The Biggest Loser is a hit show wherein people struggling with weight issues (often accompanied by emotional issues) compete to see who can lose the most weight over the course of the show’s season. As it turns out, many winners regain weight after the show.
This can be anywhere from two pounds to two hundred pounds or more. If you aspire to be the next biggest loser, get a head start and try out one of our workout plans! Until then, take a look at where each season’s winners in the United States edition have ended up today!
The Biggest Winners on The Biggest Loser
Here are the biggest winners or some would say losers! Either way, these people lost the weight, and now we get to see their progress!
Season 1, 2004: Ryan Benson
Ryan started out weighing 330 pounds. By the end of the show, he had slimmed down to 208 pounds. Today, he’s back up to about 300–nearly 100 pounds heavier than his lowest weight and only 30 pounds shy of his beginning weight. Ryan humorously tweeted, “I’ve gained some of the weight back, but have maintained my boyish good looks and catlike agility.” He has had three children and appeared in a film focusing on body issues, entitled “Disfigured.”
Season 2, 2005: Matt Hoover
Matt began his journey at 339 pounds. At the season finale, he weighed in at 182 pounds. His most recently announced public weight was 237, about a 50 pound gain from his finale weight, but still over 100 pounds lighter than his starting weight. Matt wins The Biggest Loser’s Biggest Romantic Prize (just kidding, we made that up) for proposing to BL co-contestant Suzy live on the TODAY show. They have 2 kids together now. In 2011, he participated in the Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile marathon.
Season 3, 2006: Erik Chopin
Erik was 407 pounds when he began The Biggest Loser. He worked his way down to 193 pounds for the season finale. He gained back over 170 pounds after the show ended, weighing in recently at 368 pounds. This is just 39 pounds lighter than his initial weight. Erik’s a certified spinning instructor and life coach, but his weight gain really impacted his life. He was featured in the Discovery Health documentary “Confessions of a Reality Show Loser” in the year 2010.
Season 4, 2007: Bill Germanakos
Beginning at 334 pounds, Bill was at a fairly common weight for starting contestants. He made it all the way down to 170 pounds at the show’s end. Currently, he’s about 207 pounds–a 37 pound increase from his lowest weight, but almost 130 pounds lighter than his beginning weight. Bill is a spinning instructor both locally and nationally, and is the Wellness Ambassador and Director of Employee Wellness Initiatives for Quest Diagnostics. He tweeted, “OMG… My son Luke, a freshman in high school, just ran a mile and a half in 7:42.” Obviously the whole family is getting in on the fitness!
Season 5, 2006: Ali Vincent
Ali was the first female winner of TBL. She began at 234 pounds. At the time she won, she weighed just 122 pounds–nearly half her starting weight. She’s only gained back about 3 pounds since the end of the show, coming in at 125 pounds. Ali is a spokesperson for 24 Hour Fitness, and the host of Live Big on the Live Well Network. She’s also authored a book called “Believe It, Be It.”
Season 6, 2008: Michelle Aguilar
Michelle was 242 pounds when she began her journey. She ended up at 132 pounds. Her current weight is unknown. Michelle was married in 2009, and released faith-based book in Fall 2011 called “Becoming Fearless.” Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels authored the forward.
Season 7, 2009: Helen Phillips
Helen was 257 pounds at the beginning of season 7. By the end, she weighed just 117 pounds. She’s gained back a bit, but remains slim at 135 pounds. Helen helps obese families lose weight together. She tweeted about her recognition as Esteemed Woman of Michigan.
Season 8, 2009: Danny Cahill
Danny was 430 pounds when season 8 began. He dropped well over half his weight to become 191 pounds by the finale. He’s currently about 215 pounds–exactly half his starting weight. Danny is a singer/songwriter who’s participated in two marathons and is anticipating the completion of a third.
Season 9, 2010: Michael Ventrella
Michael holds the current record for heaviest starting weight of any contestant, at 526 pounds. He dropped 264 pounds, the record for most weight lost in a season. It was half of his weight. He finished at 262 pounds. Today, he’s gained nearly 30 pounds of it back, but remains at 289 pounds. Michael continues to work out and talk to his community about the importance of staying in shape.
Season 10, 2010: Patrick House
Patrick began TBL at 200 pounds. He dropped 181 pounds to reach 219. He’s currently about 235, and ran in the Boston Marathon on April 18. He beat the marathon time he set on The Biggest Loser by 33 minutes. Patrick helps overweight teens to lose weight and keep healthy at the Mindstream Academy in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Season 11, 2011: Olivia Ward
Olivia was 261 pounds when she started on Biggest Loser. She dropped almost half of that to become 132 pounds at the finale. She’s only gained 10 pounds back, resting at about 142 today. Olivia is the official weight-loss guru for Dr. Drew’s “Life Changers.” Co-contestant and sister Hannah Curlee joins her. She keeps busy but always works in time for a workout.
The Biggest Loser Stats and Facts
On to some assorted facts and stats about The Biggest Loser:
- Season 7 contestant Dane Patterson received plenty of attention for achieving his lifelong goal of completing a marathon with his wife. Unfortunately, a few miles of that were driven in a van.
- 25 countries have their own versions of The Biggest Loser.
- These versions air in 90 countries worldwide.
- The Biggest Loser endorses a shopping list’s worth of products from protein shakes to games.
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