Next: See Kristin's transformation
At-Home Challenge: Stress eating. "I have my own mortgage company," Kristin says. Given these tough financial times, she may well be tempted to turn to food when tension runs high. "My weakness is chocolate. Candy, cake, ice cream, cookies...anything chocolate."
GH Strategies: "Kristin got heavy because she didn't pay attention to herself," says Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia. "Now she's going to have to make time for grocery shopping, for preparing meals and snacks to bring to work, and for exercise. She'll need to schedule each of these things in her planner until the behavior becomes automatic." Still, Beck adds, something may have to give if Kristin's schedule is crazy-busy. One strategy Beck uses with time-pressed clients is to have them think about what they could delegate, do less thoroughly, or drop altogether if they absolutely had to — say, if they had to go to the hospital every day for a blood transfusion. "That's when they realize they can find time for themselves," she says. As for Kristin's chocolate cravings, Cassetty suggests these low-cal options: No Sugar Added Fudgsicle (40 calories), Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds Dark Chocolate Flavor 100 calorie pack, South Beach Living Snack Bar Delights in Chocolate Mint (100 calories). "The key is to set a limit of one treat a day," says Cassetty.
Next: Ron, The Biggest Loser "Dad"
Hometown: South Lyon, MI
Starting weight: 430 lbs.
Lost so far: 110 pounds
If Helen is "Ma," then Ron is the dad on the show. His support and tenderness are most apparent when he's relating to his 18-year-old son Mike, who came with him to the ranch and who's still on the show. Ron is also the kitchen "officer," always tidying up after the others. "They get annoyed because I wash a glass or knife as soon as someone sets it down," he admits.
Plagued by health issues — diabetes, a bleeding ulcer, and debilitating knee injuries — as well as years of yo-yo dieting (he has tipped the scales at 527 pounds), Ron underwent gastric-bypass surgery. It didn't work. Now he wants to succeed not only for himself but also for his wife and two sons. Mike is down 135 pounds so far, but 17-year-old Max is also overweight. "If I'd been able to tackle my weight when I was young, our lives would have been different," Ron says.