Biggest Loser SA
contestant Jacques Pienaar
(24) of Alberton walked away with a R50,000 cash prize as well as a priceless new look and body when he was announced the runner-up of e.tv’s reality weight-loss programme on Monday night (7 April) in front of a live audience in Melville, Johannesburg.
"Seven months of hard work, rigorous training and a strict diet plan have finally all paid off," Jacques said after the show. "I am a new person, with a new life. It feels wonderful."
His original weight when he entered the show was 149.5kg. His weight on Monday night was 89.6kg, a mammoth 59.9kg (132 pounds) in weight lost and a 40.07% loss in bodyweight.
At The Biggest Loser SA Reunion Show all was revealed, when each of the 11 eliminated contestants appeared with their new healthier look, showing how much weight they had lost while being out of the house.
Each contestant was weighed for the last time and before the individual weigh-ins there was a retrospective of their time in the house.
During the show, viewers and audience members were informed about contestants’ struggles – including how they tried to keep their weight off and what transpired in their lives since their original appearances.
Contestants painted a picture of how difficult it can be to remain trim – and how some gained back weight and then tried desperately to shed the kilos again.
Says Pienaar: "The time on this show has been incredible in the sense that all of us worked towards positive healthy goals – losing weight, looking better and gaining confidence. Yes, the money is wonderful, but an added bonus is how this whole show has been a life-changing journey.
"I will never be the same again and neither will anybody else on the show. Words can’t describe how good I feel about myself."
Here are the biggest losers from the Reunion Show, in order of least fat percentage lost:
|REUNION SHOW WEIGHTS
On Monday 14 April at 20h00, e.tv will broadcast the grand finale of The Biggest Loser SA, where the top three contestants (John Dokos, Sharon Haarhoff and Asanda Siloti) will be weighed in and the overall winner of the show will be announced, winning R250,000.