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,
he’s determined to keep on keepin’ on.
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99 Replies to “What The Winners Of The Biggest Loser Look Like Now”

  1. Damm , his metabolism was so damaged that he had to eat 800 calories lesser than a person of the same size.

  2. sorry, but in 99% cases problem with overweight is in the mind not body and unless you don't work with it, you can make all diets and this will not work. Only change of habits works.

  3. We need to create a gene that program the cells to reduce the storage of fat around 85%. Gene therapy will be the definite cure.

  4. It's normal to gain some of the weight back simply due to the fact that it's impossible keep up the pace of exercise and diet after they leave the show. You have family, you have work, you have commitments. The key is a healthy diet (meaning eating habits and not being on a 'diet' as depicted in the show) and maintaining a consistent workout (3 to 4 days a week for 45 to 60 minutes for each workout). It requires dedication to a new healthier lifestyle.

  5. RIP Daniel Wright Season 7 & 8 Biggest Loser. leukaemia.
    https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/daniel-wright-us-biggest-loser-star-dead-at-30/news-story/420701fbb589ac6d8d831a37b42b5f08

  6. Crash diets work fine it's just these pigs can't give up food like a alcoholic can't give up alcohol. I mean they can but lack the willpower

  7. This is why nutrition should be the focus. Being consistent is tough but it was easier for me to focus on nutrition first and then exercise and forget dieting! Just make a healthy lifestyle your focus and then something sweet here or there won't mess you up.

  8. these fuckers are given a chance to get free help losing their weight and they just throw it all away. Fucking disgusting

  9. It can’t be that easy to maintain it. I would say that if you can find a good weight (I’m not overweight or underweight), and try to keep it like that for the rest of your life, you’ll be fine. It doesn’t have to be the skinniest you can be, just something you feel comfortable being around. Also, I heard the Biggest Loser is coming back in 2020.

  10. Obviously without a lifestyle change no weight loss will stick. But I also think the format of the show is wrong to begin with. It's goal is to lose as much weight as possible, regardless of where it comes from. There is no focus on muscle building, which could drastically change their long term results. These people did an insane diet and hours upon hours of cardio on the show, but you can't do that in real life. But by putting on some muscle you can eat normally and have a more reasonable workout routine. I think part of this is they give up because maintaining the insanity of the show is impossible and they think that's what they have to do. They weren't taught proper fitness.

  11. so nobody is gonna mention how matt hoover after the show finished the ironman triathlon?!?!?! HE FINISHED THE IRONMAN

  12. All these obese people say it runs in the family. Like nah dude, nobody runs in your family. That's the issue

  13. These people never learned these habits on their own or within time, they left there w the same mind set change begins within yourself and it’s a slow, everlasting process because it’s a lifestyle not a “right now”

  14. I heard that if you once have these fat cells they never go away! They will always stay there ready to store fat again 🙁 and the fill up very fast

  15. Crash dieting and extreme exercise not only destroy your metabolism, but are unrealistic to maintain. While these people shoulder a certain amount of blame for their relapses, the premise of the show was flawed to begin with.

  16. If you want to sustain your weight loss, you must have a life style change. Many of the biggest losers did say, they went back to their normal life style and of course put weight back on. They need help after the show. The show earns a lot of money and that is what it is all about. They do not care about the contestants. residentialweightloss.com

  17. It blows my mind that these people all wanted something so badly probably more than they ever wanted anything in life…. They worked extremely hard to achieve it and then threw it away. I know they have deep seeded issues with food and food addictions but it sucks to see they were not strong enough to conquer them.

  18. The thing about this is the show is a controlled enviroment and you have coaches pushing and the stakes were high so basically they have no choice but to lose weight. After the show they're greeted back witht the same temptation and no coach, gym or walls to protect and guide and no long term habits or mindest to help yhem fight it off.

  19. Alright people try this:
    Eat, fruits, boiled vegetables, salads and brown rice
    No bakery, no sugar, no oil/butter/fats, no refined flour, no potatoes and very limited salt.
    Try it now and thank me in a few months.

