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.


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.


Celebrity Body Comebacks

November 21, 2009

Even if we love them or hate them, celebrities are prominent in our culture. When we see their pictures in magazine or advertisements, we may  try to aspire to be as skinny or as muscular as them, as they can be viewed as our standard of beauty. But what kind of pressure does that mean for celebrities? If they decide to indulge and gain five pounds, it can have a drastic effect on their image. In this post, we are going to look at celebrities who have gained weight in the public eye and then bounced back by becoming healthy. Let’s look at how they did it.

Alanis Morissette

After Alanis’s break-up with Ryan Reynolds in 2007, the musician went to work on a new album and lost sight of her weight. She went through a stretch where she was extremely self-indulgent but it did not start after the break-up. Alanis’ history with her weight began when she was 17 and an record executive told her she needed to lose weight if she wanted to succeed in the spot light. At that age, she took extreme measures to lose weight–eating disorders.

At 35, however, she took a different route to lose the weight. She credits Eat to Live, a book that promises to show you how to lose a radical amount of weight and to keep it off by comprising your diet of nutritionally dense food. She embarked on a mostly vegan diet–she cut out all meat and loaded up on beans, greens, fruits and tofu.

The singer said in an interview with People, “I’m eating like an adult rather than like a 7-year-old at a candy store,” she says. “Now, around food, I can be trusted.”

Along with better eating habits, she incorporated different fitness routines through sports. She now indulges in kickboxing, yoga, dancing and has just completed her first marathon.

As a girl, I understand the pressures that females feel to look their best. Sometimes, we lose sight that it could be hard to guys as well.

Seth Rogen

Many people have seen Seth Rogen in some of the funniest movies of these past couple of years–Knocked Up and Zack and Miri Make a Porno to name a few. In these films, Seth is explicitly portrayed as the “chubby, funny guy.”

He seems to poke fun at himself a bit in a scene from “Funny People” below.

Although being overweight did not hurt his reputation as it may have a female, when he started doing a press tour for movie Observe and Report, he appeared to be much slimmer. Reports at the time said he lost weight for the role of The Green Hornet–a far cry from his usual comedian role. As an action figure, the weight loss was necessary.

Unlike Alanis, Rogen is not as thrilled with his transformation. “I’ve been eating better and training – and hating myself for it. I feel like a sell out, I feel lame, I feel like a guy I would make fun of,” said Rogen.

So how did he lose up to 40 pounds for his role?”Its the lamest answer ever. I eat well and exercise.” Rogen told E! news. Seth has also incorporated strength training. But does he plan to keep the weight off after he is done with the role?  Nope, the funny man says it will probably be a “matter of hours” before the weight is back on.

So what do you guys think about celebrities in their weight loss? Do some inspire you or do you just not care?

Cassandra writes about fitness in popular culture and north Austin. If you have suggestion please comment below or send her an email at Cassandrahdz@mail.utexas.edu.