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“One of the other ‘losers’ and I started taking showers together, because we couldn’t lift our arms over our heads,” says the other contestant.
“We’d duck down so we could shampoo each other.” The trainers, she says, were unmoved.
I’m surprised that no one’s really been injured on the show.” In fact, contestants have been seriously injured, but it’s not often shown.
The first-ever “Biggest Loser,” Ryan Benson, went from 330 pounds to 208 — but after the show, he said, he was so malnourished that he was urinating blood.
The pal encouraged Hibbard to try out for the smash NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser.” “So I made a videotape,” Hibbard says, “and the next thing I know, I’m on a reality TV show.” Hibbard had never seen “The Biggest Loser.” She had no idea what she was in for. Average weekly viewership is 7 million people, and about 200,000 people audition per season.
On her first day, she was put through this regimen: At one point, she collapsed. “I couldn’t take any more.” Her trainer yelled, “Get up! ’ ” The trainers, she says, took satisfaction in bringing their charges to physical and mental collapse. “They would say things to contestants like, ‘You’re going die before your children grow up.’ ‘You’re going to die, just like your mother.’ ‘We’ve picked out your fat-person coffin’ — that was in a text message.
,” then made a comment about a sick and overweight relative. One production assistant told a contestant to take up smoking because it would cut her appetite in half.” Meanwhile, their calories were severely restricted.
After an initial winnowing process, 14 of 50 finalists are taken to “the ranch,” where they live, work out and suffer in seclusion.
(The remaining 36 are sent home to lose weight on their own, and return later in the season.) Those who remain, Hibbard says, are not allowed to call home. After six weeks, contestants get to make a five-minute call, monitored by production.