As Biggest Loser opened last night, Ramon shared his feelings about Jessica being voted off last week. Game on. Then, Alison meets up with the trainers and shares this week’s twist. Only one person will weigh in for each team and their trainers will decide who that will be. The trainers spend some time getting into their contestants heads. Anna is always kind hearted (at least that’s how it seems post editing). Dolvett always makes it about Dovett. He says HE has a lot to prove. Bob is always Bob and I mean that in the best of ways. He has a lot of balance. Must be all that yoga 🙂
NO physical challenge this week, but the cooking challenge was decent. The best part was seeing our old friend Olivia, last year’s winner of BL. She looks beautiful and refined in comparison to the clowning around girl we met at the opening of last season. She was there to judge the contestant with Devon Alexander, the author of the BL cookbooks. The contestants learn they have 30 minutes to cook a dish and the team with the best one would not only get their recipe published in the next cookbook, and get a one-pound advantage at the weigh-in, but also get to have a sit down with Olivia to help learn how she has had such continued
success at home. Since this blogger is NOT a meat-eater, none of the dishes really appealed to me. Neither red london broil, nor “leave a little pink, pork” nor the chicken fajitas were my thing, but the summer slaw looked great 🙂 Did anyone else notice that they never mentioned how many grams of fat were in the winner pork dish? I hate inconsistencies….sorry. This dish belonged to Bob’s team and they get to have some time with Olivia where she presents them with scrapbooks from home as well as some roses for Becky from her husband. The take away advice she gives them for when they go home –stay with what you know works–diet and exercise….ahhhh.
I have to say, what a bonus for those that work out with Anna. Not only are they losing weight and get to admire her beauty, but they have no choice but to walk away with some awesome tennis tips!!!
The highlight of last night’s show, was the segment with Dr. H and Dr. Lindon, an expert brain scientist from Johns-Hopkins who is studying the relationship between the brain and food. He shows Bonnie (and more importantly, us) what happens in the brain of a lean person, vs. an obese person when they both crave and eat food. Very scientific, all about the release of that all important dopamine, an obese person has stronger cravings yet less satisfaction from eating in comparison to the lean person who has a weaker craving yet greater satisfaction from the same foods. I found this very, very interesting and completely in line with the theory that being overweight makes ALL OUR SYSTEMS out of whack. More and more I understand the health benefits of achieving and maintaining one’s ideal weight! While it’s incredibly hard to begin losing weight, it get’s easier as the weight begins to come off. This makes getting started the most important thing any of us can do. Get those wheels in motion. Think like a locomotive. Remember the little engine that COULD?
Time for the weigh in but who will be chosen to represent their teams? Bob chooses Becky, Anna, Joe and Dolvett, John. Let the weigh ins begin.
Bonnie 8, John 10
Antone, 5, Vinny 10, Becky 6 plus the 1 pound advantage= 7
Sunny 2, Ramon 6, Joe 2
This puts blue team on the chopping block and thankfully Ramon had the highest loss on his team making him safe for another week. Joe gets voted off and is shocked that Antone has written his name, a reminder that this is a game and there is only one Biggest Loser. It’s time to go, Joe.
When Joe arrived at the ranch he weight 348 pounds and today he weighs 230 and looks fantastic! Finally, he is able to ride the roller coasters with his family.
Next week eight-time Olympic winner Apolo Ohno arrives to help the remaining contestants with their pentathlon as they go from teams to singles. The teaser is that next week’s weigh in will be the most emotional so far. I associate emotional with Bonnie, but that might be wishful thinking.