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Weight Loss Lessons Michael Ventrella Biggest Loser Season 9 Winner Taught Us

Maybe you were thinking the same thing I did when I saw Michael Ventrella take the scale during the first episode of The Biggest Loser Season 9.  How does someone get to be 526 pounds?

I've had my own struggles with maintaining a healthy weight over the years, but we're talking about a worstMichaal biggest loser case scenario of a few pounds, not a few hundred.  I've generally been healthy, but when injuries or an inability to deal with life's challenges other than with food have kicked in at times, I've been vulnerable to small weight gain myself.  But at that time, a natural circuit breaker would kick in and I'd say "enough's enough" and reverse course.  Obviously that didn't happen in Michael's case.

Yet there was something about watching this huge man (the heaviest man ever on the show). do his best to work out at the high level demanded by his Biggest Loser  trainer Bob Harper, that made you respect Michael Ventrella and hope for the best for him.

Each week Michael made progress even as he kept dealing with the emotional demons that had contributed to his weight gain in the first place.  He was eventually able to jog on a treadmill--and I must admit that was something I never tried myself.  So Michael got me jogging on a treadmill.  I figured if a 400-pound man (at the time) could do it, what was my excuse?

I felt for Michael when it was "makeover week" on The Biggest Loser and he had to still go to the "big and tall" store while all the other contestants were shopping for regular sizes.

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