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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.

17 Seasons, 273 Episodes
October 19, 2004
Game Show, Reality
Cast: Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels
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The Biggest Loser Full Episode Guide

  • The five remaining players gather for their final challenge, a time-honored tradition of contestants putting back on all the weight they've lost over the course of the season and then shedding it one last time at different stages. The winner receives a coveted prize that could secure their spot as a finalist as the competition goes from five players to three, before next week's live finale when the Biggest Loser and winner of the $250,000 prize will be chosen.

  • The winner of the $250,000 prize is announced in the Season 17 live finale, and the eliminated contestants come back to weigh in for the $100,000 at-home prize.

  • With only two weeks remaining at the ranch, the contestants with compete in a challenge that will tempt the winner with a prize that could change the course of the entire competition. / The five remaining players gather for the traditional experience of putting on all the weight they've lost over the course of the season and then shedding it one last time at different stages.

  • It's time for the much anticipated makeover week with special guests Tim Gunn and hair stylist Ken Paves.

  • One competitor sends two others back home for one week, and those two run into a number of temptations. / Each of the contestants go away from the ranch for one week for a trial to test how they will react to real-life challenges concerning eating and exercising.

  • Contestants get a chance at winning great prizes at an auction. / A team earns either a relaxing day on a yacht or exclusive gym access.

  • Participants compete in an obstacle course involving digital distractions, and the winners have a hard choice to make involving video chats with their closest family and friends. / The teams are divided and new connections have to be made to complete a physical and mental challenge.

  • In the season premiere, sixteen people fight to start their path to weight-loss. Featuring: Bob Harper as the new host, the unveiling of a new gym and bringing to light a new temptation.

  • In the thrilling live season finale, all of the contestants return to shock America with their transformations. The at-home winner will be announced, as well as the "Biggest Loser."

  • The final four contestants reflect on their journey thus far and compete in a challenge that will take them back to the beginning. The three finalists will be revealed.

  • Bob and the Comeback Canyon player return; a contestant has a difficult time when a new twist in the game is issued.

  • Tim Gunn, Gavin DeGraw and Ken Paves gust star in the fan-favorite makeover episode, and Bob Harper makes his surprise return to the ranch.

  • The competitors fly to Kauai and are determined to stay above the red line.

  • Alison reveals the competitors will no longer be on teams, but will compete as singles.

  • The contestants work to lose 50 pounds collectively so nobody is sent home. Later, they participate in a sand-pile challenge.

  • The contestants are shaken up when new teams are formed.

  • Super Bowl champions Michael Irvin, Donald Driver and Willie McGinest serve as coaches for the teams.

  • Three team MVPs face off, and one team's willpower is tested in Las Vegas.

  • The contestants must hold a weighted pulley to prevent their trainers from dropping into the pool.

  • The contestants face a high-calorie tailgating challenge and immunity. Later, a player discusses emotional issues with his trainer; and Bob receives a gift from a "Comeback Canyon" contestant.

  • The challenge winners get to "sideline" a member of the opposing team.

  • The contestants are faced with two challenges this week, including a test on how much they know about nutrition.

  • The players compete on a assault course, designed to break through excuses that prevent them from attaining their goals.

  • The sixteenth season welcomes twenty former athletes who are determined to lose weight and improve their health. Plus, the show welcomes two new trainers.

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Subway Jared Faces Federal Child Porn Raid

The Feds raided the sandwich spokesman's house in an ongoing child pornography investigation.

Jillian Michaels Dropping Out of 'Biggest Loser'

"The Biggest Loser" is about to shed another 120 or so pounds...and they all belong to Jillian Michaels. The weight loss competition show's most famous trainer will not be back for the upcoming season. According to a statement from NBC: "After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, 'The Biggest Loser' and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall.

'Biggest Loser's' Rachel Fredricksen Wins Amid Eating Disorder Controversy - See Her Dramatic Transformation

Shock and awe over the weight loss of the reality competition show's contestants isn't anything new for a "Biggest Loser" finale, but last night's episode was more shocking than usual. Rachel Fredricksen, a 22-year-old contestant on the show, was an increasing favorite to win as the season went on. By the time the second to last episode aired, her victory was all but assured.

'The Biggest Loser' Contestants Threaten To Quit

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.

Who's the Biggest Loser? No, Not Kim Kardashian

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.

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