Contestant Michael Ventrella won Biggest Loser 2010 on the Biggest Loser finale episode on Tuesday, May 25.
Ventrella was the heaviest contestant in the history of Biggest Loser, weighing in at 526 pounds. Over the course of the show, Ventrella lost 50.19 percent of his body weight, for a total of 264 pounds, breaking the Biggest Loser record. Danny Cahill of season 8 in 2009 previously held the record for most weight lost with 239 pounds. Ventrella won the grand prize of $250,000.
The two finalists that had competed with Ventrella for the grand prize were Daris George and Ashley Johnston. Daris began weighing 346 pounds and has lost 168 pounds, 48.55 percent. Ashley began weighing 374 pounds and lost 191 pounds, which was 48.93 percent. Ventrella trumped them both with his 50.19 percent weight loss.
The Biggest Loser 2010 finale also announced the winner for the at home challenge. This challenge was for the eliminated contestants, who were to continue to work to lose weight for a prize of $100,000. Koli Palu, with a total weight loss of 215 pounds, won the $100,000 at home challenge prize. Koli shed 53.34 percent of his weight. Had he not been voted off the show, he would have won the title of Biggest Loser over Ventrella.
Michael Ventrella made an appearance on the TODAY Show for an interview with Meredith Vieira. She asked him asked him if he could believe he won the $250,000 first prize.
“It’s been like a bad car crash. Everything happened so quickly and I’m like in shock,” Ventrella said.
Despite his significant weight loss, Ventrealla still has more weight to lose. He weighs 262 pounds now and is 6-foot-3-inches, which according to the American Heart Association, is still obese. A man of his height should weigh between 176 and 200 pounds, the association says.
Michael Ventrella plans to continue to lose more weight.
“My motivation is to get healthy and live a long life; live a life that my grandfather didn’t get to live to his fullest, and my grandmother didn’t get to live to her fullest,” Ventrella said. “As far as how I’m going to keep it off, I’m not that Michael at 526 anymore. I’m a new person that’s been reborn. The workout regimen, the eating regimen, is all second nature to me now.”
Season 10 of the Biggest Loser will be back on NBC in the fall.