Utahn on 'Biggest Loser' loses weigh-in, is eliminated

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Utahn Hap Holmstead was one of two contestants eliminated during Tuesday’s episode of “The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” on NBC.

The teams were dissolved Tuesday and it became an individual game for the 10 contestants seeking the title of the "Biggest Loser” and the $250,000 prize.

Holmstead lost 5 pounds in this week’s episode and worked out with a different trainer, Dolvett Quince.

The 26-year-old sales consultant's total weight loss is 87 pounds, taking him from 403 pounds to 316 pounds while on the show. But he and Matt Hooper, 38, of Georgetown, Mass., had lost the least percentage of body weight this week and landed below the red line. Both had previously been on the Blue Team with trainer Bob Harper.

“Everything is just easier,” said Holmstead, a Pleasant Grove resident, about life after weight loss, including finding clothes that fit, airplane seatbelts and playing with his children.

His son, who was born while Holmstead was at the ranch, is now five months old. He also has two young daughters.

“I’m able to do more with them since losing more weight,” said Holmstead, who played baseball for American Fork High School 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.

Learning to count calories correctly and learning about portions were some of the biggest challenges in losing weight, he said Wednesday in a conference call.

“Working out is the easy part,” he said. “The hard part is what I put in my mouth.”

Before, Holmstead would look at the nutritional facts and know how much was in what he ate, but now he knows to measure things — from milk in cereal to meat portions — so he knows how much he’s eating.

“It’s really difficult to plan your meals and plan your food and eating when you’re living in your hotel,” said Holmstead, who travels for work. He likes to do CrossFit training, along with working out at the local gym.

“At my fitness level now, it’s easier to go and get a good workout because I’m motivated.”

During the show, Holmstead said there were times he would work hard and eat right, but the numbers on the scale just didn’t seem to reflect that. He and Hooper said there are a variety of factors contributing to that result, including working out inside versus outside, battling an illness and overworking.

Holmstead said the week he only lost 2 pounds was because he was working out too much.

“The main thing is to stay motivated and keep working,” he said.

All of the eliminated contestants are still in the competition for the at-home weight lose prize of $100,000.

However, Holmstead and Hooper may not be out for good.

At the end of Tuesday’s episode, host Alison Sweeny announced that one of the contestants who had been eliminated so far in the show could return for a second chance, and the other eliminated contestants walked back in.

Holmstead said he hoped that chance came in the form of a strength or physical challenge, because he does well at those.

“Everybody at the ranch needs to lose weight,” Holmstead said of the eliminated players getting another shot back on the show. “We’re all there to lose weight and get healthy.”

“The Biggest Loser” resumes Jan. 7 on NBC.

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