He took off his white sweatband, twirled it around his finger, and flung it to the studio audience as if it were a garter.
A year ago, I’d be trapped in a basement bedroom, jamming out on my computer.” And the bad part?
Well, it turns out that in the weight-loss world, reality kicks in when the reality show ends.
After four months, he has regained more than 20 pounds, but he says he isn’t as focused on keeping his weight down as he is on building muscle. “The one thing that does terrify me is not being able to support myself or support the ability to go out and help people.” It’s not that Ventrella hasn’t tried to turn his 15 minutes of fame into a living.
He has scouted for an agent, asking the trainers, Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, for recommendations.
It’s part of the contract he signed as a contestant; he receives only a modest per diem rate, plus expenses.
Sometimes the network argues over paying his parking. “The good part is I’m living, not only with my body but with my life.
Do the elliptical, do the bike.’ They made me reshoot a running scene.” Mendonca began the show at 229 pounds and lost 90. “A lot of the Losers probably won’t say this — they all drank the Kool-Aid — but we have all suffered.” Rulon Gardner, who won gold in wrestling at the 2000 Olympics, walked off the show in Season 11.
“They said to me, ‘You mess with “The Biggest Loser,” and we’ll destroy your name,’ ” he recalls. “They said, ‘If you don’t work out, you’ll lose, so you need to get up or go home.’ ” Producers told The Post, “We stand behind the integrity and safety of the show.
As “The Biggest Loser” heads toward its live finale Jan.
29, two more ex-contestants approached The Post alleging abuse by the NBC show.
Like Mendonca, he says the challenges are rigged and the weigh-ins fake. Our contestants are closely monitored and medically supervised.” But both ex-Losers are in contact with other contestants — there’s a private alumni site on Facebook — and the most scandalous secret, Mendonca says, is that just about everyone’s gained the weight back, herself included.