At the final weigh-in yesterday, Gurnani (nicknamed King David on the show) charted an astounding total weight loss of 83kg (he came into the competition weighing 157kg) and a body fat percentage loss of 53%.
“I am really happy. I am a competitive person by nature and I was willing to do whatever it took to win ... even if I had to go to the extreme, it was worth it,” said Gurnani at a press conference held immediately after the event.
To prepare himself for the finale, the 25-year-old revealed that he took two months unpaid leave to work out eight to 10 hours a day.
As the winner, Gurnani walked away with US$100,000 (RM350,000) and a car sponsored by Renault.
The Biggest Loser Asia closely follows the original American series of the same name. Participants live in isolation for three-odd months with no contact with family or friends.
They are divided into two teams (red and blue) and have to work out six hours a day and adhere to healthy meal plans.
At the end of each weekly episode, participants are weighed and the two with the lowest percentage of weight loss will be up for elimination.
Gurnani may have grabbed the top spot but his fellow finalists’ weight loss was no less remarkable.
Malaysian boy Mokhtar recorded a total weight loss of 60kg from 159kg.
“I started off being in the competition for myself and my family and then people started telling me to do it for Malaysia. I truly see it as a privilege to represent my country,” said the 30-year-old father of two.
Source: The Star