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Trainer Erica Lugo has her own weight-loss success story to share with "The Biggest Loser" contestants. She weighed 322 pounds in 2013.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.
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© Teri Aguiar The Biggest Loser's Teri Aguiar shares what motivated her to audition for the 2020 reboot of the weight-loss competition show.
Contestant: Teri Aguiar
Age: 47Hometown: Columbia, Illinois
Occupation: Flight nurse
Starting weight: 250 pounds
I never pictured myself going on The Biggest Loser, but I’m so glad I’m here. I auditioned for the show when an old friend from my pageant days—yep, I’m a former beauty queen—reached out about an opportunity to be a contestant. She was Miss Missouri a few years after me and now lives in LA, where she has connections to some of the people who organize casting for The Biggest Loser. "Would you be willing to share your story?" she asked me. "I think it’s really powerful and relatable."
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© Teri Aguiar Teri Aguiar Hid Her Body Before The Biggest Loser I had to think a lot about whether I wanted to put myself out there like that—first through the audition process and then, if I was chosen, on national television. It’s a really vulnerable position to be in, and I’ve spent the last several years hiding myself from the world because I was ashamed about my weight. I’m a flight nurse, which means I travel the country transporting critically ill patients by helicopter and airplane.
The heavier I’ve gotten, the more I’ve had to worry about how my weight could affect our helicopter missions, where added pounds are a major safety factor. I’m still in touch with lots of friends from before I gained weight, but none of them have really seen me in years. I'm the queen of hiding my body in photos—placing my two kids in front of me, only posting photos from certain angles, or opting for family selfies instead of wider shots. As I was looking through photos to potentially send in for The Biggest Loser audition process, I realized I didn’t have a single full-body photo at my current weight. It was a huge wake-up call.
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As a kid and into young adulthood, I was an athlete. I loved swimming and later got into triathlons. Being involved in pageants meant I took very good care of myself. Then I got married and had children and suddenly, I was putting everyone else’s needs before mine. I found myself driving my kids to baseball and track and music practice, rolling through the drive-through on a regular basis, and skipping workouts. My career means I work crazy hours and have bizarre eating habits and sleep patterns. All those factors added up over the years, and I now weigh more than I did when I delivered my youngest child.
Ultimately, as hard as I knew it would be to show the world how much weight I’d gained, I decided to bite the bullet and audition for the show. I’m a newly single mom, and I feel like I’m ready for the next chapter of my life—one where I put myself first. I don’t want to be on the sidelines anymore. I want to be there for my kids and my boyfriend—not just cheering them on, but pushing them and running 5Ks with them. I’m a mirror for my kids. I feel like I have this great life ahead of me and the only puzzle pieces that are missing are my fitness and my health. I’ll still face the challenges of being a busy mom when the show ends, but The Biggest Loser is going to be my fresh start, where I don't have to hide.
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© Teri Aguiar Teri Aguiar Hid Her Body Before The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser will air on USA Network for its 18th season in January 2020.
Gallery: The most dramatic 'Biggest Loser' transformations of all time
The Biggest Loser was known for having some seriously impressive transformations. Contestants shed hundreds of pounds-and even half their body weight, in some cases-in an attempt to change their lifestyle and win the $250,000 grand prize. In honor of the series coming back in 2020, we're sharing the most jaw-dropping results in the show's history.
BEFORE: Rachel Frederickson
Rachel was 260 pounds when she joined the show. She made it clear from the start that she was there to work hard and change her life-and she did.
AFTER: Rachel Frederickson
Fans were shocked when Rachel revealed at the finale that she was just 105 pounds. She had lost 60 percent of her body weight, and people were concerned it was too much. Rachel later said she lost the weight by eating 1,600 calories a day and working out. "I'm extremely proud of the way I lost the weight," she said during a media conference call, per the Los Angeles Times.
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The new season aims to focus more on lifestyle changes, rather than weight loss, according to press materials and host Bob Harper. Critics remain skeptical.The 30-week competition kicks off with a weigh-in to determine each contestant's starting weight. Then, the participants are divided into two teams, with red and blue uniforms. During the course of each episode, contestants participate in a variety of weight-loss activities, including a timed one-mile race, group therapy, and lessons on nutrition and food preparation.
BEFORE: Allen Smith
Allen, who started at 325 pounds, went on the show because his weight was impacting his career as a firefighter. He also said he was worried that he wouldn't pass his next physical at work.
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AFTER: Allen Smith
Allen didn't win season 8, but he definitely accomplished what he set out to do. He lost 116 pounds, or 35 percent of his body weight, on the show.
BEFORE: Rebecca Meyer
Rebecca was 279 pounds when she started the show. She made it to the makeover portion of the show, but unfortunately didn't win the overall title.
AFTER: Rebecca Meyer
By the end, Rebecca lost 139 pounds and nearly 50 percent of her starting body weight, which earned her the $100,000 prize for most weight lost by an eliminated player.
BEFORE: Bill Germanakos
Bill started the show at 334 pounds and competed alongside his twin brother, Jim. At the start, he admitted that he had a "body built by baklava." Steady weight loss, combined with a serious dose of grit, eventually helped him win season four.
AFTER: Bill Germanakos
Bill didn't mess around: He lost 164 pounds-nearly 50 percent of his body weight. Bill later said that being around his family and kids helped keep him motivated. "The Biggest Loser Campus is a place of hope," he told People.
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He was in a popular music video in the '90s, for one. Bob returns to TV this week on the revamped "Biggest Loser," which will emphasize wellness over extreme weight loss.Bob is no stranger to transformations himself. The personal trainer worked with celebrities in Los Angeles before joining the reality show in 2004, and after a near-fatal heart attack in 2017, Bob has been very open about his journey back to health. “Change is hard in any way or capacity,” he told Men’s Health.
