The Biggest Loser (American TV series)
|The Biggest Loser|
Logo used from seasons 14–16
|Created by||Ben Silverman, Mark Koops and Dave Broome|
|Presented by||Caroline Rhea (–06)|
Alison Sweeney (–15)
Bob Harper (; –present)
|Narrated by||J. D. Roth|
|Theme music composer||Heather Small and Peter-John Vettese|
|Opening theme||"Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" (Season 1) by RuPaul|
"Proud" (Seasons 2–9) by Heather Small
"Brand New Book" (Season 12–13) by Train
None (Season ,), "TBA" (Season present)
|Composers||Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams, Ah2 Music, Jason Bond, Darren Moss|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||18|
|No. of episodes|
|Executive producer||Eden Gaha|
|Running time||80–83 minutes (NBC)|
60 minutes (USA Network)
|Production companies||3Ball Entertainment|
Reveille Productions (–12)
Shine America (–16)
Endemol Shine North America (–present)
Twenty Five Seven Productions (–16)
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original network||NBC (–16)|
|Picture format||NTSC (–10)|
HDTVi (–16, –present)
|Original release||October 19, ()–|
March 31, ()
The Biggest Loser is an American competition reality show that initially ran on NBC for 17 seasons from to before moving to USA Network in  The show features obese or overweight contestants competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their initial weight.
Each season of The Biggest Loser starts the week competition with a weigh-in to determine the contestants' starting weights, which serve as the baseline for determining the overall winner.
The contestants are grouped into teams of three, each wearing separate colored T-shirts. Depending on the season a team may work with a specific trainer or all trainers may work with all contestants. The trainers are responsible (in conjunction with medical personnel retained by the show) for designing comprehensive workout and nutrition plans and teaching them to the contestants. However, the contestants are individually responsible for implementing the principles taught.
During an episode, various challenges and temptations (see below) are featured. Those who win a particular challenge are given special privileges, such as a weight advantage for the next weigh-in or even full immunity from being voted off the show.
Each week culminates in another weigh-in to determine which team has lost the most weight for that week, in percentage of total weight lost. The team that has lost the least percentage during that week (known as "falling below the yellow line", which refers to a line featured on a video screen showing the cutoff between safety and being at-risk) will have one member voted off (unless the team consists of only one remaining member, in which case there is no vote). The vote is usually made by the other teams, though some episodes feature one team making the decision alone. Some episodes feature a second, "red line"; if a contestant falls below the red line the contestant is automatically off the show with no vote. Other episodes allow for the contestants, if successfully meeting a goal at the weigh-in, to all receive immunity for the week.
When the number of contestants has shrunk to a predetermined smaller number (unknown to the contestants), the teams are dissolved and the contestants compete one-on-one against each other.
The season finale features both the contestants remaining on the show and those sent home early; the latter are brought back for the final show. Those sent home early compete for a smaller prize while those on the show compete for a larger prize and the title of "The Biggest Loser".
Episodes are typically two hours long. Some episodes have been aired in a shortened one-hour format to accommodate adjacent network programming such as The Voice and the State of the Union address. Each episode features some, but not all, of the following activities (some contestants may not participate in an activity with physical requirements if placed on medical restrictions):
Contestants prepare for the first day of the week only to find a situation that involves temptation. The temptation usually requires contestants to gamble by eating or drinking delicious but high-calorie foods in exchange for what may seem to be a beneficial trade-off. The benefits may or may not be known to the contestants in advance. Examples include eating sweet foods for a chance to call their loved ones, eating a big slice of cake to win an unknown prize (which, in one episode, turned out to be an exercise bike) or giving up time with a trainer for a chance to win money. Contestants are given a set period of time before the offer passes.
- Reward Challenge:
Contestants compete to win a prize, first as teams and then as individuals after the teams are dissolved. After the challenge, viewers are shown the winning team enjoying their reward while the losing team accepts their loss. Prizes range from immunity- which is exemption from elimination—to exercise equipment, phone calls home or weight prizes, which allow winners of a challenge to have a greater weight loss at the Weigh-In, or losers of a challenge to have a lower weight loss at the Weigh-In (e.g. a 6lb weight loss would result in a 7lb weight loss if a contestant were to win a "1 pound advantage" whereas it would result in a 5lb weight loss if a contestant were to win a "1 pound disadvantage"). If there is an unequal number of players on each team, then the team(s) with more players must pick an individual or individuals who will sit out until there is an equal number of players on each team. Occasionally, players have to be cleared by the show's doctors in order to participate in physical challenges.
- Initial Workout:
Contestants work out with the trainers. During this segment, the trainers will often speak with certain contestants, especially those who are doing poorly. Usually, underlying emotional issues are revealed at this time (such as a loss of a family member or a physical calamity), often the triggering events that led to the weight gain in the first place.
