Jeremy Britt’s Life Lessons

Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 26, 2012

What is the most important thing that Jeremy Britt learned while winning on 'The Biggest Loser?'
—Amanda Michaels, Tulsa, Okla.

“Hard work pays off,” says Britt, who lost 199 pounds to claim the 2012 title. “I worked very, very hard at this and make no mistake, I didn’t cut corners. In the end, everything that I did paid off for me.”

He adds, “I have a complete lifestyle change and that’s how I’m going to keep the weight off. The best thing about having lost the weight is just the health benefits I have from it—getting to live my life to the fullest and not being restricted by anything that my weight would hold me back from.”

The 23-year-old banker from Rockford, Mich., who began the competition at 389 pounds, is planning to celebrate his $250,000 prize by paying it forward. First, he’s going to buy a minivan for fellow contestant Buddy Shuh, a pastor from Wayne, Mich.

“When he 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,” Britt says.

He is also hoping to share his story, which he hopes will inspire others to a healthier lifestyle. “I feel like there are a lot of younger people that definitely find themselves relating to me that want to hear what I have to say. And if I can help them in any way possible, I would love to do that,” he says.