Our latest group in Biggest Loser "21" has just reached the halfway point of their twelve week journey. It's a real milestone for several reasons.
With half the course behind them, they've shown they can stick. There are always lots of things to pull us off track. But if they can make it halfway, they can finish, no matter what comes up.
By now, they've got their diet dialed in. Remember, this is a diet that's really no diet. Eating right just means eating the right things, in the right amounts. It also means avoiding the junk.
The group has also gotten used to working out. By now, it may even be a habit. They've learned how to use the weight machines, along with several dumbbell free weight routines.
They've had a variety of cardio workouts on the Treadmills, Ellipticals, Rowers and Bikes. They've also learned how to push themselves with several different High Intensity Interval Training workouts. They've even had a Kickboxing workout.
So for most of them, they simply need to keep doing what they're doing. Whether they're averaging one pound or five pounds a week, it's becoming predictable to them. All they have to do is maintain their discipline and stay the course.
That said, there's a wrinkle that often comes up in the second half of the program. Weight loss begins to slow down and motivation starts to falter. The plateau that follows can either crush you, or propel you on to something more.
At this point, you have to take action to help you get past it. Regroup when you've made mistakes. Double down on things you know that work. And keep looking for new ways to shake things up.
Above all, remember that old saying: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." The participants that can find a way to do this will not only finish their program, but they'll finish with style!
Our Week Six Winner of Biggest Loser "23" was Krista Krabel, who lost 3.6 lbs and 1.6% of her body weight. Polly Colter was second, losing 2.1 lbs and 1.4%, and Dale Colter placed third, losing 1.4 lbs. Shelly and Keith Borchers were fourth and fifth, both losing a pound.