- Last Chance Workout:
Last chance workouts are often shown as grueling, final preparations for the weigh in. This is a real test of strength and trainers push contestants to their limits.
- Last Chance Challenge:
Introduced in season seventeen, the last chance challenge is a variant between a reward challenge and a last chance workout. As with the last chance workout, the last chance challenge will usually take place inside the gym. The winning team will win a prize that benefits the team just before the upcoming weigh-in (for example, a two-pound weight advantage for the team).
Although the show depicts the weigh-in in an evening setting, the actual weight measurement occurs off-camera in a morning session and the contestants are not told of the results at that time. All contestants are weighed to determine the amount they have lost relative to their total body weight. During team-based competition, the team that loses the highest percentage wins and the losing team must send one person home. When the teams are dissolved and the show becomes an individual competition, the two contestants who lose the lowest percentage of weight are below the yellow line and eligible for elimination. A similar setup to individual-based weigh-ins happens when the two initial teams are broken up into four teams of two or three, as happened in the second and fourth seasons. In season ten, the rules changed. The contestants are now expected to weigh in before challenges. The yellow line now increases up to half of the slots depending on how many contestants there are at the ranch. Contestants below the yellow line face an elimination challenge before the vote. In addition, the Biggest Loser of the week is allowed to save a person below the yellow line from elimination. Some episodes have featured both a yellow line and a red line; a contestant who falls below the red line is eliminated outright from the competition without a vote of the other contestants.
- Elimination Challenge:
Introduced in season nine, the elimination challenge was for the two people below the yellow line. In the only elimination challenge of that season, the longest one standing stayed while the other went home. In season ten, the elimination challenge was re-introduced. Those below the yellow line participate in a challenge to escape from the vote. The two least successful contestants face the vote.
- The Vote:
The final segment of the show takes place in a dining room that has refrigerators labeled with each contestant's name (active contestants have their name illuminated) and filled with that contestant's favorite tempting foods. Prior to the vote, contestants facing elimination plead their case as to why they should remain on the Ranch (several episodes feature contestants making a "sacrificial" request to be sent home, generally a team agreeing as to which member should stay and which one should go, or one contestant feeling that they can make progress at home while another needs the Ranch setting to continue his/her progress). The other contestants are not required to honor any requests to be sent home, though generally such requests are honored. The contestants facing elimination arrive at the dining room first; the other contestants each carry a covered plate containing the name of the person they wish to vote out. In the event of a tie, the contestant or team who lost the least percentage of weight is eliminated, except if both of the contestants or teams lost the least percentage of weight. As people are voted out, the light for their name is extinguished. After the vote, the eliminated contestant is shown at home and discusses the progress they made in their weight loss.
Weight loss regimen: risks and criticism
"I’m waiting for the first person to have a heart attack. I have had some patients who want to [follow the show's regimen], and I counsel them against it. I think the show is so exploitative. They are taking poor people who have severe weight problems whose real focus is trying to win the quarter-million dollars."
Dr. Charles Burant, director of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center
"Simply put, the Biggest Loser provides viewers with a completely inaccurate picture of what you must do to lose weight and live healthy. It takes an overly extreme course of action on an important, but far less effective and achievable way to attain good form and better health."
Graham Mumm, entrepreneur and writer at UndeferredLiving.com
"Risks aside, weight-loss experts say that the biggest problem with the Biggest Loser is that extreme methods of dropping pounds are less likely to work in the long run. Several former Biggest Loser contestants have regained some or all of the weight."
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience.com
According to LiveScience.com, "physicians and nutritionists worry the show's focus on competitive weight loss is, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, dangerous". Contestants on the show lose upwards of 10 pounds per week (in the very first week, some contestants have lost 20–30+ pounds in that one week alone), whereas the established medical guidelines for safe weight loss are between 1 and 2 pounds per week. This is true even though that weight-loss rate originates from an examination of the database from the National Weight Control Registry, where members have lost a minimum of 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for a minimum of a year. So while researchers did find a correlation between that rate, on average, with members of the Registry, all this correlation can mean—if there is any causal correlation at all (there is no control group)—is that it is more likely, on average, for someone to be successful at losing a large amount of weight, and more successful at maintaining that weight loss. There is no way of stating whether this rate is more healthy than any other rate, simply because there is no comparison with any other rate, and not even any comparison between disease or mortality rates of members of this Registry and any other random group.
Other health writers take it even further, suggesting that everything from the shows dietary guidelines to workout routines are completely flawed.
Nutritionist Dr. Barry Sears sums up the wellness paradox: "First, eating less can cause stress to the system causing more hunger. Second, the more people exercise, the hungrier they become." Dr. Sears continues by claiming that "even with the most intense training, people are unlikely to add more than five pounds of muscle in 12 weeks of weight training. The reason viewers see their muscles emerging as the show goes on is because as the layer of fat surrounding the muscles is lost, muscles become more visible. Those muscles were always there but covered by a mass of fat tissue.
