Utahn on 'Biggest Loser' posts personal best on scale

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Utahn Hap Holmstead lost 11 pounds — a personal best — in Tuesday’s episode of “The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” on NBC.

He went from 332 pounds to 321 pounds. On the Dec. 3 episode, he lost two pounds. He weighed 403 pounds when he came to the ranch.

“Finally!” Holmstead said on the scale. “This is my first one-week with a double-digit number. Hopefully, I can keep it there the rest of the time I’m here.”

“To do that, you’ll have to listen, right?” said trainer Bob Harper.

However, Holmstead’s team narrowly lost the weigh-in — by one pound. Bobby Saleem, 28, an attorney from Chicago, lost the least percentage with three pounds and went home. He had lost 12 pounds during the Dec. 3 episode, which helped his team win the weigh-in.

This week, the contestants met in a diner for their challenge. They had a four-question quiz about obesity in the workplace, and the team that lost the quiz had to work at the diner.

Holmstead’s Blue Team won the quiz and the White Team lost.

After the three members of the White Team finished their shift, they brought home some food and treats for the teams.

And the cookies tempted Holmstead.

“I love cookies. I am what you call a cookie monster,” Holmstead said. “I want to eat every cookie on the plate.”

Saleem threw away the food and treats and then he and Chelsea Arthurs, 28, Raleigh, N.C., drizzled soap on them in the trash can.

But they also left some treats on Holmstead’s pillow.

During that week’s workout, Harper also talked to Holmstead about only losing two pounds the previous week and that he needed to watch what he was eating — lean meats like fish, shrimp and turkey, and vegetables and cutting out complex carbohydrates.

“Hap’s low numbers are driving me crazy,” Harper said. “It’s not adding up.”

His effort during workouts were more than Harper could expect, but his weight-loss numbers weren’t consistent with that. Harper figured it must be his nutrition and told Holmstead to document what he eats.

“In the past weeks, maybe I haven’t eaten the right foods,” Holmstead said, adding that only losing two pounds again wouldn't give him a good chance at staying on the ranch. “I’m just going to do everything that Bob asks me to do and see if it works on the scale this week.”

And, it did.

Holmstead, a husband and father of three young children, played baseball for American Fork High School and has since prepared to play college football and competed in powerlifting. Holmstead, of the Garden 5th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Garden Stake, also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio.

Tuesday night it was the White Team members who won the weigh-in with the highest percentage of weight loss.

Ruben Studdard was eliminated during the Dec. 3 episode and during Tuesday’s episode, the check-in with him showed he weighed 350 pounds — down from 462 pounds when she started the show.

The winner of “The Biggest Loser” gets a $250,000 prize. Eliminated contestants are in a competition for an at-home weight loss prize.

The previews for next week’s fall finale shows the competition turning into an individual game for the remaining 10 players and that two competitors will be eliminated.

“The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” airs Tuesday evenings on NBC.

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