Biggest Loser Winners

Wednesday, August 17 by Elizabeth Stewart

A few of “The Biggest Loser” winners were able to keep their ideal weight through physical activities and a healthy diet. Unfortunately, once the winners leave “The Biggest Loser” ranch and are thrown back into their real-life environment with all its food temptations and busy schedule, it becomes difficult for them to keep up with the healthy lifestyle. 

Ryan Benson. 

He was the winner of “The Biggest Loser” season one, with a price package of $250,000. Prior to being a contestant on the show, Ryan did acting roles as an extra on such films as “Letha Weapon 4” and “Eight Legged Freaks.” He won by losing 122 pounds which he sadly regained after the show was over.

Erik Chopin. 

This season three winner of “The Biggest Loser” appeared on the “Got Milk?” print ad to help boost the nutritional image of dairy products. Erik lost 52 percent of his body weight, or 214 pounds, while a contestant on the show. After leaving “The Biggest Loser,” he regained 100 pounds of the weight he lost but continually struggles to lose extra pounds and keep his ideal weight.    

Jerry Hayes. 

This season seven winner of “At-Home Biggest Loser” received a cash price of $100,000 when his original weight dropped to 192 pounds by the show’s finale. Fans remember him for collapsing on the first day and being rushed into the hospital. Jerry is notable for being truly invested on staying healthy as he has not regained the weight he has lost and continues to monitor his daily caloric intake with a device.

Heba Salama.

She began the show weighing 294 pounds and by the time season six ended, Heba weighed only 156 pounds. She was not a fan favorite, failing to land the top three final spots, and was sent home through the viewers’ votes. Still, Heba won the “At-Home” competition of “The Biggest Loser” by losing 47 percent of her body weight, a total of 138 pounds.

Alison Vincent

With a starting weight of 234 pounds, Alison was eliminated on week five of season five. While away from the ranch, she continued to work out and eat healthy, eventually losing 38 pounds. Through a plot twist, she was brought back into the game and continued to become the first woman to win “The Biggest Loser” title.  

Matt Hoover.

This season two winner lost 157 pounds, received $250,000 and gained a wife all in one season. Matt married “The Biggest Loser” third runner-up Suzy Preston. After leaving the show, he has participated in a number of triathlons and also had a book published, “Matt Hoover's Guide to Life, Love, and Losing Weight.”

Pete Thomas. 

Season 2 $100,000 “At-Home” winner got eliminated on week seven but surprised the audience when he returned to the show for the finale. While home, Pete lost an extra 98 pounds, losing a total of 216 pounds. Since leaving “The Biggest Loser,” Pete has been working as a motivational speaker.

Bill and Jim Germanakos. 

The two brothers dominated season four with Bill winning the competition and brother Jim being the “At-Home” winner. Jim was eliminated on week five but returned to win the “At-Home” prize by shedding 51.52 percent of his original weight. Bill won by losing 164 pounds or a 49 percent loss.

Michelle Aguilar. 

Season six winner Michelle dropped from 242 pounds to 132 pounds by the finale. She joined “The Biggest Loser” with her mom Renee and was the only time they spoke to each other after six years of silence. Since leaving the show, Michelle has competed in the Nautica South Beach Triathlon and also appeared on “The Rachel Ray Show.”

Danny Cahill.

Danny had a total weight loss of 239 pounds on season eight. He dropped from 430 pounds to 191 pounds and used the $250,000 prize to pay off his credit card debt.

- Elizabeth Stewart