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.
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.
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. Keep watching to see What the winners of The Biggest Loser look like now!
Ryan Benson | 0:18
Matt Hoover | 1:13
Erik Chopin | 1:54
Bill Germanakos | 1:29
Ali Vincent | 3:00
Michelle Aguilar | 3:36
Helen Phillips | 4:17
Danny Cahill | 4:43
Michael Ventrella | 5:16
Patrick House | 5:55
Olivia Ward | 6:41
John Rhode | 7:27
Jeremy Britt | 7:53
Danni Allen | 8:21
Rachel Frederickson | 9:12
Toma Dobrosavljevic | 9:57
Roberto Hernandez | 10:39