There have been a number of contestants on The Biggest Loser over the years who have had massive life-altering transformations after changing their health and lifestyle habits. Sam Rouen won the 2008 season of The Biggest Loser and, though he was only 19 years old at the time, he had struggled with his weight his whole life. During his 12-weeks on the program, he slimmed down from 340 to 183 pounds.
What’s he look like now, 10 years later?
Sam is a buff fireman now, who clearly took his weight loss efforts and maintained his dramatic transformation. Though he had a new outlook on life and healthy habits under his belt, Sam still struggled in an unexpected way.
He explained in a 2018 interview with the New York Post: “I had social anxiety going in public,” adding, “I have struggled with body dysmorphia and I still do.”
He continued: “Before the show, I got along with girls; I was a nice guy. But I had never been desired by them. So it was kind of hard to get that attention.”
This was new territory and, it turned out, it made Sam a bit cynical about dating. He shared: “I started to question [the women]. I thought, ‘If I wasn’t good enough before, why am I good enough now?’”
Sam shed the pounds on the show, but he explained that he became “obsessive” about his weight afterward. He noted: “I’d run and eat basically nothing just to maintain [my] weight. I was being obsessive.”
He restricted his eating for a few years and then went in the opposite direction, explaining that he ate whatever he wanted and rarely exercised.
A few years after that, he finally found the right balance and now works out five days a week lifting weights, running and taking CrossFit classes, while eating balanced healthy meals.
He explained, “My body has finally figured itself out. Now, I can stray from a strict diet and be more casual.” That includes a once a week treat meal with friends.
Sam added, “In the past four years, I have never been more fit. The show is finished, but I still have an entire life ahead. It’s a battle.”
In 2017, he posted a side-by-side image of himself on Facebook showing him on the reality show versus now, writing: “Wasn’t sure if I was going to do this post… however. 10 years hey. What a time. So much has happened, good, bad, everything between. Highest highs and lowest lows. All I know is I’ve got some amazing people in my corner and I’m unconditionally appreciative of that.”
Among the many comments that people left on the post were those who were impressed with all of Sam’s continued hard work and commitment to his health. One person remarked: “Well done Sam. Such an achievement and inspiration to people to keep motivated and keep going. We all have the potential to look as fit as you.”
Sam responded with a note of gratitude, writing: “THANK YOU everyone for the support and kind messages!! You guys rock!”
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