UPDATE: Max lost a total of 47 pounds during his five-week stay at the Biggest Loser Resort in July 2010.
We first met Max Morelli in the fall of 2008 almost by accident. It was Biggest Loser season seven, and his father and brother, Ron and Mike Morelli, were competing as the brown team. The show often briefly introduces us to contestants’ families, but they are usually a distant sub story to what’s really going on at the ranch. But Max was different, and the moment he was introduced to America, we all fell in love with him.
While Mike and Ron were sweating it out on the show, Max, at 16-years old, was at home weighing about 425 pounds. He says he never realized he was that big until he saw their transformations during makeover week, and it became his wake-up call. We saw raw emotion from Max as he sobbed in his older brother’s arms, making it clear that he wanted to experience the same success.
“I felt awkward and didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” he says about his accidental appearance on the show and subsequent popularity. “I was just being myself. My emotions were real, the conversations were real, it was me being me.”
Watch our interview with Max in its entirety. The once painfully shy young teen is clearly a more confident, happier and even more mature young man.
Today, Max is a recent high school graduate and soon-to-be college freshman. His current weight is 283 pounds, down a total of 142 in less than two years. While any person’s weight loss should be solely credited to themselves, Max credits a lot of his success to the Biggest Loser Resort, where he’s currently on the end of a five-week stay. He was invited there in the summer of 2009 for 11 weeks, and during that stay he lost 95 pounds before returning home for his senior year. He calls it “the best decision I’ve ever made.”