98-pound loss not enough to save Clifton Park ‘Biggest Loser’ hopeful

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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— A Clifton Park woman was voted off “The Biggest Loser” Tuesday night, but still walked away nearly 100 pounds lighter than when she began the NBC reality show.

Tumi Oguntala, 41, weighed 319 pounds when the current season of the show began filming. By the end of her run on the show, she weighed in at 221 pounds, a whopping 98-pound weight loss over 11 weeks.

“To leave at this point, it’s sooner than I wanted, but I’m OK with that,” she said on the show after she was voted off, according to a Reality TV World recap. “I’m proud of myself. Before I came here, I really thought I was destined to die early. I didn’t want to have children because of that. … I’m going to do it as soon as I get married. I’m going to start, and that’s because I came here.”

“The Biggest Loser” is a weight-loss competition for overweight and obese individuals. In the current 15th season of the show, the contestants are competing for a $250,000 cash prize. The setup for this season, which premiered Oct. 15, 2013, had trainers handpick contestants and then divide them into teams. Each trainer can choose to save one contestant from the chopping block.

Each week on the show is its own episode, ending with a weigh-in to see whose team lost the most weight as a percentage of total weight. A contestant is voted off the team with the smallest weight loss that week.

Oguntala, a brand strategist, was voted off the show in week 11 after her team “fell below the yellow line” — meaning the team lost the least weight that week.

Four contestants voted her off, saying she posed more of a threat than contestant Tanya Winfield.

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