08:35 AM EDT 02/13/2014
Originally posted 01/04/2013 12:55PM
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
Happy New Year!
I'm in New York for an appearance on Today to talk about the season 14 of The Biggest Loser. Having taken some time between seasons, I have to say, I really missed being on the Ranch and with the show trainers and contestants.
When I introduced Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince to the crowd the first day of production, and then welcomed back Jillian Michaels, the reaction was exhilarating. Then, to welcome such a great group of contestants and surprise the audience with our three kids was AWESOME!
Originally posted 12/05/2012 09:05AM
For 13 seasons The Biggest Loser has helped adults from across the country shed pounds, but when season 14 debuts Jan. 6 and 7, the NBC weight-loss series will be tackling the epidemic of child obesity.
"This is not their fault," returning trainer (and new mom) Jillian Michaels tells PEOPLE of the one in three children who, according to national studies, are overweight or obese in the U.S. "This is about an introduction to an active lifestyle and helping them feel better about themselves."
In addition to working with 15 adult contestants, Michaels – along with fellow trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince – will mentor three teenagers who will train predominately at home and will not weigh in on camera.
"It is about reeducating them and working on their goals," Michaels says of working with Sanjana Chandrasekar, Lindsay Bravo and Noah Gray.
Originally posted 04/24/2012 10:00AM
Contestants have left the Biggest Loser in the past. But never like this.
"We had gotten word that contestants were going to be given the chance to come back and it felt like a dagger to our hearts," contestant Jeremy Britt told reporters Wednesday of why he and the four other remaining finalists threatened to quit.
Bringing back former contestants is nothing new on the show, but – as Britt pointed out – never this far along in the competition, unless it was explicitly explained earlier in the season.
"The timing of it seemed wrong," Britt said. "Everyone would want another chance but that doesn't necessarily mean they need another chance that other people didn't get."
Originally posted 01/25/2012 06:00AM
First, a big congrats to Buddy and his wife on the birth of their new baby boy! When Buddy wanted to go home for the birth of his son, of course everyone at The Biggest Loser was supportive of his decision. Buddy realizes the importance of being on campus and balancing that with going home for important events, just like we all do.
Buddy's attitude was an example of being positive this week. That's in contrast to Conda for sure. When watching the episode at home, I cringed at the way she was acting towards Dolvett and applaud him for kicking her out of the gym. While everyone has good days and bad, Conda clearly was disrupting the team and she needed an "attitude adjustment," as my dad would say.
Similarly, Gail continued to give Bob a big challenge because she wasn't working as hard as she could and Bob knew that. That is the incredible thing about working with a trainer, especially one as experienced as Bob – you get pushed to your potential, which is often way farther than you thought possible.
Originally posted 12/14/2011 08:20AM
The Biggest Loser's two-hour live finale was one to remember as trainer Dolvett Quince tried on contestant Vinny Hickerson's retired oversized overalls, and competitor Jennifer Rumple, who won the $100,000 at-home prize, was handed a giant bouquet of flowers by her crush, trainer Bob Harper.
But the night belonged to John Rhode, who took home the title of the Biggest Loser and the grand prize of $250,000 after beating out the other top three players, Antone Davis and Ramon Medeiros.
"I still don't know how I did it, but I'm grateful," the season 12 winner, who began the show weighing 445 lbs. and ended at 220 lbs., told PEOPLE right after Tuesday's live finale. "Anything is possible. I've been given a new life. Now I just want to keep working hard, stay focused and help people."
Originally posted 10/19/2011 08:25AM
This episode is why I love Bob Harper. We've seen a lot of different sides to his personality in the 12 seasons that he's been on The Biggest Loser but none resonated with me as much as the different sides he showed on Tuesday night.
So how do you like Bob now? I don't know about you, but I was more than a little surprised by his "I like to be on the Ranch" speech at the start of the episode. There was nothing better than the juxtaposition between Sunny's elation at returning home and Bob's chagrin for having to take the trip and leave the rest of the team. You could see it instantly. I didn't realize until watching the episode that the conversation continued when they went back into the house. His concern about leaving made so much sense as he explained it – not to mention him calling out John for having to relinquish control. I love Bob's honesty.
When he left for Texas, I was actually a bit scared for Sunny. She had no idea what she was in for. I knew Bob was going to push her harder than she could ever imagine. The reunion she had with her family and then Bob surprising them was awesome but not nearly as awesome as seeing Bob in a cowboy hat and riding a mechanical bull! That might be one of my favorite Bob moments in Biggest Loser history.
Originally posted 12/31/2009 03:25PM
For Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, a full day's work is a full day's workout. So what does he eat to refuel? Rich, nutritious vegetarian meals – that he prepares himself!
"I love to cook. Love, love, to cook," he tells PEOPLE. "When I'm in L.A., I cook every night that I'm home. It's really relaxing to me."
Harper takes pride in creating vegetarian meals that aren't boring. "People are always asking, 'If I'm a vegetarian, are my options limited?' " he says. "My answer is no way! There are so many great recipes out there to choose from, and I also love to experiment with different vegetables and grains. Guests are always surprised when they come over for dinner and I whip up pasta."
The trainer is also a whiz at making old favorites with a nutritious twist. "Working on The Biggest Loser, you have to get into the kitchen and make foods the contestants used to love to eat, but make them healthier, lower in calories and above all else, tasty," he explains.
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