Last week was the finale for season 8 of The Biggest Loser. I wish I had placed some bets. All three of my predictions held up. First Amanda, America's choice to be a contestant on The Biggest Loser, triumphed over Liz to be the third finalist competing for the grand prize of $250,000 and the title of The Biggest Loser. 49 year old Liz now looks closer to her age. When the season started the extra weight she was toting made her look at least 10 years older than she is. I'm sure the unhappiness of being so overweight, which showed on her face, was the reason for that illusion. Liz proves that healthy nutrition and regular exercise gives you the results of two popular cosmetic surgery procedures- liposuction and a facelift, without the costs or risks, but with many other positive health benefits you won't get from those surgeries.
As the host Alison Sweeney called the at home contestants out in groups of four I was instantly impressed with the progress Antoine made. He looked great! Losing an impressive 215 pounds, I started to think his transformation was going to be the one to win the money. After he was quickly bumped out by Julio's 44% weight loss I didn't think anyone was left that could lose enough to beat that. When the second quartet come out it was apparent Tracy really did her homework. She proved it when the scale showed her loss of 47+%. As I mentioned in a previous post it was Rebecca (losing 49+%!) that won the at home Biggest Loser title. I liked the look of dark-haired Rebecca better but she still looked fantastic. Congratulations Rebecca!
Shay, who started the season as the heaviest contestant and was still the heaviest at the finals, was given a big incentive to keep up with her fitness/fat loss program. Along with season 3 champ Erik, Shay agreed to return for the season 9 final weigh-in. For every pound she loses Subway will award her $1,000.00! She has a chance to take home more than the winning at-home contestant. How's that for providing motivation?
The battle for the grand prize was between the two former giants Rudy and my pick, Danny. Even though he lost an incredible 52.94% of his former self it wasn't enough for Rudy to claim the title. My pick since week 6, Danny- The Season 8 Biggest Loser, lost a mind blowing 55.58% of his starting weight. Way to go Danny!
I personally can't imagine being twice my current body weight, muscle or FAT. It is hard to imagine what these people must have felt like before losing the weight they did. Let's all hope that everyone of the contestants continue to make exercise and healthy eating an important part of their lives and keep off (or continue losing) the excess, unhealthy fat.