At the end of every telecast, the following disclaimer is shown:
Our contestants were supervised by doctors while participating in the show, and their diet and exercise regimen was tailored to their medical status and their specific needs. Consult with your own doctor before embarking on any diet or exercise program.
Despite this claim of supervision, however, all contestants are required to sign a waiver that states: "no warranty, representation or guarantee has been made as to the qualifications or credentials of the medical professionals who examine me or perform any procedures on me in connection with my participation in the series, or their ability to diagnose medical conditions that may affect my fitness to participate in the series".
The weight-loss regimen used in the show—severe caloric restriction combined with up to six hours a day of strenuous exercise—involves risks including a weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and dangerous reductions in potassium and electrolytes. Contestants, regardless of their weight, are required to certify that they believe they are "in excellent physical, emotional, psychological and mental health".
The Biggest Loser: Second Chances included a one-mile foot race in its first week, an event that led to the hospitalization of two of its contestants; Rob Huizenga, the show's medical consultant, when asked about the foot race said that "If we had it to do over, we wouldn’t [have done] it" and noted that in response, the show's producers have "changed a lot of the way [they] do things" (including the close monitoring of contestants’ body temperatures during exercise).
One attempt to create a more healthy environment after Season 8's dangerous foot race was to include a Pool for low-impact cardio. This helped contestants to lose weight in a healthier and safer way than some previous exercise routines on earlier seasons.
Because the show is a contest that involves eliminations from it, some contestants are encouraged to take risks that endanger their health. Ryan C. Benson, the winner of the program's first season, publicly admitted that "he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood". Also since the show Benson has regained all of his weight, but 10–12lbs. In , Kai Hibbard (runner-up from the third season) told The New York Times that "she and other contestants would drink as little water as possible in the 24 hours before a weigh-in" and would "work out in as much clothing as possible" when the cameras were off. She further stated that two weeks after the show ended, she had regained about 31 pounds, mostly from staying hydrated. In a June interview, Hibbard said, "I do still struggle [with disordered eating]. I do. My husband says I’m still afraid of food I’m still pretty messed up from the show."
According to a report by The New York Post, California authorities inquired the show due to allegations of doping contestants. The show dismissed these allegations as false and without merit. The show is under internal investigation as of July 
In , the results of a long-term study by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) were released that documented the weight gain and loss of contestants in Season 8, which aired in  The study found that most of the 16 contestants regained their weight, and in some case gained more than before they entered the contest. Their metabolisms had slowed to the point where they were burning hundreds of calories a day less than other people of their new, reduced size. The New York Times reported: "What shocked the researchers was what happened next: As the years went by and the numbers on the scale climbed, the contestants’ metabolisms did not recover It was as if their bodies were intensifying their effort to pull the contestants back to their original weight." The article quoted Dr. Michael Rosenbaum who said, "The difficulty in keeping weight off reflects biology, not a pathological lack of willpower."
After the study results were revealed, former contestants demanded NBC cancel the show.
Seasons two and three of The Biggest Loser have been filmed at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The acre (km2) ranch is an equestrian estate in Simi Valley, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Recent seasons have been filmed at King Gillette Ranch on Mulholland Highway near Malibu Creek State Park.
|#||Name||Premiere||Finale||Original teams||The Biggest Loser||At-Home Winner||Synopsis|
|1||The Biggest Loser (season 1)||October 19,||December 14,||Two teams of six||Ryan Benson||David Fioravanti||Featured 12 contestants divided into two teams, the Red team and the Blue team. The Red Team was coached by trainer Jillian Michaels, while The Blue Team was coached by trainer Bob Harper. The eventual winner of the $, grand prize was Ryan, with a total weight loss of pounds (37%).|
|2||The Biggest Loser (season 2)||September 13,||November 29,||Two teams of seven divided by gender||Matt Hoover||Pete Thomas||Featured fourteen contestants divided into two teams based on gender. Season two introduced the change that weigh-ins would be won or lost based on the percentage of total weight lost, rather than on the number of pounds lost. This change was made to create a more even playing field among contestants of varying weights. Matt was the eventual winner.|
|3||The Biggest Loser (season 3)||September 20,||November 29,||Two teams of seven and two at-home returnees||Erik Chopin||Brian Starkey||Involved the largest cast ever with 50 contestants initially beginning the show, each representing one US state. Kim Lyons joined the show, replacing Jillian Michaels as the Red Team trainer for only one season. After the initial group weigh-in and exercise, 14 contestants were selected to stay on the ranch and the other 36 contestants participated by losing weight at home. Later in the season, at-home players who lost the most weight were brought back to rejoin the cast on the ranch.|
