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Biggest Loser's Mike Murburg: My Late Son's Dying Wish Saved My Life

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Biggest Loser's Mike Murburg: My Late Son's Dying Wish Saved My Life

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."

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A Solo Reality Show? Jillian Michaels Dishes on Life After Biggest Loser | Jillian Michaels

A Solo Reality Show? Jillian Michaels Dishes on Life After Biggest Loser

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?

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The Biggest Loser's Chandra Maple: My Family Is Rallying Around Me

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The Biggest Loser's Chandra Maple: My Grandfather's Illness Makes Me Fight Harder

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.

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Biggest Loser's Emmy Lou Munoz: How I Got My Family to Eat Healthy

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Biggest Loser's Emmy Lou Munoz: How I Got My Family to Eat Healthy

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."

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The Biggest Loser's Andrea Wilamowski Explains Her 'Aha' Moment

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The Biggest Loser's Andrea Wilamowski Explains Her 'Aha' Moment

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.

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Biggest Loser's Vanessa Hayden Looks Forward to Being 'Sexy'

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Biggest Loser's Vanessa Hayden Wants a Big Wedding Now That She's Lost Weight

Originally posted 09/20/2014 03:15PM

Before Vanessa Hayden went to the Biggest Loser ranch, she wasn't even planning on walking down the aisle.

But now the former WNBA player is ready to show off her new body for all her loved ones to see.

"Initially, I thought we would just have something at the courthouse," Hayden, 32, tells PEOPLE of her plans with her fiancé. "But now I want to invite all my family and friends."

Although Hayden – who is 6'4" and arrived at the ranch weighing 366 lbs. – was sent home from the NBC reality weight loss competition after just two weeks, the former Los Angeles Sparks player has now lost more than 45 lbs. and has altered her wedding day attire accordingly.

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Biggest Loser's Zina Garrison: I Had to Learn to Let Go of Control

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Zina Garrison: I Had to Learn to Let Go of Control

Originally posted 09/13/2014 08:00AM

Tennis superstar Zina Garrison is used to being in charge.

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Five Things You Need To Know About The Biggest Loser's New Trainers

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Five Things You Need To Know About The Biggest Loser's New Trainers

Originally posted 09/11/2014 06:30PM

After saying goodbye to trainer Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser will be getting a couple new butt-kickers this season.

Joining returning trainer Dolvett Quince are Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom, whom PEOPLE chatted with exclusively about their first season. Before tuning in to the Season 16 premiere of The Biggest Loser (Thursday at 8 p.m./7c on NBC), here are five things to know about Pavelka and Widerstrom.

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VIDEO: Biggest Loser Bride Who Lost 175 Lbs. Gets a Say Yes to the Dress Surprise

Jillian Michaels Surprises Former Biggest Loser Contestant on Say Yes to the Dress

Originally posted 09/10/2014 09:00AM

Make sure there's a box of tissues handy!

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Check Out Jillian Michaels' Replacements on The Biggest Loser

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The Biggest Loser: Meet New Trainers Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom

Originally posted 09/08/2014 06:00PM

"Don't let fear take over!"

Those motivational words come courtesy of Jennifer Widerstrom, who, along with Jessie Pavelka, will replace Jillian Michaels for season 16 of The Biggest Loser.

Along with veterans Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper, the trainers will focus this season on 20 former athletes, including NFL players and Olympic gold medalists who have let the pounds pile up since their proverbial glory days.

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