What The Winners Of The Biggest Loser Look Like Now

The early 2000s were ripe with reality TV
programs, and one of the most sensational premiered in 2004: NBC’s The Biggest Loser. The show continued for another 16 seasons,
raking in millions, before quietly disappearing in 2016. So whatever became of the winners? Here’s what they look like now. When Ryan Benson joined the first season of
The Biggest Loser, he weighed over 300 pounds. And after five grueling months of extreme
workouts and dietary restrictions, he clocked in at just 208 pounds. But once the cameras stopped rolling, Benson
started slipping back into old habits almost immediately. He told Business Insider, “In my mind I just thought I’ve been training
so hard I want to eat something I craved for a few months, a burger, fries, some ribs. That was one of the things that propelled
me to the finish line.” “I just slipped back into my old habits really
quick within the next year or two, and within about four or five years, I’d put back on
all the weight.” It turned out Benson had gained back the weight
he lost, plus some. He told Inside Edition in 2017 that he was
once again dieting to lose the weight. “I’m still losing weight slowly and steady,
and I don’t plan on ever changing.” Today, his Instagram says that he’s doing
his best to live a healthy, plant-based life. Matt Hoover debuted on Season 2 weighing 339
pounds. And by the time we was crowned the second-ever
winner, he’d lost 157 pounds. “I’m not motivated by waking up and saying
I look pretty good today. I need to have something to reach for.” But unbeknownst to viewers at the time, Hoover
and third place winner Suzy Preston had fallen in love on the show. According to People, the couple said “I do”
in 2006 and have since welcomed two sons. “That show really changed our lives.” By 2010, Hoover had regained some weight,
revealing to NBC News Chicago that he weighed 237 pounds. Preston, too, had gained back over 40 pounds. In 2011, the couple confessed via YouTube
that they feel guilty for not maintaining their weight loss, but recent pics of the
family prove they’re doing great together. In 2006, Erik Chopin became Season 3’s Biggest
Loser after dropping an incredible 200 pounds. But he admitted to Us Weekly, “After about a year and a half, I started
to put the weight on. I got back to 368 pounds. In my head, it sounds almost the same [as
my starting weight].” Chopin ultimately decided to give dieting
another go in the 2010 documentary, Confessions of a Reality Show Loser. While he’s been pretty quiet about his weight
in recent years, he revealed to the Bucks County Courier Times in 2011 that he was working
as a spin instructor and was down to 245 pounds. As of 2018, Erik is looking good! After losing 164 pounds on The Biggest Loser,
Bill Germanakos was chosen as the winner of Season 4. And, like past winners, Germanakos faced big
challenges after returning home, telling Today in 2009, “I’m a morbidly obese person in a fit body. I’m hungry all the time.” By the end of 2010, he told Newsday that he
was “maintaining about 120 pounds off [his] weight loss.” Even though he had yet to hit his goal weight
of 205 pounds, he was working out and inspiring others to get fit. Today, he promotes healthy living and education
via his social media. For the first time in Biggest Loser history,
a woman was crowned the winner in Season 5. When Ali Vincent first appeared on the show,
she weighed 234 pounds, dropping to a slim 112 pounds by the finale. Although she maintained her new body for seven
years, she started putting weight back on in 2015. Vincent revealed on OWN that she had been
assaulted while getting a massage that year, admitting that she dealt with her feelings
through mindless eating and drinking. She said, “I don’t share this story of me being assaulted
because it’s an excuse or something I’m dwelling on, it’s something that I’m working through.” Since The Biggest Loser, Vincent has gotten
married and started a family. In 2008, Michelle Aguilar lost 110 pounds
to win The Biggest Loser, Season 6. People reported at the time that Aguilar lost
over 45 percent of her body weight, and at her final weigh-in, she was 132 pounds. Even though she no longer discloses the number
on her scale, she said coming home from the ranch was even more challenging than filming
the show. She told Life Today, “A candy bar is just 99 cents away from you
and you can choose that. That, I think, is when the struggle really
comes in.” “When I would get really upset or depressed,
I thought well if I could just get something really good to eat, then it’ll make me feel
better.” In January 2019, Aguilar shared pics from
2009 and 2019, looking just as happy as she did back then. At 48 years old, Season 7’s Helen Phillips
was the oldest person to ever win the competition. Having shed 140 pounds, her end weight was
just 117. She told Today in 2009, “Never in a million years did I think I was
going to win. I thought I was either going to die here the
first month or they were going to send me packing… but here I am.” By the time Phillips turned 51, she revealed
she was still exercising every day. “I have completely transformed my life.” When Danny Cahill was announced as the Season
8 winner, he was 239 pounds lighter than when he started. But while he may have headed into 2010 feeling
like “a million bucks,” by 2016, he had put back on over a hundred pounds. “When you gain weight back even when you’re
in school, it’s shameful. When you’re in front of America, then it’s
even, it’s ten times as shameful.” Through the process of losing and regaining
weight, Cahill’s metabolism had essentially come to a screeching halt. As The New York Times reported, he has to
eat a whopping 800 fewer calories than men of the same size, otherwise he will gain fat. At 526 pounds, Michael Ventrella was the heaviest
contestant to participate on the show. But by the end of Season 9, he had lost over
50 percent of his weight, making him the winner at 262 pounds. “I’m like an anomaly. It’s crazy. My body is just bouncing back, and I love
it.” Although he expected his life to change exponentially
after being crowned the Biggest Loser, things didn’t pan out as he had hoped. He went through his prize money quickly and
struggled to find footing in Los Angeles. Ventrella also started gaining weight immediately
after returning home. But despite putting on 20 pounds, he had firmly
