Booted 'Biggest Loser' Is Big Winner in the End
November 3, 2005
Pete Thomas may have just been booted from NBC's "The
Biggest Loser," but he's revealing to "Extra"
why the hit show literally saved his life.
When the 6-foot-5-inches tall Pete joined "The
Biggest Loser," he tipped the scales at a whopping
401 pounds, stating, "My belly looks like I'm pregnant
with quadruplets." But after hardcore dieting and
exercising, Pete is 140 pounds lighter and a changed
"I feel like the show saved my life," Pete
admitted. "I absolutely feel great."
Pete used to eat super-sized portions of eggs, sausage,
hamburger, fries, pasta, popcorn and chocolate, which
added up to 4,500 calories a day! To lose the weight,
he dropped to 1,900 calories a day and began eating
lean chicken, meat and veggies.
"They taught me the basics about calories in and
calories out," he explained.
After the show, Pete taught his wife, Pam, everything
he learned. She's now lost 50 pounds and counting.
But Pete's road to reduction hasn't been easy. He grew
up in foster homes and never learned good eating habits.
After settling into married life, the pounds started
creeping on. Food became the focus of their lives.
"I think we just pigged out all the time, and we
really didn't know it," Pete said. "Now we
watch what we're eating together."
Pete and Pam also exercise together. The Michigan couple
just ran their first half marathon. "When I crossed
the finish line for the half marathon," Pam related.
"He hugged me, and he whispered in my ear, 'Did
you ever think we would get here? We've just run 13
miles, Pam.' It was just so awesome."
As a real estate investor, Pete is now more effective,
happier and healthier. And Pam told us, "You know
his saying now is, 'Pam, our future is so bright that
we have to wear sunglasses.'"