In the world of reality television, there seem to be no limits nor time for regrets. Some people love these shows, others hate them. Either way, some of the people who are part of it end up getting a lot of money and some people end up completely transformed.
This was the case with Sam Rouen, who participated in the Australian edition of The Biggest Loser. He lost an astonishing 71kg throughout the series and has since changed his life completely.
Back in 2006, Australia began its own edition of The Biggest Loser. The TV series pitted a load of overweight people against each other in order to see who could lose the biggest percentage of weight. The winner, of course, got a cash prize, and one of the winners was Sam Rouen. When the show began, he weighed 154kg, but he lost 71kg during the show. Moreover, he has kept these habits a decade after appearing on the show.
He took to social media to reflect on his 10-year-old milestone. The 29-year-old Sam shared an incredible before-and-after post.
Rouen, who is now a fireman, wrote:
“Wasn’t sure if I was going to do this post… however, ten years hey. What a time,” he wrote in his emotional Facebook post, according to Yahoo7 Be.
He goes on: “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.”
In the post, Sam shared a photo of himself when he first appeared on the show at 19 years old. He also posted a recent picture of his muscular body as a comparison. You would barely believe it’s the same person.
After transforming his appearance, Sam has embraced his new physique, and also found love. Her name is Daniella Schot, who is a flight attendant.
Unbelievably, despite the incredible transformation, Sam still gets nervous about taking his shirt off in public.
“I still don’t like taking my shirt off — even at the beach. I’m still extremely self-conscious… I just tried to keep in mind that it was for a good cause.”
He also said that he still gets attention from a lot of people.
“I was pretty lucky in high school and had a good group of friends who were really supportive, so it was never too bad then.
“It’s worse now. I’ve been getting a bit of a ribbing from the guys at the station, they’ve been calling me ‘calendar boy’ and stuff like that, but it’s all in good fun.”
It seems like he is no longer the “biggest loser”.
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