Matt drops wins 157 pounds to win The Biggest Loser 2 and is actually the biggest (percentage) loser

Remember when, a few years ago, we were all surprised during the live Survivor Australia finale to see that Tina looked a lot younger with makeup and Colby got fat? That sort of sudden-change awe is what it’s like to watch the finale of The Biggest Loser, but times about a thousand.

While all the contestants look different, Pete looked like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon in the middle of July: completely deflated. It was obvious he’d win the $100,000, which he did, having lost 185 pounds, a 46.13 percent weight loss. Mark was a close second, though, with 46.09 percent. Nick didn’t show up, and Kathryn almost didn’t have to, as she looked irritated that she was there–plus, she has only lost one more pound since she left the ranch.

As to the last three contestants left in the game, Matt won the $250,000 prize, having lost 157 pounds, a 46.31% reduction. That also makes him the actual biggest loser in terms of percentage of weight lost, although Pete lost the greatest number of pounds. Seth placed second, winning $50,000. Suzy was one pound away from beating him, and she won $25,000.

Here’s the breakdown of the weight loss by contestant:

  • Ruben: 278 to 197, 81 pounds lost, 29.14%
  • Kathyrn: 217 to 201, 16 pounds lost, 7.37%
  • Ryan: 225 to 147, 78 pounds lost, 34.67%
  • Suzanne: 229 to 142, 87 pounds lost, 37.99%
  • Jen: 267 to 176, 91 pounds lost, 34.08%
  • Pete: 401 to 216, 185 pounds lost, 46.13%
  • Mark: 358 to 193, 165 pounds lost, 46.09%
  • Shannon: 257 to 149, 108 pounds lost, 42.02%
  • Dr. Jeff: 370 to 217, 153 pounds lost, 41.35%
  • Andrea: 220 to 145, 75 pounds lost, 34.09%
  • Seth: 291 to 168, 123 pounds lost, 42.27%
  • Suzy: 227 to 132, 95 pounds lost, 41.85%
  • Matt: 339 to 182, 157 pounds lost, 46.31%
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