The Biggest Loser
Craig Arrington: No Foul Play in My Elimination

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Craig Arrington's life-long battle with obesity began at the age of 10 after he lost his father to a heart attack. But thanks to The Biggest Loser, he is feeling lighter both on the scale and in his heart.

"It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," Arrington, told reporters Wednesday of visiting his father's grave after being eliminated from the NBC show. "I really felt for the first time he was proud of me and I couldn't wait for him to see me."

Arrington, 30, arrived at the Biggest Loser ranch with a lot of guilt for having allowed himself to get to 385 lbs., but after being saved by his trainer Jillian Michaels when he was eliminated the first week, the warehouse supervisor began to find the inner-strength needed to be successful on his weight-loss journey.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: Ruben Studdard's Surprising Return

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney

This week started out particularly fun because we had Sam Kass, the executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and senior policy advisor on nutrition, on the Biggest Loser set to talk with the contestants about nutrition and to lead them in a cooking challenge. I could not love Sam more. He's so passionate about nutrition and about combatting childhood obesity.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: Contestants – and Trainers – Struggle with Temptation | Alison Sweeney

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween and remembered that the fun of trick or treating can be had without consuming crazy amounts of sugar.

Just look at how much fun Ellen [DeGeneres] and I had on Halloween! LOL!

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: 'Emotions Change on a Dime'

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

It's week three at The Biggest Loser, and we started with the show's first-ever auction.

It was so much fun to be the auctioneer for the day, particularly when the White Team thought they'd spent $180 on a mystery box filled with sugar and flour, only for me to surprise them with the news that it could be traded for any piece of already-purchased equipment. Talk about a dramatic shift in mood within the teams!

Thankfully, I said goodbye to the contestants before they had to explain what equipment they could work out with to their trainers.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: Celebrating Hard-Earned Victories – and the Show's Kid Ambassadors | Alison Sweeney

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

Here's hoping you were able to catch last night's episode of The Biggest Loser, because there were so many great moments in it.

When we shoot the challenges and the weigh-in, the contestants tell me their stories from the week, but I loved watching Jillian Michaels and Craig's conversation during the show because it explains why he had a better attitude when he got to the first challenge – one in which he believed in himself and wanted to represent his team. The weight he eventually lost at the end of the week – 11 lbs. – was a testament to his hard work and great attitude.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: The Season's Most Inspiring Contestants

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

Hey, everyone! I've missed chatting with you every week. It's been a blast shooting season 15 of The Biggest Loser, and I'm so glad we can all get together here to discuss it after each episode airs.

What did you think of Tuesday's season premiere? It was a big change-up, having the trainers part of the casting process, right?! I can tell you, I'm glad that wasn't my decision to make. It must have been so hard to choose the best 15 out of all the heartbreaking stories they heard of people searching for a life transformation. And I know they had so much to consider in their decisions.

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Ruben Studdard on The Biggest Loser: 'This Was a Godsend'

Originally posted 10/15/2013 07:10 PM

Ruben Studdard on The Biggest Loser: 'This Was a Godsend'

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Ruben Studdard wore his 205 area code jerseys with pride in front of millions of viewers on American Idol, but now, as a contestant on The Biggest Loser, the Alabama native is wearing a different number on his chest – his starting weight of 462 lbs.

Studdard and his fellow contestants on the upcoming season of NBC weight-loss competition will each wear their starting weights on their jerseys for all the world to see.

Just days after arriving at The Biggest Loser Ranch in June, the American Idol season 2 winner – who has a history yo-yo dieting (and had lost 100 lbs. in 2008) – spoke to PEOPLE about how splitting with his wife, Surata, triggered his recent weight gain, what life has been like for him on the Ranch, and why now, at 35, he is ready to get fit for good.

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VIDEO: Ruben Studdard: Everything About Me Is Sexy

Originally posted 10/14/2013 07:00 AM

Ruben Studdard: Everything About Me Is Sexy

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Ruben Studdard knows he needs to lose weight, but that does not mean he doesn’t find himself attractive.

"Everything about Ruben Studdard is sexy," the season 2 American Idol winner turned Biggest Loser says in an exclusive video.

The 462-lb. singer will compete in the upcoming season of the NBC weight-loss reality show and while he hopes to shed some pounds, he is not looking to shed something else – back hair.

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Biggest Loser's Francelina Morillo & Jeff Nichols: How Love Helps Keep the Weight Off

Update 10/04/2013 06:30 AM Originally posted 10/03/2013 10:15 AM

The Biggest Loser's Francelina Morillo and Jeff Nichols: We're 'Truly Blessed' to Have Each Other

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Jeff Nichols may have lost the title of Biggest Loser by one pound, but he gained a roommate, co-worker and girlfriend: fellow contestant Francelina Morillo.

"We literally spend 23 hours a day together," Nichols tells PEOPLE. "When one of us has to go out of town you would probably be disgusted with how much time we spend on the phone with each other. She really is my other half."

Nichols and Murillo began dating at the beginning of the year, moved in together in Chicago this past March and now work together for Biggest Loser RunWalk, a race series designed to challenge Americans into getting fit.

"There is no other couple who could spend this much time together and not kill each other," says Morillo. "Over this past year we have realized we are best friends and truly blessed to have each other."

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Try Jillian Michaels's Guacamole Recipe

Originally posted 08/16/2013 06:35 PM

Jillian Michaels Shares Her Guacamole Recipe

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The Biggest Loser coach, fitness DVD guru and busy mom to two kids puts her spin on a favorite dish. "It's the perfect summer snack," she says.

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