Now in its eleventh season, Biggest Loserhas had individuals compete and teams of two, but ever more than that. Unless you count season seven. That’s when Ron Morelliand his son Mike Morellicompeted as the brown team, a team of three if you count honorary member Max Morelli, the youngest son in the family. Ron and Mike went on to the final four that season, but Max watched from home; at 17 he was too young to join the show. However, the trio lost astounding weight together at home and continue to support one another today.
You can hear all about the impressive story of this family’s journey to health in their upcoming book Fat Family, Fit Family, a group effort that includes contributions from Becky Morelli, “the mom,” who also has her own weight loss success story to share.
In the meantime, we caught up with Ron and Max during a recent stay at Biggest Loser Resort. It was Max’s third trip, and a first for Ron.
First, catch-up with Max, a young man we’ve had the privilege of watching grow and transform into an inspiring, healthy and smart “kid.” Since 2009 he’s lost more than 150 pounds, mostly during his stays at the Resort but also from a lot of hard work at home.
Whatever happened to your favorite Biggest Loser contestants? Well, wonder no more as this Thanksgiving Biggest Loser will air a two-hour special taking in to the private lives of many of the show’s alumni. More than 30 contestants will appear on “Where Are They Now” to show you how their weight loss has changed their lives and how they look today.
Growing as popular for its love stories as it has for its weight loss success stories, you’ll get to watch the romantic proposal of season 9′s Sam and Stephanie, who recently visited the brand new Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu with Daris George. Not only that, but get access to the recent Lake Tahoe wedding of season 5 at-home winner Bernie Salazar to Jennifer, the cousin of his teammate Brittany Aberle.
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.
It all started 17 weeks ago. Eleven couples began a journey to change their lives. This journey has given the final four contestants the ability to see what they are capable of. Ron, Helen, Tara and Mike have all been sent home for thirty days and will return to the ranch for one final weigh-in before the finale. This weigh-in will determine who is in the finale as the final three. It’s up to the contestants to find balance at home and make a system that works for their lives. As if transforming your home life to match your new body wasn’t tough enough, everyone receives a surprise package at their doorstep. Read Full Post >
It’s a precarious position this father-son team has found themselves in, in fact Mike Morelli called it a worst-case scenario. They are part of the four finalists on Biggest Loser 7, but both Mike and his father, Ron Morelli, fell below the yellow line in the last week on the ranch. Neither were eliminated, but only one will advance as the third finalist to compete against Tara and Helen for the $250,000 prize and title of Biggest Loser.
“I hope that America votes Mike up,” pleads his father. A similar situation occurred with husband and wife duo Heba and Ed in season six, and fans ignored their pleas to send Heba to the finale, instead voting for Ed. When asked if they fear the same situation, Ron responded “Mike’s won enough hearts that Heba didn’t.”