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The Biggest Loser Winner Erik Chopin Gains the Weight Back and Stars in Confessions of a Reality Show Loser

Biggest Loser Winner Is Back Where He Started

It was inspiring to watch Erik Chopin's journey on season three of The Biggest Loser. The deli owner from West Islip, NY, weighed into the show at 407 lbs. — 214 lost pounds later, Chopin was named the winner of that season back in 2006. Three years later, Chopin confessed on Oprah that he gained almost all of the weight back. Today he weighs 368 lbs.

Chopin addresses his struggle with weight in a special documentary, Confessions of a Reality Star Loser on the Discovery Health channel. In an interview, Chopin says that the weight came back because he lost his sense of drive and felt a "lack of purpose." Now just 30 lbs. shy of his starting weight on The Biggest Loser, Chopin is more determined than ever to lose the weight and keep it off. One of his plans to lose the weight again is by doing things that get him excited, like boxing.

I personally always wonder what happens to participants of makeover shows like The Biggest Loser. Are you surprised Chopin gained the weight back?

The one-hour documentary airs today (1 p.m.) and tonight (6 p.m.) on the Discovery Health channel. Will you be watching?

annm16 annm16 7 years
Although I no longer watch the show, I never quite agreed with how they went about things. To lose so much weight so quickly is not healthy, especially when you go from not exercising to many hours a day. (I know, they're all checked out by a doctor first though). Their calories are also extremely restricted, roughly 1000-1200 calories if I remember properly. Looking at the Biggest Loser diet plan book reinforces this fact.That is NOT healthy at all and also a reason to gain back much weight when you go back to eating a healthy amount of calories. If they teach them to eat properly, then why do they allow them to eat such a drastically reduced amount of calories that is not enough to sustain a woman at complete rest, let alone someone who is exercising 4+ hours a day. It's simply a game now, and as far as I know, all the winners have gained back at least a few pounds. Since we don't know exactly what goes on there, we can't know for sure what is and isn't done. If it was reasonable weight loss of 1-3lbs a week, a reasonable amount of exercise and food, would anyone still watch? I don't mean to bash anyone who disagrees, but that's simply my opinion from the standpoint of a dietetics student.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I watched the first episode and was immediately turned off. He had this whole victim mentality about how when the fame went away so did his motivation. His wife claimed that BL never taught him how to eat or maintain his weight which I HIGHLY doubt. 95% of all dieters who lose weight gain it back. He's just a statistic.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Splinterina, I respectfully take issue with your comment. There are very few people who, fat or thin, don't have to work to take care of their bodies. I dont think "fairness" really is the right word. Also, "one slip" is not exactly it either. Maintaining your weight means monitoring when you do start to go off the rails a bit, and then adjusting accordingly. I feel like you're making it sound like "one cookie and you're fat again!"
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
I am somewhat skeptical about TBL to start with because I think it is just plain crazy to lose weight so rapidly. Such persons cannot appreciate the value of a calorie if they spend all day burning 6000 calories and eating 1000 the real world no human being can do that. So when the show is over one has to wonder how sustainable it is. Also i have read many articles claiming that the show is a lawsuit waiting to happen with those drastic steps...anyway I hope he loses it back again as it's really such a shame to have gotten so far and have to start all over again.
manicmolly manicmolly 7 years
People are fallible. While he has gained most of the weight back, he's also determine to get it back off. This time however, it should be easier (or so I feel) as he's done it before and he knows how to do it now.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
OMG! I'm not surprised he put SOME weight on but I am shocked he's back up in the high 300s. That really shocked me!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
This was insane when I saw him highlighted on the where are they now special from the biggest loser last month. Bob was so beyond disappointed even though I'm sure he was really pissed to have put that much time into helping him for pretty much nothing. As for the other BL alum it was inspiring to see so many of them keeping up their great habits.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Ouch for him. Maybe he needs to modify his eating habits and work out ways to stick to it for life or something.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
CrimsonAnon - they don't really talk about nutrition... they advertise products - many of which have nothing to very little to do with nutrition -- wrigleys chewing gum? ziploc bags?
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
The problem is that on the Biggest Loser, they don't encourage lifestyle habits that you could, reasonably, be expected to continue for the rest of your life. They're going for shock value, so (as a lot of other posters have pointed out) they make contestants do things so extreme that they're never going to keep it up at home.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'm not surprised. On a show that's all about losing weight too quickly to relearn healthy habits and on a timeline that probably does more harm than good ultimately, it's not too surprising for someone to gain it back that fast.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I watched the show and I'm not really surprised he gained the weight back, although I am saddened by it. I know that they work out a LOT on the show and eat very nutritious food, but they create such a huge calorie deficit like that so the numbers will be big for TV. Once he was at a normal weight, he would have been able to maintain it if he had stuck with the nutrition plan and worked out maybe an hour a day. What happened was probably that he just decided he liked the food he used to eat a lot better than chicken breasts and salads and stopped working out because he overdid it on the show. On the special, he mentioned that he was losing the weight again, but only 2-3 lbs a week this time. I'll be cheering for him!
Splintera Splintera 7 years
Yeah, it's very unfair that for people who have been overweight, it's a LIFELONG struggle to stay thin. Just one slip and before they know it they are back where they started.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
Oh, that's so sad! Not surprising tho, considering how quickly they lose it. I'm sure it's easy to fall into old habits when you're only at a boot camp for a short period of time. I'd totally watch if I had the Discovery Health channel!
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