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'The Biggest Loser': A dinner date, a diabolical challenge, and...some game-playing?

We gained valuable insight tonight into the mind-set of Bob and Jillian. The dynamic duo took their wards out for a dinner date to a Mexican restaurant. No sooner had everyone sat down when Jillian asked: Who brought their calorie counter books. Huh??? Stunned silence.

Question: Who busts out a calorie counter book at a restaurant? Answer: Anyone who wants to be "The Biggest Loser," that's who.

The curve ball thrown at contestants this week was locking up "The Biggest Loser" kitchen, and forcing contestants to eat out -- three times a day -- to test their nutritional wisdom and to give them an opportunity to exercise some skills they will need back out in the real world. It is arguably the hardest challenge ever on the ranch, and left everyone jittery and anxious about the weigh in.

A devious challenge didn't help matters. Seriously -- who thinks of these things? I think that person should be reported to the FBI. (I'll bet authorities will find a shallow grave in their backyard -- or an unusual smell coming from their attic, if you know what I mean.) This week, contestants had to HANG BY THEIR ARMS until said limbs gave out, sending them crashing into a pool below. Daniel won it and immunity -- it guarantee that he will be at the ranch longer than he was the last time, and was no small point of pride for him.

Fast-forward to the weigh in. Daniel stepped on the scale and lost absolutely nothing. I thought Daniel looked shocked. But Bob of all people promptly labeled it "game play." (Did you understand that comment? Then please explain it to me. Daniel, more than anyone at the ranch, knows that every ounce lost gets you closer to victory. Why would he possibly jeopardize a weigh in? Or was it just water weight?)

The Week 2 Curse may have turned into the Week 4 curse this season, because everyone else lost unimpressive single digits except for Rudy, who lost 11. (He'd better keep losing that much poundage too, because if he falls below the yellow line, the other competitors will have little choice but to send him home. That guy can drop weight like nobody's business!) 

Falling below the yellow line: Julio, Liz and Danny. In the end, the group decided to send Julio packing. Which just shows that they are not thinking strategically yet. If this group were all about game-playing, it would have been more advantageous to send two players home and keep Julio, who is likely to end up back on the chopping block again soon.

Another question: Is it karma that Tracey is still too injured to work out?

--Rene Lynch

 
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Er, if it were karma, Tracey would have lost nothing. At least her crazy eyes were a little more in check this week. But how did she lose 4 lbs by sitting on her derriere for a week? It makes me wonder what (and how MUCH) must have been eating prior to BL if her metabolism allows her to lose 4 lbs in a week on what I would consider a pretty normal diet and no exercise. HRMM.

> Who brought their calorie counter books. Huh??? Stunned silence.

I use a program called Food And Exercise Diary (WeightlossSoftware.Com). It has a medical diary, food diary, and moods and feelings diary. So I can see relations between my foods, medication and moods. So the FED lets me figure out what is causing problems, and what works.

Who thinks of these things? I do. Do you know how many calories are in restaurant meals? Check their website for calorie info before you go or eat a kids meal is what they should have done.

Seriously in most cases to weigh what these participants weigh they have to work at it, eating a lot of calories. It doesn't surprise me for now just by adjusting the diet that she would loose but eventually she will need to get to work on the exercise or the results will not be gool.

I like the crazy eye comment, she was freaking me out last week.

Dan's weigh-in was gameplay becasue he did what everyone does when they have immunity - water load. A few gallons of water in your tummy weighs a LOT and negates any weight loss you had for the week. SO if he had lost say 8 pounds but has 8 pounds of water in his stomach he shows a zero. Then next week he loses another 8 pounds, the scale will show 16 because it never accounted for the first 8. Immunity is huge becasue it really buys you TWO more weeks if you play it right.

It's gameplay strategy because with immunity Daniel knows weight not lost this week is more easily lost next week when falling below the yellow line will matter.

The contestants with immunity try not to lose as much weight that week so that the next week when it really counts, they can lose more. It has happened in previous seasons.

I really hope Tracey goes home soon. This show is about encouraging the people to lose the weight, not backstabbing. I like the way everyone else is acting even if they aren't "playing the game". I feel sorry for Coach Mo for having to put up with such a stinky partner.

Tracy has that Jennifer Wilbanks "Runaway Bride" look that is disturbing!

But Bob of all people promptly labeled it "game play." (Did you understand that comment? Then please explain it to me. Daniel, more than anyone at the ranch, knows that every ounce lost gets you closer to victory. Why would he possibly jeopardize a weigh in? Or was it just water weight?)
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Bob calls it game play because Daniel probably is carrying a lot of water weight this week, so that next weeks loss will be even greater. He knew he couldn't be eliminated, so all he had to do was drink a ton of water to keep his weight up, and then work his butt of this upcoming week. He'll post huge numbers next week, wait and see!

I hate this type of game-playing. They're there to lose weight, they should take advantage of every moment they have with the trainers and at the gym.


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