On Tuesday, December 16, a woman prevailed on “The Biggest Loser” for the second season in a row. Michelle won a quarter of a million dollars by losing a total of 110 lbs. She went from 242 lbs. on the first week of the show to 132 lbs. Not only did she transform her body, but this experience changed her life in other ways.
When Michelle first came to the ranch with her mother, Renee, they had barely spoken in almost 6 years. Michelle felt betrayed after her parent’s divorce, leading to a rift in the mother-daughter relationship and overeating to suffocate her feelings. Michelle extended the invitation to her mom to go on the show.
As the mother and daughter’s waistlines shrank, their relationship grew and a lot of fences were mended. At one point during her time at “The Biggest Loser” ranch, Michelle considered dropping out of the competition. Like many people who start losing weight, she began coming to terms with why she gained the weight in the first place. However, she stuck to it and fought her way to the top, coming in at or near the top most weeks.
Renee, Michelle’s mom, was one of her toughest competitors, also getting to the top of the leader board on most weeks. Although she was voted off a week before the semifinals, Renee still successfully dropped 106 lbs., going from 267 lbs. to 161 lbs. Already two beautiful women, the mother and daughter seemed to glow on the show’s finale.
Another fierce competitor took home the prize of $100,000. Heba, who was eliminated on the “The Biggest Loser” finale, walked away with the money. Despite the pleas of her husband Ed, over 80% of home voters chose him as a finalist instead of her. She was the biggest woman in the competition, starting at 294 lbs. Heba’s desire to start a family with her new husband served as the catalyst to getting on the show. She lost 138 lbs. and weighted 156 lbs.
Despite the two women walking away with the monetary prizes, the most inspirational contestant would have to be Jerry. At the beginning of the competition, the police officer was the biggest man at 380 lbs. and had so many health problems that doctors thought he wouldn’t be able to make it in the competition.
The show’s doctor said his internal age was 20 years older than his biological age. Even though he went home a few weeks after the start of the competition, he still lost 115 lbs. and weighed 265 lbs. by the finale. The best part of his weight-loss journey is the fact that he no longer has to take any of the medications he had to at the beginning of the show. He proves that age and illness should not be an excuse for not taking care of yourself.
As the year draws to an end, many individuals will be embarking on their own journey toward better health. Shows such as “The Biggest Loser” can serve as an inspiration for people who have struggled with weight. Of all the show’s seasons, very few of the contestants have regained their weight. The most notable exception was the Season 1 winner, who regained 80 of the 100 lbs. he lost. Historically, those who don’t make it to the final have more permanent results.
Individuals who would like to be inspired but will never be on the show can get results at home by joining The Biggest Loser Club at http://www.biggestloserclub.com/3booklanding.asp?fml=1. Online members can talk to contestants from the show, get recipes and track their progress. Season 7 of “The Biggest Loser” starts Tuesday, January 9, 2009 on NBC.