'The Biggest Loser's Dan Evans standing by not throwing the weigh-in
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/20/2011
The Biggest Loser: Couples contestant Dan Evans is standing by his claim that he and his twin brother Don did not intentionally throw theweigh-in which led to his elimination during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality competition.
"Well, obviously with the nine-pound debacle, we failed to monitor the hydration -- there are any number of issues," Evans told reporters during a Wednesday conference call.
"It's difficult to imagine how we should have made a sufficient number of mistakes whether it's hydration or food or whatever, to negate whatever weight loss we had that week, plus, add nine pounds. It would equate to gosh, I don't know -- lots of food calories and water -- but I'm not sure. What I can tell you is that we knew, we take full responsibility. Somehow, nobody else did. We made a mistake."
However, Evans said he has managed to correct the still-unexplained issue since he returned home.
"So since I got home, I'm averaging a minimum of three to four pounds a week minimum, because I got everything tuned in. I've got my diet and exercise just like [the doctor] said it should be and like [Bob Harper] and [Jillian Michaels] said it should be. I've got my workouts down to a regiment. I've got them integrated in my regular normal schedule," Evans said.
"While I can't put my finger on any one specific issue that was the culprit that caused the problem, I can say that I'm following The Biggest Loser program and I'm losing weight and I'm being very successful. I couldn't be more pleased."
But one thing Evans said he is still not happy about is the lingering perception -- fueled by Harper and Michaels' post-weigh-in accusations -- that he and his brother threw the weigh-in because the 54-year-old police captain from Oklahoma City, OK, was missing his family and had wanted to return home.
"Honestly I'm sorry about the nine-pound debacle. I'm sorry that I left the show under such questionable circumstances, and I sincerely never meant to give anybody the wrong impression. But I'm absolutely positively convinced that my efforts are successful," Evans apologized.
Evans also objected to Harper's suggestion that, given how many people had applied to be on The Biggest Loser, he had squandered the opportunity.
"Well, first of all, I take exception of that analogy because it has a negative connotation to it. The question implies that I somehow publicly squandered an opportunity to be on The Biggest Loser and in doing so, I prohibited someone else from being able to come on the program and develop the skills and ability to lose massive amounts of weight and become very successful at developing an active healthy lifestyle, and that's what I did," Evans explained.
"It's like asking someone who won the lottery if he feels guilty because a million other lottery ticket holders didn't win. I don't feel so I kept anybody from achieving their goals just because I achieved mine, and quite frankly, I would tell the people who want to be on their show, 'Keep trying and if for some reason you don't make it on the show, I'm living proof that you can take three weeks and learn and immerse yourself in that learning process and take that commitment home and integrate it in your own personal life and you can be very successful.'"
In addition, Evans said he was still extremely thankful for his The Biggest Loser experience.
"I regret that it doesn't meet the criteria that some people think you should need for the show, but honestly, I am so pleased and so legitimately sincerely grateful for The Biggest Loser for putting me in the position at the end of the day. You cannot imagine the quality of life I have with my daughter and my wife and at work. It's just amazing, and it really wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for The Biggest Loser," Evans said.
While Evans is still focused on winning the season's at-home consolation prize for eliminated contestants, he insisted the $100,000 prize is not the driving factor for his ongoing weight loss.
"The money was never and it still doesn't remain the biggest motivator for me. For me, it's not a question of winning the cash prize. It sounds cliche, but to be brutally honest with you, I want to prove to anybody -- any of the naysayers or the doubters -- I want to prove to Bob and Jillian that I can be a success if I come home," Evans said.
"I had a good start on that, but I want to prove it for the finale and I want to prove it -- I want them to come back five years from now and go, 'Where is he now?' -- and see that I'm still living a healthy active lifestyle because of The Biggest Loser."
(Photo credit NBC)
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