|4||The Biggest Loser (season 4)||September 11,||December 18,||Three teams of six||Bill Germanakos||Jim Germanakos||In February , it was announced that Caroline Rhea was leaving the show, to be replaced by Days of Our Lives actress Alison Sweeney. It was also announced that there would be three teams (named for the color each team member would wear: blue, red, or black), with Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Kim Lyons returning as personal trainers. One of the contestants for this season was Amber Walker, a paramedic from Pasadena, Texas, who won a viewer vote among potential candidates on the April 23, , edition of NBC's Today, even though the other three choices (Jez Luckett, Lezlye Donahue, and David Griffin) were eventually chosen as contestants as well. The winners were each twins: Jim, a contestant who had been voted off won the prize for the eliminated contestants. Bill won the grand prize of $, and was pronounced The Biggest Loser by Sweeney.|
|5||The Biggest Loser: Couples||January 1,||April 15,||Ten teams of two||Ali Vincent||Bernie Salazar||20 contestants competed on 10 teams, each paired with a loved one, co-worker or friend with the exception of one team of strangers. Alison Sweeney returned as host for her second season. Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels returned to train the contestants. Bernie won the eliminated edition, losing pounds and winning $, Ali Vincent lost the biggest percentage of weight and became the first female biggest loser of the US series, beating Roger and Kelly. However, internationally, she is not the first female biggest loser; the first female biggest loser is Jodie Prenger from the UK'ssecond season.|
|6||The Biggest Loser: Families||September 16,||December 16,||Eight teams of two||Michelle Aguilar||Heba Salama||16 contestants competed in pairs, fewer than in the previous season. Four teams consisted of married couples, training with Bob, while the other four were parent/child teams training with Jillian. Alison Sweeney returned as host for her third season. Michelle Aguilar was declared the Biggest Loser after beating Ed Brantley and Vicky Vilcan at the finale. She lost a total of pounds, or percent of her body weight, winning the $, grand prize. Heba Salama was awarded the $, prize for the eliminated contestant with the largest percentage of weight loss after losing pounds, or percent of her body weight|
|7||The Biggest Loser: Couples 2||January 6,||May 12,||Eleven teams of two||Helen Phillips||Jerry Hayes||Promoted as the "Biggest Season in Biggest Loser History". Included the heaviest man ever on The Biggest Loser, Daniel Wright, weighing lb. It also included the oldest participants ever, at age 63 years. It had also been declared by the group doctor to be the sickest group of contestants ever, with 45 different medications being taken by them. Season 7 features a new team color the Silver Team in place of the Gray Team. With 22 people initially on the ranch, it also featured the largest number of on-ranch contestants ever on the show. It was won by year-old Helen Phillips who lost pounds or percent of her body weight.|
|8||The Biggest Loser: Second Chances||September 15,||December 8,||Eight teams of two||Danny Cahill||Rebecca Meyer||16 contestants competed. The season once again started off with different colored teams, but is the first since season 4 to have a non-couples start-off with 16 contestants of complete strangers competing as pairs. It featured a record number of contestants over pounds, at five, including the heaviest woman and person ever on The Biggest Loser, Shay Sorrells, weighing lb while the heaviest man this season weighs pounds. Season 7 contestant Daniel Wright returns for this season. In Week 9, it introduced the red line, an automatic elimination line without a vote that would become more common in latter seasons|
|9||The Biggest Loser: Couples 3||January 5,||May 25,||Eleven teams of two||Michael Ventrella||Koli Palu||The ninth season of The Biggest Loser premiered January 5, , with a format similar to the last couples season. A promo for the new season was shown during the Season 8 finale. This season had the heaviest contestant ever: pound Michael Ventrella, as well as the heaviest couple: Twins James (lbs) and John (lbs), at lbs. The $, grand prize was awarded to Michael Ventrella who lost a biggest loser record pounds. His total percentage of weight loss was %. "At home" winner Koli Palu went on to win the $, prize. Palu, who spent the full season on the show, was eliminated in the finale, but he lost a larger percentage than Michael Ventrella and would have won the overall prize had he been selected by the viewers to move on instead of Daris George.|
|10||The Biggest Loser: Pay It Forward||September 21,||December 14,||Seven teams of three||Patrick House||Mark Pinkhasovich||This season has adopted a theme, called Paying It Forward, which means that the trainers won't only motivate contestants, but whole communities. 14 are initially selected to compete on the ranch, from seven trios of players from each of the seven cities visited, while others will be brought back during the season, which will lead to a contestant total of The trainers traveled to seven cities. Contestants are competing as individuals, despite sharing the same colored shirt. In a Biggest Loser first, half the contestants fall below the yellow line and must compete in an elimination challenge to save themselves from elimination|
|11||The Biggest Loser: Couples 4||January 4,||May 24,||Twelve teams of two||Olivia Ward||Denise "Deni" Hill||A fourth couples edition also marked the fourth year of a winter-spring season. The new team color to be added this season is aqua, replacing the white team. Season eleven will also feature major set changes including the scale, and changes to the trainers of the show. Two mystery trainers will be added as an alternative to the existing Bob/Jillian duo in the season's twist. In Week 3 their identities were revealed as Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova. The cast includes a man who is pounds, second to only season 9's Michael. In the thirteenth episode, a two-person white team will be added, making this the biggest season cast in show history. Former Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner was also a contestant that season.|
