Next: See Helen's transformation
At-Home Challenge: Cooking fun foods for her 17-year-old son and his friends on the football team. "I was the ultimate sports mom," Helen says. "I have a refrigerator in the garage stocked with soda and pizzas and hot dogs and burgers. I was the maniac chef for these boys, always having cookouts and making cookies and candy. But now I don't want to be tempted by those foods, and some of the boys who are heavy want me to help them lose weight, too."
GH Strategies: Since Helen and the team are frankfurter fans, we recommend she try one of the winners of our "Healthier Hot Dog Taste Test." Ball Park Lite Beef Franks, for instance, have 50 percent less fat and one-third fewer calories than most dogs, Cassetty points out. "If Helen's firing up the grill, I'd also suggest roasted fruits. Plums and peaches work well," says Cassetty. "And vegetables — even confirmed veggie haters have been converted when they tasted asparagus or peppers off the grill." The goal for Helen is to incorporate healthier choices into the same fun activities, like cookouts. For dessert? A leaner version of the cookout classic, s'mores: Place one roasted marshmallow on top of a 2.5-inch graham cracker square, and drizzle a teaspoon of chocolate syrup over it. Or serve with one Hershey's Bliss square (each s'more, about 90 calories).
Next: Kristin, the first woman to lose over 100 pounds on the show
Hometown: Greenville, WI
Starting weight: 360 lbs.
Lost so far: 109 pounds
It was when she and her husband began to talk about having a baby that Kristin realized she'd been in denial about her weight. "I just didn't feel safe about carrying a child," she says. Kristin started at the ranch with her mom, Cathy Skell, and since Cathy's elimination, she's missed being with family. "But it's been therapeutic. I can focus on how I got to be that person who weighed 360 pounds," which she still grapples with, says Kristin. Recently, she passed a milestone, becoming the first woman on the show to lose more than 100 pounds. "I can run now!" she says. "It started raining the other night, and I could literally run in out of the rain. Just to get out of bed in the morning and have a hundred fewer pounds crashing down on my ankles — everything's easier."