Biggest Loser contestant Jerry Hayes shares how he lost and kept off 160 pounds.
A few years before he appeared as the oldest contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Jerry Hayes sought the help of a nutritionist. “I weighed more than 350 pounds, had type 2 diabetes and gout, was on two medications and was testing my blood sugar three times a day,” recalls Jerry, now 66. He tried to stick with the eating plan he was given but quickly faltered. “Instead of measuring out my food, I estimated my portions, and instead of having healthy snacks at the ready, I grabbed whatever seemed healthy. Now I believe the key to a healthy diet is nailing the details, which I learned at The Biggest Loser ranch.”
5 tips for a healthy weight
Today, almost three years after winning the $100,000 prize for losing the most weight off campus, Jerry still measures almost everything he eats. That discipline, coupled with regular exercise, has helped him maintain a weight of 193 pounds. “Even better, I’ve been medicine-free for three years. My doctors say I’ve added 20 years to my life!”
Here, he shares his favorite strategies: