Confessions of a Reality Show Loser

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




Imagine winning The Biggest Loser - then having to admit to the world that you gained most of the weight back. That's exactly what happened to Erik Chopin, who won season three of The Biggest Loser.

Erik, who started the weight-loss competition weighing 407 pounds, eventually lost 214 pounds on the show. Then the slimmed down deli owner went back to his life in West Islip, NY - and eventually went back up to 368 pounds.

Erik admits that without Bob and Jillian in his face, he started to lose his drive. He discusses his struggle with weight on Discovery Health's documentary special Confessions of a Reality Show Loser.

So, are you surprised that Erik gained the weight back? Or did you suspect that former losers like Erik might go back to their old habits?

Honestly, I have struggled with my weight my whole life and I understand that it's difficult, but the show kind of pissed me off because he didn't take any responsibility for gaining the weight back, he seemed to blame the show...uh, you could've taken some of the prize money and got yourself a trainer and dietician, don't ya think?


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?? - posted on 01/07/2010




My ex is a fat lazy slob. Literally. He blames EVERYONE but himself for being a fat lazy slob. He was a (nice, funny, friendly, happy) fat lazy slob when I met him, and he was a (bitter, depressing, anti-social, never-happy) fat lazy slob when I left him -- for being a bitter, depressing, anti-social, never happy, fat, lazy slob.

It was ALWAYS my fault while we were together. I didn't support him, I didn't encourage him, I didn't plan his meals properly, I didn't cook his food for him, etc etc etc blah blah blah. Which was all complete and total bullshit. I gave him all the support and encouragement I could without holding his hand and bringing him to the gym, and being his own personal cook/dietician.

He always bitched about how he was gonna start working out and get in shape BUT he never had the time, or no one would spot him, or his shoes weren't the right shoes for the gym, or whatever excuse he could make.

I have no time or patience for people like this. Drug addicts do the same damn thing. Alcoholics do the same damn thing. They go to rehab then they blame everyone else for not babysitting them when they're out so that they don't end up doing it again.

Fuck off. Whiney lil bitch, deal with your own shit. I have too.

This dude had EVERY means to keep it up, and he chose not too. His deal. Whatever. Get outta the spot light, your stupid fat ass is blockin the hot guy that's next in line....

La - posted on 01/07/2010




It appears that many if not most of the past contestants have gained a little weight back but have kept the majority of it off, but none that I have seen have gained back near as much as he did. I love this show because I think it does a decent job at emphasizing that sensible eating and exercise is a lifestyle and not a temporary fix. The guy is 100% responsible for continuing his personal journey with the educational tools they gave him. He is an adult, no one should have to hold his hand or pat him on the back for him to stay motivated to keep the weight off.

Iris - posted on 01/07/2010




I agree with you. I can't imagine how hard it might be to change a lifestyle so drastically. The eating habit and start working out. But when he gets the chance of a lifetime to be on the show, work with professionals who help him lose weight, tell him what he have to do and how to keep the weight down in the future. The excuses aren't working for me. Nobody can hold his hand for the rest of his life constantly encourage him to stick to the goal. Take some responsibility for yourself man.

Geeze, go on a tv show and blame the people that actually got you to lose more than half your weight to begin with is just pathetic IMO.

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