NBC’s The Biggest Loser kicks off season 13 on Tuesday night, January 3, 2012. This new season “No Excuses” takes couples — parent and child, siblings, etc. — and puts them in competition. With the departure of Anna Kournikova (and Jillian Michaels’ previous departure), this season’s trainers are Dolvett Quince, who begins his second season on the show and longtime trainer Bob Harper.

During an interview (video above) with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and Natalie Morales on The Today Show, (broadcast Tues, Jan. 3, 2012) Dolvett Quince talked about what to expect in the new season and how he is helping the participants.

He said that mindset was crucial, and noted that participants had doubts and that as a trainer he had to tap into the mindset. His job was to help them remove doubt.

Asked why he enjoys the work as a trainer on the show, he said, “I love transforming. I don’t look at myself as a trainer, I look at myself as a transformer. That means, mentally, physically, emotionally.”

In an interview with DietsInReview.com, Bob Harper discussed the upcoming season 13, how the dynamics of the show have changed since the departure of Jillian Michaels and how he and Quince are both focused on helping their respective teams succeed. Asked about Shay Sorrells, the season 8 contestant who recently wrote a blog post about mistakes she made that led her to regain the weight after leaving the ranch, he said:


“I do everything I can to wake the contestants up while on the ranch because they come with a lot of baggage,” he said. He knows that it is a struggle on a day-to-day basis and always will be before, during, and after the ranch. He says that it all comes down to self-responsibility even after leaving the ranch.”

See the full interview at Diets in Review. Also be sure to checkout the aforementioned blog post by Shay Sorrells, listing the seven mistakes she made after leaving the show. It’s quite the cautionary tale of what not to do when trying to maintain your weight, as she notes that among her mistakes was that she stopped measuring her food, stopped keeping a food journal, and stopped reaching out to others for emotional support.

Photos, video, biography of contestants, training tips and more are at the official NBC The Biggest Loser Web site.

Skinny Bliss readers, let us know your thoughts. Do you watch The Biggest Loser? Have you found it inspiring and motivating?

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