Biggest Loser

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Me and Julio Down by the Fat Farm

After everyone makes their guesses, Sami gathers them all and says that no one chose dinner B, which was just as well since it was the fattiest one of all. The healthiest meal was dinner A. I was right! And so were a bunch of the teams. Apparently the mangoes were a big pitfall of dinner C, since mangoes are full of sugar. And yet, so delicious. Don't you try to take my mangoes from me, Sami. I will cut you. The Orange, Pink and Brown teams are in a three-way tie and must guess at a trivia question: how many calories were in dinner A? The closest without going over wins. Brown guesses 547 calories, Pink guesses 385, and Orange guesses 475. The correct answer is 445 calories. Pink Team wins! Poor Shay still has to keep all three of her jobs and buy her own damn groceries. Oh, and there's a new Biggest Loser book called Simple Swaps. One simple swap is to not eat so much lard. You can do it!

The next day, the contestants pore over a menu and are quite stressed about having to order their food from an external source. Julio goes simple and doesn't even order off the menu -- he just says he wants a spinach salad with grilled chicken. Liz is very, VERY clear that she wants her dressing on the side. Shay tells the poor person taking the order what fruit to put in her fruit salad. When the food comes, there is some trouble. Bagel chips abound, much to Danny's chagrin. Julio has melon -- which he is allergic to -- all over his chicken. Liz has cheese on her salad when she clearly asked for no cheese. It's drama. I have to say that I sympathize with the Losers on this count, because I'm allergic to nuts and am always totally afraid that I'm going to encounter Death by Hidden Pesto when I go out to eat. I eat out a lot, so have just accepted that I must live in fear. But it sucks to have to worry about what might be in your food that will kill you and/or make you fat. Julio says that he used to laugh at people who would pick unhealthy bits out of their salads, but now he is among their ranks and realizes that you have to be pretty strong to do it.

Jillian and Bob meet with the contestants at the ranch and learn about the eating out challenge (as everyone eats their fill of Extra Sugar-Free Gum). The trainers decide that they're going to take everyone out for dinner. Let's hope it's not to Subway. And hooray! They go to a Mexican restaurant. What the heck are they going to eat? Dina has the same question. Jillian and Bob first ask who brought their calorie counting book. No one did, Daniel jokes that he brought Bob and Jillian instead. The waiter comes over with a heaping bowl of chips and salsa that looks extremely delicious. The Losers refuse it. This is called removing temptation and controlling your environment. Rebecca says that she wants a margarita and chips and enchiladas. And this is exactly what got her on The Biggest Loser. Jillian has yet to hear from Rebecca why this is worth it for her. Rebecca says that she wants to change for herself, and Jillian says that this is a bullshit answer. Rebecca finally cops to wanting to wear skinny jeans, and to have a non-fat family. She's closer, but Jillian tells her that she needs to have concrete and attainable goals. The choices aren't going to be easy, so unless there's a purpose behind them, it'll feel like torture. I think it'll feel like torture even if there is a well-defined purpose.

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