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I hope you enjoyed the Biggest Loser Season 8 premiere as much as I did. We have an incredible group of contestants again this season and I am sure you will really enjoy the upcoming weeks of the show. I receive many emails each week and I will be answering some of your most pressing food and nutrition questions in my weekly blog.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this week's episode was the segment with Dr. Rob Huizenga, the show's medical doctor. A former NFL physician, Doc H knows how the body works inside and out. Before they receive clearance to participate in the show, all contestants receive a very comprehensive medical exam from Dr. Huizenga. In tonight's episode Dr. H collaborated with top researchers from around the country to perform a variety of different exams on the contestants including body composition and cardiac function.
One of the researchers was Dr. Eric Ravussin, chief, division of health and performance enhancement at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr Ravussin is an expert in obesity, diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Ravussin measured the metabolic rates of the contestants which helps us determine their calorie budgets.
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