The contestants visit the Marines at Camp Pendleton but there's trouble at the weigh-in

By Tara Costa
November 03, 2010 12:00 PM
Courtesy Tara Costa

First of all, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our Armed Forces for serving and defending our country. On this week’s episode of The Biggest Loser, the Marines at Camp Pendleton really gave the contestants an opportunity to experience what it would be like to train as a Marine. And viewers got to see how intense side they can be when one Marine said to Eizabeth, “You can breathe. You know why? Because you just said you can’t breathe.” There was also a Marine who said, “You can do anything you frickin’ put your heart into!” That shows the versatility and passion these men had for what they do. That is something I love to witness, you can’t fake that kind of character.

I think we saw the contestants’ attitudes change after they had to carry heavy packs up a hill to their barracks. They quickly learned if someone falls behind, everyone has to go back for them. That is how it is: put your life on the line for your teammate. “Start as a team, end as a team” is the motto. This was demonstrated again during the challenge when Elizabeth passed out. I know this might sound horrible, but I find it comical that it happened when Jillian was not around. Elizabeth has said that she is pushing herself when she trains with Jillian, but has never passed out. Only when Elizabeth left the Ranch did she go that far. I think Jill is right – she is not pushing herself to the max on a daily basis.

The weigh-in was the worst ever in Biggest Loser history! Three people gained weight: Elizabeth, Frado and Jessie. Everyone else’s losses were not that impressive (except Aaron’s – and he needed to pull a big number). Frado seemed to know that he gained weight even before he stepped up on the scale. I can understand that because sometimes when you are bloated, you just know it.

Here’s my take on why this week was a bad one on the scale for some contestants:
1. Sodium in the food
2. Processed foods
3. Lack of nutritional information
4. Types of workouts
5. Structured routines
6. Hormones

Since stepping onto the Ranch, the contestants no longer had added sodium or processed foods in their diets. Everything there is FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! Nothing is prepackaged or served – you make all your meals for yourself, so you know how many calories you are putting into your body. Jesse wouldn’t know of the top of his head how much extra that French toast was! The Marines had certain type of workouts for the contestants, which could be good for some and bad for others. There were obviously different levels of athletic ability, but all contestants were doing the same thing. This is the downfall for some contestants – they probably could have been pushed harder. And one last-chance workout won’t be enough to save them.

There was also so much structure on the base that it didn’t allow some people to get in additional hours of exercise. Normally, when contestants aren’t doing anything on the Ranch, you walk or hike until you are called for an interview or a workout with the trainers. It seems to me that they didn’t have that downtime at the base to get in those extra steps. Finally, their hormones are all out of whack because of new sleep patterns, eating patterns, workout routines and higher amounts of stress.

Remember to keep asking your questions!

This week my BL MVP goes to Aaron – this man lost the most weight and I think his son is adorable!