|12||The Biggest Loser: Battle of the Ages||September 20,||December 13,||Three teams of five||John Rhode||Jennifer Rumple||For the first time the contestants will be divided by age in the Battle of the Ages. There will be three teams: under 30, and 50 and over. The heaviest contestant weighs in at pounds. Two new trainers: Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince join Bob this season. This was the first season since Season 4 not to have different-colored teams of two|
|13||The Biggest Loser: No Excuses||January 3,||May 1,||Ten teams of two||Jeremy Britt||Mike Messina||In a theme of "No Excuses", each week is centered on a different excuse related to weight loss and obesity and how to tackle those excuses. For the first time teams will be competing against their partner in challenges, workouts and elimination. Dolvett Quince returns for his second season. Season 13 begins with a smaller cast than the previous seasons with the heaviest contestant weighing in at pounds.|
|14||The Biggest Loser: Challenge America||January 6,||March 18,||Three teams of five||Danni Allen||Gina McDonald||Jillian Michaels will return again to the show for the third time after another two-year absence. She will train alongside Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. The team colors this season are Blue (Bob), Red (Dolvett) and White (Jillian). For the first time, three teenagers, one for each team, aged 13 to 17 will compete outside the ranch. Season 14 also introduces a new logo|
|15||The Biggest Loser: Second Chances 2||October 15,||February 4,||Three teams of five||Rachel Frederickson||Tumi Oguntala||In a Biggest Loser first, the trainers are part of casting process, handpicking which contestants to be on the show. In a theme of "Second Chances", the trainers will also utilize a "Trainer Save", allowing each trainer to rescue one player on their respective team from going home. Among the contestants to compete this season are Olympic weight lifter Holley Mangold and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. Studdard is also the largest contestant of the season, weighing in at pounds. Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince return once again as the trainers for this season|
|16||The Biggest Loser: Glory Days||September 11,||January 29,||Three teams of 6 and two Comeback Canyon Players||Toma Dobrosavljevic||Jordan Alicandro||Jillian Michaels will not be returning for this season, marking the third time she has left the show. Trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince will be returning, and two new trainers, Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom will also be joining the cast, and will be replacing Jillian Michaels. Glory Days features an entire cast of former athletes and each week Bob Harper will train at Comeback Canyon, a secret location for eliminated contestants to compete for a second chance at the ranch toward the finale|
|17||The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation||January 4,||February 22,||Two teams of eight||Roberto Hernandez||Luis Hernandez||Bob Harper replaces Alison Sweeney as host. Season 17 also marks the return of couples for the first time since season 13 with Dolvett and Jennifer training four couples each on their Red and Black teams respectively. Among other changes this season includes a complete renovation of the Biggest Loser gym and scale. The thematic motif this season is temptation as the contestants will be faced with temptation based challenges such as money and electronics. Contestants will be weighed side by side with two scales, one for Team Jen and one for Team Dolvett. Another format change this season is the yellow line for teams in which only the two lowest percentages on the losing team are up for elimination.|
|18||The Biggest Loser (season 18)||January 28,||March 31,||Two teams of six||Jim DiBattista||Megan Hoffman||Program moves to USA Network, and Bob Harper returns as host. New trainers are Erica Lugo and Steve Cook. USA takes a lighter hearted approach than the previous show by eliminating temptations and voting contestants off of the show.|
|1||Ryan Benson||36||6ft 2in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (94kg)||lb (55kg)||−%|
|2||Matt Hoover||28||5ft 10in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (83kg)||lb (71kg)||−%|
|3||Erik Chopin||35||6ft 2in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (88kg)||lb (97kg)||−%|
|4||Bill Germanakos||40||5ft 8in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (77kg)||lb (74kg)||−%|
|5||Ali Vincent||32||5ft 5in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (55kg)||lb (51kg)||−%|
|6||Michelle Aguilar||26||5ft 3in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (60kg)||lb (50kg)||−%|
|7||Helen Phillips||47||5ft 6in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (53kg)||lb (64kg)||−%|
|8||Danny Cahill||39||5ft 11in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (87kg)||lb (kg)||−%|
|9||Michael Ventrella||30||6ft 3in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (kg)||lb (kg)||−%|
|10||Patrick House||28||6ft 2in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (99kg)||lb (82kg)||−%|
|11||Olivia Ward||35||5ft 9in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (60kg)||lb (59kg)||−%|
|12||John Rhode||40||6ft 4in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (kg)||lb (kg)||−%|
|13||Jeremy Britt||21||5ft 8in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (86kg)||lb (90kg)||−%|
|14||Danni Allen||26||5ft 6in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (62kg)||lb (55kg)||−%|
|15||Rachel Frederickson||24||5ft 4in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (48kg)||lb (70kg)||−%|
|16||Toma Dobrosavljevic||33||5ft 11in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (75kg)||lb (78kg)||−%|
|17||Roberto Hernandez||36||5ft 10in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (85kg)||lb (73kg)||−%|
|18||Jim DiBattista||47||6ft 1in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (kg)||lb (65kg)||−%|
Given to the person losing the most percentage of body weight under the eliminated contestants.
