The past few weeks have seen me pouting. Every person the contestants send home, I have a problem with. I haven't been a happy camper; I'll be the first to admit that. Yet, this week when Marci was sent home, I was perfectly content.
Why is that? It's not because I don't like Marci. I do. I adore her. She's been sold to me the same way she's been sold to everyone else. She's a loving mother, a good friend, a savvy nutritionist and an excellent leader. She works hard, and she looks great as a result. Why wouldn't I want Marci to stick around?
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The fact of the matter is that Marci is done with The Biggest Loser
. She's finished. The show did to her exactly what it was supposed to; it just didn't take as much time with Marci as it did with everyone else.
What we don't get to think about too much on The Biggest Loser is that every weight-loss journey will ideally come to a point where it will stop. Almost no one reaches this point before the finale. Marci, as it happened, did. Dr. H confirmed it. Her risk factors for diabetes and stroke have disappeared, she's down to a healthy body fat percentage, and her internal age has zoomed down. She had reached a healthy, ideal weight.
On the one hand, was it foolish of Marci to volunteer herself to go home? Since she was doing so well, mightn't she have stayed, continued to fight through some extra pounds, and tried to compete for the prize? Couldn't she have worked herself down even smaller? Why not send Kaylee home, as she easily could have done, to prolong her own experience?
The fact that Marci did not choose this option speaks to her good judgment. What The Biggest Loser often does not address (because, truthfully, it rarely needs to), is that there is such a thing as being too thin, exercising too much and having a body fat percentage that is too low. This state of affairs can be just as unhealthy as obesity. Could Marci have tried to lose some extra pounds for prize money? Yes, but it would have been a poor decision. In bowing out when she reached her optimum weight, she made the best decision she could have.
"This is my body's way of telling me to stop," she said, when she broke even and lost zero pounds during the weigh-in. Unlike the previous contestants who have been voted off, Marci's at-home goal was not to lose more weight, but instead of maintain her current weight and fitness level. In reaching a state of weight maintenance rather than weight loss, Marci has achieved the ultimate goal of any Biggest Loser
contestant. For that, she should be applauded, prize money or no.
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