After seven months of intense dieting and exercise, the winner of The Biggest Loser, Patrick House, spent his vacation just like anyone else – eating good food and hanging out at the beach.
But in case anyone thinks he slipped back into old bad habits during his week-long stay on Grand Cayman, Mr. House said he used the local beaches as part of his exercise regime – running, swimming and snorkelling to keep fit.
House, 28, along with his wife Bradley and sons Colton, 4, and Caden, 2, was visiting family in Cayman, and he said they all enjoyed “everything Cayman had to offer”.
“This is our third trip to the Cayman Islands. We love coming here. My brother Donnie lives here with his family. We’ve just been taking it easy, going to Seven Mile Beach and Governor’s Beach, doing lots of snorkelling and swimming and having a great time,” he said.
“I’ve been getting in my runs and swims for my exercise. I’ve been staying busy,” he said, although he admitted that sticking to his diet has been a little tough. “I’ve been treating myself with a few meals that I normally would not have… When I get back, I’ll get back to the grind and back into my routine,” he said.
He said he did not know if he’d gained back any of the 181 pounds he lost on the show after visiting some of the Island’s top restaurants because he has not stepped on any scales here. “But my clothes still fit me. On vacation, it’s easy to let yourself get out of control. I feel like I haven’t done that yet – I haven’t been doing anything too bad,” he said.
This season’s Biggest Loser – who was 400 pounds at the start of the show – and his family left Cayman on Thursday, 23 December, to spend their last Christmas in their home in Mississippi before moving to South Carolina where House begins his new job as a counsellor at an academy for obese teenagers.
House said his job will involve helping kids “get their lives back on track”, but it will also help him keep on track as he will be a role model for the children.
He said watching his weight and going to the gym is now part of his lifestyle. It’s also become part of his wife’s lifestyle. While he was dropping his weight on television, she lost 50 pounds at home and went from a size 14 to a size 4 by going to the gym each day and changing her own eating habits.
This meant that when House returned from The Biggest Loser ranch and its in-built support system of fitness trainers and dietitians and counsellors, he had some pretty powerful support within his own home. “It’s so much easier when you have a good support system behind you. Had I gone home and the family was eating pizza three nights a week and eating out the rest of the time, and if I was just eating vegetables and chicken all the time, it would have been tough. With the support of my wife and family, I was able to transform my whole life,” he said.
America’s newest weight-loss celebrity is looking forward to the future and what it will bring. “2011 will be a great year for my family,” he said.