07:45 PM EDT 12/02/2013
Originally posted 10/15/2013 07:10PM
Ruben Studdard wore his 205 area code jerseys with pride in front of millions of viewers on American Idol, but now, as a contestant on The Biggest Loser, the Alabama native is wearing a different number on his chest – his starting weight of 462 lbs.
Studdard and his fellow contestants on the upcoming season of NBC weight-loss competition will each wear their starting weights on their jerseys for all the world to see.
Just days after arriving at The Biggest Loser Ranch in June, the American Idol season 2 winner – who has a history yo-yo dieting (and had lost 100 lbs. in 2008) – spoke to PEOPLE about how splitting with his wife, Surata, triggered his recent weight gain, what life has been like for him on the Ranch, and why now, at 35, he is ready to get fit for good.
Originally posted 08/01/2013 11:30AM
Originally posted 07/01/2013 09:00AM
Ruben Studdard has already won the title of American Idol. Now he may become The Biggest Loser.
The "Velvet Teddy Bear," who won season 2 of the Fox singing competition in 2003, will compete on the NBC weight loss show as he attempts to battle his obesity – a task he has attempted previously with limited success.
"I was losing weight, but I was exhausted. It was making me sick," the 35-year-old told PEOPLE in 2006 after attempting an intense workout regimen on about 1,200 calories a day with trainer Gunnar Peterson. "I'm a big man. There was no way to do those workouts on that amount of food, so everything was contradicting itself."
Originally posted 06/02/2013 06:00PM
Since winning the 14th season of Biggest Loser, Danni Allen has been committed to cardio.
"I work out at 6 a.m., 2 in the afternoon or 10 p.m. at night depending on what I have during the day, but all I know is I have to get it in – there are no more excuses," Allen told PEOPLE at Friday's Step Up Women's Network 10th Annual Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
And as long as the reality star is getting her sweat on in the Golden State, making good on that promise has been a walk in the park as the West Coast seems to tip the scales in Allen's favor.
Originally posted 05/29/2013 12:10PM
From Biggest Loser to biggest helper: Alison Sweeney has answered your health and fitness questions! Nearly 150 of you submitted inquiries on everything from exercise and snacking to post-baby bodies and belly bulge, and Sweeney was more than happy to help you out.
Check out her answers to a selection of your questions below, and be sure to pick up her new novel, The Star Attraction, on amazon.com now!
Originally posted 05/10/2013 01:30PM
Accustomed to surprises from her time on The Biggest Loser, Stephanie Anderson recently received a completely unwelcome one from her husband of one year, fellow show alum Sam Poueu.
As the couple prepared for the birth of their first child, a boy due in July, "Stephanie felt they weren't connecting and decided they should go to counseling," a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE. "It was getting dire."
Finally the truth came out, and it stunned Anderson.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 03:50PM
Nobody is winning in this situation.
Biggest Loser stars Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson have separated – two months before their first child is due.
"It is with great sadness that my marriage to Sam Poueu is ending," Anderson tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "Thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time."
The two, who met on the hit NBC show's season 9 and wed in April 2012, are in the process of divorcing – but no papers have been filed yet.
Originally posted 03/20/2013 11:30AM
Danni Allen went from a size 20 to a size 4, won $250,000 and was crowned The Biggest Loser on Monday. But most important, she found herself.
"I am different in every which way possible," Allen told reporters Tuesday, the morning after her big win. "The physical transformation is right in front of you, but the mental change that I've gone through has been amazing. I've been able to change who I am going to be."
Allen, 26, became the last member of trainer Jillian Michael's team early in the season, but the adversity she faced on the Ranch allowed her to work through "demons" she says have plagued her throughout her life.
"It was the most heartbreaking thing to lose my team, but looking back, I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me," she said. "I just had to realize, 'You are enough, and you can be more.' "
Originally posted 03/19/2013 10:25AM
Alison Sweeney hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser and is the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, in addition to being an author, director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past two seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter @Ali_Sweeney.
Our journey together for season 14 of The Biggest Loser has come to an end. Hopefully, you enjoyed Monday's finale!
Each season, I'm always nervous when first meeting the contestants and then uber-nervous for the live finale. What you don't see is that I go on stage right before the live show to say hi to the audience. The best part of that is to see my supportive family in the audience and to see all the alumni that come back year after year as their Biggest Loser family grows with each season.
It's always so fun to see some of the veterans return. I loved seeing Amanda, Sunshine, Estella and Jerry, Dan and Jackie and so many others.
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