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The Biggest Loser might just be one of the most controversial reality shows on television. However, people still love watching it and you might be wondering where the winners of each season are now. Have they kept their fit bodies? There are also some facts about this series that will surprise you. Let’s find out more!
Despite the controversies that The Biggest Loser has had over the years, it’s still loved in the U.S. In 2020, they aired the 18th season, and Jim DiBattista became the winner with a reward of $100,000 after losing 144 pounds. He started the journey weighing 385 pounds and looks like a whole new person.
It hasn’t been that long since the show ended, but it seems that Jim has maintained his new weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle. It also looks like DiBattista became a coach and is helping others embrace fitness living. You can follow him on Instagram to learn more about his life.
Hernandez was the winner of the 17th season after losing 160 pounds during his time on the show. He started at 348 pounds and reached 188 at the end. The show had originally been canceled or placed on hold after 2016, but it returned for Season 18 in 2020.
It seems that Roberto’s weight has been up and down since leaving the show. Of course, you normally have to maintain an active lifestyle to keep off such a huge loss. But he maintained his health and that’s all that matters in the end. You can also follow him on Instagram, where he talks about the hardships after leaving the show.
Dobrosavljevic started the show weighing 336 pounds but finished at 165 after losing 200 pounds. The 16th season aired in 2015 and the competitor was incredibly happy to have won. “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,” he said.
You can also find Toma on social media, and although he has definitely gained some weight since the show ended, he looks healthier than when he started. Unfortunately, he also suffered from a calf injury a year after wrapping the finale, and it also contributed to his weight gain.
Rachel Fredrickson might have been one of the most controversial winners on the show because she weighed just 105 pounds for the finale. She started at 260 pounds and such a drastic loss coupled with her slim figure made audiences question if the competitor was healthy or not.
A couple of years after leaving the show, the competitor said that she had been “a little too enthusiastic” about losing weight. It seems that she also retired from public life because her social media accounts are not that active. But Rachel told Today that she gained 20 pounds after leaving the show and is much better now.
Danni Allen started the competition at 258 pounds and lost 121 along the way. For the finale, she was at 137 pounds. When asked what she learned during the show, Allen said, “Being a part of the show gave me the confidence to feel comfortable in my own skin, no matter what size I was along the way. Being a participant in an initiative like that reminded me that it is OK to fail.”
Allen became a fitness teacher and motivational speaker after her time on The Biggest Loser and her weight seems to remain on a healthy spectrum. She is the marketing director of Planet Fitness in Chicago and weighs somewhere between 175 and 180 pounds. Her social media is also active, and she looks great!
The 13th season of the show aired in 2012, and Britt lost 199 pounds by the finale. He was the youngest contestant to ever win The Biggest Loser at just 23 years old. Jeremy started his journey at 389, and his transformation is one of the most impressive in the reality series.
Britt disappeared from the spotlight after winning the show and doesn’t seem to have a big social media presence. He is a mortgage consultant in Michigan. His sister, Conda, was also on the show with him, and he told the Daily News that, “We have to stay focused on our health because that is the end goal—being healthy for the rest of our lives."
Rhode started his time on the show weighing 445 pounds, and by the end of the season, he was at 225 pounds, taking the 12th-season win. At the time, he told People, “I still don’t know how I did it, but I’m grateful. Anything is possible. I’ve been given a new life. Now I just want to keep working hard, stay focused and help people.”
Just like other contestants, Rhode became a motivational speaker and coach. His weight seems to have gone up in the years after the show, but that’s to be expected. John continues a healthy lifestyle by practicing CrossFit and even promoted the company in a video.
It’s not easy for women to win a show like The Biggest Loser, but Ward started with a weight of 261 pounds. By the finale, she only weighed 129 pounds. The contestant told HuffPost, “It was the most life-changing experience I have ever had the privilege of going through. I learned that weight loss happens from the inside out. For the first time in my life, I was really working on my body, mind, and spirit.”
While her fellow contestants on the show might have gained the weight back, it seems that Olivia has maintained it beautifully. She is now a SoulCycle teacher living in Atlanta and has an active Instagram that you can check. Additionally, Ward started a blog called Myfitspiration with her sister, Hanna Curlee, who also competed on the show.
In 2010, Patrick House won the 10th season of The Biggest Loser after a loss of 181 pounds. He started his journey at 400 pounds. The contestant, who was unemployed at the time, said, “Not only the title and the notoriety that goes with it but the ability to pick my family back up and get our two feet back on the ground, to start over, and pay off the family members who have loaned me money."
Years later, it seemed that House managed to maintain his weight. He also defended the show from allegations of illegal substances and damage to the contestants’ health. Patrick told People, “I just don’t buy into the whole theory of pointing a finger at a production company, a TV show when it really comes down to the person.”
Ventrella started his journey on the show weighing 526 pounds, but by the end, he was at 262. He was crowned the winner of the 9th season in 2010. The contestant is known for being the heaviest person to ever participate. But things have not been great after his time on the show.
His weight today remains known because he hasn’t updated his social media in a long time. But he also became a motivational speaker and trainer. Unfortunately, it seems that his prize money was spent repaying student loans and on taxes. “I have no money coming in and a lot of money going out. That scares me to death,” Ventrella told Chicago Mag.
In 2009, Cahill started competing on The Biggest Loser with a weight of 431 pounds. He promptly lost 239 pounds in only seven months with a final weight of 191 pounds. That’s how he won the 8th season. At the time, the contestant said, "I've got my life back. I mean, I feel like a million bucks."
Unfortunately, Cahill did go through some trouble after finishing the show. He gained back a lot of weight and was weighing at 295 pounds in 2016. Apparently, his metabolism also suffered after the competition. Doctors told him that his body burns fewer calories than normal for his size.
