By People Staff
Updated December 01, 2020 03:57 PM
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Sphillips mentioned how she was having a difficult time drinking cold water, so she switched to room temperature. Guess what?! You are helping your body do less work to warm up that water to be room temperature so you can appropriately use it. I will post more info about this on my site! Also, Katy had a question about the kind of support, other than Bob, Jillian and Dr. H, the contestants have access to.

Do you know the expression, “the wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the most grease?” That’s how it is. You can ask for the show psychologist, who normally sees contestants after they are kicked off. There is also a casting producer who really is always there for the contestants … – she is still someone I call this day if I am having difficulty in any situation. After being on the Ranch for so long, you learn who to go to for help. Also while you’re at home until the finale, you participate in weekly calls with other BL contestants, medical staff and nutritionists to help stay on track. If you don’t ask, no one will know you need the help.

Now to last night’s episode! Speaking of help, we saw how Dariscould have used some. I personally think he was too ashamed to ask and that is why he taped himself instead.

The finalists are sent home with a video camera and are told to do “confessionals,” but Daris confessed while he ate and ate. Hey, if you send in so much footage, you never know what producers are going to use. But I believe this was Daris’s way of asking for the help to figure out how he’ll make this his lifestyle and not just a chapter in his life.

All of the contestants had struggles and seemed to be on edge. Michael was walking 20 miles a day. Koli moved out-of-state to an MMA facility. Ashley saw old habits creeping back. This can show all of us that the contestants are human — no matter how many “temptations” they face on the show, nothing compares to the daily struggles of the real world. Plus, at home, not seeing the scale budge and knowing you have to run a marathon and do a weigh-in can take a toll. For me personally that was one of the most stressful times in my life!

Like all of us, it takes time to learn how to balance everything. Every contestant has something to overcome, whether it is big or small. It is how you push through that adversity that will make you stronger for you and those around you. To me this is the Biggest Loser “rite of passage.”

Now onto the epic BL MARATHON … contestants now know that this will happen if you make it to the finals. The preparation is a little bit better than just giving the contestants 30 days to train. Daris set out with a goal, to kick my butt, mind you, which he did by running it in 4 hours and 2 minutes. That is quite the feat; I think he found something that he can stick with for the rest of his life. He found a passion like I did!

Ashley and Michael set forth to complete this marathon together and that is just what they did! They looked like they had the time of their lives out there, giggling, smiling and just reminiscing about how far they have come. Koli struggled like many do throughout a marathon, but he had the help of Sione and his sister to push him along. It was also great to see a few of the past contestants get out there and support the cast. Mike Morelli said it well when he told Michael, “You don’t have to win the show to be a winner!”

All four of these contestants are winners. They have the necessary tools to live a healthy lifestyle and have the ability to inspire those around them. No matter who gets voted into the final three or wins the big prize … – I hope they don’t lose sight of winning back their lives!

Good luck to them all and to all you People.com readers! I had a great time sharing my insights with you. Please stay in touch!

Be Well, Tara Costa

Tell us: Who gets your vote for the finale? Who do you think will win The Biggest Loser?

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