Ohhhh it’s the final four, marathon week, and more!
Everyone heads home for their “reveals.” Let me tell you, it is so weird to sit in that car and wait to reveal your new self to your family and friends. I am sure it is much different when you are going home as a final four than when you go home “eliminated,” but I think no matter how you get home it’s completely nerve-wrecking! (more…)
Each season of the Biggest Loser, there are a few episodes where a certain Aussie chef makes a guest appearance to help the contestants prepare healthy food that also tastes and looks amazing. The contestants swoon, the fans drool (over the food, of course) and everyone leaves with a few new recipes. Chef Curtis Stone has a way with food that is creative without being complicated and delicious without being bad for you. We like to think it’s a gift!
It seemed only fitting that if you plan on throwing a watch party for the live Biggest Loser season 10 finale on Tuesday, December 14, that you should do so with a meal designed by Curtis. He made several appearances this season, each time leaving us a little more enlightened about healthy cooking. You’ll find below his recipes for pan seared halibut with quinoa and a roasted acorn squash salad, along with a decadent dessert recipe for a cider poached pears.
First though, we spoke with Curtis about what’s next for him, his tips for a healthy party, as well as how the Australians celebrate the holidays.
How has being a part of Biggest Loser influenced your own diet and cooking?
I’m generally a pretty healthy eater and try to exercise and watch what I eat as much as possible. Being a chef and being surrounded by food all day it’s pretty easy to put on weight without even realising it, so I have always been mindful of making sure I stay pretty fit and do everything in moderation. I think The Biggest Loser has really opened my mind up to how easy it is to substitute ingredients that may be lower in fat but taste just as good. (more…)
It’s week 11! Wait, really? Yeah it is! I almost forgot what week it was, but really after makeover week everything seems to blend together! So this week Alison drops the bomb that the deadly RED line is back and that two people are going home, which will whittle down the house to the final four. Every time that red line rears its ugly head everyone in the house goes BANANAS! You see crazy workouts, crazy focus and attention to every morsel. It really takes everything up a few notches. Even Bob and Jillian get the red line fever and they start making every single rep a last chance workout. (more…)
People weren’t quite sure what to make of Lisa Mosley, as each week it seemed she was the only person at Biggest Loser fighting to get out while everyone else fought to stay in. Despite that, she was one of the most likable people on the show this season and put a lot of heart in to everything she did.
She explained that it wasn’t that she didn’t want to go through this journey at Biggest Loser, but that she “wanted to do it in a positive environment.” Lisa really struggled with the level of game play and manipulation that went on in the house, and admits that for most of her 10-week stay on Biggest Loser it wasn’t a positive experience. “The game play was hard to be around,” she said. Lisa was “disgusted” watching Rick and Adam go home, people she says were punished for their hard work instead of being rewarded. Then, she had what she calls a nervous breakdown on the scale and determined that she was going to do the things that worked for her, and things got a whole lot better.
Listen now as we chat with Lisa. She tells us what her daily meal plan looks like, noting that it’s the same every day which makes it easy to stick to. She also talks about the “surreal” experience of being a part of makeover week.
So this week was the ever anticipated makeover week on the Biggest Loser. It is when all the guys who have chowchillas growing on their faces get a clean shave and get a little metro and the girls get an awesome celeb touch of highlights and hotness to show so much less of themselves off to their family and friends! By week 10 most people have already had a dramatic transformation in the weight loss department so to be able to fully see it with attire and all is a confidence booster for sure.
I don’t know if you have noticed but there are few to no mirrors on the ranch. There are small mirrors in the bathrooms but it is RARE to catch a full body glimpse of yourself the entire time you are there. I was sent home the week before makeover week so I can’t fully tell you what it is like (insert tears and heavy sigh here), but from what I have heard it is amazing to be out of the sweat fest and to see what you have been working so hard on. For many it’s the first time in a long time they are shopping in “regular” sizes and are finding their body shapes are totally different. (more…)
Happy, healthy and confident, that’s the Jessica Delfs who left the Biggest Loser last night. Nine brief weeks changed this 26-year-old woman inside out. She started at 282 pounds, and left 55 pounds lighter, working hard for every pound lost. Since going home, she’s down to about 200 pounds, and still giving it her all each day.
