Watch The Biggest Loser
Weight loss is big business in America. Celebrity trainers, revolutionary diets and amazing success stories permeate the national conscious. The Biggest Loser combines these factors with the country's love of reality television to create a successful multi-season chronicle of morbidly obese men and women reclaiming their bodies.
Contestants on the show start off by documenting their struggles with their weight. Most are struggling with emotional or family problems and never learned proper nutrition or exercise. The Biggest Loser offers a chance for contestants to change their lives and learn how to live healthy. While teaching the contestants, the show is also able to teach viewers by tying educational information to the compelling narratives of the players on the show.
Celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels help motivate participants as they learn how to do cardiovascular and weight-lifting training to create a healthier body. Show contestants are shown sweating in the gym and learning how to eat healthy in the kitchen. The competitors also participate in runs and even marathons.
At the beginning of each season, contestants are split into two teams. The teams train together and weigh-in together at the end of each show. The team that has lost the smallest percentage of weight loses a team member. Towards the end of the season, teams are dissolved and the players compete against each other to lose weight. The last player remaining earns the title "The Biggest Loser" and a substantial cash prize, ranging from one hundred thousand to a quarter of a million dollars.
The contestants are monitored by doctors and weight loss professionals. Because of the substantial amount of weight lost, emulating the contestants would not be safe for viewers. However, The Biggest Loser does show America healthy eating and exercising habits to practice at home.
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The Biggest Loser Full Episode Guide
- First Aired: December 10, 2013
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- First Aired: December 03, 2013
Rachel makes a breakthrough on the ranch while Jay is thrilled to have Jillian spend a week with him in his hometown, despite the burden he must bear.
- First Aired: November 26, 2013
The contestants compete in a food drive challenge, and the winner is awarded with a much-needed visit from their family members.
- First Aired: November 19, 2013
Ruben is back at the ranch and Bob is forced to use his trainer save in a monumental weigh-in.
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If this proves true, then "The Biggest Loser" producers deserve feeling shameful for playing games with people trying to change their lives for the better. CBS News reports today by way of TMZ that that long-running NBC weight-loss reality show's Season 13 contestants may quit the show before season's end after walking completely off the competition. NBC hasn't yet addressed this rumor, but producers allegedly planned luring back past competitors to compete against remaining contestants for this season's $250,000 cash prize.
Say what you will about reality TV and how bad it is for society, but for at least one man, "The Biggest Loser" made a huge positive difference in his life. It came down to three final contestants in last night's season finale of the NBC show, and while all of them ultimately won, only one could take home $250,000.