The Biggest Loser (season 1)

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The Biggest Loser (season 1)
Format Reality TV
Created by Dave Broome
Presented by Caroline Rhea
Starring Jillian Michaels
Bob Harper
Narrated by J. D. Roth
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Production
Running time 60 minutes (approx 44 min)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 19, 2004 – December 14, 2004
Chronology
Followed by Season 2
External links
Website

The Biggest Loser (season 1) is the first season of the NBC reality television series entitled The Biggest Loser, which premiered on October 19, 2004. The show features overweight contestants competing to lose the largest percentage of their body weight and receive the title of 'Biggest Loser,' along with a $250,000 grand prize. The first season featured twelve contestants divided into two teams of six players. The teams were each led by a personal trainer, Bob Harper with the Blue Team and Jillian Michaels with the Red Team. The first season was hosted by Caroline Rhea.

Weigh-Ins[edit]

Contestant Height Age Starting
BMI
Ending
BMI
Starting
Weight
Week Weight
Lost
Percentage
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Finale Weight
Ryan 180 36 40.2 24.8 330 311 308 294 281 278 262 253 250 240 208 122 36.97%
Gary 175 40 40.1 23.3 227 215 213 206 195 190 186 183 177 175 156 71 31.28%
Kelly Min. 175 28 40.6 24.9 242 227 225 215 211 211 197 194 192 187 163 79 32.64%
Maurice 177 29 62.1 52.8 436 423 423 415 401 400 389 386 381 380 365 71 19.45%
Lisa 177 26 39.5 25.5 236 226 225 213 207 206 197 192 190 179 57 24.15%
Andrea 179 22 36.0 20.4 215 209 206 200 192 185 178 176 156 59 27.44%
Kelly Mac. 150 31 54.4 27.3 223 210 209 204 194 190 181 151 72 32.29%
Dave 177 39 39.9 25.2 250 240 240 233 225 219 179 71 28.40%
Matt 182 25 39.5 28.4 310 288 291 274 264 249 61 19.68%
Aaron 190 34 34.9 27.7 261 241 234 225 200 61 23.37%
Lizzeth 175 26 23.4 20.7 167 164 164 145 22 13.17%
Dana 174 21 25.0 21.6 175 170 153 22 12.57%
Teams
     Member of Jillian's team
     Member of Bob's team
Game
     Last person eliminated before the finale
Winners
     $250,000 Winner (among the finalists)
     $100,000 Winner (among the eliminated players)
BMI[1]
     Normal (18.5 - 24.9 BMI)
     Overweight (25 - 29.9 BMI)
     Obese Class I (30 - 34.9 BMI)
     Obese Class II (35 - 39.9 BMI)
     Obese Class III (greater than 40 BMI)

Weight Loss History[edit]

Bold denotes contestant that lost the most pounds that week

Contestant Starting
Weight
Week Total weight Lost
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Ranch Home Total
Ryan 330 -19 -3 -14 -13 -3 -16 -9 -3 -10 -90 -32 -122
Gary 227 -12 -2 -7 -11 -5 -4 -3 -6 -2 -52 -19 -71
Kelly Min. 242 -15 -2 -10 -4 0 -14 -3 -2 -5 -55 -24 -79
Maurice 436 -13 0 -8 -14 -1 -11 -3 -5 -1 -56 -15 -71
Lisa 236 -10 -1 -12 -6 -1 -9 -5 -2 -46 -11 -57
Andrea 215 -6 -3 -6 -8 -7 -7 -2 -39 -20 -59
Kelly Mac. 223 -13 -1 -5 -10 -4 -9 -42 -30 -72
Dave 250 -10 0 -7 -8 -6 -31 -40 -71
Matt 310 -22 +3 -17 -10 -46 -15 -61
Aaron 261 -20 -7 -9 -36 -25 -61
Lizzeth 167 -3 0 -3 -19 -22
Dana 175 -5 -5 -17 -22

Episodes[edit]

Week 1[edit]

  • The 12 contestants are split into two teams: the red team and the blue team. The red team consists of Lizzeth, Matt, Dave, Kelly Min., Lisa and Ryan is trained by Jillian. The blue team consists of Dana, Aaron, Kelly Mac., Andrea, Maurice, Gary and is trained by Bob.
  • The Blue Team wins the first challenge and receives five pounds of lard to use against the losing team at the weigh in.
  • Matt is the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Red Team wins the weigh in.
  • Dana is the first person to be eliminated, and since being on the show, she lost 5 lbs, plus an additional 15 lbs. (meaning that she lost 20 lbs. total)

Week 2[edit]

  • The Red Team wins the second challenge and receives a day at the spa.
  • Aaron is the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Blue Team wins the weigh in.
  • Lizzeth is eliminated, and since being on the show, she lost 3 lbs, plus an additional 9 lbs. (meaning that she lost 12 lbs. total)

Week 3[edit]

  • Everyone at the ranch resists the temptation to eat a cinnamon bun to get a telephone call. As a reward, they all win a 5 minute phone call.
  • The Red Team wins the performance challenge and receives a gourmet meal from Chef Cruz. Additionally, they forced the Blue Team to lose their trainer right before the weigh-in.
  • Matt is the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Red Team wins the weigh in.
  • Aaron is eliminated, and since being on the show, he lost 36 lbs, plus an additional 27 lbs. (meaning that he lost 63 lbs. total)

Week 4[edit]

  • Dave gives in to the temptation to eat a cupcake and have dinner with a loved one.
  • This week's challenge is to climb 74 flights of stairs. Since Gary and Maurice are injured, Matt and Lisa will be competing for the Red team against Kelly Mac. and Andrea of the Blue Team. Lisa has a panic attack and has to stop at the 34th floor. Kelly Mac. and Andrea make it to the top and win a helicopter ride over the city for the Blue Team.
  • The Blue Team chooses Matt of the Red Team to sit out the weigh in.
  • Maurice is the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Blue Team wins the weigh in.
  • Matt is eliminated.