|1||Dave Fioravanti||39||5ft 6in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (81kg)||71lb (32kg)||−%|
|2||Pete Thomas||36||6ft 5in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (98kg)||lb (84kg)||−%|
|3||Brian Starkey||33||5ft 8in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (69kg)||lb (71kg)||−%|
|4||Jim Germanakos||40||5ft 7in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (79kg)||lb (84kg)||−%|
|5||Bernie Salazar||27||5ft 5in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (69kg)||lb (59kg)||−%|
|6||Heba Salama||30||5ft 10in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (71kg)||lb (63kg)||−%|
|7||Jerry Hayes||63||6ft 3in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (87kg)||lb (80kg)||−%|
|8||Rebecca Meyer||25||5ft 6in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (64kg)||lb (63kg)||−%|
|9||Koli Palu||29||6ft 1in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (85kg)||lb (98kg)||−%|
|10||Mark Pinkhasovich||31||6ft 3in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (94kg)||lb (97kg)||−%|
|11||Deni Hill||59||5ft 6in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (59kg)||lb (57kg)||−%|
|12||Jennifer Rumple||39||5ft 7in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (84kg)||lb (66kg)||−%|
|13||Mike Messina||41||6ft 2in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (90kg)||lb (73kg)||−%|
|14||Gina McDonald||47||5ft 1in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (60kg)||lb (51kg)||−%|
|15||Tumi Oguntala||41||5ft 8in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (65kg)||lb (79kg)||−%|
|16||Jordan Alicandro||32||5ft 10in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (82kg)||lb (65kg)||−%|
|17||Luis Hernandez||36||5ft 10in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (77kg)||lb (63kg)||−%|
|18||Megan Hoffman||35||5ft 9in (m)||lb (kg)||lb (94kg)||83lb (38kg)||−%|
- Underweight (less than BMI)
- Normal ( - BMI)
- Overweight (25 - BMI)
- Obese Class I (30 - BMI)
- Obese Class II (35 - BMI)
- Obese Class III (greater than 40 BMI)
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale||Season||Rank||Viewers|
|Season 1||10||October 19,||December 14,||–05||#37|||
|Season 2||12||September 13,||November 29,||–06||#48|||
|Season 3||12||September 20,||November 29,||–07||#68|||
|Season 4||15||September 11,||December 18,||–08||#72|||
|Couples||16||January 1,||April 15,||#57|||
|Families||13||September 16,||December 16,||–09||#57|||
|Couples 2||19||January 6,||May 12,||#39|||
|Second Chances||13||September 15,||December 8,||–10||#30|||
|Couples 3||19||January 5,||May 25,||#37|||
|Pay It Forward||13||September 21,||December 14,||–11||#49|||
|Couples 4||21||January 4,||May 24,||#47|||
|Battle of the Ages||13||September 20,||December 13,||–12||#71|||
|No Excuses||18||January 3,||May 1,||#65|||
|Challenge America||12||January 6,||March 18, ||–13||#54|||
|Second Chances 2||15||October 15,||February 4,||–14||#55|||
|Glory Days||18||September 11,||January 29,||–15||#|||
|Temptation Nation||8||January 4,||February 22,||–16||#|||
|Season 18||10||January 28,||March 31,|
The following table contains records for the American version of The Biggest Loser. Only records which were officially announced on the show are included.
