Don't mess with Texas!
Michelle Aguilar, a 27-year-old assistant director from Fort Worth, Texas, gained the title of Biggest Loser in Tuesday night's finale.
Michelle not only gained bragging rights but won $250,000 for her efforts. Cha-Ching!
Michelle lost 45.45% of her body weight, going from 242 pounds to a svelte 132 pounds!
But it's the back story that makes the victory so sweet.
You see, sweet unassuming Michelle, beat out two of the most conniving contestants in the show's history, Vicky and Heba.
First of all, it was left to America to vote and decide who the final third contestant would be. The choice was between Ed Brantley or his wife, Heba Salama. Ed pleaded with America to vote for Heba since according to Ed - this was Heba's dream and she deserved to be in the final. Heba also did her part by begging for votes.
But it wasn't to be. Ed won 84% of the vote - an overwhelming slam against Heba. With Ed being the third contestant, Heba was forced to compete for the lesser prize of $100,000, to win the title of "At Home Biggest Loser". Heba won the $100,000 prize by losing 46.94% of her body weight, going from 294 pounds to 156 pounds.
Afterward, asked why America voted against her, she said "I guess there are just a lot of negative people out there who don't like to see success."
Vicky Vilcan, a 37-year-old nurse and mother from Houma, Louisiana, was this season's villain (aka Icky Vicky). She lost 41.06% of her body weight going from 246 pounds to 145 pounds.
In an interview after the show, Vicky said she was unfairly depicted on the show. While she said the producers could have portrayed her positively as a mother struggling to balance work and family and improve the health of her two children, they chose to portray her as a schemer.
Apparently, Vicky had to change her phone number due to the number of death threats she was receiving, and to this day continues to receive letters telling her what a horrible person she is.
"Most people hate my guts," Vicky said, later adding that perhaps people hated her because she was a determined competitor who knew what she wanted and wasn't about to let anyone stand in her way. "Women need to be strong and they need to use their heads."
I was very surprised Ed Brantley came in second place. The 31-year-old chef from Raleigh, North Carolina, went from 335 pounds to 196 pounds, or 41.49% of his body weight. Had Ed pulled out the win, he and Heba would have walked away with $350,000!
A measly 14 pounds stood between Ed and $250,000! Man, that would be tough to live with. But honestly, I can't imagine him 14 pounds lighter. He looks great and so does Heba.
The next season of the hit NBC series, The Biggest Loser: Couples, kicks off Jan. 6, featuring, among others, the show's oldest contestants, two spouses who are both 63; a 379-pound woman, who will be the largest female to ever compete; and a 19-year-old young man who will be the show's heaviest contestant of all time at 454 pounds.
Also, if interested, The Biggest Loser is now casting for Season 8. Spread the word!
Ex-‘Doormat' Sheds 110 lbs. To Become ‘Biggest Loser’
Biggest Loser’s Vicky Says She Was Misunderstood
Junkfoodaholic's Posts of The Biggest Loser: Season 6
© 2008 Thanks for taking the time to read A Junk-Foodaholic's Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle. Please feel free to peruse my blog for more great content.