The Biggest Loser Contestants and Alums
By Maggie Badore for Diets in Review
The season premier of Biggest Loser 10 aired last week. The first episode took on a new format, traveling to cities around the U.S. for mini-competitions to determine who would earn a coveted spot on the Biggest Loser Ranch. There's no telling which of these 21 individuals will be crowned the next Biggest Loser, but we'll no doubt be inspired by each and every one of them.
Here's a look at the winners from the past nine seasons.
Season 1: Ryan Benson
Ryan Benson is an actor from California, who lost 122 pounds to be the first to claim the title of "The Biggest Loser." However he later admitted to unhealthy fasting to attain his goal, resulting in his eventual re-gaining. The show now monitors this behavior more closely. Benson has gone on to be in the film, Disfigured.
Season 2: Matt Hoover
Matt Hoover came from the small town of Belle Plaine, Iowa. Once a professional wrestler, he gained weight when his athletic career ended in disappointment. But in the second season of the Biggest Loser, he faced his goals and lost a total of 157 pounds. Matt went on to date another season two contestant, Suzy Preston, and the two are now married with children. He is now a motivational speaker.
Season 3: Erik Chopin
Long Island deli owner Erik Chopin started the season at 407 pounds and dropped an impressive 214 pounds to become the season's Biggest Loser. However, when the show ended, he began gaining the weight back. Determined to not give up, Erik re-embraced the Biggest Loser lifestyle in 2010 and is committed to maintaining these long-term life changes.
Season 4: Bill Germanakos
Hailing from Lynbrook, New York, Bill Germanakos was cast in season four of The Biggest Loser alongside his twin brother, Jim. He dropped a total of 164 pounds, or 49.1 percent of his starting weight. His winning mantra was "to become half the man, so that he could be twice the man." He travels the country as a motivational speaker and wellness professional and lives the lifestyle every day.
Season 5: Ali Vincent
The first female winner of The Biggest Loser, Ali Vincent, competed with her mom in the first season to feature couples. A hair stylist from Mas, Arizona, Ali's weight loss kept up with the men. She dropped a total of 112 pounds from her starting weight of 234. She's also had success in keeping her trim body, and published a book about her journey titled Believe It, Be It.
Season 6: Michelle Aguilar
Season six winner Michelle Aguilar was estranged from her mother, Renee Wilson, for six years prior to competing together on The Biggest Loser. Calling Fort Worth, Texas home, Michelle works as an assistant director. She lost a total of 110 pounds to claim her title, getting down to a healthy weight of 132. She married soon after and continues to be a model of healthy behavior.
Season 7: Helen Phillips
Over the course of the Biggest Loser competition, Helen Phillips lost more than 54 percent of her total body weight. She clocked in at 257, and got down to the winning weight of 117 at the age of 47. From Sterling Heights, Michigan, Helen is a retired real estate manager.
Season 8: Danny Cahill
Calling Broken Arrow, Oklahoma home, Danny Cahill started his Biggest Loser journey weighing 430 pounds. He currently holds the record for the largest percentage of total weight lost for any Biggest Loser contestant. At the age of 39, he lost a total of 239 pounds. After returning home, Danny underwent skin removal surgery. He also started a motivational blog and is working on a book.
Season 9: Michael Ventrella
Michael Ventrella appeared on The Biggest Loser at the age of 30 and weighing 526 pounds. Not only was he the winner of the show, he also holds the record for losing the most weight in the show's history. He competed alongside his mother, Maria Ventrella. Michael lives in Chicago, Illinois and he's currently on a mission to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
Season 10: The Current Cast
During TBL's Season 10 (September 21 to December 14, 2010) former Biggest Loser contestant Shay Sorrells, working with Diets in Review, will provide a video recap of each week's episode, which Calorie Count will post in the Dieting & You blog section and on Diets in Review's Calorie Count journal. You can comment on Shay's video blogs and befriend Diets in Review on Calorie Count. We hope our Biggest Loser fans will enjoy this feature. See Shay's recap of the Season 10 Premiere posted on September 22, 2010.
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