Helen Phillips is another female winner on the list, and she won the 7th season in 2009. The contestant started the competition weighing 257 pounds and reduced that to 117 pounds. “It's been a tremendous change," she revealed to Good Housekeeping.
Phillips doesn’t have an active page on Facebook where she talks about losing weight and updates her fans. She does however encourages people to participate in her “Boot Camp for a Cause” alongside Erin Nicole. Although it looks like Helen might have gained a few pounds back, she still appears healthy.
Aguilar was the winner of the 6th season, as she went from weighing 242 pounds to 132 pounds by the finale. “The grand prize was wonderful, but the lasting reward was the discovery of who I am when I am thrown into the refiner’s fire and the heat is cranked up,” she said at the time.
Michelle is another contestant that seems to be doing amazing even after the show ended. She even became a mom and an author. Her book, ‘Becoming Fearless’, came out in 2011. Although her exact weight has not been disclosed, you can follow her Instagram and see how happy she is.
Ali Vincent was the first woman to ever win the show, and it happened in the 5th season in 2008. She started the competition at 234 pounds and dropped to 122. At the time, Vincent said, “Millions of people watched my journey, but there’s a lot more to it than what you saw on TV. Behind my extra pounds were issues I needed to explore before I could change my life for good.”
In 2016, the former contestant posted a Facebook update and confessed that she had gained most of the weight back. "I couldn't imagine a day again that I would weigh over 200 pounds. I feel ashamed. I feel embarrassed. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like a failure.” But she had since managed to shed the weight again.
Bill was competing with his brother, Jim, during the 4th season in 2007. He weighed 334 pounds at the beginning and finished at 170. The contestant had a famous motto while competing: “To become half the man so that he could be twice the man".
Germanakos became a motivational speaker and is the VP of sales at EdLogics. His weighed has not been disclosed but based on the reunion pictures, it appeared that he gained a few pounds back. The experience on the show changed his life and he is committed to continuing a healthier lifestyle.
In 2006, Chopin started his weight-loss journey with 407 pounds. After several months, he lost 214 pounds for the finale weight of 193, which earned him the title of The Biggest Loser during the 3rd season of the show. Sadly, it seems that the results didn't last long.
Erik appeared on ‘Oprah’ in 2009 and talked about gaining 175 pounds back. However, he also said that he was working on a new diet and fitness regime. Unfortunately, the former contestant doesn’t have an active social media presence. So, it’s hard to say if he managed to be healthier afterward.
Hoover started competing on the reality series in 2005 with a weight of 339 pounds. He managed to shed 157 pounds and weighed 182 pounds by the final episode. He was crowned the second winner of the show. But the contestant also won something else during his time on The Biggest Loser.
Matt fell in love and married the runner-up of the season, Suzy. They have two kids and based on social media, they are incredibly happy still. While his Instagram is not that active, Suzy posts constantly about their family. It’s clear that he regained some of the weight he lost on the series, but it’s not that bad.
Benson was the winner of the first season back in 2004. He started at 330 pounds but dropped to 208 pounds. That’s a loss of 122 pounds in just a few months. However, the contestant also revealed that it was hard being away from his family at that time.
Years later, Benson confessed that he had gained almost all the weight he lost back then. He also said that he is heavier than in 2004. “I slipped back into my old habits real quick. Within the next year or two and in about four or five years I had put back on all of the weight,” he revealed. But he is working on being healthier.
Now that you know where all the winners of the show are now, it’s time for some interesting facts! Unfortunately, Season One winner, Benson, started some unhealthy habits to win the contest. He would fast often and dehydrate himself. The pressure of being on television was too much for him.
Stories about the contestants’ health are the reason why this show is controversial. Two participants were sent to the hospital in 2009; one of them suffered from heatstroke from a race. The conditions of the show can be too extreme, especially because it’s changing someone’s lifestyle so rapidly.
Audiences love to see the weigh-ins and the competitors’ new look every week. However, it seems that they don’t actually have seven days to better themselves. Former contestant, Andrew “Cosi” Costello, said that it was never weekly. Sometimes, they would weigh after three weeks. So, Costello had to lie on the show and say things like, “I work hard this week,” when it had been almost a month.
Costello also said that while the crew and other staff got to leave during the holidays, the cast was not permitted that time off. They were left in the house with a supervisor and guard so that they would continue their regimes. Apparently, they were only allowed to call a loved one for five minutes on Christmas.
Jillian Michaels was the beloved trainer of the show, but she quit in June 2014. Apparently, she was worried about the way the contestants were treated in the series. At the time, many professionals had stressed that it wasn’t healthy for people to lose weight like that.
Many contestants cannot talk about what happened while filming because they had agreed to everything. However, Mendonca revealed that she was told to gain weight before they started because she was “not fat enough”. So, she reached 255 pounds to appear on the show. Other participants said that the producers knew how to manipulate people.
Franken-food is genetically modified foods. Former contestant Kai Hibbard said most of what they ate during her season was not nutritious at all. It consisted of Jell-O, energy drinks, fat-free processed cheese, and 'I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter' spray. She also revealed that a doctor had told all of them to have electrolyte drinks, but the show said that they shouldn’t drink them.
Gwynn was told to lie about what she ate and how much weight she lost during the show. Apparently, she only had 800 calories a day, and sometimes even less. But the showrunners told her to say that it was actually 1,500 calories. That’s why audiences have to take every single reality show with a grain of salt. You might not be seeing anything “real”.
It seems that after the show most contestants gained some weight back, but some did continue to lead a healthier lifestyle. Let us know which one was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love this show. See you next time!