Teams of men versus women will compete on Biggest Loser 2.

Men and women will face off against each other on the second season of The Biggest Loser, which debuts in September. The teams will have opposite-sex trainers, however, as Bob Harper will make the women cry and Jillian Michaels will make the men throw up. Will this division give the men’s team an advantage? Executive producer David Broome tells TV Guide, “There’s this myth out there that men lose weight faster and better than women. We’re going to test that myth.” A doctor calls b.s., telling the magazine, “Lean muscle tissue is the driving force for metabolism. So men do start with a certain advantage.”

But all is not lost: The magazine reports that, “In an attempt to level the playing field during the three months contestants work out on Biggest Loser’s fitness farm, producers will compare percentages rather than pounds.” Broome does the math for those of us who have excess fat where the math part of our brains should be: “Let’s say the men’s team starts at 2000 lbs. collectively and the women start at 1500. For the men to lose 10 percent of their body weight, they’d have to lose 200 lbs. For the women to lose the same 10 percent, they only have to lose 150.”

Biggest Loser 2’s Big Gender War [TV Guide]

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