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Biggest Loser's Zina Garrison: I Had to Learn to Let Go of Control

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Zina Garrison: I Had to Learn to Let Go of Control

Originally posted 09/13/2014 08:00AM

Tennis superstar Zina Garrison is used to being in charge.

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Biggest Loser's Bob Harper: 'I Was Stunned' at Rachel's Weight Loss

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Biggest Loser's Bob Harper: 'I Was Stunned' at Rachel Frederickson's Weight Loss

Originally posted 02/07/2014 09:50AM

The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits he was shocked when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale and show off her exceedingly thin frame.

"I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," Harper says in an interview airing next Thursday on the Rachael Ray Show.

Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she weighed 150 lbs., and later lost 45 more.

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Producers: 'We Support' Biggest Loser Winner Rachel During Controversy

Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: Did She Go Too Far?

Originally posted 02/05/2014 05:05PM

At The Biggest Loser finale, Rachel Frederickson stood proudly on the scale to show off her 155 lb.-weight loss.

But rather than be a cause for celebration, Frederickson, 24, and her transformation has sparked concern that the 5'4" contestant may have taken her weight loss too far.

Frederickson started the show at 260 lbs. and, as a finalist, left the ranch weighing 150 lbs. to work on losing weight at home on her own. By the finale about three months later she had shed another 45 lbs. and weighed in at 105 lbs. to a size 0/2.

"I just love myself and I am embracing it," Frederickson told PEOPLE on Tuesday night, seemingly unaware of the concern over her appearance.

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Biggest Loser's Bobby Saleem: Bob Harper Gave Me the Strength to Come Out

Bobby Saleem: Bob Harper Gave Me the Strength to Come Out

Originally posted 12/16/2013 10:15AM

Biggest Loser contestant Bobby Saleem had lived with the stigma of obesity for years but it was another stigma – his shame over his sexual orientation – that weighed him down the most.

"I came from a background where for years I felt very ashamed about my sexuality," Saleem told reporters Wednesday. "I never really had a role model to look up to in my life."

But thanks to the mentoring he received on the ranch from trainer Bob Harper – who recently spoke publicly about his homosexuality – Saleem has not only lost 135 lbs. but has become more comfortable about living his life as an openly gay man.

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The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper Comes Out

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The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper Comes Out as Gay on the Show

Originally posted 11/27/2013 01:20PM

Trainer Bob Harper has changed countless people's lives on The Biggest Loser, but his decision to come out publicly as a gay man could impact countless others.

"I haven't talked about my sexuality on this show ever," Harper, 48, said on the show's Tuesday episode. "I really do believe this is the right time."

That "right time" was influenced by his decision to encourage contestant Bobby Saleem to come out to his father, who was visiting his son at the ranch.

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What's In Bob Harper's Fridge? | Bob Harper

What's In Bob Harper's Fridge?

Originally posted 05/13/2013 02:00PM

The Biggest Loser trainer and Jumpstart to Skinny author gives us a peek into his kitchen – and his healthy diet

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Jillian Michaels: My Son Phoenix Is 'Fiery' Like Me | Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels: My Son Phoenix Is 'Fiery' Like Me

Originally posted 02/04/2013 07:30PM

"He's just like me. I'm like,'You were supposed to be like Heidi!' But he's not," the Biggest Loser trainer jokes to PEOPLE

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Alison Sweeney: Families Needs to Fight Childhood Obesity Together | Alison Sweeney

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The Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney Blogs: The Entire Family Needs Fight Childhood Obesity Together

Originally posted 01/22/2013 08:30AM

Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney.

Can you imagine if Bob Harper surprised you at dinner or if Dolvett Quince walked into your classroom? How would you react?

Watching the kids's reactions to Bob, Jillian and Dolvett surprising them was priceless.

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Alison Sweeney: We're All to Blame for Childhood Obesity | Alison Sweeney

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The Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney Blogs: We're All to Blame for Childhood Obesity

Originally posted 01/15/2013 12:10PM

Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney

Monday's episode of The Biggest Loser featured "Cut the Junk" week on campus. Can you believe approximately 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 years are obese? How about this fact: approximately 60 percent of overweight children ages 5 to 10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease? We are all to blame for this – parents, schools, kids – all of us.

During this week's quiz, the contestants were shocked by the staggering statistics, as was I. The childhood obesity epidemic in our country needs to be fixed. I battled with my weight as a teenager, partly because there wasn't the information or conversation about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Alison Sweeney: Why Week Two Is So Tough on The Biggest Loser | Alison Sweeney

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Alison Sweeney Blogs: 'Oh, Dreaded Week Two' on The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 01/08/2013 12:00PM

Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney

Oh, dreaded week two! Emotions run high and numbers are typically low at the second weigh-in on The Biggest Loser. Never ones to keep things the same from season to season, it seemed like the prefect time to introduce the outdoor gyms created by each of the trainers.

Dolvett's dungeon pushed his team, but nothing compared to Jillian's gym ... or to Jillian's frustration with her team. As I watched the workout, I felt for Danni and Pam. Jillian's tenacity and relentlessness was hard to watch.

I thought their conversation the next day was really important – and not just for each of them as individuals but for the audience, as well, to help us understand why Jillian fights so hard for, and how to not give up when the going gets tough.

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