The Biggest Loser, the famous weight loss and wellness programme, kicked off at the HCT-Sharjah Women’s Campus (SJW) in September this year to encourage students to join the sports complex and to prove that small positive changes in our lifestyles could lead to improvements in health and wellness.
After a bumpy start with only five girls joining the programme, interest soon grew and brought another 25 by the end of week three. A WhatsApp group, only for the students in the programme, was created so the participants can exchange stories and details of their journeys.
The programme included workouts as well as practical and theoretical sessions that cover nutrition and the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. It was designed not only for students with weight loss issues, but also welcomed all students whose goals included gaining muscle mass or shaping and toning their bodies.
The weight loss results spoke for themselves with an average weight loss of four kilograms over an eight-week period. As the weeks went on, more girls joined the programme after hearing from their friends about the astonishing results they were achieving. By the end, 57 enthusiastic students had finished the programme. They all made excellent improvements in their lifestyles and kept working hard to achieve their own personal goals.
The winner of the programme, Sara Ahmad, a student in Health Sciences, said: “The Biggest Loser changed my life completely. I feel more confident and I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know. The most important thing I learned was that it’s not about losing weight, but changing my lifestyle to a better one. Thanks to coaches Danah and Hannah for the support. This is not the end, it’s only the beginning of greatness.”
Haleema Al Shamsi, a Foundations student who joined the programme in October, added: “I already consider myself a winner in this program, because not only did I lost weight, but I also increased my self-confidence and gained great friends within the group. The support from Danah and Hannah was amazing. It helped me change my whole lifestyle and eating habits. I love myself more and will continue this journey.”
Hajar Alawadhi, a first-year Foundations student, said: “It’s my first year in HCT and I heard very good reviews about The Biggest Loser from my friends, so I decided to join too and I’m sure great results will follow.”
Fatmah Abdulla, a student from Information Technology, said: “I had a great experience with The Biggest Loser. Honestly, I didn’t lose much weight but the shape of my body totally changed. I won’t win this challenge but I won my own challenge which is the goal that I set for myself. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us.”
To end this semester’s Biggest Loser Programme, a red-carpet themed celebration was held for the participants. Students and staff shared healthy dishes brought by the health-conscious students. The winner of the programme received a Sony smart watch, which can connect to her phone and monitor her daily activity to keep her motivated. The 2nd & 3rd place winners won AED 200 vouchers from City Center.
Since so many students achieved excellent results and expressed their satisfaction with the experience, the sports staff have decided to continue next semester with The Biggest Loser: Part 2. The aim is to have more students involved and for all of them to excel in achieving their goals.