07:02 PM EDT 11/22/2014
Originally posted 10/18/2014 02:05PM
After burying his son, Mike Murburg ballooned to almost 400 lbs. – but he also credits his son for saving his life and setting him down the path to healthier living.
"It really didn’t get to me until I was about five minutes away from The National Cemetery," the Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of realizing the role his son played in his weight-loss journey. "Then it occurred to me that by making me promise him that I would [get healthy], he saved my life."
Originally posted 10/17/2014 05:00PM
For 10 years, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels scored a huge following for thundering down tough love while motivating contestants on The Biggest Loser.
But after announcing in June that she was leaving the show – yet again – many wondered whether the fitness pro would eventually muscle her way back to prime time.
Could a solo reality show be tipping the scales?
Originally posted 10/16/2014 05:00PM
When Jake Gyllenhaal signed up to star in the thriller Nightcrawler, he found himself facing a weighty matter.
Originally posted 10/11/2014 03:00PM
Chandra Maple was once an all-star athlete, but after a career-ending injury she felt broken both inside and out.
"Growing up, I was always the star on the basketball team, so when I had my knee injury and that was taken away from me, I kind of lost that," Maple tells PEOPLE of ending her sports career when she was just 15. "I didn't know what it was like to succeed anymore."
At 341 lbs., Maple knew it was time to take control of her life and applied to become a contestant on season 16 of The Biggest Loser.
Originally posted 10/04/2014 02:30PM
When Emmy Lou Munoz left The Biggest Loser ranch, she knew her biggest hurdles wouldn't be her diet and exercise, it would be her family.
"I knew talking to my mom was going to be essential. She is a big part of my life," Munoz, 32, tells PEOPLE of her mother, who she believes unknowingly instilled poor dietary habits on her as a child. "But when I got home, she was extremely ready to help me in any way possible."
Originally posted 10/03/2014 11:40AM
A warning to all those Michael Weatherly fans out there: There's a lot less of him to love these days.
The NCIS star took the summer off his top-rated drama to shed a whopping 35 lbs. from his 6' 2" frame. The actor told PEOPLE that he got so heavy that he "split five pairs of pants" during season 11.
"Here's the skinny," joked Weatherly, 46, who plays Anthony DiNozzo on the CBS series.
"I have two very small children, ages 2½ and 1 year old. That means I had been living with a pregnant lady for a long time. While my wife [Bojana Jankovic] never gave in too much to her Nutella craving, we weren't doing too much. And I found it very hard to say to my wife and children [Olivia and Liam] that I need to spend a couple of hours on me. And the job was demanding."
Originally posted 10/01/2014 07:20AM
Since undergoing gastric sleeve surgery five weeks ago, E.J. Johnson has lost 50 lbs.
The weight loss "is really exciting," the #RichKids of Beverly Hills star, 22, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "[Weight] is something that I've been struggling with for pretty much all of my life."
After several popular diets failed to provide any permanent change, Magic Johnson's son says he began considering gastric sleeve surgery – which makes the stomach smaller – two years ago.
Originally posted 09/29/2014 12:45PM
When Anthony Anderson looks in the mirror these days, he likes what he sees.
Originally posted 09/27/2014 02:20PM
At 244 lbs., Andrea Wilamowski wasn't happy.
"I never realized how sad I looked," The Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of watching herself on the 16th season of the NBC reality weight-loss competition.
Wilamowski, 43, says she first started gaining weight in her early 20s while coping with an abusive marriage. Despite being happily remarried, she feels she spent her whole life focusing on other people rather than herself.
Originally posted 09/25/2014 07:40AM
As she walked the red carpet on eldest son Parker's arm earlier this week, Rosie O'Donnell was beaming – and looking slimmer than ever after losing more than 50 lbs.
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