never seen Bob get this mad. Later, Bob says he was "channeling Jillian Michaels. The one-pound penalty Dan earned at the challenge is critical because without the penalty it would have been Joelle up for elimination instead.
The other members of Bob's team had stated that had Joelle fallen below the yellow line, they would have voted her out. The contestants are given an hour to deliberate together. They find it difficult to choose between Jerry and Dan, saying they feel both really need to be at the Ranch. Ultimately they agree that Dan needs it more, as he is a young man who has had a serious problem all his life and has never been thin, while Jerry has the support of his wife at home, and was once at a healthy weight.
They feel Jerry has a better chance in the long run of losing weight and keeping it off than Dan will if he went home this early in the game. After deliberation, the contestants unanimously vote to send Jerry home, which eliminates both Jerry and Estella. At home, Jerry has seen dramatic improvements in his health and energy levels; he no longer suffers from the symptoms of diabetes. He has lost 84 pounds and hopes to lose at least by the finale.
Estella is under pounds.
The contestants still believe that Joelle does not deserve to be there, with animosity against her growing. In the temptation challenge, each contestant is put in a room with piles of tempting foods for five minutes. Their at-home partners each face a similar temptation. The team that consumes the most calories wins a visit home for the partner on the ranch, with the team's trainer making the trip as well. Mandi eats one slice of pizza calories.
Sione blue, at-home eats two slices of pizza and one taco calories total because he wants to see his trainer again. Carla silver, at-home eats 3 slices of pizza, 5 chicken nuggets, 1 taco, and 2 cup cakes, for a total of calories, winning the challenge. None of the other players are shown consuming any food.
Filipe says that Joelle does not deserve this, and that Mandi should have won because she wanted to see her sons.
The Orange team does not participate in the temptation. While the reason is not mentioned in the episode, it was indicated later that Dan was off campus for additional medical testing at the time. When Carla learns that Joelle has been consistently near the yellow line, she screams and rants at her at length, while a shocked Bob looks on.
Several team members visit Dr. Blaine was once taking eight different medications per day, for diabetes, cholesterol, and depression, but now no longer needs any of them. Ron was once taking ten pills per day plus insulin, but he is now down to only one with a reduced level of insulin.
Joelle and Bob return to the ranch and the contestants face a challenge from seasons past: If they break the Styrofoam, they are out. Joelle, Ron, Daniel, and Helen are out on the first few swings, either mistiming the jump or not being able to jump at all. Damien 57 swingsFilipeMandiand Dane fare much better. In the end, it comes down to Kristin and Tara, who make it to jumps two hours 19 minutes in 95 degree heat.
Ultimately, Kristin succumbs to the heat, giving Tara immunity for the second week in a row. At the weigh-in, the Black team has the highest percentage of weight loss, while Joelle and Damien both of whom are being trained by Bobfall below the yellow line.
Bob's team gives Joelle and Damien the opportunity to plead their case, and Tara asks Joelle if she wants to be on the Ranch. Joelle equivocates in her answer. Bob's team makes the unanimous decision to send Joelle home.
Jillian's team indicates that they will "respect Bob's team's decision. The rules state that in case of a tie the person with the least weight lost goes home, and that means Damien is out.
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At home, Nicole has lost 76 pounds and plans to wear a size 8 dress at the couple's June wedding. Damien has lost 74 pounds and hopes to lose before the finale. Week 4[ edit ] First aired January 27, Tensions between Bob's and Jillian's teams are high as Bob's team reacts with anger to Jillian's team blindsiding them at the previous vote.
Jillian's team said they would vote out Joelle, but voted for Damien instead. Jillian's team members explain privately that Joelle will cause the most disruption and weaken Bob's team, while Bob's team is aghast that now Joelle thinks that all of her teammates want her gone. This week is Super Bowl week and the challenges are related to football. The teams face a reward challenge to guess how many calories are in some football-related snacks.Biggest Loser Bob and Jillian Funny Moment
Daniel, Kristin, and Helen are the winners of the first round, and chef Curtis Stone shows them how to make a low-calorie substitute for Buffalo wings. In the second round, the winners of the first round must guess the number of calories in the low-calorie substitute. Daniel of the Orange team wins, and as a reward, receives a two-pound pass for his at-home teammate, David, and David receives an at-home visit for a day from the chef, who shows him how to cook healthy meals.
In the gym, Jillian focuses her attention on Daniel, who achieves beyond what he thought he could do. He confesses he has never been thin and doesn't think it is possible for him ever to be thin. Bob has renewed hope for Joelle, who seems to have had her "fire lit" after the previous week's vote, and begins to work out harder.
