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The Biggest Loser – Season 14 Episode 3 – Recap – Cut the Junk

One team was forced to sit in a room filled with junk food for 4 ½ hours each day, and two teams trudged through bubble-gum pits in this week’s challenge on Episode 3 of The Biggest Loser Season 14.

Someone was eliminated tonight, but there wasn’t a red or yellow line. How exactly did the elimination work? Did Jillian’s team finally survive a weigh-in?

Here’s the recap for The Biggest Loser – Season 14 Episode 3 – “Cut the Junk”:

 

If you missed Episode 2, here’s my recap.

One team was forced to sit in a room filled with junk food for 4 ½ hours each day, and two teams trudged through bubble-gum pits in this week’s challenge on Episode 3 of The Biggest Loser Season 14.  Someone was eliminated tonight, but there wasn’t a red or yellow line. How exactly did the elimination work? Did Jillian’s team finally survive a weigh-in?  Here’s the recap for The Biggest Loser – Season 14 Episode 3 – “Cut the Junk”:

It’s Time for Trivia Questions and Temptation:

Host Ali Sweeney called the White, Red, and Blue teams into one room to play a little trivia game. The losing team will be locked in a temptation room (filled with junk food) for 4 ½ hours each day. (The average child watches 4.5 hours of TV each day…. that’s where the 4 ½ hours came from). The goal of this trivia was to help fight childhood obesity, and the best weapon to use to fight childhood obesity is knowledge. If the teams answered the following questions correctly, they each received 1,000 points for each correct answer.

Trivia Questions:

  • Q: What percentage of kids aged 2-19 are obese?; A: 17% [None of the teams answered correctly]
  • Q: What percentage of kids aged 5-10 have the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high insulin?; A: 60% [None of the teams answered correctly]
  • Q: What item has the biggest added sugar source?; A: Sugar sweetened drinks [All teams answered correctly, tied at 1,000 points]
  • Q: Over the past decade, has childhood obesity decreased, doubled, tripled, or quadrupled?; A: Tripled [All teams answered correctly, tied at 2,000 points]
  • Q: What percentage of parents think their children are of normal weight or underweight?; A: 75% [Only the Red Team answered correctly, they won at 3,000 points]
  • Q: On average, what percentage of daily calories consumed by kids aged 2-19 are empty/wasted calories?; A: 40% [White Team guessed 55%, Blue Team guessed 68%... so White Team won]

Result: The Blue Team lost. Both the Red and White teams scored 3,000 points, while the Blue Team only scored 2,000 points.

The Blue Team had to sit in a room filled with burgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, ice cream, candy, cupcakes, tortilla chips, sugared juices, etc…. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to resist temptation for 4.5 hours. That sounds so difficult! They endured and endured, and not one single Blue Team member gave into temptation. I’m so happy for them! It sounds like they’ve already reversed their psychology on junk food. Blue Team member Alex even poured orange juice ALL over the junk food, so that no one would be tempted to eat it. That’s a smart woman right there.

Cate’s Breakthrough:

This week, Dolvett helped Cate break out of her poor psychology and mentality. She revealed that she does have a trainer at home, but she only trains with that individual once a week, on a Tuesday. Cate refers to these Tuesdays as “Fat Tuesdays” because she used to binge eat on Tuesdays directly after her workout. Before she came on the ranch, she didn’t see anything wrong when she looked in the mirror. Dolvett reminded her that the physical part is the easy part, but fixing her psyche is the hard part. She pulled through at the end of the week, and began enjoying her workouts with Dolvett.

Jillian Helps Francelina Discover Herself:

Red Team member Francelina wanted to work out with Jillian this week, so she headed over to the White Team. (This change up is only temporary). She enjoyed the physical aspect of Jillian’s training, and Jillian also helped her figure out why she became overweight. She started gaining weight after her dad passed away. (He was an alcoholic). And she hasn’t forgiven him yet for using alcohol, so Jillian asked Francelina to forgive her father… and more importantly, to forgive herself.

This is why I admire Jillian. She’s not only a great trainer, but also an amazing psychologist. And her mother is a trained clinical psychologist. This show is SO MUCH better with Jillian back on! No more drama between the trainer, no more drama between the contestants, no more foul game-play. It’s just like Season 1 all over again. I’m happy. J

This Week’s Challenge:

The goal of the challenge was to walk through a bubble-gum pit, spin the wheel to release a 10-pound gumball, and then walk through the pit again to score a point. The first team to score 20 points/20 gumballs wins!

