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:
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…)
We’re just a few short weeks away from there premiere of Biggest Loser, beginning its 10th season September 21, 2010 on NBC. Already casting for season 11, it’s proof that this show is in the right place and right time as more and more Americans work to overcome the obesity epidemic that is plaguing young, old and everyone in between.
Each season the inspirational show, hosted once again by Alison Sweeney, takes overweight men and women and isolates them at the infamous Biggest Loser Ranch, located outside of Los Angeles, California. For several months (varying each season) contestants work side-by-side with esteemed trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper to lose weight, re-learn how to eat, and overcome the personal, emotional issues that have precluded them from living a healthy life before now.
While the Couples or Families versions of the show have become quite popular, pitting teams of two family members or friends against one another, season 10 goes back to the show’s roots with individuals competing against individuals.
For season 10, Biggest Loser is introducing the “pay it forward” theme – working to help these competing individuals as well as the communities from which they call home. The premiere episode shows trainers Bob and Jillian in seven hometowns for city-wide workouts. Amongst the crowd are three people vying for spots on the show, the two who finish the challenges first will become contestants.
Without further adieu, meet the 21-person line-up for season 10. Click in to each to see their complete bios. (more…)
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