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Chelsea Arthurs, Holley Mangold, Utahn Hap Holmstead, Matt Hooper, Bobby Saleem on "The Biggest Loser." Courtesy NBC
Scott D. Pierce: Can Utahn win way back to ‘Biggest Loser’?

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 04 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 06 2014 08:46 am

If you’re trying to lose weight, is it possible to work out too much? Apparently.

At least that’s what Hap Holmstead said trainer Bob Harper told him shortly before the Pleasant Grove Man was eliminated — sort of — from "The Biggest Loser."

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Holmstead worked out a lot while he was on the show. A whole lot.

"Working out is the easy part for me," Holmstead said in a conference call with reporters. "It’s always been more about what I put in my mouth and how many calories I’m eating."

It’s hard to call his time on the show anything but an, ahem, big success. He lost 87 pounds, dropping from 403 to 316.

"I feel a lot lighter," Holmstead said. "I am able to move around a lot better. I have a lot more energy.... I fit into clothes better. I can get around places. I can sit in a regular airplane seat and not get an extension to that seatbelt. It’s just a lot easier weighing less in life."

If you’re doing anything other than competing on "The Biggest Loser," you lose five pounds in a week and you’re doing great. Who wouldn’t be thrilled?

But by losing "only" five pounds at the weigh-in on the most recent episode, Holmstead was eliminated — sort of — because he lost a lower percentage of his body weight than eight of the other contestants.

Because, maybe, he worked out too hard.

"Sometimes your body could be retaining water or you could be overworking," Holmstead said, "and that’s what Bob told me."

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He certainly wasn’t whining about it. Holmstead was quick to say he "can empathize with people at home" because he and the other contestants "worked our butts off all week long. And when ... it doesn’t show the work that you’ve put in on the scale, it’s really hard. But it happens to everybody all around the nation every single week."

It happened to the the Pleasant Grove man his second-to-last week on the show when he lost "only" two pounds. And Harper "said that I was overworking my body. I still needed to work out but just not as vigorous. And I was able to lose more week to week after [that]."

How much Holmstead lost after he was eliminated — sort of — may well be important. Just moments after it was announced that he was out, host Alison Sweeney announced that all the eliminated contestants would have a chance to win their way back into the competition.

"I was just hoping that it was some sort of physical challenge because I knew if it had to do with strength or if it had to do with any type of a workout or something like that, that I may have a chance to come back," Holmstead said.

Viewers didn’t get all the details on how the re-entry will work. We’ll find out if Holmstead is back in the competition when the show returns from a three-week hiatus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC/Channel 5.

Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at spierce@sltrib.com; follow him on Twitter @Scott DPierce.

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