Feelin’ the love
LOVE is in air. Expect to see sparks fly in the seventh series of The Biggest Loser as 16 singles from around the country – including Tasmania’s Lydia Hantke – unite to battle the bulge and maybe even find love.
Whipping them into shape are trainers Michelle Bridges, Tiffiny Hall, Shannan Ponton and Steve ‘‘ The Commando’’ Willis.
In her third season as host on the reality weight- loss show, Hayley Lewis says this Biggest Loser has more twists and turns than ever.
‘‘ It’s definitely the most exciting one I’ve been involved with,’’ the mother of two says.
‘‘ We’ve got a couple of different love stories happening, but the main goal of the show is for the contestants to lose weight and change their lives and become more confident people.
‘‘ But many of them have never been in a relationship and some of them are well into their late 30s and there are some who have never been kissed and they’re in their mid- to- late 20s.
‘‘ Their weight has held them back or they haven’t had the confidence to be in a social situation or approach the opposite sex, but all of them desperately want someone to share their life with.
‘‘ I guess the main focus wasn’t for them to fall in love with each other, it was basically to find the confidence to go out there and find it.
‘‘ A couple of them – well, a couple of couples – have found it within the house.
‘‘ It’s pretty amazing and really nice to watch actually.’’
The trainers won’t let budding romance get in the way of weight loss. Epic challenges, agonising workouts and temptations will push contestants to their limits.
‘‘ We’ve got a young boy this year, he’s 20. He did a challenge the other day and it was the first race he’d ever been in in his life,’’ Lewis says.
‘‘ He went through school and just avoided doing [ any] type of game or activity and he was quite emotional because it was the first time he’d actually been part of a team. He was quite excited. He said it was hard because he’d never had the experience of feeling pressure and expectation.’’
Lewis, a former Olympic swimmer, says the show has taught her to be patient and appreciate the support she’s had throughout her life and career.
‘‘ I guess it’s made me a more patient person when it comes to understanding people, because most of my life I’ve been surrounded by people, athletes and coaches who were either trying to motivate me or inspire me,’’ she says.
‘‘ I’ve learnt there are a lot of people out there who have never had any self- worth or self- belief.
‘‘ When they come into the house, it’s the first time some of them have actually heard a compliment – so that type of thing is really hard because we all know how important being complimented is and being told ‘ good job’ or ‘ you’re a great person’. Yeah, sometimes it’s quite upsetting.’’ THE BIGGEST LOSER, TDT, Mon- Thur, 7pm