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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Jeremy Britt on May 2, 2012 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Jeremy Britt

Question:
What do you think is the most important thing you learned from being on the show?

Jeremy Britt:
The most important thing that I learned is that hard work pays off definitely. I worked very, very hard at this and make no mistake I didn't cut corners, I just put in a lot of hard work. And in the end everything that I did paid of for me.

Question:
What do you plan to do with the money?

Jeremy Britt:
The first thing I got to do is buy Buddy a minivan. That's the only thing I had planned because when he had left he said that all he wanted was a minivan out of the show. So I told him if I won I'd get him a minivan.

Question:
Can you share with us how difficult it was to honestly balance your affection for your sister and competing against her, the strains on the relationship?

Jeremy Britt:
It wasn't difficult at all. Me and my sister are competitive in everything we do. It's when it came down to being us she wants to win, I want to win but obviously if one of us wins it's a pretty good thing. I wanted to beat her and I wasn't going to take it easy on her at all. I wanted to destroy her.

Question:
If we could go back a little in time to your trip to the White House and working out with Michelle Obama is certainly one of the biggest events of any season. Tell us about it for you and your family and maybe something we didn't see on camera?

Jeremy Britt:
Maybe what didn't come across on camera was just how down to earth Michelle Obama was. She spent a lot of time at each family and getting to introduce herself to everybody and hugging everybody and just was very personable about it and it was a great experience. And just so humbling just being in there and being in these rooms that not like everybody gets to go to. It was a very weird experience and it was a good time.

Question:
You talked a little bit about your sister already but what did you learn about her during this journey?

Jeremy Britt:
That if I have to share a room with her for six months I want to go insane. I learned that Conda, she didn't ever play sports or never did any of these things but when she wants to be competitive she knew how to do it and she definitely knew how to be successful here and we're very close. I know a lot about her. I just guess I'd like to see her drive. I told her right in the beginning though when we first got picked I was like I wouldn't want to do the show with anybody else other than you. So I'm glad that it's me and you getting to share this together. And she definitely did well.

Question:
Last time we spoke to you a few weeks ago you had just been eliminated and you got the chance to come back. So can you talk a little bit about your journey coming back through the challenge and getting back into the final three?

Jeremy Britt:
Once I'd gotten back into the challenge I wanted it to be no doubt that I felt like that spot was mine and I felt like there was a reason that spot was mine. And that reason was because I was meant to win this, so basically I was going to stay on that pole until next week. I'd still be on the pole right now if I had to and I was going to do whatever I had to do to win that spot back. And then when I got my spot back I was going to absolutely make the most of it.

Question:
How are you planning to keep the weight off now?

Jeremy Britt:
Definitely all these things that I've learned have helped me to do that going forward here and I have a complete lifestyle change and that's how I'm going to keep the weight off. If I do something that keeps me in the public eye just it keeps me accountable it keeps me accountable and that will be good for me to try and keep at it. I don't really think that I need the accountability but any little bit helps absolutely. And I'm just going to enjoy living life and enjoy being active. That's a big word there is active, you know. Stay active and the weight will stay off.

Question:
How are you going to stay in the public eye to keep that accountability?

Jeremy Britt:
I would like to get into like speaking or something like that just to kind of share my story. I feel like there's a lot of younger people that definitely find themselves relating to me that want to just hear what I have to say. And if I can help them in anyway possible I would love to do that.

Question:
Just before you found out that you'd won, you said that you were a bit scared when Kim was getting on the scales. Did you think of her as really big competition?

Jeremy Britt:
Absolutely. You never underestimate anybody especially somebody like Kim. So when I was at home I was doing everything in my power to make sure that there was no way that she could have been possibly outworking me. She could have been working just as hard but you're not going to outwork me. And I knew that Kim was going to give me a run for my money so I knew I definitely had to do everything I could do.

Question:
What's the best thing about having lost the weight?

Jeremy Britt:
The best thing about having lost the weight is just the health benefits I have from it now, being healthy and getting to live my life to the fullest and not being restricted by anything that my weight would hold me back from.

Question:
I noticed in the finale last night that the contestants all looked really healthy and happy because sometimes in finales they can look a little worn out. I know you sound good but you looked really healthy and not like bedraggled or anything.

Jeremy Britt:
I definitely worked out a lot and I ate so I had a good balanced diet and I was working out a ton to achieve the results I achieved.

Question:
I know a lot of the winners go from like weight lose mode to muscle building mode. Is that what's in your plan right now?

Jeremy Britt:
That is definitely in the plan. I'm going to do absolutely some cardio in there as well too but definitely do some running and then doing some weight lifting and stuff like that just to try and I'm not trying to be the Hulk or anything, I'm just trying to get toned.

Question:
What are your plans when you go home to West Michigan? Is there a big party planned?