Week 5[edit]

  • The Red Team wins the challenge by building the tallest food pyramid. They win $5,000 of computer equipment and video messages from home.
  • Andrea becomes the first woman to be the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Blue Team wins the weigh in.
  • Dave is eliminated.

Week 6[edit]

  • The Red Team wins the life guard training challenge and are treated to new makeovers.
  • Ryan is the biggest loser of the week.
  • The Red Team wins the weigh in.
  • Kelly Mac. is eliminated after the Red Team is forced to break a tie between Kelly Mac. and Maurice.

Week 7[edit]

  • Caroline Rhea announces that it is now an individual competition. The two people who are below the yellow line (having the lowest percentage cumulative weight loss) will be up for elimination.
  • The individual spin cycle challenge is won by Gary, who rode for 79 miles. In addition to being immune from the next elimination, Gary also receives a shopping spree and a surprise visit from his wife and kids.
  • Ryan is the biggest loser of the week.
  • Andrea and Maurice are up for elimination, and Andrea is sent home.

Week 8[edit]

  • This week's challenge has all the contestants wearing their previously lost weight in vests. The previous day, they had run a lap around the track. Whomever could get closest to their time from the previous day would win immunity and a 32" LCD TV. Ryan wins the challenge.
  • Gary is the biggest loser for the week.
  • Lisa and Maurice are up for elimination, and Ryan turns against his former teammate and is the tie-breaker vote to eliminate Lisa.

Week 9[edit]

  • Episode 9 was a retrospective into the first eight episodes.

Week 10[edit]

  • The prize for the weekly challenge is a $7,000 treadmill. There is no immunity. The contestants had to stand on bales of hay holding a bouquet of balloons. Ryan wins the treadmill.
  • Ryan is again the biggest loser.
  • Maurice and Kelly Min. are up for elimination
  • Maurice is voted off, leaving Kelly Min., Gary and Ryan in the final three.
  • Winning percentage will be based on weight loss and fat percentage lost.
  • Kelly Min. has a total weight loss of 79 lb (36 kg) (33%) and decreased her body fat by 17% for 50%.
  • Gary has a total weight loss of 71 lb (32 kg) (31%) and decreased his body fat by 23% for 54%.
  • Ryan has a total weight loss of 122 lb (55 kg) (37%) and decreased his body fat by 18% for 55%.
  • Ryan is declared the biggest loser and the winner of $250,000.

Week 11 - Reunion[edit]

  • The Reunion show saw the 9 non-finalists compete for $100,000. Each was dunked in the water tank to check their fat loss and weighed.

Voting History[edit]

Name Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Finale
Eliminated Dana Lizzeth Aaron Matt Dave Kelly Mac. Andrea Lisa Maurice
Ryan X Lizzeth X Matt Dave X Andrea Lisa Maurice Biggest Loser
Gary Dana X Andrea X X Kelly Mac. Andrea Lisa Maurice Finalist (X)
Kelly Min. X Dave X Matt Dave X Andrea Maurice X Finalist (X)
Maurice Gary X Aaron X X Kelly Mac. X X X Eliminated Week 9
Lisa X Lizzeth X Matt Dave X Andrea X Eliminated Week 8
Andrea Dana X Aaron X X Maurice X Eliminated Week 7
Kelly Mac. ? X Aaron X X Maurice Eliminated Week 6
Dave X Lizzeth X Matt Ryan Eliminated Week 5
Matt X Lizzeth X Lisa Eliminated Week 4
Aaron Dana X Andrea Eliminated Week 3
Lizzeth X Dave Eliminated Week 2
Dana Andrea Eliminated Week 1
      Immunity
  X  Below yellow line, unable to vote
  X  Not in elimination, unable to vote
  ?  Vote not revealed
      Eliminated or not in house
      Last person eliminated before finale
      Valid vote cast

Did They Keep the Weight Off?[edit]

Prior to the start of Season 4 a special episode was shown revisiting past contestants to see if they kept the weight off. Only Andrea and Kelly Mac. were featured, but on the official website, Aaron was also interviewed.

Andrea, who lost 59 lb (27 kg) in the competition, lost another 5 lb (2 kg) to bring her current weight to 151. This had made her the only contestant featured to actually maintain her weight loss.

Kelly Mac. gained 9 lb (4 kg) since the Season One finale to bring her weight to 160 lb (73 kg).

Aaron, who was eliminated in the third week and losing 25 of his 61 lb (28 kg) at home, gained 24 lb (11 kg) to bring his weight back to 224, only one pound less than when he left the ranch.

On the second to last episode of The Biggest Loser: Families, trainer Bob mentioned that Season One winner, Ryan, weighed as much today as he did when he first came to the ranch, indicating he had gained all the weight back and saying he had "learned nothing." Since the show aired in 2004, Benson has since regained all but 10 or 12 lbs. The special "Where are they now" which aired on November 25, 2010, showed Benson's trainer Jillian Michaels confronting the season 1 winner. Ryan noted that he no longer felt the pressure of keeping the weight off once the show was over.

A second special to track contestant's progress titled "Where Are They Now" aired on November 25, 2009. It featured contestants from the first 7 seasons.[2]

A third special, also entitled "Where Are They Now" is schedule to air on November 24, 2010, featuring contestants from the first 9 seasons.[3]

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