Biggest Loser’s Ed: I Thought I Was Going ‘Blow Everybody Out’ at the Ranch

Biggest Loser’s Ed: I Thought I Was Going ‘Blow Everybody Out’ at the Ranch

10/10/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT

North Carolina couple Ed Brantley and his wife Heba won challenges left and right (winning $5,000 and an RV in the process!) as the formidable Orange Team on this season’s Biggest Loser. But at Wednesday night’s weigh-in, Heba’s excitement at dropping a whopping 8 lbs. was dampened by Ed’s goose egg … yep, the big guy dropped zero pounds. That pushed his team below the yellow line. After an hour of deliberations, the Orange Team made the tough decision to send Ed home. The 31-year-old southern chef, who has gone from 335 lbs. to 245 lbs. and sports a 34-inch waist, spoke about his weigh-loss goal, getting out of his comfort zone and why he and Heba are truly a team. --Sara Hammel

How hard was it to decide which one of you would leave the Ranch?It wasn’t an easy thing to do, but I knew I was doing the right thing and I think she knew it as well. It’s always a hard thing to be separated from someone you spend a predominant amount of time with. We were kind of on a stride and it was a little upsetting and depressing. But I use that emotion in my workouts at home.

How did you feel when you didn’t lose any weight at the last weigh-in?All I needed was that one pound. What a kick to the chest, you know? I knew how hard I worked that week, I knew I really gave it everything. And the body does betray you sometimes. I may have lost a lot of fat weight but probably also gained a lot of muscle weight; that probably just canceled out my weight loss this week.

Did you plan to lose weight before having children because of medical advice, or did you make that decision on your own?Heba and I just came to that conclusion on our own. We could see in our friends' family how they were starting families and they were healthy , doing things with their kids that, at that point, we would never be able to do. It’s really time to do something about this now before it gets too late.

Was there anything Dr. Huizenga said about your health that surprised you?I was really shocked that it was that bad. I’m 31 years old and I was basically diabetic. Metabolic disease, high blood pressure. I’m thinking these are kind of old man diseases, old man problems. I was shocked. I was mortified. I think Heba had been trying to tell me and I just kind of ignored it for so long.

What did you learned from your time at the Ranch?The Ranch taught me about being out of a comfort zone. I think my biggest problem was I was in a comfort zone. You work for 8-12 hours a day, and it’s really comfortable to come home and sit on the couch and eat and watch TV. I would also be eating while I was working, or snacking, and not realizing how much I was putting into my body. That part of it really showed through when I got on a real schedule of eating.

Did you learn anything new about Heba after going through this experience with her?Heba and I, we’ve always been really close. We had an instant connection when we met. We know each other really well, but I think our experience together has really just solidified that and just reaffirmed our position that, you know what, you guys are meant for each other. You see us together and you just know we’re meant to be together. If I lived in Scandinavia and she lived here, I probably still would have found her somehow.

What was the biggest misconception you had about the show before becoming a contestant?I would see these guys crying and huffing and puffing, but what they show in workouts and the things you do, isn’t even a fraction of what really goes on as far as working out and strenuous activity. I thought I was going to be able to waltz in there and blow everybody out, and that was not the case.


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