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Dec 28, 2016

You may not recognize Jay Jacobs from his name, but many of you would recognize his face, body, and story. Jay and his daughter, Jennifer, contestants on season eleven of the NBC hit weight-loss reality show, The Biggest Loser.


Jay and his daughter were the Green Team and lost a combined total of 295 pounds on the show!  As he found out in his pre-contestant medical screening, Jay barely made it onto the show after being diagnosed with near fatal heart arrhythmia due to a severe case of sleep apnea. Over the course of the show, he became one of America’s favorite contestants. In fact, against all odds and competing against an Olympic Gold Medalist, Jay made it to the coveted Final Four as the only man left standing and after losing an amazing 181 pounds in just eight months. He’s a testament to the phrase “where there is a will, there’s a way.”


Unlike many of the other contestants, Jay has maintained his weight loss since the end of the show through a combination of commitment, consistent exercise, entering athletic events like the Spartan Race and the NYC Marathon, and by keeping no secrets - putting his life in the light so that he’s got nothing to hide.


Some of the things we covered in this episode include:

  • Behind the scenes of The Biggest Loser
  • Applying for and getting chosen for the show (15 of about 200,000 applicants get selected)
  • The importance of your “why?”
  • Secret eating
  • Training with Jilian Michels on the show
  • The moment he realized that he was at cause for his entire family’s weight problem
  • The difference between Biggest Loser training and training in real life
  • His strategies for keeping the weight off
  • The strategy he used to continue losing weight even after he was voted off the show.
  • How he’s learned to virtually eliminate the negative effects of shame and guilt by being absolutely transparent.


This episode is full of inspiring New Year’s nuggets.  Enjoy!