LOS ANGELES — When more than 40 former contestants from “The Biggest Loser” gather Wednesday for a reunion television special, the winner of the program’s first season, Ryan C. Benson, who lost 122 of his 330-pound starting weight, will be absent. Mr. Benson is now back above 300 pounds but he thinks he has been shunned by the show because he publicly admitted that he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood.
That excerpt, from an article in the New York Times by Edward Wyatt, was written a few weeks ago. Tonight was the big finale of the Biggest Loser and yeah, I watched it. This is the first season of the Biggest Loser that I've followed and I have to admit there's something compelling about it. I can't decide if I should be horrified or inspired.
At least one other contestant has confessed to using dangerous weight-loss techniques, including self-induced dehydration. On the first episode of the current season, two contestants were sent to the hospital, one by airlift after collapsing from heat stroke during a one-mile race.
I was inspired when I saw the older people work out hard and maintain their pace. If they could do it, I could do it. Then horrified when people were disappointed, even cried, when they 'only' lost five pounds in one week. I would give away my first born to have that kind of weight loss!