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The participants on “The Biggest Loser” campus have advantages that ordinary dieters don’t. In addition to access to their own personal trainers and a 24-hour-a-day-gym, they are relieved of family responsibilities, social obligations and jobs while they remain on the ranch. The twist of week eight was that the players would work daily 8-hour shifts at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, commuting by bus and still trying to do their workouts. Also, the campus gym would only be open from 6 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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Though all the contestants found working at the food bank rewarding, they confessed that it was harder for them to find time to exercise. The underdog Black team resolved to wake each other up at 5:30 a.m. each morning to get in some gym time before meeting at the bus to get to work.

Despite their commitment, the Black team struggled. Consisting of five women and one man, Sam, they were hopelessly outmatched by the Blue team, whose members were five men and one woman. In the week’s first challenge, five members of each team were harnessed to a 33,000-pound tractor-trailer that they had to pull along a course as the last member of the team picked up puzzle pieces. After crossing the finish line, the teams needed to assemble their puzzle pieces to spell out “free groceries for one year.” The winning team would, of course, win a year of free groceries. Although Sam rallied the Black team to put up a good fight, in the end, sheer brute strength gave the win to the Blue team.

At the week’s final weigh-in, the Black team had another chance to cut down the Blue team’s Goliath. Andrea and Ashley posted strong numbers, and new best friends Cheryl and Sherry each lost 5 pounds. But then Stephanie posted a disappointing 3-pound loss. Sam stepped on the scale knowing that he needed to lose at least 10 pounds to beat the Blue team, but due to the muscle he has been putting on his frame, he lost only 4 pounds.

After much deliberation and even more crying, the Black team sent home 51-year-old Cheryl. She left behind her son Daris, who’s been holding his own on the Blue team, and her new “sister” Sherry, her Black team roommate, with whom she’d become especially close.

Does the Black team stand a chance against the male-heavy Blue team? Weigh in!

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