At the time, he was 19 years old and weighed 154kg. To lose this weight, Sam Rouen went on the reality TV show called The Biggest Loser which features a group of obese people competign against each other in teams. The winner is whoever loses the most weight and they win a sum of 250,000 dollars. And in 2008, Sam was their winner, since by the end of the show, he weighed no more than 71kg, having lost 83kg since the start of his adventure.
Since then, the young man has completely changed his lifestyle so that he didn’t go back to being obese. He even put himself on quite a drastic diet with lots of healthy food and exercise. Ten years later, thanks to his motivation and endurance, he has become a firefighter, and even poses for calendars. Even though he was uncomfortable with who he was as a teenager, Sam Rouen now looks like a model. In a Facebook post on his page, he reminisces:
‘Wasn’t sure if I was going to do this post? However, 10 years hey. What a time. 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.’
A touching message that proves just how much The Biggest Loser has had an impact on this young man’s life. Check out the video to find out more!