Diet that would kill a gladiator
Tiffiny Hall faced a fitness freak’s nightmare at every family meal, writes Colin Vickery
WHEN Tiffiny Hall signed on as a trainer on The Biggest Loser, she didn’t realise she would be eating bowls of calorie-filled creamy pasta for breakfast.
That is exactly what happened when the former Gladiator (Angel) was given the Duncan family to look after as her White Team.
Early on, Biggest Loser host Hayley Lewis told trainers Michelle Bridges, Shannon Ponton, Commando and Hall that they had to spend a week living with their fatty families.
Hall bunked with Emma, Jarrod, Meg and Sarah Jayne Duncan, all obese and all in their 20s. Hall had to eat the family’s food and drink their alcohol.
The Duncans’ favourite foods include fried chicken, chips and beer, pizzas and hamburgers.
Sarah Jayne’s specialty is a big bowl of pasta — featuring three different kinds of cream — for breakfast.
‘‘ I’ve never drunk alcohol before and they (the Duncans) drink a carton of beer a night,’’ says Hall, who has a black belt in martial arts.
‘‘ Sarah Jayne will have two bottles of champagne just to get some sleep.
‘‘ Jarrod gave me a kilo of steak for breakfast buried under cans of spaghetti with Doritos and scotch finger biscuits and beer.
‘‘ I’m lactose-intolerant, so as Sarah Jayne was making that pasta I was freaking out. After I ate it, I was bloating. It was so painful.
‘‘ After a week, I was throwing up. I couldn’t breathe and my immune system crashed.’’
Hall, who never eats food that is packaged or processed, says the Duncans’ appalling eating habits were borderline toxic and blames a lack of education.
‘‘ Each family has its own culture. I grew up in a family of black belts and there was a culture of health and fitness from the beginning,’’ she says.
‘‘ The Duncans have a culture of drinking and fast food. They don’t understand that having 24 beers in a row or Maccas four times a day is too much.
‘‘ They weren’t eating food, they were eating chemicals and preservatives — and that’s one of the big reasons for obesity in Australia today.’’
Hall’s aim is to give the Duncans ‘‘ a black belt in health’’. She calls them her ‘‘ ninjas’’.
‘‘ I will transform their palates, their metabolisms, their hormones,’’ Hall says. ‘‘ When they come out of The Biggest Loser, they will be molecularly and chemically different people.’’ The Biggest Loser: Families, Channel 10, Sunday 6.30pm