USU’s Biggest Loser competition has educated 22 students and faculty how to achieve the lifestyles they want by eating better and exercising effectively, said Dave Knighton, ASUSU service vice president . In a one-week period, 22 participants have lost 62 pounds, said Tim Bikman, the director of Aggie Health Club. USU’s Biggest Loser is different from “The Biggest Loser” TV show, Bikman said. By keeping the competition more private and doing the contest without eliminations, Bikman said, the contestants feel more comfortable and have more success. “We never wanted to do eliminations. We want to help people without negative feelings,” he said. Kevin Nielson, a student participating in the contest, said he has learned a lot about portion control. Nielson said he ate fast food every day, not because he enjoyed it, but “because there was a dollar menu.” Nielson said he went from eating more than 6,000 calories a day at fast food restaurants to not eating out at all. Seeing the weight on the scale go down every day is motivating, Nielson said. Nielson said he has dieted before, but this program has taught him the proper way to work out and stretch. Emil Lavaki said the competition has taught him a lot about eating right, and he now eats five small meals a day. Lavaki attends USU and works full time at a bank.
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