The Biggest Loser contestant, who lost 185lbs seven years ago, releases diet book about how he has kept the weight off

The Biggest Loser contestant, who lost 185lbs seven years ago, releases diet book about how he has kept the weight offExperts say keeping the weight off is the hardest part, with nearly 95 per cent of dieters gaining eventually their entire weight back

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18:03 GMT, 21 September 2012

He may have only lost 83lbs on NBC's The Biggest Loser in 2005, but after he was voted off, Pete Thomas went home to lose 102lbs more, and has kept the weight off for seven years.

Dubbed as 'The Most Successful Biggest Loser,' for maintaining his healthy weight and becoming the show's $100,000 At-Home Winner, Mr Thomas, 44, used his experience to write a book that teaches people about his weight loss plan and about what it takes to stay healthy.

Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever is 'an inspiration for anyone that has given up on their attempts to shed some pounds,' the Ann Arbor resident told Channel 3 News. 'I wrote the book to provide a level of education to folks so they could make a life change, as well.'

Before and after: Pete Thomas may have only lost 83lbs on The Biggest Loser in 2005, but after he was voted off, he went home to lose 102lbs more, and has kept the weight off for seven years

Before and after: Pete Thomas may have only lost 83lbs on The Biggest Loser in 2005, but after he was voted off, he went home to lose 102lbs more, and has kept the weight off for seven years

Before and after: Pete Thomas may have only lost 83lbs on The Biggest Loser in 2005, but after he was voted off, he
went home to lose 102lbs more, and has kept the weight off for seven
years

After losing and 185lbs and keeping those pounds off, Mr Thomas added: 'I feel like I had earned the right to speak.

'It's a hard battle to lose weight, but the harder battle is keeping the weight off. Weight maintenance is the goal of losing weight in the first place.'

Mr Thomas' struggle with his weight dates back to his childhood. Because of his mother's mental illness, he said he never learned 'proper nutrition' as he was
always on the go, moving from city to city throughout the nation.

Tough slog: Mr Thomas' struggle with his weight dates back to his childhood, where he never learned 'proper nutrition' always on the go with his mother moving from city to city throughout the nation

Tough slog: Mr Thomas' struggle with his weight dates back to his childhood, where he never learned 'proper nutrition' always on the go with his mother moving from city to city throughout the nation

Staying fit: Mr Thomas, 44, has used his experience to write a book that teaches people about his weight loss plan and about what it takes to stay healthy

Staying fit: Mr Thomas, 44, has used his experience to write a book that teaches people about his weight loss plan and about what it takes to stay healthy

Successful evidence: Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever includes a four-step permanent weight loss plan that uses the principles of Your Power, Your Plan, Your Pursuit and Your Purpose

Successful evidence: Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever includes a four-step permanent weight loss plan that uses the principles of Your Power, Your Plan, Your Pursuit and Your Purpose

Successful evidence: Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever includes a four-step permanent weight
loss plan that uses the principles of Your Power, Your Plan, Your
Pursuit and Your Purpose

Dubbed as 'The Most Successful Biggest Loser,' for maintaining his healthy weight and becoming the show's $100,000 At-Home Winner,

Fit and healthy: Mr Thomas was dubbed as 'The Most Successful Biggest Loser,' for maintaining his healthy weight and becoming the show's $100,000 At-Home Winner

His weight continued to climb throughout his teens and in 2005, at age 36, standing at 6-foot-5-inches, he weighed more
than 416lbs.

'He
explained: The Biggest Loser taught me a couple of important things. I
learned the basics of nutrition, and the importance of having a great
team around me.

Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: Pete Thomas' book includes a four-step permanent weight loss plan

Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: Pete Thomas' book includes a four-step permanent weight loss plan

'85 per cent to 95 per cent of dieters
gain their weight back after they lose it. I don't believe in the idea
of setting a weight loss goal, it's about achieving a healthy weight and
maintaining it for life.'

Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever includes a four-step permanent weight
loss plan that uses the principles of Your Power, Your Plan, Your
Pursuit and Your Purpose.

It includes a detailed workout plan,
and information regarding nutrition. Some of his most effective but simple eating habit changes, he notes, are not keeping unhealthy foods in the house.

'I know when I'm stressed, I'll overeat. After awhile, you get sick of overeating honey crisp apples,' he said.

Lost it Fast, Lose it Forever, is due for release Monday, September 24. He will be at Barnes and Noble in Ann Arbor at 7pm on September 27 signing copies of his book.