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Olly Belly brings a popular American reality show concept to Tamil TV—pushing participants to lose weight. Pradeep Milroy Peter, head of programming, Vijay TV,  takes us behind the scenes:

How were the participants selected?
Based on their weight, fitness and BMI index. Their fitness levels were tested by professionals before they were short-listed.

What must they do to lose weight?
We have lined up 16 activities like tomato crushing, filling water tanks, balancing weights, climbing stairs and more. They will be judged on performance and how much weight they lose.

Who has the biggest weight issues?
Rajkumar, at 22 years, is 152 kg, while Gomathy, a home maker, is 113 kg.

Fitness experts on the show?
We have Dr Kannan Pugazhenthi, head of Sparrc institute and  a celebrity fitness expert,  and Dr Natarajan, a personal trainer and former national level athlete.

Olly Belly, which premiered on March 15, is on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 pm
—Mrinalini Sundar

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