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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, were contestants on season eleven of NBC’s hit weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser.
Jay and his daughter lost a combined total of 295 pounds! But Jay barely made it onto the show after being diagnosed in his pre-contestant medical screening 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 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 through a combination of commitment, consistent exercise, entering events like the Spartan Race and the New York City marathon, and by keeping no secrets. He puts his life in the light so 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 (fifteen out of about 200,000 applicants get selected)
- The importance of your “why?”
- Secret eating
- Training with Jillian Michaels
- Realizing he was the cause of his entire family’s weight problem
- The difference between Biggest Loser and real-life training
- His strategies for keeping the weight off
- How he continued losing weight even after he was voted off
- Eliminating the negative effects of shame and guilt by being absolutely transparent
This episode is full of inspiring nuggets to carry you into the New Year and beyond. Enjoy!
P.S. If you only have five minutes, click here to learn why Jay keeps nothing secret and why telling the truth is important regardless of the challenge you’re facing.
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Email Jay at [email protected] for a free copy of his e-book Smartphone Fit.
Couch Kills — Jay’s wellness website.
The Biggest Loser — NBC’s reality TV phenomenon.
Sleep Apnea — What is it and why is it dangerous?
Jillian Michaels — Website for the personal trainer and The Biggest Loser star.