  20. Nothing to do with emotional triggers
    Hormones. Family history etc etc
    It's just carbs. Cut them out and Intermittent fast and life becomes a breeze. Promise. Go Keto + I.F.
    THATS ALL THERE IS 😃

  21. Weight loss is a lifestyle change , most these lazy fucks gain it back , train 4 days a week and eat healthy

  22. Losing weight in the public eye or not…has nothing to do with you regaining weight or not…its about you choosing and taking responsibility for your own good habits…to maintain your goal weight…and its up to you amd only you how you chose to deal with it…i lost 55 kilo by training hard and chosing the quality and quantity of the food i want my bidy to have…its 2 years ago and still i struggle every single day with not falling back into my bad binge eating…the biggest loser participant's got a great opportunity to kick start their weight loss journey..and unfortunately most of them who regained weight blamed the show and the instructors…instead of blaming themselves…

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  24. The excessive exercising on The Biggest Loser is ridiculous….no one can keep that sort of inensity up for the rest of their lives….and hammering your body like that releases cortisol which STOPS weight loss.

  25. That’s why I made the decision 2 months ago to stay on a low carb diet. I’d done low carb before and lost a lot of weight, but then gained it all back after I quit. I’m too old to keep yo-yoing. I maintain a low carb keto diet with one cheat day each week. I do the cheat day because I can have something I want to eat, and it keeps me straight. I look forward to it. I’ve lost 17 pounds in the last 2 months and I’m very happy! I can do this forever!

  26. I feel for a lot of these people on this show except my go to is not food its cigarettes I plan on quitting in 2 weeks !

  27. all of their metabolisms slowed down by around 40-50%. when you decrease calories consumed the body lowers its metabolism, and it only makes sense that it would. If the body sees that it's not getting enough energy in, why would it continue to burn all the rest of the energy at the same rate?

  28. This is why short fix diets don't work, when you have to lose that amount of weight it takes time because you have to rethink your way around eating and that can take up to a year.
    If you are seriously trying to lose weight eat more protein, start your day off with a big breakfast to fill you up a medium size lunch to keep you going and a small dinner to round the day off. Start making your portions smaller one fist size of protein two fist size of veg and a little bit of carb. Start walking 10 mins a time 3-4 a day and build it up till you fill you can do more and don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day, just make sure the next one is better. This way your weight will come off slowly and you will have more control over your life and your body.
    You get to where you want to not where someone else is telling you to.

  29. Even animals have more discipline than this guys. Embarrassing near to cringeworthy over 9000. Some people are really like virus

  30. Noooooo she wasn’t assaulted she used that to hide the fact she got fat as fuck again because she has no discipline

  31. The Biggest Loser is the biggest con. There is too much information regarding calorie deficit being a false science for permanent weightloss and it was inevitable they would all gain their weight back. Everyone should read the Obesity Code by Jason Fung so they could really understand why all these contestants failed to maintain!

  32. That's the main problem about a diet. You're by default "on" a diet. If you want to keep that weight off, you have to alter your lifestyle and nutritional habits.

  33. A simple proven weight loss system, if you're serious about losing weight you have to check this out https://youtu.be/F7PJgcLOVYc

  34. Idk why y'all are blaming the show. This show gave them an advantage and a headstart. Some took advantage educated themselves and kept the weight off. others decided to make different choices.

  35. people need to realise that a diet is suppose to kickstart a sustainable lifestyle. Not a one time thing and then you go back to your overeating and late night snacking

  36. Can't throw a stone without hitting a fat person. Forget about processed food and don't eat when your not hungry.

  37. A person doesn’t get to weigh 300, 400, or 500 pounds without— problems. And for most, those problems still exist. So a person that loses a ton of weight has a few more demons to deal with than most. Given the commercials and availability of bad food — I’m often amazed that everyone doesn’t weigh 500 pounds, though.

  38. Intermittant fasting will help raise basal metabolic rate and reduce possibility of re-gaining weight lost.

  39. losing weight is about the mindset. that is why most people want others to be there to force them to do it. it is VERY hard to chaneg your mindset. the show doesn't even last 3 months, if you are weak mentally then it is easy to go back to your old habits. someone should help the ones overweight first, but then train them enough, let them cook and make the meals themselves, let them see how much to eat and help them for a few months and then you will get used to it. they should teach them about cheat days.

