Melissa Morgan: Final 'The 'Biggest Loser' weight gain gave validation
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/10/2010
Melissa Morgan feels the weight gain she posted during last night's The Biggest Loser episode finally proved she wasn't attempting gameplay when she put up poor weight-loss numbers at two earlier weigh-ins in which her team had won immunity from elimination.
"Week 2 and Week 3 was absolutely not gameplay. That was as real as real can be," she told reporters during a Wednesday conference call.
"I'm just praying that the plus-one from last night's episode validates what I've said the entire season: I was not playing the game. I'm really struggling with my weight here."
The 39-year-old attorney from Aspermont, TX became the eighth contestant eliminated from The Biggest Loser: Couples during last night's ninth-season episode of the NBC reality weight-loss series after gaining a pound and weighing-in at 199 pounds during the competition's sixth weigh-in.
"I was really freaking out at that point," she said. "I literally left the scale and said, 'I've got to talk to Dr. Huizenga because I'm not playing the game and I've got to figure out what's going on.'"
Morgan said she had started her menstrual cycle the day before the Week 3 weigh-in, which Dr. Huizenga said might have played a role in her numbers.
"When I talked to Dr. Huizenga he told me that was going to make a difference, that was going to be anywhere from six to eight pounds of water retention," she explained to reporters.
"But he also told me that at that point I was the only woman in the house that had gained any muscle at all [and] everyone knows that muscle is heavier than fat."
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While Morgan said she believes those things factored into her zero net weight-loss during those two weeks, she's still hasn't found a definitive explanation for her struggles.
"I've struggled with that rollercoaster the entire time," she said. "I wish that I had an answer, I wish that someone else could give me a good explanation. But at this point I still don't have one."
Needless to say, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels weren't happy with Morgan's weight gain during the second week and accused her of using gameplay since she had immunity.
While Morgan said Harper has since apologized, she has yet to speak to Michaels.
"We didn't see eye to eye on things. I didn't have an opportunity to speak with Jillian after the weigh-in that aired last night, so I really don't know what her position is at this point," said Morgan.
"I would hope that validates for her that I wasn't playing the game early on."
Morgan said she takes things "extremely personally," so she didn't take the trainers' accusations lightly.
"When Bob and Jillian believed that I was playing the game it broke my heart," she said. "When I came there, Bob and Jillian were on a pedestal in my opinion. My heart was broken that they didn't trust that I was telling them the truth."
Morgan said she normally holds grudges "forever" but couldn't let the bad blood she felt from Michaels and Harper get her down.
"I realized I can't be that person anymore. That person was the fat girl that showed up on The Biggest Losercampus," she said. "There were just so many things in my life that needed to change and that was one of them. I literally had to let it go, put all that behind me and just keep moving forward whether they believed me or not."