Her elimination came just one week shy of making it to the coveted “makeover week,” so her first stop before heading home was to the salon. Jessica treated herself to a mini makeover. She trimmed her long, gorgeous locks, which produced two 12-inch pieces of hair that she donated to Locks of Love, as part of this season’s theme to pay it forward. When asked if she weighed it to see if would have made a difference on the scale, she laughed and replied “no.”
We spoke with Jessica about what her diet looks like at home, which she says is very low calorie and low sodium. She also talks to us about her favorite moment this season, the one she says made her feel “the most accomplished and proud.” Listen now:
OK, OK, so last week was the world series of game play and this week was literally as if the last eight weeks never happened! Whether that is good or bad I am not sure, however I must say I did enjoy watching this week without almost damaging my TV by throwing things at it and by not screaming so much that the husband had to leave the room. It really is a true testament to the roller coaster of events and emotions that equates the journey! WELCOME TO THE BIGGEST LOSER!
Contestants of Biggest Loser leave the show with more than impressive weight loss, most of them leave with new best friends. Sharing such a significant experience bonds them and they are relationships that any past or previous contestant will tell you are strong, valuable and meant for life. The same is true of Jesse Atkins and Aaron Thompkins, the two most recent eliminated contestants. While they weren’t too close during the eight weeks they were there, it was during the eighth week when they were paired on a team and formed a friendship.
Jesse said their week together was “the most fun week on the ranch,” and Aaron said Jesse is “like a brother to me” and that they formed “a friendship that will last for a lifetime.” While Jesse is in Minnesota and Aaron in Ohio, the two admit they speak daily, whether by phone or text, and will make the effort to always be in one another’s lives.
Not only did these to share a memorable week together on the Biggest Loser Ranch, they also were eliminated together in one of the most dramatic eliminations and episodes this show has ever seen. Such drama that Shay Sorrells could hardly hold back her frustration in her weekly recap and reaction, and fans are threatening boycotts if this level of game play (executed by Frado and Brendan) continues. It speaks to the maturity and positivity these two share that they hold no hard feelings toward their fellow contestants for their unfortunate removal from the game.
Aaron says “I’m not angry at Frado, Brendan and Patrick, we all went with different reasons and goals.”
Continue to hear our interview with Aaron and Jesse, as they tell us about the inspired steps they are taking to “pay it forward” with a new non-profit called BL360. Jesse also addresses the current state of his relationship with Patrick. (more…)
OMG! Seriously? I can’t even start at the beginning as I am just freaking blown away at how Frado and Brendan have run this season like the Boston Marathon! Those guys have single-handedly bullied and game played their way to the top and the rest of the contestants are being picked off one by one. Who ever said the mafia was gone? (more…)
The people on Biggest Loser aren’t just trying to lose weight. Most of the time, they have personal, deep-seated issues that need to be overcome. For Anna Wright, it was putting the pieces back together after the death of her 3-year-old son, which was then immediately followed by the death of her father. She dealt with those losses by eating, and that pushed her to a starting weight of 330 pounds.
A long-time fan of the show, watching since season one, Anna had tried out four different times for a coveted spot at the ranch. She says her fourth audition was the charm! Then, when she was so close, a challenge in Atlanta was all that stood between her and the shirt. She lost the race, and her chance to go to the ranch, and says the look on her son’s face as he watched her lose killed her, and was the driving force she needed to lose more than 30 pounds at home on her own. That weight loss earned her the spot she’d longed for and she spent three weeks at Biggest Loser before being sent home last night.
Anna talks to us about what she did at home to lose the weight, which included a trip to the Biggest Loser Resort. She also talks about the rampant game play this season and how she felt naive to it. Listen now and then continue reading to learn more about Anna.
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