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Dan Evans Speaks Out after Gaining Nine Pounds on Biggest Loser

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all on Biggest Loser, you see something new. Twins Dan Evans and Don Evans stepped on the scale for the week-three weigh-in and both posted nine-pound gains, something he calls “a debacle.” That’s right, gains. The trainers and contestants, as well as fans watching at home, immediately dismissed the action as game play, suggesting the brothers threw the weigh-in in their favor. In what favor would that be? Well, Dan, a 54-year-old police captain from Oklahoma City, had made it clear he missed his wife and young daughter, Maddy, at home and was ready to leave. So when the two obviously fell below the yellow line, gaining a combined 18 pounds for the week, Irene’s one vote sent him home.

We spoke with Dan about walking out on the game. You’ll hear his defensive reaction saying he didn’t “selfishly squander an opportunity to be on the Biggest Loser.” He also talks about what he meant by telling Jillian Michaels “We’ll fix it,” after the weigh in.

“I didn’t prohibit someone from coming on the program,” says Dan. But disappointed fans on Twitter during the show would beg to differ. Hundreds of thousands of individuals apply for the show each season and Dan was fortunate to earn one of those coveted and rare 22 positions. Whether they did or didn’t, only they will know.

What we’re most pleased about is that he didn’t forget what he learned on the ranch. In fact, he’s taken it and run with it, saying he’s lost four times as much weight at home as he did on the ranch, more than 70 pounds.

So what happened to cause the twins to each gain nine pounds in one week? Dan cites a failure to monitor hydration and says that they “made a mistake.” He also left not having any significant regrets.

Motivated by a desire to return home to his family, Dan proudly shares that he works out with Maddy each day, doing a 2-3 mile run in the mornings before she goes to school. During his time on the show, he was very open about the death of his son and calls him “part of what motivated me to go on the Biggest Loser and be successful.” He’s been touched by the outpouring of support from other parents who’ve experienced the same loss, and from the empathy by those moved by his story.

“I never once during any workout said ‘No, I can’t',” Dan said he wanted that put on the record. “I never once refused to do anything Bob or Jillian asked.” He’s taken their lessons, as well as Biggest Loser nutrition Cheryl Forberg‘s, home with him and says he “follows the Biggest Loser program.”

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January 19th, 2011

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Gabriel R. Gomez

Healthy criticism is a natural by-product or form of factual observation of an incident or performance, i.e constructive criticism in performance evaluations, or standards of measure. Isn't the root of "The Biggest Loser" founded on the criticism of each contestants irresponsible management of their personal health? People still have to be held accountable with their words, actions, and integrity. Dan didn't simply and, honorably, fall short of his effort and lose - He threw it!!!! That is what makes is actions unacceptable!!!!! And he did invite the world into his journey for such an observation.

posted Jan 29th, 2011 11:09 pm


Until we've walked in his shoes, we should not criticize. And since we will never walk in his shoes (figuratively speaking, of course) let's leave him to travel his journey the way he best sees fit. If your journey is to criticize the actions of others who's motivations are unknown to you, so be it. You will have many walking this path with you, unfortunately.

posted Jan 26th, 2011 7:55 pm


Shame on Dan. He is a peace officer - management. He is supposed to personify honesty, integrity; an example for others to follow. These and deception are the bigger moral values that he violated. That he wanted to be with his family - great. But he should have been honest with himself and other candidates who would have given an honest account of themselves. I am a recent retired peace officer (Sergeant) of over 30 years.

posted Jan 21st, 2011 3:40 am


Shame on Dan - blatantly throwing the weigh in. I'm glad brandi called him out on it!

posted Jan 19th, 2011 10:29 pm


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