The Biggest Loser: 9 Behind The Scenes Secrets
The Biggest Loser is an NBC reality series that features obese or overweight contestants competing against each other for a cash prize in a race to lose the most weight. The show has been around since 2004 and has been such a success that other countries have their own variation of the series. Considering the content, it isn’t too surprising that the show is controversial and it’s become even more so since former contestants have started speaking out about what they went through on the show. Here are 9 behind the scenes secrets of The Biggest Loser:
9. Selection Process
Fifty potential contestants are flown to L.A. and, when they get to their hotel, their key cards are taken away and they are told not to leave the room, according to Kai Hibbard, a runner up from season three. “The hotel will report to them if you leave your room,” Hibbard says. “They assume you’re going to talk to other contestants.” Fourteen of the 50 finalists are then taken to the ranch where they live and work out in seclusion. The other 36 are sent home to lose weight on their own and then return later in the season. According to Hibbard, those who remain are not allowed to call home because they might give away show secrets; however, after six weeks, contestants are finally allowed to make a five-minute call, which is monitored by production.
8. Exercising for Dangerous Lengths of Time
Once the 14 contestants are at the ranch, they are given a medical exam and then begin working out immediately. Contestants claim that they worked out for dangerous lengths of time, from five to eight hours straight. “There was no easing into it,” Kai Hibbard said. “That doesn’t make for good TV. My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks.”