“The Biggest Loser”: Chewing the fat

The Biggest Loser co-creator/executive producer Mark Koops will answer 20 reader questions here at Season Pass. Get your questions in soon if you want to be included.

Most folks’ New Year’s resolutions will include one or more of the following: Lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier. If you’ve ever watched “Biggest Loser,” you know that adhering to those principles can do wonders for your health and appearance.

BlmichelleWe just finished watching the lovely Michelle (right) take the crown last season by losing 110 pounds. The next season, which starts Tuesday, features couples — parents and children, cousins, friends, siblings, marrieds and an engaged couple. It will include the heaviest-ever contestant and the oldest contestant to date.

Your questions for Mark can include anything about past seasons, the upcoming season, casting, challenges, contestants, etc.

Here are the rules:
1) Hit the comment button below and ask your question. We’re aiming to get the questions to Mark by Friday, Jan. 2.
2) You may ask more than one question but we are looking for quality, not quantity. Asking more will not guarantee that you’ll get an answer. In the spirit of fairness, we try to give plenty of folks a chance.
3) Read through the other comments to make sure you’re not repeating something that’s already been asked.
4) The person who asks the question Mark likes best will win a prize, to be determined later.

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  4. Cynthia Jones says:

    Since the show started how many of the Biggest Loser contestants have kept up the exercise and eating regime that they learned at the ranch and have kept there weight off?? It would be interesting to use this information as a motivation (or not) for the currant participants (that is if a significant number have kept there weight off??????)

  5. Renee says:

    When the season starts on TV, how long have the contestants been at the ranch? A couple of weeks? A month? When they go home near the end of the season, do they need to lay low until the finale?

  6. Lois says:

    How will you be dealing with the arrest of current home contestant Shannon? Will you address it on the show? How will it affect her mother, who’s at the ranch?

  7. Lindsey says:

    The Biggest Loser has had a better track record at bringing couples together (Matt & Suzy, Marty & Amy) than the Bachelor or the Bachelorette. Would the show ever consider a singles-and-looking edition with the intent of matchingmaking as well as weight loss?

  8. Sheila says:

    Last season, Vicky, Heba and Brady had such animosity toward teammates Phil and Amy, but Phil and Amy seemed like nice people and I never saw anything that indicated they deserved such treatment. Was there something that got edited out about that? What’s the scoop?

  9. dave says:

    How cut off from the world are the contestants while they’re at the ranch? I know their contact with family and friends is limited, but what about newspapers and TV? Do they know what’s going on in the world while they’re away?

  10. Dan says:

    While Jerry’s collapse this week on The Biggest Loser 7 season opener served as a lesson in why people need to take control of their weight and health, does it ever concern you about how hard the contestants are pushed? Do you ever tell the trainers, hey, back off a bit?

  11. Coleen says:

    Are the contestants given a specific diet that they have to follow while they are at the ranch or are they given a daily calorie allowance that they’re supposed to meet each day? Do they do all their own cooking?

  12. TC says:

    How many hours a day to the contestants exercise? And how often do they see the trainers? Every day?

  13. Jean says:

    How difficult is the casting process? Are you looking for personalities or people who need the most help? And do you feel bad when you have to turn people down?

  14. Betty says:

    Why is it that your show has less of the gamesmanship and nastiness than other reality shows? (With the obvious exception of last season’s Vicky, of course)

  15. Terry says:

    Occasionally, past Biggest Loser constestants have visited the campus during the current season. Is there any plan for a reunion of Biggest Loser contestants to see how they’ve fared in the time since they were on campus?

  16. Mark says:

    Are the people who work on the show all physically fit? Is there a lot of peer pressure on everyone to stay in shape?

  17. Katy says:

    How many contestants have gained back a significant amount of weight since being on the show?

  18. KJ says:

    Who is your favorite contestant ever and why?

  19. nws224 says:

    How come you have never had a gay or lesbian couple paired on the show?

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