Video: Warner Robins 'Biggest Loser' contestants talk about weight loss
WARNER ROBINS -- A couple of losers were celebrated Wednesday.
Fresh off an appearance on "The Biggest Loser," Rob Kidney and his daughter Sarah Gilbert were congratulated by fellow members of Planet Fitness, a local gym.
The popular reality TV show challenges contestants with intense workouts -- as well as temptations -- to see who can lose the most weight for a $250,000 top prize.
Although Kidney and Gilbert didn't win, they have continued the transformation sparked by the show. Their results have been nothing short of impressive.
Gilbert, 27, of Perry, started the show weighing 267 pounds. She lost 41 pounds on the show in five weeks, but that wasn't enough to keep her from elimination when she didn't meet the goal.
Since the show, she has continued losing weight, having now shed a total of 119 pounds.
The NBC show is filmed in California at a facility called "The Ranch." Gilbert said she thinks some people who watch the show are inspired to lose weight but don't think they can achieve their goals without the same kind of help they see the contestants get.
"I just wanted to be able to show women and people in general that they don't have to be on The Ranch," Gilbert said. "I lost the majority of my weight at home."
Kidney, 57, of Warner Robins, lost 63 pounds on the show and has lost a total of 116 pounds.
Both said they continue to work out daily and eat healthier.
"'The Biggest Loser' saved my life," Kidney said. "I may not have won the money, but I am the biggest loser."
As they showed up for their daily workout Wednesday morning, more than a dozen fellow Planet Fitness members applauded them. A banner of congratulations hung on the wall, as well as a display of before-and-after photos. Members also gave them a cash donation to help with expenses they have incurred.
Arecia Reynolds, who works out at the gym with them, said she was excited by how they did on the show.
"They worked extremely hard," she said. "They never stopped."
Kathy Ely, another workout partner, said the two have been a positive influence on her.
"They inspired me when I met them here at the gym to work really hard," she said.
Kidney and Gilbert competed on episodes that aired in January and February. One of the most memorable moments came when Gilbert missed the weekly weight loss goal and had to be kicked off. Kidney made an emotional plea to leave in her place and let her stay, but that wasn't allowed.
In addition to working out regularly, the two credited their continued weight loss to dietary changes. Kidney said they haven't reduced calorie intake but instead have changed what they eat, with nearly every meal including leafy greens.
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