- ES notes an extended season
- EW notes an extended week
|Category||Record holders||Results (imperial/metric)|
|Most Weight Loss in a Season (Male)ES||Michael Ventrella (Couples 3)||lbs/kg|
|Most Weight Loss in a Season (Female)ES||Ashley Johnston (Couples 3)||lbs/kg|
|Heaviest starting weight (Male)||Michael Ventrella (Couples 3)||lbs/kg|
|Heaviest starting weight (Female)||Shay Sorrells (Second Chances)||lbs/kg|
|Heaviest starting weight (Team)||John & James Crutchfield (Couples 3)||lbs/kg|
|Biggest Percentage Weight Loss in a Season (Finalist) [Male]ES||Danny Cahill (Second Chances)||%|
|Biggest Percentage Weight Loss in a Season (Finalist) [Female] ES||Rachel Frederickson (Second Chances 2)||%|
|Biggest Percentage Weight Loss in a Season (At-Home Prize) [Male]ES||Koli Palu (Couples 3)||%|
|Biggest Percentage Weight Loss in a Season (At-Home Prize) [Female]ES||Tumi Oguntala (Second Chances 2)||%|
|Most Weight Lost in a week (Male)||Moses Kinikini (Couples 4)||41lbs/kg|
|Most Weight Lost in a week (Female)||Patti Anderson (Couples 3 week 1) & Sonya Jones (Glory Days week 1)||23lbs/kg|
|Most Weight Lost in a week (not week 1) [Male]||Neil Tejwani (Season 4)||33lbs/kg|
|Most Weight Lost in a week (not week 1) [Female]||Shay Sorrells (Second Chances)||17lbs/kg|
|Fastest to Lose Pounds (Male)||Moses Kinikini (Couples 4) (lbs) & John Rhode (Battle of the Ages) (lbs)||6 weeks|
|Fastest to Lose Pounds (Female)EW||Shay Sorrells (Second Chances)||9 weeks|
|Youngest Contestant (Male)||Mike Morelli (Couples 2)||18|
|Youngest Contestant (Female)||Blake Benge (Glory Days)||18|
|Oldest Contestant (Male)||Johnny Forger (Battle of the Ages)||66|
|Oldest Contestant (Female)||Estella Hayes (Couples 2) & Bonnie Griffin (Battle of the Ages) & Nancy Rajala (No Excuses)||63|
|Most Weight Lost on Campus (Male)ES||Michael Ventrella (Couples 3)||lbs|
|Most Weight Lost on Campus (Female)ES||Ashley Johnston (Couples 3)||lbs|
|Highest percentage of weight loss on Campus (Male) ES||Daris George (Couples 3)||%|
|Highest percentage of weight loss on Campus (Female) ES||Tara Costa (Couples 2)||%|
|Longest Time Gone Without Falling Below the Yellow Line ES||Tara Costa (Couples 2)||18 weeks|
|Most Time Losing Double Digits in a row in the Weigh-Ins||Danny Cahill (Second Chances)||7 weeks|
|Longest Running Couple (Male Team) (To make it to the finale)ES||Mike Morelli and Ron Morelli (Couples 2)||18 weeks|
|Longest Running Couple (Female Team) (To make it to the finale)ES||Olivia Ward and Hannah Curlee (Couples 4)||20 weeks|
|Longest Running Couple (Male & Female Team) (To make it to the finale)ES||Conda Britt and Jeremy Britt (No Excuses)||15 weeks|
|Longest Time Gone Without Facing Elimination||Tara Costa (Couples 2)||18 weeks|
|Most Challenges Won||Tara Costa (Couples 2)||11|
|Worst First Number||Jeremy Britt (No Excuses)||13 lbs|
|Worst Number Gained||Matt Hoover (Season 2)||12 lbs|
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Looking to lose a lot of weight? The Biggest Loser is returning to TV, and producers are looking for people who are interested in being on the show.
The weight-loss competition show last aired new episodes in The new, reimagined version of the show will have “a new holistic degree look at wellness,” according to Chris McCumber, president, entertainment networks for USA Network and SYFY, but will retain the memorable competition format.
Producers are looking for people who want to lose pounds or more
While many people would like to trim that extra 5 or 10 pounds from their frame, a little bit of pudge isn’t enough to get you onto The Biggest Loser. Producers are looking for people who are hoping to lose a large amount of weight 90 to pounds, or more.
Aside from wanting to slim down, applicants must also be available for filming between August 26 and November 4, You also need to be available again on select days in December. Contestants also need to be over 18, a legal U.S. resident, be willing to submit to a background check as well as a physical and psychological screening, and meet other eligibility requirements.
How to audition for The Biggest Loser
Anyone interested in appearing on The Biggest Loser should apply online at the show’s casting website. Be prepared to provide personal details and a brief bio as well as information about any family members who are overweight, your job history, your personality traits, accomplishments, and obstacles you’ve faced.
The application also asks about events in your life that have affected your weight gain, why you want to lose weight, and how athletic you are. Finally, you’ll need to upload a current photo of yourself. If you’ve ever been at or near your goal weight, you can include a photo of that too. The application deadline is August 1.
Several open casting calls are also scheduled, though you don’t have to attend one in order to be on the show. Open calls are happening in the following cities:
- New York: June 29 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
- Dallas: June 29 from at Gilley’s Dallas
- Kansas City, Kansas: June 29 at Nebraska Furniture Mart
- Philadelphia: July 6 at the Shops at Liberty Place
- Atlanta: July 6 at The Pop Up Up Stop at Atlantic Station (across from Athleta)
- Nashville: July 13 at Wildhorse Saloon
- Chicago: July 13 at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
All calls run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must complete an online application before attending an open call.
