Stephanie Anderson didn’t become the The Biggest Loser — she was sent home last week after Koli convinced her friends that she was manipulating them — but she did change her life and find love with contestant Sam Poueu, which means she’s still very much invested in what happens next. Stephanie, who been giving In Touch readers exclusive insight into every episode, will now be weighing in on life at the ranch from a new perspective. This week, Koli made it clear that he will do anything — including eating over 4000 calories in a food temptation — to keep cousin Sam on the ranch, thus increasing his chances of getting to the final four. “This week, it really feels like a game,” she tells In Touch. “The stress level is out of this world. Remember, it’s for a quarter of a million dollars, and you can see that these eight can smell it.”
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What did you think about that food temptation?
I’m not sure if it was my nausea from feeling sick last week or from Koli
eating all that food. Michael cracked me up. I would have assumed he would
play, so it was a nice twist and a good move on his part. And I was yelling
at Ashley: “Come on girl, don’t eat that taquito!” Ashley sometimes can be
It was interesting that they all had to stand while they ate.
When you’re binging, you might be in front of the TV or in the kitchen. When I would eat peanut butter out of the jar, I was always standing up with the cupboard open, just for a “quick bite.” That would turn into two or three and then I would be like, “What am I doing?” Same with ice cream in the freezer. I can see the correlation. It goes to show the importance of having a dinner table with plates and napkins and settings and sitting down and actually enjoying your food and not binge eating.
Ashley was really sad about not having her pal Drea there. How did that make you feel?
Not that great. It bummed me out that I was so quickly forgotten. But at
this point, Ashley still firmly believed that I tried to kick off her mom,
according to Koli. And you can see the stress wearing on Ashley. Ashley’s
mom is gone, her safety net of girls aren’t there by self destruction maybe, and her former alliances seem to be forming closer relationships with other people. Koli is super-close to Sunshine and O’Neal, and I know she was super-close to Koli. It looks like she got closer to Mike, which I never would have expected when I left. But good for Mike – people are giving him a second chance. He was outcast for a long time after the splitting of the teams and even before that. I think Mike realized that gameplay and manipulation wasn’t how he wanted to go. AS a viewer, it seems like he’s going a different route.
Dr. Huizenga told them their new “numbers,” or inner age based on their
health now. Do you know your number?
Last time I spoke to them, I had gone from 52 percent body fat to 33
percent, and I had gained 19 pounds of muscle and eight pounds of water – I
don’t like that one. And I was a social smoker, and it turned into smoking
to relieve stress. I’m 30, so they aged me at 54. Now I’m in my early 40s.
When you lose weight, you gain years, but Dr. Huizenga said for every year
that you smoked, it takes about six weeks. So it will take me a while to get back to my age, but I’ll get there. I’d actually like to be 29!
When Jillian found out that Koli was trying keep Sam, she said, “But Sam’s skinny. He doesn’t need to be here.” Do you see her point?
That’s the way I view it now, after watching this episode: that Koli would
do anything to keep them both there because the purpose was to get Koli to
the final four for a victory for the team. Now I see even more why I was a
casualty. Everyone felt defeated when Koli won the challenge, knowing if
anyone falls against Sam, they’re going home. As a viewer, if I didn’t have
a personal relationship with Sam, I would believe that it was time for Koli
to stand on his own. It should be up to him now to finish that journey. I
agree with Jillian, that at this point Sam mentally, emotionally and
physically was at a place that was so great, that many of the other
contestants hadn’t yet reached. It was a little unfair, but it’s also a
game. You never know everything that’s going on, but – and this is in a
positive way – the biggest gameplayer of the season is Koli. He knows what
he needs to do to get to the final four and he’s doing it. I respect that.
He’s working hard and he’s got it down. People can’t take it personally. I
still believe in my heart of hearts that everyone started with good