Since Blue Team member David and White Team member Pam weren’t medically cleared to participate in the challenge, White Team member Danni joined the Blue Team and Pam cheered on the Red Team. (There were only two “teams” tonight). The winning team wins a full year of healthy groceries including carrots, celery, and apples.

Result: The Red Team scored 20 points the fastest. They won a whole year’s worth of groceries.

Last Chance Workout:

Bob decided to make good use of the temptation room. He conducted the last chance workout in there. He grabbed a deck of cards: A card of hearts meant doing burpees, a card of diamonds meant doing squats, a card of spades meant doing thrusters, and a card of clovers meant doing push-ups. I love Bob! He’s so inventive and loveable. And don’t get me started on those blue eyes. He has such pretty blue eyes.

For example, if Bob pulled out a 3 of diamonds from the deck, that meant that the team had to do 3 squats. Blue Team member David is seriously injured, so he didn’t participate in this exercise. (He used the equipment in the gym). Bob went through all 52 cards in the deck. Man… that workout looked like a killer.

Dolvett and Jillian used their usual training techniques.

Dr. Joanna Visits Biingo, Sunny, and Lindsay:

Bob sent over a pediatrician/child & family nutrition specialist named Dr. Joanna over to the three kid participants: Biingo, Sunny, and Lindsay:

Dr. Joanna went into each kitchen, and threw the junk food in the garbage bin. Here are a few notes:

  • Biingo spends 5-9 hours a day playing video games
  • Sunny is a “carb-otarian,” not a vegetarian because she still eats rice. (A carbotarian is someone whose diet consists of mostly carbohydrates).
  • Lindsay is pre-diabetic

The Weigh-In:

No Red or Yellow Line this week. The contestant with the highest percentage of weight loss on the losing team has immunity.

Blue Team:

  1. Jeff – Previous Weight: 359, Current Weight: 348; Pounds Lost: -11
  2. Alex – Previous Weight: 225, Current Weight: 221; Pounds Lost: -4
  3. David – Previous Weight: 278, Current Weight: 272; Pounds Lost: -6
  4. Michael – Previous Weight: 409, Current Weight: 396; Pounds Lost: -13
  5. Gina – Previous Weight: 223, Current Weight: 215; Pounds Lost: -8

Total Team percentage of weight lost: 2.81%, 42 pounds

Red Team:

  1. Francelina – Previous Weight: 242, Current Weight: 237; Pounds Lost: -5
  2. Joe – Previous Weight: 326, Current Weight: 317; Pounds Lost: -9
  3. Jackson – Previous Weight: 302, Current Weight: 300; Pounds Lost: -2
  4. Cate – Previous Weight: 220, Current Weight: 218; Pounds Lost: -2
  5. Lisa – Previous Weight: 225, Current Weight: 223; Pounds Lost: -2

Total Team percentage of weight lost: 1.52%, 20 pounds

White Team:

  1. Danni – Previous Weight: 234, Current Weight: 228; Pounds Lost: -6
  2. Pam – Previous Weight: 219, Current Weight: 210; Pounds Lost: -9

Total Team percentage of weight lost: 3.31%, 15 pounds

Result: The Red Team lost. Joe has the highest percentage of weight loss on the Red Team so he cannot be eliminated.

The Elimination:

The Biggest Loser is doing things a little differently this season. There aren’t any trays with names in ‘em or elimination rooms. Instead, there is a digital screen in which the contestants can choose the face of the person they want to vote off and the eliminations take place exactly where the weigh-ins took place.

For example, when Francelina was asked to vote off someone, she was presented with a screen with Jackson, Cate, and Lisa’s faces on it. She chose one of those three for elimination.

  • Cate voted off Jackson
  • Jackson voted off Lisa
  • Francelina voted off Cate
  • Joe voted off Cate
  • Lisa voted off Cate

Result: Cate is eliminated because she received the majority vote (3 of 5). Her team knew that she could succeed at home.

She is currently training for a marathon at home, and has lost over 30 pounds. Her “Fat Tuesdays” have now become “Fit Tuesdays.” Congratulations Cate! I’m so proud of her! I’m looking forward to seeing her transformation at the finale.

 

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