  40. The only way to lose fat is to eat a high protein and high fiber diet. Combine that with a resistance training schedule and you will gain muscle while losing fat.

  41. Fuck that show, it is terrible for their joints and it never taught them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  42. Biggest. Looser. Does. Not. Work!!! You can’t just take away half your life, and the way you live and eat in 6 weeks! It doesn’t work like that, it won’t last! Okay, it almost never last, there are people who are the exception.

  43. İ wish this show kept a track on the contestants ,if the losers don't change their life style & only diet for duration of the program it's inevitable they will pile back on the pounds.It all starts in the mind. Every thing we do is from Habit. My hats off to these guys for working so hard to achieve their goals 👏👏👏

  44. Eating burgers once a week won't make u fat similarly eating clean once a week won't make u fit,its consistency that's the key,

  45. Will power is all it is it's easy to have will power when you're getting pushed to lose weight but other people but when they go away the thoughts start to kick in I bet.

  46. Just weird how different bodies can be. When I'm stressed; food is the last thing I think about. I've maintained 130-140 my entire life. I can literally eat one meal a day and maintain my body weight, and even when I eat that meal, I'm not super hungry. Then if I sit down and eat an entire pizza, I don't gain. I always sit right at the weight I've always been.

  47. OMG I totally thought starving yourself and doing it in a perfect environment doesn't work. Quick Fix Sheeple!

  48. Its not easy to under-eat… But it can be lot easier to over-eat… So yeah thats why Fat Pride should be banned
    #ObesseIsDisease

  49. Lots of weight losing diets misinform people, that diet is NOT temporary thing, is life time change. That means, that you must change you eating habits for rest of your life not only when loosing weight. That's why they say you lose weight fast you gain all back, that because people losing fat fast never change eating habits is simle not enough time to do that, that's why weight comes back with extra pounds. In dieting period body falls in to kind of "self safe state" and weight comes back with+++. Losing slow people changing eating habits as well and to get fat again little less chance. Before begin any fat lose diet you should get ready to change food you eat every day for rest of your life and never come back to it. Are ready? If not, dont even start it.
    P.S. I lost over 100 pounds 8 years ago, I'm free from sugar and any fast carbs, it took time, but "monkey" off my back. Sugar and any fast food with fast useless carbs is addiction like drugs, no difference. If you understand that will be easier to know that when your brane tells you "I deserve burger or candy" it speaks YOUR ADDICTION.

  50. I don’t think anyone who needs professionals in fitness to help them lose weight should ever be a motivational speaker. I’d rather get advice from someone who did it on their own.

  51. Why dont you mention Damien and Nicole. It was a beautiful story- and Damien’s shocking death was a huge (no pun intended) story. Shame on you for not mentioning Damien. He n Nicole was America’s sweethearts. Ps: They told me ALLLLL about how unhealthy it was there. Starving and using excessive pain killers for overuse inniries. Competitors spendinf hours in a steamroom foe the finale. My friend fainted in finale weekend. Your show SUCKS!!!!$

  52. People that always say, diet pills dont work, or crash dieting dont work, you gain all your weight back after you crash and binge, are full of crap! It makes no difference HOW you lose weight, eventually, wether its pills, that helped spurn ya on, or just eating healthy, during that time, theres gonna be a time when you get to the weight you want, then, your gonna hafta not slip back into old eating habbits, period! It does hafta be a lifestyle, of eating healthy or right, for the most part, you can binge, or mess up for a few days even a week or two, but ya hafta reign it back in before ya start to gain alot back! Best thing is to have a short cut off of gain, that you set a limit to! Maybe its 5, 10, or 15 before that buzzer starts going off in your head, DANGER DANGER!! No, diet pills are no worse then anything else!

  53. Ive recently discovered The Onion wasn’t real. Now I see this and I think 🤔 I don’t know what’s real anymore

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