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Biggest Loser

January 3, 2012
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clip_image001 Over the holidays I started watching (and became completely addicted to) the NBC’s reality TV show The Biggest Loser. Never having seen the show until a few weeks ago, I still knew the general premise from the commercials and random conversations with friends and co-workers. It is really amazing how quickly an overweight person’s body can transform and drop up to 100lbs if they are placed in a controlled setting with pre-measured meals and snacks and rigorous workouts with world-renowned trainers like Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. It’s a giant fitness lab experiment with a dozen  overweight American lab rats (I’d be that lab rat in a second if I had more than 80lbs to lose.)

One thing for sure, the show is an amazing motivator for many to get into better shape. If a 400 pound man can run at 12mph, you know you can do it too, you just have to try. With the new year upon us, the timing could not be more perfect for starting or amping up a fitness regimen. Did you know that fitness and weight loss are the most popular new year resolutions?! (I made that up, but I am sure it’s true Smile) And to help stick to a healthy lifestyle this year, my friends and I have started our own Biggest Loser Competition. (I have the best friends in the world. Not only are they supportive of my every crazy fit/diet obsession, they are even willing to come along for the ride).

Our challenge will be different and here are the rules that we are following:

  1. To qualify for the challenge you will need to be at least 5lbs over your ideal goal weight (probably not hard since we are coming off the holiday week).
  2. The challenge will last 5 weeks starting on Monday January 2nd, and to make it more fun there will be a grand prize for the winner.
  3. There will be a fee of $5 per week for all participants on the first week.
  4. We are not going to “kick anyone off the ranch”– instead the person that is the biggest loser each week is exempt from the $5 weekly fee to continue the challenge. (I picked $5 so the most the challenge can cost is $25 per participant, roughly what a March Madness pool would cost. All the money will be rolled into the grand prize to entice the weight loss and create a fun competition).
  5. All participants are expected to honestly report their starting weight and weight loss/gain each week. The competition will be based on the body weight % lost. Each week the person with the highest body weight % lost will become the biggest loser for that week and is exempt from the $5 weekly fee. At the end of 5 weeks the person with the largest percentage of body weight % lost since the start of the competition will be the grand prize winner.
  6. The weigh-ins will be on Monday mornings and the results of the weigh-in must be emailed to the challenge organizer (If you are not comfortable with disclosing your weight, than you can provide your body weight % loss/gain the week after the challenge begins.)
  7. At the end of 5 weeks we will hold an award  ceremony to announce the winner.

At the end of the day, this is not about winning the grand prize or the title of the Biggest Loser (unless you are an overachieving type-A striving for competition Smile with tongue out)– the focus is really on starting the new year right by sticking to healthy habits and getting into better shape.

[Jane Asks]: What are your plans for starting a new year healthy and fit?

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