The Biggest Loser Holland – losing weight in reality series on TV

The Biggest Loser Holland is a series about people who are far from losers, but about people who want to lose something: weight. They battle the pounds, their insecurities and each other. It is an elimination race and the winner goes home with a cash prize. The reality series The Biggest Loser Holland was broadcast on Dutch television from August 26, 2013, broadcast by SBS6. It is one of the many reality series in the Netherlands.

Source: SBS6

Losing weight in a reality series

  • The Biggest Loser Holland
  • Trainers
  • Daily
  • Monastery
  • Reality series format
  • Sixteen participants
  • Ameland
  • Final
  • Surprise
  • The winner

The Biggest Loser Holland

The recording of The Biggest Loser Holland started in August 2013. From August 26, it was on television every day, except weekends. Sixteen participants were cut off from the outside world to lose weight. Under strict supervision they lost their excess kilos. Marlayne Sahupala presented the program. Sandra van der Kamp and Arjuna Lakner were the trainers who guided the participants during their elimination race. The Biggest Loser had previously been broadcast in other countries and was a big hit in more than twenty-five countries. The Biggest Loser Holland was broadcast every working day at 8:00 PM via SBS6. Each broadcast lasted half an hour.

Trainers

The trainers provided intensive guidance to the participants of The Biggest Loser Holland. Sandra van de Kamp is a personal trainer, coach and nutritional advisor. She and her husband have their own gym where she has been coaching overweight people for years.
Arjuna Lakner is a personal trainer. He provides Bootcamps and running lessons and guides people who want to lose weight in a healthy way.

Daily

The participants of The Biggest Loser Holland were followed every working day in the program that alternated serious elements with game elements. Physical and mental challenges were part of the program presented to the participants. The end goal was a healthier body and a stronger mind.

Monastery

The Biggest Loser Netherlands was recorded in a monastery in Boxmeer. The participants stayed there and were followed by the cameras in the monastery.

Reality series format

The Biggest Loser was a successful format. It has already been broadcast in 25 countries. In each country, the participants sat in locations where they were not distracted and could fully focus on working on their fitness and losing the kilos. They certainly lost their excess weight there.

Sixteen participants

Sixteen Dutch participants started in the monastery at the end of August 2013. The battle was against the excess kilos, against themselves and also against their fellow candidates. Every week on Won’s Day there was a weighing moment and then a candidate was sent home. The participants initially competed in pairs, then in a black and a red team and individually in the final weeks of the series. The participants who had to leave the monastery prematurely were not sent home with nothing: they received a subscription for a year of exercise in a gym.
The winner, The Biggest Loser Holland, went home with a sum of money.

The participants

Source: The Biggest Loser logo

  • Barbara
  • Bass
  • Boudien
  • Bram
  • Dave
  • Elbi
  • Kevin
  • Liesbeth
  • Mark
  • Mieke
  • Rebecca
  • Robert
  • Ron
  • Sandra
  • Sherely
  • Walead

Ron walks between Slik & Zand on Ameland and takes a bottle of Nobeltje with him as a souvenir / Source: Persbureau Ameland

Ameland

One of the participants came from Ameland: Robert van der Wal. The taxi driver from Hollum thought he was much too heavy and was in poor condition. He grabbed the program with both hands to become slimmer and more confident. Robert was in the race until the end, but ultimately just missed out on winning.
The Biggest Loser Holland ran at the same time as the program Island Guests in Search of Love , in which an Amelander also participated. Participant Ron made the local news by participating in the Tussen Slik & Zand walk on Ameland in November 2013. Because the television broadcasts were about three weeks behind the recordings, it was not yet clear to TV viewers that Ron was from the monastery was voted. Ron, who was also affectionately called Rond de Reus , made it appear that the walking tour was part of the program. He walked with the sister of fellow participant Robert.

Final

A week before the final, the last four participants ran ten kilometers, a major victory for all four. Robert ran the distance fastest. He won an 8-day holiday to Gran Canaria. The final round took place in the last week of November.
The following four of the initial 16 participants were the finalists:

  1. Dave;
  2. Mieke;
  3. Rebecca;
  4. Robert.

Surprise

At the tail end of the 65-episode program cycle, all four finalists were presented with a surprise. Mieke was allowed to go shopping with her two daughters, Dave was allowed to pick out riding clothes and go for a ride on horseback and he met his friend, Rebecca went skydiving with her brother and Robert traveled to Ameland and saw his sister and father again. He cycled around the island with Marlayne Sahupala and met the young woman in the Strandhuys on the beach near Buren who sent him a card and who wanted to meet him.

The winner

Dave is the winner of the final that aired on November 29, 2013. He can call himself The Biggest Loser Holland of 2013 . He went home with a slimmer body, a better condition, a stronger mind and a prize of 25,000 euros.
Below are the results after three months of losing weight and training. One of the participants was not present at the final.

Later
The months after the broadcast are a test for the participants: will they maintain their normal weight or will they return to their old bad habits of eating too much, snacking too much and exercising too little. Not all participants like their new look, not all of them keep it up. There are those who enjoy their thinner body and the freedom of movement it provides. They continue to pay attention to their diet and continue sporting activities. Robert van der Wal from Ameland is one of them.

Participant

Starting weight: kilos

Final weight: kilo

Lost weight

Barbara

136.7

98.9

38.1

Bass

168.5

132.6

35.9

Bram

137.1

107.6

29.5

Baudien

108.1

89.5

18.6

Dave

152.9

100.7

52.2

Kevin

172.7

151.2

21.5

Liesbeth

118.6

95.6

23

Mark

154.1

111

43.1

Mieke

111.3

78.9

32.4

Rebecca

113.9

76.4

37.5

Robert

130.1

94.9

35.2

Ron

183.6

143.2

40.4

Sandra

116.1

97.6

18.5

Sherely

100.7

85.3

15.4

Walead

119.5

99.9

19.6

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