Biggest Loser contestant Kim Stone returned home after leaving during week 12 in Hawaii. Stone appeared on The Today Show, where she talked about how she was happy to sacrifice herself so her daughter could continue on the show. “I hope that she does well. I hope she continues to work towards her weight loss goals and I wish her the best of luck.”
When Stone started on the show she weighed 219 pounds, had type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure. She now weighs 151 pounds, only one pound away from her goal weight. Not only has she lost 68 pounds but she is no longer a type 2 diabetic, does not have hypertension or high blood pressure. On The Today Show she said, “I feel like a whole new woman.”
Now that she has lost all that weight and is much healthier, what is her plan to stay that way? For starters she is making sure she doesn’t forget everything she learned while being on the show. Knowing how easy it is to fall off the wagon when you let yourself get to the point of starvation, Stone makes sure she always has healthy snacks in the car. “When I find myself away from home doing errands and gone longer than I anticipated, I can be literally starving,” she said to Prevention. “That’s when you’re weak enough to stop anywhere, a burger place or a taco place. My husband has helped me with that, too. We load up the cooler with healthy snacks, and we’re set.” Being prepared is especially important for Stone since she lives over 20 miles from the nearest grocery store.
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This week’s Biggest Loser is full of even more surprises. The game is going to singles and the first yellow line of the season will appear at the weigh-in to determine the next eliminated contestant. Amidst the drama, Jessica Simpson will surprise one challenge winner with a shopping spree.
As the contestants dissolve their teams, they will be sent to an ice rink for their first single challenge. Each player will be harnessed by a rope to a ring in the center of the rink and all players will be playing tug-of-war against each other in order to make their way to a buzzer. As each contestant pulls, the other contestants will be tugged further away from their own buzzer.
The challenge promises to be grueling, earning the winner and one contestant of their choice a chance to be swept away for a day of fashion with Jessica Simpson. The singer, actress and designer will style the winners in her Jessica Simpson Collection Los Angeles showroom. The winners will try on clothes and model their new slimmer bodies. In addition, the contestants will be allowed to keep any clothes, purses, shoes, or accessories so they will have a new wardrobe when they leave the ranch.
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UPDATE: 4/16/12: On the 4/17/2012 episode of Biggest Loser Season 13, we will see, for the first time ever, production at the ranch come to a halt due to the contestant walk-out. Don’t miss it!
UPDATE 8:20pm 2/22/12: We received an update from an anonymous source close to the Biggest Loser who confirmed the walkout with this message, “Just confirmed – walk out.” We were told the remaining contestants got in a taxi and left.
For a season themed around “No Excuses,” it seems this season’s Biggest Loser contestants are using every single one in the book. Each week during our live #BL13 Twitter chats more and more loyal viewers announce they’re finished watching the show because the drama seems to be exceeding anything we’ve ever seen from the show.
Now, it seems the contestants may be done with the show too, premature of the finale. According to admittedly rumored reports from TMZ, the contestants have already walked off or are threatening to do so. Reportedly production has already been shut down.
Our press contact at NBC told us only “We don’t have any comment on this.”
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In a surprise move that no one saw coming, Joe Messina has left the Biggest Loser ranch. With no warning and no hint of what he was thinking, the 38 year old truck driver from Auburn, NY simply packed up his bags, walked into the living space of the house, and announced that he was going home. His reason? His desire to be with his fiancee and kids trumps his weight loss goals.
Messina began his journey at The Biggest Loser weighing 342 pounds and lost just 23 pounds in his three weeks there. His actions infuriated his teammates on the black team and frustrated his team leader, Bob Harper. In a phone call after Messina left, Harper called Messina’s reason for leaving, “the biggest excuse ever.” Despite Harper’s repeated insistence, Messina stayed firm in his desire to remain at home with his family. This season has been nicknamed, “The Season of No Excuses,” and Messina used one of the oldest in the book – putting his family ahead of his health.
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There’s a new face on the Biggest Loser ranch, but not one you’re likely to see very often. While her handiwork is witnessed throughout the season, we rarely get to see her teaching the nutritional skills the contestants rely on. Meet Rachel Beller, MS, RD, the new nutrition expert for Biggest Loser. She’s filling a position vacated by Cheryl Forberg, RD at the end of season 12, the co-creator of the current Biggest Loser diet.
“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” she told us, saying there aren’t any plans to change the Biggest Loser diet. It’s certainly not in need of change, since the plan, based on the program outlined in 6 Weeks to a Healthier You written by Forberg, was recognized as the best diet for weight loss and diabetes by US News and World Reports last week. “We at Biggest Loser are so pleased to receive top ratings from so many of the world’s leading nutrition experts who served as judges,” Michael Dansinger, MD, the Biggest Loser Nutrition Doctor and co-author of the plan, told us. “There are many great eating strategies for maintaining or regaining great health and we are proud to be among the very top of a very important list.”
So far Beller calls her new job “a lot of fun and very hands-on.” She has an impressive background in nutrition, coming to the ranch from her own Beller Nutritional Institute, where she translates clinical research into real-world results. Dr. Dansinger, her new colleague, had this to say about Beller: “Rachel is a nationally recognized nutritional authority who knows how to motivate people to be the best they can be. She knows that good nutrition is the best medicine and has a special way about her that helps people gain clarity and perspective about the importance of healthy eating.”
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