set his sights on bodybuilding. As of 2018, Ventrella is an independent associate
of Isagenix, which specializes in weight loss products. Season 10 winner, Patrick House, once told
People, “Had it not been for Biggest Loser, I could
be 500 [pounds]. I could be dead, I could have had a heart
attack.” During his time on the show, House lost 205
pounds and trimmed down to a slim 219 pounds by the season finale. Six years later, he’d gained back nearly 50
pounds, but he doesn’t hold the show responsible. He claims, “The weight I have gained back is directly
proportional to my time focused on diet and gym time. The only place to point the finger is at the
man in the mirror. Maintenance is tough, but it’s not impossible.” “We need to steer clear of this aisle. There’s nothing good over here for us.” In 2017, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series shared
a video of House participating in their 2017 New Orleans marathon, confirming that the
Season 10 winner “continues to embrace an active lifestyle.” “Actually came in first and second, we won
season 11 of NBC’s the Biggest Loser.” “High five for us.” The winner of Season 11, Olivia Ward originally
appeared on the show weighing 261 pounds. By the finale, she was clocking in at 132
pounds, and remains one of the very few Biggest Losers who has maintained their finale weight. “This has been such a life changing thing
for me, and I’ve been so thankful that I’ve been able to hang onto it for almost five
years.” In 2017, she shared photos of herself from
2001 and 2017, writing, “It’s never too late… if you want a change
go and get it. I feel better at 41 than I ever did at 21.” Ward continues to work on her fitness goals
by also working as a senior SoulCycle instructor in Atlanta. “Don’t let life just pass you by. Why not you, why not now?” When Season 12 began in 2011, John Rhode stepped
onto The Biggest Loser scale weighing 445 pounds, and went on to capture fans’ attention
with his dramatic 220-pound weight loss. He revealed to Today in 2014 that he’d gained
50 pounds since the finale, but also became the owner of a CrossFit gym in Arizona. “Crossfit is all about total fitness. You’re prepared for anything. You can adapt and overcome. I’m here so I can learn and so I can share
with others.” Nearly 200 pounds lighter, Jeremy Britt walked
away the winner of The Biggest Loser Season 13. “Lemme start with saying I hate burpees.” When Digital Spy asked how he planned to keep
the weight off, Britt explained, “All these things that I’ve learned have helped
me to do that going forward here… If I do something that keeps me in the public
eye, it just keeps me accountable.” However, in the years since his big win, Britt
has kept an incredibly low profile. But according to a Facebook post in 2017,
Britt is likely busy with family life. Danni Allen started her weight loss journey
at 258 pounds and clocked 137 at her final weigh-in. The Season 14 winner revealed to Today that,
by 2014, she’d gained a little over ten pounds back, but she’d also become a managing partner
of a yoga studio, a motivational speaker, and even ran her first marathon. “What you can do in just a year can truly
shock you.” Allen continues to encourage others to get
fit and works on her own fitness goals, despite having been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian
syndrome in 2016, a condition she’s likely had her whole life. In an interview with Fox 32, Allen also revealed
that “losing so much weight so quickly” on The Biggest Loser had some unintended consequences,
possibly impacting fertility. “Your fat cells are full of estrogen, I lost
over 140 pounds worth of estrogen.” Despite her challenges, she continues to live
a healthy lifestyle and strives to bring awareness to P.C.O.S. Rachel Frederickson, arguably the most controversial
winner of The Biggest Loser, took home a $250,000 grand prize after going from 260 pounds to
105 pounds in Season 15. But many viewers were concerned that she’d
lost too much weight. After having shed 60 percent of her body weight,
she revealed to People, “Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in
my training to get to the finale.” “It’s that moment where I had to say, ‘I’m
gonna embrace being me and being different.'” She also denied having an eating disorder
as some had speculated at the time, according to the mag. By April 2014, Frederickson revealed to Us
Weekly that she had put on around 20 pounds, announcing, “I think I’m at my perfect weight!” Frederickson has stayed out of the limelight
since 2016, but she was looking happy and healthy at that time. After being named winner of Season 16, Toma
told Us Weekly, “It’s so mind-boggling and overwhelming, I
look in the mirror and I still have a hard time recognizing myself. Knowing that I’ve lost, in the last year,
over 200 pounds, it’s just amazing.” Toma revealed that he started the show at
366 pounds, but that he was 377 pounds at his heaviest. Clearly, even he couldn’t believe his extreme
weight loss. By 2016, though, Toma revealed in a Facebook
post that his weight was “starting to creep up” on him after sustaining a calf injury
a few months prior. In an effort to avoid returning to his previous
weight, he hosted a diet bet to lose the weight he’d gained. The Season 16 winner hasn’t spoken publicly
about his weight since, but shares parts of his life on Instagram. Although viewers weren’t aware of it at the
time, Roberto Hernandez would be the last person to ever win The Biggest Loser. Hernandez weighed 348 pounds when he first
appeared on the 17th and final season of the show, and by the end, he’d lost 160 of those
pounds, weighing in at 188. “It wasn’t about the money. It was all about making a transformation that
I wanted and be that father that I wanted.” Six months after the finale aired, Hernandez
told the Chicago Tribune that he’d put back on about 40 pounds, but had also just run
his first half-marathon. The weight didn’t worry him, he said, because
he had been eating more carbs and building muscle. And while many have faulted the show for the
seemingly inevitable weight gain that often follows, Hernandez claims he’s holding himself
accountable, instead. Although he says that maintaining his weight
has been the most difficult thing he’s had to overcome, as of 2019, according to him,
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45 Replies to “What The Winners Of The Biggest Loser Look Like Now”