Jeremy Britt:
The first is I have golf league at 5:30 and I get in at 4:30 so I've got to head straight there. I've got priorities.

Question:
What would be the number one thing you missed being away from home?

Jeremy Britt:
My family absolutely without a doubt and when I came home they couldn't have been a better support system to me. My family and friends were great and extremely encouraging on my journey. And I didn't achieve those results on my own. Everything that I got there that last night was there are a lot of people that helped me along that journey and I'm very thankful for them in my local town as well as Dolvett and Bob and them.

Question:
You've lost so much weight. How does it feel to know that you're such an inspiration to viewers?

Jeremy Britt:
It's awesome. I didn't go on the show necessarily for anybody else. You have to be very selfish on this journey. But to hear that there's people inspired by me and there's people like what I'm doing, it's amazing. Like Bear Grylls this morning told me I was amazing and I was like oh my gosh, you're Bear Grylls. So it's really weird to me but it's great because I was given such a great blessing and opportunity and if I'm able to help or just to share with somebody else I'm definitely trying to pay it forward.

Question:
Can you talk about your training leading up to the finale with your diet, how you were working out, was it way more intense then your time at the ranch? Did you step it up a little?

Jeremy Britt:
I definitely stepped it up a little. It's hard to match the intensity that you get from like a three or four hour work out with Bob or Dolvett yelling at you. So it's hard to match that. But one thing that I knew I could do is work out for all day. I had the time to work out now so I just made sure I was doing three a day where I was working out. Before I ate breakfast, afterwards, after breakfast after lunch and after dinner I was working out to just try and get me ready to burn off everything that I'm eating as well as then some so I can have weight loss.

Question:
Can you tell us what your goals are now in terms of weight loss? Are you still trying to lose weight or now you're focusing on building muscle?

Jeremy Britt:
I'm definitely focused on a little bit of both. I'm focused on the building muscle at the same time not losing my cardio strength that I have currently built up. I definitely want to keep up at running and stuff like that because I've built up quite the amount of cardio endurance and I want to keep that going. But at the same time I do definitely want to put some muscle on.

Question:
Do you have anymore weight that you're trying to lose?

Jeremy Britt:
Not necessarily. If I can live my life under 200 pounds for the rest of my life I'm very pleased with that. I'm not going to stress out about a five or ten pound weight gain or weight loss because it'll just make me go crazy. But I definitely know that I never want to be over 200 pounds again.

Question:
You know that some of the past competitors on the show have gained weight back. Is that something that it's in the back of your head, are you worried about that at all?

Jeremy Britt:
Absolutely you're an idiot not to worry about things like that, but it again it's a worry that I'm happy to take on. It's a worry that I feel like I can challenge that and I feel like I can fight that battle of keeping the weight off and I'm going to give it everything I have.

Question:
For someone who wants to do it on their own at home do you have some tips on just how to I guess, where to even get started?

Jeremy Britt:
We are coming into the summer and a lot of people are like well I don't have a gym or something like that. It's like be active, just go for a walk. If you're somebody who is not at the running levels or anything like that, if you just go for a walk one day and then you try and walk farther the next day or you try and walk faster the next day and you'll get your endurance up there. Trust me, take it from me. I know it was hard in the beginning and it's going to be very hard in the beginning for you. But if you keep at it, it will get easier and you will see results.

Question:
It seems like everyone on the weight loss journey no matter how well they're doing is going to hit a plateau. When that happens do you have any advice on how to deal with that?

Jeremy Britt:
There is definitely that feeling of plateau where you work your butt off and then you don't see any results and you're going, well was it worth it to do that? Absolutely it was worth it to do that because hard work in my opinion always pays off. It may not pay off when you want it to or it may not show up right away, but it does pay off. You are getting stronger even though you're not necessarily seeing a number weight loss. If you're being active, it is paying off.

Question:
Which Biggest Loser transformation at the finale last night surprised you?

Jeremy Britt:
I'm going to say Chism because he's just as cute and cuddly as ever.

Question:
Was there any sense of loss or sadness at the finale that Buddy and Mark weren't there for the celebration due to the fact that they quit the show?

Jeremy Britt:
Buddy and Mark are two great friends of mine and I definitely do care about them a lot and it was unfortunate that they weren't able to have their moment on the stage like we all did. Because I know first hand how hard each of them worked.

Question:
When you and Conda were just getting on the show you were going into it saying I'm going to do this thing. It will help me get healthier. Did you honestly think that even winning was a possibility?

Jeremy Britt:
I was kind of the silent competitor this season. You had your athletes that they all spoke about being Kim and Emily and stuff but I definitely played sports as well and I knew how to compete. So when I went on I wanted people to overlook me and I wanted people to just be like okay, he's just funny and cracking jokes and he's no worry, let's keep him around, he's pretty good entertainment. And then I knew when I got to the part where I had to compete I knew how to do that, and that's exactly what I did.

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