Biggest Loser

'Loser' trainer believes battle of the bulge is mostly mental

Jan. 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM ET

The 13th season of "The Biggest Loser" premieres Tuesday night, but for returning trainer Dolvett Quince, it's really just the second season. With his freshman effort behind him, Quince believes he now knows just how to approach the weight loss competition.


During a Tuesday morning visit to TODAY, Quince admitted that when he first joined "Loser," he was surprised by the challenges he faced helping contestants drop the pounds.

"Yeah, actually I was (surprised)," he told TODAY host Matt Lauer. "Only because the mindset is where you really have to tap into, you know, psychologically."

That psychological approach is the key to the battle of the bulge, according to Quince.  

"Everyone was at that stage in their life -- they had so much doubt," he said, recalling last season's contestants. "So, my job is to help remove that doubt. And also help them lose weight."

If the sneak peeks from the upcoming episodes are any indication, Quince, along with veteran "Loser" trainer Bob Harper, will have a big job ahead of him. In addition to the typical emotional baggage contestants bring to the ranch, the newest competitors will have an extra mental burden right from the start.

"Season 13 is going to be interesting because they come in as couples, the contestants -- mother and daughter, grandma and granddaughter -- but then they compete against each other. So they thought they were coming in as a team, but no. They're definitely on their own. No excuses."

But Quince, who trained last season's winner John Rhode, isn't worried about that.

"I love transforming," he explained. "I don't look at myself as a trainer; I look at myself as a transformer. That means mentally, physically, emotionally -- whatever that means, I help people."

Watch Quince and Harper help a new group of people starting Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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