  1. Stop carbs, thats it! Nothing too have to do massive exercising at a gym, not eating good, satiated meals because you must cut calories is a lie! Eat great foods, excellent foods and calories aren't part of thinking dieting, and simply do some walking 3 days a week. Understand that 1 gram of fat is twice the calories of 1 gram of carbs, throw refined sugars and fructose corn syrups out with the garbage and find how many great tastes there are with out having to even think about them after kicking the carbs and the sugar poisons out!

  2. So why is it the shows fault that they gained the weight back?

    We as human beings(me included) have a thing of not taking responsibility for the daily decisions that we make that have an impact on our body in this case!

  3. I've lost weight and became the idea of fitness but it was never worth it. I think that is why most people who regain weight experience. I never felt it was worth it and was never happy.

  4. Have any of you ever been on a diet and a friend or co-worker kind of give you the 'side eye'? When I would go to lunch with my best friend at the time, I almost felt pressured to order something not as healthy as I wanted to. And, I think she felt pressure to order something that she really didn't want so that it wouldn't make her 'look bad'. LOL. I was just focused on staying on my diet and really enjoyed the healthier food, but I could feel a little tension. And, even some extended family members, at family gatherings,  would encourage you to eat badly instead of praise you for trying to get healthy! Go figure!

  5. Some people will gain weight on really quick, if I eat 2500 cal a day I will gain weight but crash diets it will come back quicker then you lost it.

