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‘Biggest Loser’: Uproar as winner appears ‘too thin’ at 105 pounds

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


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Rachel Frederickson, 24, of Los Angeles won the Season 15 title of “The Biggest Loser” and the $250,000 grand prize, but promptly sparked criticism from viewers who say the show went too far by allowing the former competitive swimmer to diet her way down to 105 pounds.

Frederickson started the competition at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, or 59.62% of her body weight.

When the voice-over artist first walked on stage at the finale of NBC’s reality weight-loss TV show, she did so to oohs and ahhs. She was wearing a diaphanous silver dress that skimmed her new figure and all but signaled that victory would soon be hers.

But as she came into sharper view, it was clear that Frederickson was dramatically thinner than the last time viewers saw her, winning “The Biggest Loser” triathlon.

The cameras turned to trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michael, who seemed to be clapping in slow motion as they looked her over, their eyes appearing to reflect surprise at her appearance. (See the third image in the photo gallery above, a TV screen grab that is making the rounds on social media.)

Frederickson came into the show with a heartbreaking backstory. She was a competitive high school swimmer who gave up a full college scholarship to follow her boyfriend to Europe. The relationship ended, and Frederickson came home full of regrets and ate to tamp down her sorrows.

She said she gained more than 100 pounds and had trouble recognizing herself in the mirror.

Earlier in the season, Frederickson said that winning the show would allow her to reclaim the champion within and embrace an empowered new future. Week after week in the weight-loss competition, she proved what a fierce competitor she was and was all but destined for a spot in the finale.

Frederickson is slated to speak to the media Wednesday morning during a conference call, and will no doubt be asked about her weight.

Regardless, the finale is sure to add fuel to the show’s critics who question the safety of the measures it uses and the ethics of grueling weight-loss regimens as entertainment.

In the meantime, many viewers have taken to Twitter to express their fears that Frederickson has become too thin, and to call on the show and the network to address concerns that the weight loss was too extreme:

Not everyone agreed, however, as some social media pundits noted that Frederickson was in it to win the game and will now be able to put a little weight back on, as many past contestants have done. Still others praised her transformation.

Debate over Frederickson’s appearance seems to have overshadowed — at least for the moment — the stellar transformations of many of the other competitors, including “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, who took to the stage to show off his sleek new physique and his new single. (He lost 119 pounds, or 25.76% of his body weight.)

Other top performers included David Brown and Bobby Saleem, the two finalists vying with Frederickson for the top prize. They lost 54.28% and 52.51% of their body weight, respectively, far less than Frederickson. The winner of the at-home prize was Tumi Oguntala, 41, of New York, who started the show at 319 pounds and lost 175 pounds, or 54.86% of her body weight, to end the show at 144 pounds. From latimes.

Miranda Lambert is red-hot at Grammys: Her weight loss, diet and workout tips

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014


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Miranda Lambert looked incredible in a form-fitting red evening gown at the 2014 Grammy Awards Jan. 26, where her dramatic weight loss turned heads.

Lambert credited a portion-controlled diet and rigorous cardio workouts for her stunning weight loss. “My wife is so hot it’s ridiculous,” gushed her proud husband, country superstar Blake Shelton.

Miranda recently slammed rumors she underwent weight-loss surgery to lose over 25 pounds, saying eating less and doing circuit-training workouts combined with cardio exercise helped her lose over two dress sizes.

“I did not have surgery to lose weight,” she said. “That is ridiculous. I lost my weight the healthy and good-old fashioned way: Watching what I eat and working out with my trainer Bill Crutchfield.

“Smaller portions help. I haven’t given up everything! I try to just cut everything in half. We do cardio and a lot of circuit-training.”

Lambert first made headlines after debuting her stunning weight loss at the 2013 CMA Awards in November 2013. She said she was shocked at the amount of attention she received for her slim-down, because she didn’t think anyone noticed.

“I didn’t know until [the CMA Awards] that people were noticing,” said Miranda. “But you want people to notice when you’ve worked hard and feel good. That’s part of the reward. It’s a great motivator.”

Lambert said her unhealthy junk-food diet during her twenties resulted in dramatic weight fluctuations, but decided to overhaul her diet and workout regimen when she turned 30 (in November 2013).

“Now it’s time to be responsible,” she said. “I spent my twenties on a roller coaster — my yo-yo weight, working all the time and partying. I just wanted to get healthier and go into my thirties in the best shape I could be in.”
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From 5XL to XL: Small-town coach makes a big change

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Luke Cox was always known as “Big Luke,” but he wasn’t obese until his early 20s, when he stopped playing sports and kept eating like an athlete.

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Luke Cox used to be an athlete. But a year ago, no one would have called him that.

The 31-year-old high school social studies teacher and coach weighed about 415 pounds and was too big and tired at the end of the day to get on the floor and play with his kids.