The Biggest Loser has been controversial
While producers are promising a fresh take on the weight-loss competition format, audiences will have to wait and see if the new version of the show is significantly different from the one that went off the air in the
Toward the end of its initial run, The Biggest Loser was dogged by controversy, with some contestants alleging they were fed weight-loss drugs, fat-shamed by trainers, and forced to exercise even though they risked injuring themselves. After the show ended, many contestants regained the weight they had lost.
“It was the biggest mistake of my life,” Season 7 Kai Hibbard told the Guardian of her decision to go on the show.
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Felix Adamo / The Californian An open casting call was held at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for an upcoming new show called "Losing it With Jillian" featuring health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels..
Felix Adamo / The Californian Anita Peters, left, is interviewed by casting producer Jodi Thomas, center and Jax Topacio for the new show "Losing it With Jillian." Peters had brought in photos of when she was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL and was hoping to be picked for the show.
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Felix Adamo / The Californian An open casting call was held at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for an upcoming new show called "Losing it With Jillian" featuring health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels..
Felix Adamo / The Californian Anita Peters, left, is interviewed by casting producer Jodi Thomas, center and Jax Topacio for the new show "Losing it With Jillian." Peters had brought in photos of when she was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL and was hoping to be picked for the show.
More than 40 people showed up at Memorial Hospital Thursday hoping to be cast in a new television show on NBC called "Losing It With Jillian."
The show comes from the producers of "The Biggest Loser," and it follows a similar premise. Jillian Michaels, a fitness trainer on "The Biggest Loser," will move into families' homes to change their lives through fitness.
Jodi Thomas, a casting producer for "Losing It With Jillian," said she was looking for a family who needs help with fitness, health, finances, family harmony and all around well-being.
She wants viewers at home to see the family on TV and think, "That could be my family."
"We're looking for someone who really needs it and really wants it," Thomas said.
Ideally, the family would include two parents and teens, but Thomas said the producers are open to any kind of family. Nobody was picked Thursday; that was just a day for interviews.
Kerina Valdovinos, 33, was one of the people hoping to be cast on the show.
"My family needs help. We don't know how to start, so this is a start," she said.
She said she, her fiance and two sons would be a good pick for the show because they would be a challenge for Michaels.
Twila Aldrich, 42, said she wanted to lose weight because she has been on disability twice from her job, and both times stemmed from weight problems.
She has lost weight before on diet programs, but always gained it back when she stopped using them. She hoped that if Michaels came into her home, the weight loss would stick.
Her sister and father died at young ages due to obesity, and she does not want the same thing to happen to her.
Additionally, her husband, Jeff, has diabetes and also needs to lose weight.
April McCuen, 30, is a fan of "The Biggest Loser" and Jillian Michaels in particular, so she was excited with the idea of Michaels in her home.
She believes she, her husband, and 2-year-old son would be good for the show because they are willing to try anything.
"I'd do anything they ask. I'd give it my all," she said.
For anyone interested in being cast on the show, visit www.castingduo.com/jillianmichaels for information on how to submit an application and video.
CHICAGO (AP) A new study has found that many competitors on NBCs The Biggest Loser leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds.
The National Institutes of Health study finds that participants come out of the weight-loss reality competition burning about fewer calories a day than expected. Whats more, the contestants who drop the most weight see the greatest slowing of their metabolisms.
Researchers say many contestants experience substantial weight gain in the years after the show.
The results show in the most extreme cases how strongly the body fights back, said lead author Kevin Hall, a researcher with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Hall said calories is the size of a big lunch and the results mean participants have to reduce their daily calorie intake by that much to avoid gaining weight. He said the study doesnt mean dieting is a lost cause but that show participants must change their lifestyles to fight weight gain.
The news isnt all bad for Biggest Loser competitors, however. The study notes that participants have been quite successful at long-term weight loss when compared to people in other intervention programs aimed at shedding weight.
The study was published this month in the journal Obesity . It involved 14 contestants from Season 8 who were evaluated six years after the competition ended in
Kai Hibbard, a Season 3 contestant who has criticized the show for what she calls drastic weight-loss methods, said the results came as no surprise.
I really was dancing around my living room, screaming vindication' when a friend texted her about the study, Hibbard said Tuesday from her home in Spokane, Washington.
Hibbard lost pounds on the show nearly 10 years ago and has gained some but not all of it back. She was not part of the study and declined to reveal her weight.
Dr. Samuel Klein, a Washington University obesity researcher who wasnt involved in the study, said the results reflect limitations of the Biggest Loser dieting approach.
Nothing is impossible, but it shows that its very, very difficult. One year of aggressive therapy is really not enough, Klein said. You really have to go into a lifelong plan.
Producers of the show released a written statement responding to the study, saying they routinely re-evaluate to ensure all contestants receive the best care possible.
The lead medical doctor on the show, who has worked with the National Institutes of Health on initiatives in the past relating to The Biggest Loser, has been made aware of this most recent study and is in the process of evaluating its findings, the statement said.
Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/lindsey-tanner
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