Posted Tuesday --- December 11, 2007 -- 5:30pm
They lost more then 500 pounds combined.
Now, as NBC-15's Sarah Carlson explains, the local Biggest Loser contestants have to brave the temptations of the holidays.
We caught up with the trainers and coaches and also the contestants who are real experts by now at staying on track.
Contestant Lydia Stricker says, "I really discovered that one item isn't going to wreck the rest of my week or my progress. It's kind of everything in moderation."
Trainer Joey Malak says, "Uncle Bens makes a great rice that comes in a pkg that you can take wherever you go. And then any kind of lean proteins of meats. Otherwise I'm always a big fan of ready to go protein shakes as well."
Andy Kaszubski of Fitness Together says, "Buddy system is always the best thing...so that way you can hold your friends accountable for other things too, as opposed to yourself."
Contestant Michael Anthony says, "Knowing that I was in the competition kinda really helped knowing that the trainers would kick my butt. Now that you won't have trainers to kick your butt, what's your motivation? My wife ..."
Matt Polzin says, "I saw a stat that the average person gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's... so I think a lot of people are probably trying I'll eat a lot today and work out tomorrow. It might work for a day or two but not a good long term solution."
Contestant Linda Huttenhoff says, "Eat more times during the day. I try to eat at least four and then maybe just snack on some fruit and vegetables."
Dennis Kotnour of Healthy Inspirations, "The number one thing that we talk about with all of our members is to plan ahead. Most people know that they're going somewhere or someones coming to their place...
Susie Conner-Dieter says, "I'm going to try to eat before I go somewhere but it's all about having fun and enjoying yourself. If you go off for a little bit it's okay as long as you get back on that treadmill and keep it up! "
Next week at this time we'll have the exciting announcement of who took home "Madison's Biggest Loser".... both the individual and team results.