At 6 foot 5, Cox was wearing 5XL T-shirts and size 50 jeans. He couldn’t stop eating. His mornings began with two breakfast sandwiches and two jelly doughnuts. At night, Cox ate candy and stole the snacks his kids, then 2, 3 and 5 years old, were supposed to take to school the next day.

The junk food binges put a strain on his body, the family’s food budget and his relationships.

“Here I was teaching students and athletes discipline and hard work when I had none myself,” the Missouri dad wrote in on CNN iReport. “I would come home after practice and ignore my wife and young children and sit in front on the TV and fall asleep there.”

Luke Cox: In his own words

His wife, Rudy, remembers him saying, “I just don’t know where to start. So I’m not going to.” She would ask him to take a walk with her, and he would say, “That’s pointless. Where am I walking to?”

Rudy had heard about a 12-week weight-loss challenge beginning that March, hosted by Kansas City Fitness Magazine. On January 11, 2013, she e-mailed a “wife’s plea” to admit her husband.

“Please give him a chance and help him to save his life,” she wrote. “Luke is everything to our family.”

The program, similar to “The Biggest Loser” TV show, provided 30 contestants with licensed trainers, gym memberships, nutrition counseling, life coach sessions, weekly weigh-ins and weekends at an “accountability ranch.” The 10 people with the greatest weight loss percentage won a makeover and a feature in the magazine.

Participants were asked to raise a $600 entry fee from family and friends as a way to stay accountable.

“I didn’t like that at first. I felt uncomfortable asking people to pay for my mistake,” Cox said. But it was effective. “If people were willing to do that, I didn’t want to let them down.”

The competition gave Cox the motivation he had been looking for, but he was at a disadvantage. Living in Tarkio, Missouri, a small town 2½ hours from Kansas City, he couldn’t make use of the licensed physical trainers, state-of-the-art gyms and group workouts that the other contestants had access to.

I left my wallet at home so I couldn’t go to the school snack machine.
Luke Cox

That only made him more determined.

“I had this chip on my shoulder. I didn’t have the trainers that they did; I didn’t have the gyms they got to work out in,” he said. He thought to himself, “I’ll show you guys I’m not some country bumpkin.”

Cox, who managed to lose a few pounds on his own before the competition began, asked Ty Ratliff, the local elementary school gym teacher and a fellow coach, to be his trainer. They did high-intensity interval workouts and sprints three, and then four, times a week using the high school gym, weight room and track, and a local recreation center.

It was a new challenge for Ratliff, who was used to bulking kids up as the weight-training teacher and head high school football coach.

“Usually, our goal is to get kids bigger, faster and stronger. Here, we were doing the opposite: taking pounds off Luke,” Ratliff said. “We wanted to him to get stronger … but we were really focused on the cardiovascular aspect.”

Cox never skipped a workout. At the same time, he overhauled his diet. He weaned himself off soda and made sure he was getting lots of lean protein. For breakfast, he ate three hard-boiled eggs and Greek yogurt. Lunch was a spinach salad with 2 ounces of shaved turkey. For dinner, he ate grilled chicken or fish. He prepared his meals the night before and wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t in his Nebraska Cornhuskers lunchbox.

“I left my wallet at home so I couldn’t go to the school snack machine. I didn’t eat with my fellow teachers in the cafeteria because I knew I would want to eat the cafeteria food. I ate in my room by myself. Once I gained enough confidence in myself, I began to eat with them and I brought my wallet to school without going to the snack machine,” he wrote in his iReport.

His small town of about 1,600 people was a big source of encouragement.

“One morning, I bought some victory doughnuts for my basketball team. The clerk at the convenience store reminded me that I was trying to lose weight and that I didn’t need those,” he said. “I told her that I appreciated her concern and that they were a surprise for my team. That is what is great about a small town.”

The hard work paid off: He ended up winning the competition. In 12 weeks, he dropped from 396 to 316 pounds, a 20.2% loss in body weight, and got the biggest feature in the July/August Kansas City Fitness Magazine. He has another profile in the magazine this month.

And he kept going. He recently bought his first XL T-shirt since freshman year of college and ran his first 5K. He now weighs 283 pounds and would like to get down to 265 or 270.

“I know with my frame, I’m always going to be a big guy, but I want to be a strong, physically fit guy,” he said. “I’ll never go back, because I know how hard I’ve worked to change that.”

The transformation has changed his whole family. Instead of watching TV together, they go to the rec center five days a week as a family. Cox comes home now and cooks for his wife and kids, goes for bike rides with them and jumps on the trampoline. Though his kids are still quite young — 3, 4 and 6 — he’s apologized to them for being so big and not having as much fun with them as a dad should have.

“He’s full of energy now. … He’s a totally different person,” wife Rudy said. “In their eyes, they have their dad back.” From cnn.