The Brutal Secrets Behind ‘The Biggest Loser’

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Kai Hibbard weighed 265 pounds before starting “The Biggest Loser” and dropped 121 pounds during the show to end up at 144.

She had always struggled with her weight, but in January 2006, Kai Hibbard was in real trouble: At just 26 years old, her 5-foot-6 frame carried 265 pounds.

Her best friend staged a mini-intervention. “She said, ‘Hey, I love you, but you’re super-fat right now,’ ” Hibbard recalls. The pal encouraged Hibbard to try out for the smash NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser.”

“So I made a videotape,” Hibbard says, “and the next thing I know, I’m on a reality TV show.”

Hibbard had never seen “The Biggest Loser.” She had no idea what she was in for.

“The whole f- -king show,” she says today, “is a fat-shaming disaster that I’m embarrassed to have participated in.”

Since its premiere in 2004, “The Biggest Loser” — which pits obese contestants against one another in a race to lose the most weight — has been one of the most popular reality shows of all time.

The 16th-season finale will air live on Jan. 29. Average weekly viewership is 7 million people, and about 200,000 people audition per season.

The show rakes in about $100 million annually in ad sales, with ancillary products such as cookbooks, DVDs, protein powder, clothing, video games and branded weight-loss camps bringing in tens of millions of dollars more per year.

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