BEFORE: Michelle Aguilar
Michelle started season 6 at 242 pounds and said that she worried her weight was holding her back in life. Michelle competed in the season alongside her mom, Renee.
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AFTER: Michelle Aguilar
Michelle ended up winning the title after losing 110 pounds. She later told Access Hollywood that she spent "hours, upon hours, upon hours" at the gym to lose the weight.
BEFORE: Olivia Ward
Olivia started the show at 261 pounds, and competed alongside her sister Hannah. The opera singer said she joined the show because her weight and polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis meant she probably wouldn't be able to have children if she didn't lose a significant amount of weight.
AFTER: Olivia Ward
Olivia ended up losing 129 pounds and took the title for the season. She's now a senior instructor at SoulCycle.
BEFORE: Hannah Curlee
Olivia's younger sister, Hannah, also competed on the show. Hannah started out at 248 pounds, and made it to the final round.
AFTER: Hannah Curlee
Hannah lost 120 pounds, which was 48 percent of her body weight. She didn't win the title, though-she was edged out by her big sister.
BEFORE: Danny Cahill
Danny weighed 430 pounds when he started season 8. He said on the show that he wanted to lose the weight so he could be healthy for his wife and children.
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AFTER: Danny Cahill
Danny lost 239 pounds by the end-nearly 56 percent of his body weight-to claim the title. He's kept the weight off and currently runs TheDannyCahill.com, a self-help, motivational company.
BEFORE: Abby Rike
Abby's reason for going on the show was truly heart-breaking: She gained weight after her husband and two children died in a car accident. She weighed in at 247 pounds when she started her journey.
AFTER: Abby Rike
Abby ended up losing 100 pounds, which was 40 percent of her body weight. She's now a motivational speaker.
BEFORE: Shay Sorrells
Shay started season 8 as the biggest contestant the show had ever seen. She was 476 pounds at the initial weigh-in.
AFTER: Shay Sorrells
Shay ended up losing 172 pounds by the show's finale, which was 36 percent of her body weight. She was later challenged to try to lose even more weight by the end of season 9-and she dropped an additional 52 pounds.
BEFORE: Heba Salama
When Heba joined the show, she was 294 pounds. She quickly won fans over with her outspoken nature.
AFTER: Heba Salama
Heba ended up losing a whopping 156 pounds. She didn't win the overall title, but she was named the Biggest Loser of the eliminated contestants and won $100,000.
BEFORE: Ryan Benson
Ryan was one of the original cast members of The Biggest Loser in season 1. He weighed 330 pounds at the beginning of the show.
AFTER: Ryan Benson
Ryan lost 122 pounds-about 37 percent of his body weight-to become the show's first winner ever. Unfortunately, he gained the weight back, but he told Yahoo Health that he's on a new weight loss journey.
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BEFORE: Matt Hoover
Matt weighed 339 pounds when he first joined the show. He ended up meeting (and falling in love with) Suzy Preston during filming.
AFTER: Matt Hoover
Matt lost an amazing 157 pounds, which was 46 percent of his body weight, to become the season 2 champ-and he ended up marrying Suzy. They now have two children together.
BEFORE: Suzy Hoover
Speaking of Suzy, she weighed 227 pounds at the start of the show. Like her future husband, she also made it to the finale.
AFTER: Suzy Hoover
Suzy's transformation was jaw-dropping. She lost 95 pounds to end up at 132 pounds by the end of her run on the show.
BEFORE: Erik Chopin
The 35-year-old New Yorker was 407 pounds at the start of the show, making him the largest contestant the show had ever seen at that point. Given his size, many people didn't think he could win.
AFTER: Erik Chopin
Erik proved everyone wrong: He lost 214 pounds, which was nearly 53 percent of his body weight. Erik later went on to become a motivational speaker.
BEFORE: Ali Vincent
Ali, who competed alongside her mother in season 5, was 234 pounds at the start of the show. She worked hard and eventually made it to the finale.
AFTER: Ali Vincent
Ali became the first-ever female winner of The Biggest Loser in 2008, losing 112 pounds. She went on to write a book about her experience called Believe It, Be It: How The Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life.
BEFORE: Helen Phillips
The Michigan native was 48 years old when the competition started. She weighed 258 pounds, with a BMI of 41.5.
AFTER: Helen Phillips
Helen ended up losing 140 pounds, dropping down to 117 pounds at her final weigh-in. She also lost an impressive 54 percent of her body weight.
BEFORE: Michael Ventrella
Michael appeared on season 9 of the show. At the start of the season he weighed 526 pounds, making him the heaviest person to compete on the show at that time.
AFTER: Michael Ventrella
Michael lost an amazing 264 pounds, or half of his body weight. He ended up breaking Danny Cahill's previous record of 239 pounds lost at the finale.
BEFORE: Jeremy Britt
Jeremy was just 22 when he joined the show. He weighed 389 pounds at the start and had a BMI of 59.1.
AFTER: Jeremy Britt
Jeremy became the youngest-ever winner of the show, losing 199 pounds-more than half of his body weight.
BEFORE: Toma Dobrosavljevic
The 36-year-old from Illinois was 336 pounds at the start of season 16. His BMI was 46.9.
AFTER: Toma Dobrosavljevic
Toma lost 171 pounds to become the winner of The Biggest Loser. He beat runner-up Sonya Jones by just one pound, making it the closest percentage between the winner and runner-up in any season.
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