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Biggest Loser Families Recap: Plateau

The ongoing theme of the second episode of Biggest Loser Families was the dreaded plateau. After seven days of shocking the system with hours of working out and a sudden change of diet, the body goes into a kind of diet shock. Contestants on average only lose 2 percent of their body weight, compared to double-digit percentages from the previous week. Jillian and Bob repeatedly commented that some competitors even gain weight in the second week, and this season was unfortunately no exception.

Almost as if to counteract the depressing weight-loss plateau, this episode was full of contests and challenges. There was betting/auction game, where the team to bid auction style for highest percentage of weight loss had the chance to win $10,000 prize if they lost the percentage of weight they bid. But, if the team who bid to lose the highest percentage didn't meet their goal, they would automatically fall below the yellow line. Much to Jillian's dismay, the yellow team, made up of father Jerry and daughter Coleen, bet that they could lose 2.4 percent of weight totaling 14 pounds. This contest was followed by a Slip-n-Slide hillside challenge, with the prize of calling home. Then guest chef, Rocco DiSpirito, gave a lesson on shopping and healthy cooking. This turned out to be a contest as well, and the cook of the tastiest meal won a year's worth of groceries as the prize.

One of the most striking elements of the second episode was these contestants are serious competitors. The game is already "on" with faked or exaggerated injuries used as subterfuge, and hopeful alliances created out of favors granted to competing teams. This element of the competition seems to have arrived on campus early this season, but these contestants are savvy having watched the show for five seasons.

To see who gained weight and which team was eliminated, just


I am sad to say the LT of the gray team gained three pounds last week, and he sure was angry and disappointed about his weight gain. This gain precipitated the gray team falling below the yellow line. Father and son team, Tom and LT were voted off, saving Coleen and her father, aka yellow team. I must say that Jerry, after two weeks of exercising and eating a healthy diet, looks so much better. Not only can he now speak without effort, he has a healthy color in his cheeks and seems downright jovial.

To see how Tom and LT had to say about being eliminated as well as how they look today just watch this video.

How do you feel about the gray team leaving the show? I enjoyed their Boston accents and their dedication at the gym.


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