  6. the harsh reality is that once you diet, and drop weight, as soon as you give in to those cravings its over. You can never go back how you used to be no matter how much you want to.

  7. People don’t realize that the shows way of losing weight is SUPER unhealthy for anyone, especially people of that size.

  8. They should bring back this show but they should do a better job n ease them into the weight loss so they don’t binge once they are on their own.

  9. To the man who claims can't eat 800kcal extra or he gains weight: my dad is a cyclist and burns an average of 1000kcal in a morning ride. Just fucking move you aaaaaaaaass people! That's how you fix your metabolism, fucking activate it goddamnit

  10. Feel like you want to leave maybe halfway through. The people who get to leave are able to go back to their regular environment. That way they're able to see how fitness and healthy eating can fit into their everyday lives at their own pace, and their motivation comes from within instead of the rigid workout schedule and coaches. The finalists are stuck in that ranch environment until they're suddenly forced out cold turkey. So I'm not surprised they weren't able to adapt as well.

  11. Its really sad to see how people struggle mentally more than physically with weight loss and yet these shows never acknowledged this aspect.

  12. The ketogenic way of eating has successfully addressed polycystic ovarian syndrome in a great many people—along with being overweight and having high inflammation. The key is getting healthy to lose weight, not losing weight rapidly in hopes of getting healthy. A whole food, moderate protein, low-carbohydrate diet with no sugars and no grains can do this for you.

  13. They always make it seem like being a normal weight require such hard work. Pushing contestants to do 50 min of cardio at the end of these shows, telling them they have to do strenuous workouts EVERY DAY for the rest of their life to not gain weight. Who has the willpower for that? No one. So they feel like they failed if they haven't worked out for a while, or ate a doughnut – and thus old habits return fast. It shouldn't be like that. In fact many people at a normal weight no not work out at all, they just eat a normal amount of calories and get some exercise from normal stuff like walking around each day doing their chores (job, kids, etc). They should make a show about obese people learning how to love a normal/healthier lifestyle. Try making healthy meals for them that THEY actually think taste nice, and would look forward to having at home. Not dry salad with chicken! Something they like! Teach them how to manoeuvre in real life (don't go shopping when you are hungry for example). How to make easy, fast, healthy recipes so you don't go for fast food if you are tired. In cases of desperation what heathy fastfood stores is close to where they live. Exercise that they don't feel forced to do, if you enjoy swimming go swimming, yoga? do yoga! If you plain hate exercise, do more choices around your house, or pursuit interests. It takes the focus away from food and often actually curves cravings. Try sowing a dress, 3 hours will be gone in no time. Teach them how to keep occupied in general, hungry? Fix that tire first, easy peacy.. you can just eat afterwards! Wanna buy groceries? Put on some makeup first and take your time choosing an outfit. Because it takes time (a lot if you do it several times a day) away from eating more. In time you will get used to eating less and doing more, looking forward to fixing your car, making that dress, because it's rewarding. I did all this and it is NOT hard to maintain. I'm 175 and 57kg btw. Have been for 15 years.

  14. This show proves that Americans have absolutely no clue as to what a treadmill is but have a pretty good idea what a Mc Donald's is. 😕😖

  15. 2:42 "hungry all the time"
    4:06 always looking for something good to eat"
    5:09 must eat 800 fewer calories per day to maintain weight loss compared to someone who never gained the weight

    Great motivational video and soooo true! I have lost 80-100 lbs twice in my life and always felt hungry

  16. lol i never understood how junk food can cure stress. if anything it makes me more stressed and more depressed. for me. eating clean most of the time. then once a week have a nice cheat meal. but making sure its good ingredients and not shitty processed stuff. ex. sushi, chipotle, authentic mexican etc.

  17. This show just abused and yelled at people in order to get into shape. They never tackled the reason these people were obese in the first place. They worked them so hard that they even damaged their metabolisms. Weight loss is a realistic lifestyle change that the person will eventually love. These people never learned to change their lifestyle. You have to look at it holistically.

  18. i weighted about 300 lbs but i sat on my ass all day, and just by getting a job and using a bike to get to work and eating healthier im losing weight slow and steady.

  19. Slow and steady wins the race. And to tackle obesity we need to address the underlying issue. The extra weight and fat is just a symptom. It's not the problem.

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