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Health & Fit 'Biggest Loser' Is Back And New Trainer Erica Lugo Has Her Own Weight-Loss Story To Share

19:35  24 september  2019
19:35  24 september  2019 Source:   womenshealthmag.com

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a man and a woman posing for a picture: The Biggest Loser is coming back to USA network this year with new trainers Steve Cook and Erica Lugo. Erica has her own weight-loss story to share.© Instagram The Biggest Loser is coming back to USA network this year with new trainers Steve Cook and Erica Lugo. Erica has her own weight-loss story to share.

Erica has a weight-loss journey of her own to share with contestants: The trainer lost 160 pounds after weighing in at 322 pounds in 2013.

“They just trust me because I was there,” she told Peopleof her relationship with the Biggest Loser contestants. “I know when they’re crying during a burpee, I’ve been there. I’ve cried the same tears.”

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Erica's journey started in 2013, when she weighed 322 pounds and became winded just getting off the couch to play with her 3-year-old son. She realized if she didn't make some lifestyle changes quickly, she wouldn't be fully available for her little boy.

Before work at 5 a.m., she started going to her local Planet Fitness, and dropped 45 pounds by doing five hours a week on the elliptical, plus high-intensity-interval training exercises. Soon, she started a fitness Instagram account, where she documented her workouts, tracked her weight loss, and started helping other women start working out.

"Comparing yourself to others won't get you far," she told Women's Healthin 2016, when she was a finalist in Women's Health's Next Fitness Star competition. "It's a work in progress, especially on Instagram, where it's so easy to get caught up in filtered versions of people's lives. But fitness isn't an image, or a size. It's a mindset. I try to capture that mindset, not just selfies."

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In January 2019, Erica faced another hurdle when she was diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer. Though she successfully underwent surgery and radiation to beat the disease, the diagnosis took a physical and mental toll. When she returned home from radiation, Erica said she "cried not because of my battle but because I thought I looked terrible—and that's something I regret."

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The experience forced her to confront her lingering body-image and confidence issues.

"I was always so clouded by doing enough and being successful that I let my life slip away," she told Women's Health. "Thanks to cancer, in a strange way, I had to learn to actively steer myself away from that type of thinking."

These days, she gets through her daily workouts by focusing on health and emotional strength, instead of appearance. "When I returned, it felt different," she said. "It was no longer about how awesome can I look? It was about let me show you that cancer doesn't define you and doesn't have to stop you."

Can't wait to see Erica make her debut on the small screen!

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