For the immunity challenge, the contestants must run back and forth on a football field to retrieve footballs to place in another contestant's bin. When a contestant's bin has five footballs in it, that contestant is eliminated from the challenge. As a strategy, the contestants start by targeting the "strong players" on the opposite training-team, before targeting fellow training-team members. The winner is Helen of the Pink team, who is elated that at her age she was able to win such a physical challenge.
NFL quarterback Kurt Warner co-hosts the challenge to help inspire the teams. At the weigh-in, the at-home players are brought back to the ranch, reuniting with their partners. The contestants are told that the at-home players will weigh-in the next day, but only if their team is not eliminated in the vote following that day's weigh-in.
Tara wins the weigh-in after losing twelve pounds. Helen, who has immunity, has the second lowest percentage of weight-loss. Both Ron and Mike blame themselves for not losing more weight, while Ron pleads for the other contestants to save his son.
Daniel Orange team pleads for the right to stay on the ranch, while his partner, David, says his heart really isn't in it and he is not sure he wants to be there. The vote is nearly evenly split, with Jillian's trainees voting to send the Brown team home trained by Boband Bob's trainees voting to send the Orange team home trained by Jillian. The Orange Team is eliminated, by a vote of four to three. At home, Daniel can now run for over 19 minutes and no longer needs to take medication for diabetes, while David has reportedly quit smoking.
David has lost 48 pounds and hopes to "shock America" at the finale. Daniel has lost pounds and hopes to break a Biggest Loser record for the largest total weight loss. Week 5[ edit ] First aired February 3, The episode begins with the at-home players weighing in.
Sione is the winner, having lost 25 pounds 7. Shanon lost 15 pounds, Cathy lost 8, Laura lost 7, and Carla lost In last place is Aubrey, who lost 2 pounds. At the challenge, each team is tied to the end of a long rope that is wrapped around a pipe.
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Each team must keep their rope untangled as it is being unwound, as well as estimate its length while climbing over and under the pipe repeatedly. The reunited teams work out together. Filipe is shocked that Sione is able to work out even faster than him, despite having been off the ranch. Carla is frustrated that Joelle is slacking off in the gym, a fact that annoys a number of other contestants as well. Shanon complains and cries a lot, but displays strong exercise skills.
Laura cries a lot as well, and Jillian yells at her. At the weigh-in, the Yellow team reveals they have elected to take the two-pound advantage. The Green team Tara and Laura has the highest percentage of weight loss for the second week in a row, losing 4. Carla becomes angry because she lost nine pounds while her partner, Joelle, lost nothing.
In addition, Joelle went home to Southfield in order to vote in the presidential election during the past week of training,  which angered Carla and others. Several of the other contestants are upset to see Carla below the yellow line, because they feel it is due to Joelle's poor performance. During the deliberations, Aubrey asks Joelle if she honestly wants to be at the ranch.
Joelle equivocates and never directly replies to the question.
Carla's anger at Joelle escalates into an argument. The Brown team says that they need to be there for Mike's sake.
As the votes are revealed, the first four votes are all for the Silver team, which is enough to send them home, and it is not necessary to reveal the votes from the remaining two teams. As each team casts its vote, they make clear that they want Joelle off the ranch, but that they will miss Carla, who they feel worked out very hard. In the at-home update, it is revealed that Carla and Joelle have not spoken to each other for several months.
When they finally meet they get into another argument; Joelle tells Carla she is done and walks out. The final video shows them separately. Joelle has lost 57 pounds and is planning to wear a size 10 dress at the finale. Carla has lost 87 pounds and hopes to break the record for weight lost by a female contestant. Week 6[ edit ] First aired February 10, The contestants on the ranch are subject to the first ever "Pop Challenge. The person who stands the longest wins a hour visit from a "loved one.
It is revealed that her husband was not supportive of her trip to the ranch, seeing it as time taken away from her duties to her family. Jillian sees it as an unspoken pact between the spouses—she will gain weight and he will still love her and in exchange she'll never leave him. Losing weight, therefore, is a breaking of the pact and an implicit threat to the marriage.
Jillian cautions Mandi to maintain her strength and keep her eyes on the goal. Her husband arrives and, as an extra treat, her two young sons come to the ranch, too. She shows them all what she has been doing, and gives them a taste of her workouts and her food.
As Jillian feared, she does sacrifice some workout time to spend with her family.
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However, her husband grudgingly says he will be supportive of her goal. Aubrey cries because it's hard to see her sister with her family, while she is apart from her own husband and five children. Meanwhile, Bob is disappointed and concerned for Mike due to his lack of significant weight loss. He puts him on a higher calorie diet as he believes Mike's low consumption is causing his metabolism to slow down.
The immunity challenge involves each team holding a bar above their heads, together, for as long as they can.