Well, I admit it. I tuned in between episodes of Law and Order.

But are these people really this stupid? Did Matt seriously expect to drop another 20-odd pounds? Have they never come across the concept of "muscle"? The "duh" point about Lizzeth was that she just wasn't physically capable of dropping as much raw weight as Dave. Who was she trying to fool into thinking otherwise? Unless they're strategizing for the cutthroat ending already, the choice this week seemed pretty obvious.

Did they mention a week ago about how they screened the contestants for teams? It seems like the amount of work some people put into losing weight doesn't really hold a candle to genetic factors.

Patrick at October 26, 2004 10:51 PM

Oh, and Ryan-- a bit much, but he still appealed to my acerbic wit.

Maurice-- just a bit much.

Something I've been curious about-- why are they doing strength training if they're just trying to burn fat?

Patrick at October 26, 2004 10:53 PM

Ooh--I'll answer that before someone gets on here and schools you, Patrick. :-) You want to build up muscle because it burns up more energy than fat, so the muscle actually burns more calories per day and actually helps you slim down (or allows you to eat more without gaining).

When I lost the tonnage all those years ago, I didn't lose significant pounds until I started lifting weights, so it makes sense to me.

Max at October 27, 2004 07:04 AM

Gotcha. Then why didn't they see this coming?

Patrick at October 27, 2004 09:05 AM

I remember when I began my Biggest Loser journey...I lost 7 lbs. the first week, 4 lbs. the second week...and then it was a pound a week after that. Talk about depressing. It's great to get that initial significant drop because it IS motivating...but then you expect the pace to continue. As far as muscle mass goes, it doesn't kick in that fast...or at least that's what my personal trainer told me in Week 5 when I gained a couple of pounds and tried to credit my newly bulging biceps. :)

Stacy at October 27, 2004 09:20 AM

So if you start working out doing both cardio and weight training, is it normal to see a weight gain at first and THEN a weight loss? I figured they lost a ton of water weight last week...some of them probably lived on soda and this was the first time they were drinking water.

Hayley at October 27, 2004 11:00 AM

I'd always heard that healthy weight loss was something like 5 pounds the first week, then 2 pounds every week after. These people were saying that fat people know more about dieting that the rest of the population... but this makes me think they know more about the unhealthy dieting where their weight just fluctuates wildly.
Would they let the contestants cheat the game like wrestlers do to get into the lowest possible weight class? I read an article about high school wrestlers who do crazy stuff trying to lose all possible water weight right before weigh-in (they eat very little, drink nothing, take laxatives and do cardio for hours). It's really unhealthy, but I could see a desperate team trying it. Maybe the weigh-ins are too close together for that to work...

Parker at October 27, 2004 02:29 PM

I think the best theory is one along the lines of what hayley mentioned. The first week was probably such a shock to their systems in terms of calorie reduction that their bodies just dropped a bundle of pounds almost immediately.

I teach wrestlers, and I've seen some severe and scary weight loss (and later gain) take place in a really short time (as on the show, wrestling is all about the number on the scale), so either the contestants aren't savvy about such things OR the producers are making sure it can't happen.

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