The Biggest Loser’s Erik Chopin loses it all again

January 6, 2010

...only this time he’s doing it on Discovery Health as part of their ‘5 Nights of Resolution TV.’ series this week. For those of us Biggest Loser fans, we all know the Long Island, N.Y., deli owner as the season 3 winner, losing a whopping total of 214lbs off his then 407 lb frame.

It wasn’t until Chopin came appeared as a guest on Oprah, 122lb heavier than we last seen him weighing in at 315lb, to discuss the difficulties people face in keeping the pounds off.

“I’d worry about him,” said wife Michele in an interview with Oprah. “I’d look at him and think it was like he was drowning and I couldn’t do anything to help him. I could see it in his eyes, and I could see so many things happening again that we’ve been through.”

Chopin said that, although he doesn’t like gyms, he’s going to get back on track, but this time, for himself and his family.

In a recent interview with That’s Fit, Chopin stated that post-Biggest Loser, he had no income nor job and fell into depression. “I identified that on Oprah, but I didn’t address it,” but with the help of Discovery Health he will be able to do that and share his journey with the viewers.

For a look at Erik Chopin’s journey to losing his weight, Confessions of a Reality Show Loser, tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Health channel. For those tuning in tonight, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.

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The Biggest Loser setting a bad example?

December 5, 2009

NBC’s The Biggest Loser, famous for its participants leaving the show half their body size since when they first stepped into the ranch, is under fire for some of the participants’ controversial weight loss methods.

Take Ryan Benson: The 2005 season winner who shedded 112 pounds off his 330 lb frame, admitted he was urinating blood after fasting and dehydrating himself toward the $250,000 prize. Since then he has returned back to above 300 lbs which is apparently the reason for his absence in The Biggest Loser season finale.

Kai Hibbard, season 3 runner up, wrote on her Myspace blog that she and others would dehydrate before weigh-ins and stack on clothing during workouts when cameras weren’t rolling. She gained 31 pounds in two weeks after the show, mostly by staying hydrated.

That’s Fit asked nutritionist and fitness expert, Jonny Bowden for his take. “I’ve always thought [the show] was ridiculous, ever since the first season when the guy lost 17 pounds in a week and the following week people who didn’t lose that much were considered ‘bad.’ It sets up absolutely ridiculous standards for weight loss, makes a very difficult and personal issue into entertainment,” said Bowden. “Clearly, there are also huge dangers involved as well.”

Even so, viewers have to take into account that the reason why the contestants are losing 10 to 15 pounds a week is because they are working out up to 6 hrs a day, everyday.

“Contestants can get a little too crazy and they can get too thin,” said trainer Jillian Michaels to the “New York Times.” She says Benson and Hibbard are examples of the dark side of the show. Maybe Benson and Hibbard aren’t cashing in on their fame because they’ve been post-finale disqualified. Michaels states contestants are disqualified if they are dehydrated or found to be taking drugs or diuretics. And it’s not exactly a candid environment after the show is over — the “New York Times” found contestants must have permission from NBC before chatting with a reporter.

Winners from the first four seasons regained at least 20 percent of their respective weights after the show, while 50 percent of the  206 contestants so far, have reportedly kept the weight off.


Fitness in Pop Culture: The Biggest Loser

November 12, 2009

There seems to be a surge of research each year that shows the astronomical numbers for obesity in America. As someone who is reading this blog in particular, you know these numbers and how if someone would like to lose weight–it is not something that just happens over night. Losing weight not only takes work, but it is altogether a change of lifestyle.

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In 2004, NBC launched “The Biggest Loser”, a reality television show that centers around overweight contestants who fight for a cash prize by losing the most weight. Whoever loses the most not only gains the title of the “biggest loser” but also wins $250,000.

With a prize this high, the contestants do not have it easy, they have to go through many hurdles including challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title.

The contestants live on a secluded ranch for 12 weeks (with their own gym that 24 Hour Fitness built), two trainers (Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels), and a supportive group of people in their fellow “losers” to help them lose the weight. After they have reached the 12 week period, three contestants go to the finale, which is after they have been in the “real world” with no trainers and no designated schedule for three months.

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Erik Chopin, Winner of Season Three of "The Biggest Loser" source: rebeccascritchfield.files.wordpress.com

There are skeptics to the way the contestants lose weight being applicable to the real world because the contestants work out for four to six hours everyday. But the show’s point is simple: diet and exercise alone (without extra supplements or surgeries) can/will lead to dramatic weight loss.

Trainer Bob: “This isn’t just a reality television show. This is about eight people’s lives and about our lives too.”

Although this show does have a good message and has valuable information for the viewers such as diet and exercise tips, it is still a reality show and they have to bring the drama. For example, in last night episode (week nine), there were seven contestants left when they threw the curve ball that there would be two separate contestants leaving instead of the usual one. The first person that would go home is the one that had the lowest percentage of weight loss compared to everyone else, and the second would be voted off.

During the commercials,  Bob Harper provides trainer tips to help viewers make small changes in their lives that might help them lose weight. For example: many people forget to monitor their caloric intake in beverages, one way to do so is to not drink them. There are 2.5 servings of in this 20 oz. bottle of juice, that means it contains 20 to 30 grams of sugar per serving which is more than a can of soda. Although this is something small that you can do in your life, it is a small step that can help people become part of the lifestyle.

The contestants who went home last night were Daniel Wright and Shay Sorrells.

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Shay has lost 152 lbs since start of Biggest Loser

With a starting weight of 476 pounds, Shay was the heaviest contestant ever on the show. “I lost 100 pounds in nine weeks…I won my life back,” says Sorrells on Jay Leno last night in the video below. “The last time I was this weight was when I was a sophomore in high school.”

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What do you guys think, does this show motivate you to keep up with your exercise routines? Let me know in the comments!

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m on NBC.