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Dina Mercado – Biggest Loser Elimination Interview

dina mercadoWe had a chance to speak with Dina Mercado after her elimination from Biggest Loser during week six. Her stoic exit was a sign of the strength she exudes on and off campus. She continues to enjoy great success at home, conquering a few goals and fears in the process.

Listen now as Dina tells us how she overcomes food temptations, as well as what the experience was like to complete two marathons since leaving the ranch, something she says was the “greatest feeling in the world.”

Dina’s two half-marathons, a running race of 13.1 miles, would not have been possible when she started Biggest Loser at 253 pounds. Currently weighing 178 pounds, she was able to take on the endurance races with ease.

She also conquered her greatest hurdle from the ranch – the stool. Jillian Michaels continually pushed her to jump from the floor to the platform, but she wasn’t able. Fear stood in the way. At home, she shook that fear and now takes on the stool effortlessly.

Part of it is that she says she’s now stronger mentally, spiritually and emotionally than she was when she began this process. “I’m not going to lie, this process is not easy,” she says. But she’s learned to count on herself and enjoys encouragement from her family. Especially her nine-year-old son.

dina biggest loser stoolHe’s become her consummate gym buddy and Dina says he’s become a good replacement for Bob and Jillian, as “he’s just like them.” He wears a shirt that reads “trainer in training,” and he pushes Dina through all of her workouts. Sometimes he even yells at Dina and she says she has to remind him that he’s the son! The mother-son duo also spend a lot more time outside together, roller blading and working out on the beach. She loves that she no longer has to just watch, but can get involved with his activities.

Dina stays on track with her weight loss by adhering to a strict schedule for working out and eating, and it’s only when she varies from the schedule that she finds difficulty. She avoid tempting places, and keeps healthy snacks like carrots, almonds or her favorite, popcorn, at all times. Not only has she enjoyed significant weight loss, and a more active life with her son, but says she’s seen benefits in her marriage, too.

See more of Dina’s Biggest Loser Journey.

Dina Mercado's Biggest Loser Journey Slideshow
Dina Mercado’s Biggest Loser Journey Slideshow

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October 21st, 2009

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Dina is such an inspiration! She is so beautiful now. By the season finale I think she will have had the most dramatic physical and mental changes. I think she will be the at home biggest loser. I don't think her husband is that bad....I'm sure the show stages a lot of that for the drama factor.

posted Nov 5th, 2009 10:55 pm


I could swear she wasn't wearing her wedding ring anymore. He husband was a real A$$ on the show - I hope he's more supportive then that in real life.

If she gives him the boot - I bet she'd find she'd lose even more weight.

posted Oct 22nd, 2009 6:03 pm

Headless Mom

I was wondering about her marriage. Tuesday's show did not paint the greatest picture.

posted Oct 22nd, 2009 11:39 am


It's good to know that Dina's experienced benefits in her marriage as a result of her weight loss journey. When Dina went back home for that week before the weigh-in, her husband didn't seem very supportive -- eating all he wanted at the restaurant & all of it off-limits for Dina on her diet. She's so STRONG!

posted Oct 22nd, 2009 10:52 am


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