11:55 PM EDT 10/08/2015
The Biggest Loser
Originally posted 01/29/2015 10:05PM
After months of sweat, tears and exhausting workouts, a new Biggest Loser has been declared.
The Biggest Loser: Glory Days host Alison Sweeney began Thursday's live finale with three very different contestants in contention for taking home the $250,000 prize, but only one could be victorious in the end.
Toma Dobrosavljevic, a 33-year-old senior project manager from Addison, Illinois, faced off against Sonya Jones, a 39-year-old physical education teacher from Springfield, Illinois, and Rob Guiry, a 26-year-old rugby coach from Springfield, Massachusetts.
So who emerged victorious?
Originally posted 01/29/2015 06:20PM
It all comes down to this.
After months on the Biggest Loser ranch, the three Biggest Loser: Glory Days finalists were sent home to see who could return for the live finale Thursday with enough weight lost to take home the title of The Biggest Loser.
The competition is always steep on the NBC reality weight-loss show, but on a season where every contestant was a former athlete, no one was making it to the finals without putting up a major fight.
Originally posted 01/28/2015 03:40PM
As the host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney has heard her share of weight-loss advice.
Originally posted 01/24/2015 02:55PM
Former football player Howard "Woody" Carter was 398 lbs. when he made the decision to get healthy after tragically losing his wife to cancer.
As a father of four and grandfather of three, Carter, 46, was determined to lose the weight to make sure he will be there for all of them as long as possible. Carter lost 128 lbs. by the end of his time on The Biggest Loser and remains motivated to keep on his journey to health by his wife's memory.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her," he tells PEOPLE while choking back tears. "She has truly blessed me, and she's my motivation every day. Her can't is my want – everything that she can't do, I want to do and I will do, and as long as I can carry that spirit, she'll never go away."
Originally posted 01/22/2015 12:00PM
This isn't the first time The Biggest Loser has come under fire. But this time, the show's producers are fighting back.
"It's been hard to sit back and listen to an attack and not come out and call afoul, but I have done that for many years," the show's co-creator and executive producer Dave Broome tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I've held back for many years on this because I didn't want to give it any credence or credibility. But I think at this point we just feel like there needs to be a balance with this story."
The "story" Broome is referring to stems from comments made recently by Kai Hibbard, who was a contestant on the third season of the NBC weight-loss reality competition.
"The whole f–ing show is a fat-shaming disaster that I'm embarrassed to have participated in," Hibbard told the New York Post on Sunday. "You're brainwashed to believe that you're super lucky to be there."
Originally posted 01/15/2015 11:15AM
The Biggest Loser is known for having its fair share of tears and sweat every season, but there's apparently also time for laughter.
"This is for the DVD extras – the Blu-ray special," Biggest Loser: Glory Days contestant Toma Dobrosavljevic, 33, says as he is pet by trainer Dolvett Quince in the video above, exclusively released to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/11/2015 01:55PM
The star trainer's program includes intense workouts, all 35 minutes or less
Originally posted 12/09/2014 09:30AM
When Rachel Frederickson's 5'4" frame weighed in at a scant 105 lbs. at The Biggest Loser finale in February, the voiceover artist from Minnesota faced a barrage of critics accusing her of an eating disorder.
Even trainer Bob Harper admitted that he was "stunned" by her weight loss.
As one of the Today show's "2014 Voices," Frederickson penned a revealing blog post in which she opens up about how "hurtful" the negative comments were, and how they reminded her of what landed her at the Biggest Loser Ranch in the first place.
Originally posted 12/06/2014 01:35PM
Damien Gurganious planned to take his wife out for Peruvian food and a movie once he got out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease last month.
Instead, on Nov. 24, "he passed away on my birthday," Nicole Brewer-Gurganious, his wife and fellow Biggest Loser contestant, tells PEOPLE. He leaves behind their 2-year-old daughter, Giselle.
"Damien had a way of making every day feel like your birthday," says Brewer-Gurganious, 44. "He loved life and treated every day as if it were a gift."
Originally posted 12/05/2014 08:40AM
Damien Gurganious, who appeared on the seventh season of The Biggest Loser, died Monday from a rare disease at the age of 38.
The Biggest Loser: Couples 2 competitor suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain, PEOPLE has confirmed.
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