Diet that would kill a glad­i­a­tor

Tiffiny Hall faced a fit­ness freak’s night­mare at ev­ery fam­ily meal, writes Colin Vick­ery

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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

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