While ‘The Biggest Loser’ followers wait to search out out who will make it to the finale, coach Erica Lugo gushes about which contestant has wowed her essentially the most.
When it involves The Biggest Loser contestants, Erica Lugo is sort of a mama bear with many cubs. Ask the coach who has impressed her essentially the most this season and she or he’s initially reluctant to provide a solution. “That’s so hard for me to say,” the 33-year-old says throughout an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. “Just because I say, I love all of my children. It’s hard for me to pick one because so many of them dealt with things that other people didn’t deal with. They all were battling their own demons.” That stated, the mom-of-one admits that one contestant specifically stands out for her – Teri Aguiar.
Fans watched in horror throughout Episode 6 when the flight nurse from Columbia, Illinois broke her ankle whereas powering via an impediment course. But Teri didn’t let that derail her weight reduction objectives and – not solely did she go on to lose 6 kilos that week – she has made it to the highest 4 and is inside attain of the finale. Her dedication will not be misplaced on Erica. “It was impressive knowing that Teri had an injured leg and was still able to lose weight while she was on campus,” the coach says. “I think that goes to show anyone that you could have a physical setback, but that doesn’t mean that your goals of losing weight are stalled. You can still eat well [and] you can still modify your workout. She just proved that to everyone.”
Clawing your manner again from setbacks is one thing that Erica is acquainted with herself. Just six years in the past she weighed 322 kilos, greater than twice as a lot as she does now. After being heavy for many of her life it was her son Connor, now 9, who motivated her to get match. “He was on the floor, looked up at me and asked me to play with him and I was sitting on the couch eating Cheez-Its or Goldfish [crackers] or Lord knows what, and I told him, ‘No,’” Erica says. “Something about telling him no was a light bulb moment for me. It was me thinking, my goodness, I brought him into this world. He didn’t ask to be here, and I couldn’t even play with him…? It was like, whoa, I’m in my 20s and I can’t even play with my kid. Something has to change.”
Change for Erica concerned beginning small – strolling for 20 to 30 minutes, 4 occasions every week and trimming her portion sizes by sticking to 2,000 energy a day, which she calculated on a health app. It took her two years to lose 160 kilos. But, in 2018, the day after Thanksgiving, she was hit with a scary well being problem. She was identified with Stage II thyroid most cancers. Surgery adopted and a course of radiation. A 12 months on from her last radiation therapy, Erica is most cancers free and exudes positivity.
Maybe it’s why the lady who has survived divorce, chapter and most cancers to go on to grow to be a private coach and a coach on The Biggest Loser can admire Teri’s refusal to let a damaged ankle influence her health. “The only thing I can control is my attitude and effort,” she says. “I think my life story has always kind of been rise from the ashes, as cliché as that sounds.” The Biggest Loser airs on USA Network on Tuesdays at 9/8pm Central.