Ruben Studdard has now been eliminated twice from “The Biggest Loser”, but he’s not letting that stop him from working towards his goal weight.
Formerly the heaviest contestant on the show, Studdard proved he was taking the challenge seriously from day one; however, a weak showing from his teammates got him eliminated early on.
“I worked really, really hard this week,” he said on the show. “I swam extra. I walked extra….This experience is one of the toughest things I’ve been through. I’ve been through two-a-day football practices; I’ve been through the ‘American Idol’ experience; I’ve been through a lot of mentally and physically challenging experiences in my life. And this, you know, ranks right up there at the top.”
Later, after trainer Jillian Michaels was accused of “cheating” and allowing her team to take a caffeine supplement, Studdard was brought back in an upset that also gave the Blue Team back their immunity.
“I stand by my opinion: a caffeine supplement is significantly healthier than unlimited amounts of coffee,” she said. “My only regret is that my team … they’re the ones suffering the consequences of my professional opinion.”
The reprieve didn’t last long, however, as Studdard was kicked off a second time. But he says that his total weight loss is 112 pounds, which puts him around 350. By the finale, he wants to be down to 300.
“The biggest thing that I gained from ‘The Biggest Loser’ was the opportunity to get my life back and that was for me was the biggest second chance they could’ve ever given me,” Ruben said.