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The Biggest Loser, Reunion: How Do I Look?by Donna Reynolds -- 01/19/2005
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We are at the Biggest Loser reunion, and the show is being taped in front of a live audience. I thought maybe they would just tape it last week, after the finale, but this appears to be a new crowd. The finalists are also wearing different outfits. Who knows. Caroline Rhea greets us and the audience is pumped up. We get right to the action as Caroline introduces each of the nine in the order in which they were eliminated.
Dana is first and looks beautiful, dressed in a sleek, black cocktail dress. Lizzeth, also in black is next and looks great as well. Then Aaron hits the stage. He is positively skinny and looking fine! Caroline introduces Matt, who looks fabulous, and then it’s Dave’s turn to take a bow. Kelly Mac is next and has slimmed down nicely as well. Andrea commands the stage, wearing a neat, floral print sundress and looking outstanding. Lisa is simply stunning and Mo, well, he’s still heavy but noticeably slimmer.
Caroline praises them all, and then cuts to a feed of Ryan, who’s in New York. He’s had a busy week, appearing on talk shows and enjoying his win. When asked what he plans to do with the money, he jokes that he is going to open a donut shop! Not really. He’s actually thinking of investing in a children’s TV show about health and fitness. Good idea.
Caroline spends a little time talking to some of the contestants. Kelly Mac tells her that she is excited about being on the show and happy to celebrate with the others. Drea, whom Caroline calls the “queen of confidence,” tells us that she returned to work with so much confidence that she asked for a raise right away. Good for you. Matt is still happy that he quit smoking and tells us that his mother, who was a smoker for twenty years, has also quit.
Caroline tells us that this show has affected millions of people and that people from all over the country have sent in tapes to be contestants on The Biggest Loser 2. We see one tape where a young woman congratulates Drea and tells her how inspired she was by her accomplishments.
Kelly describes how exciting it is to go to the mall and not to be limited to only one store. She says that she feels “sassy, strong, centered and empowered.”’ And that, after all, is what it’s all about.
Trainers Bob and Jillian take the stage, and Mo picks Bob up in a huge hug! Jillian and Lisa have a moment as well, and then we see some clips from the workouts. Jillian and Bob worked these people hard, there’s no doubt about that. But what they learned from these two definitely stuck, and all nine have continued working out in the many months since they’ve been home. The cool thing is that they had no idea that there would be a consolation prize. They did it for themselves.
Both Bob and Jillian are thrilled with the results, and Jillian says that seeing them now makes it all seem worthwhile. Bob says he sees “losers” everywhere.
Enough of the lovefest. It’s time to get down to the business at hand. The group leaves to change for the weigh-in and return in their team colors – red and blue! Caroline tells us that they were all dunked again to determine their current body mass index (BMI). This number will be compared to their initial BMI to calculate their percentage of body fat lost. That, plus the percentage of weight loss will be added together somehow, and the result will be their transformation number. Whoever has the highest transformation number will win the hundred grand.
Before they are weighed, we see a couple of clips from their time on the show and how they fared once they went home. Since we’ve seen this all before, let’s just get to the numbers, shall we? They are weighed in the order in which they were eliminated.
Dana is first. Her starting weight was 175 and she now weighs 153 for a total loss of 22 pounds. This is a weight loss of 13 percent and reduction of body fat of 8 percent. Her transformation number is 21. Lizzeth steps up. She started at 175 pounds and now weighs 153. She has lost 22 pounds or 13 percent. Her BMI is down 11 percent giving her a final number of 24. She beats Dana.1 2 Next-->
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