Eliminated Bigger Loser Contestant Ruben Studdard Talks to iVillage

iVillage talked exclusively with The Biggest Loser's Ruben Studdard on going home and his biggest personal victory

iVillage: How will you continue your weight loss journey now that you’ve left the ranch?
The most important thing for me is to find a way to continue the physical activity, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’ve hired a trainer and found time to go to the gym every day so the things that I learned at the ranch most definitely have carried over into my life.

iVillage: What was the most challenging moment for you on the ranch?
I think the most challenging moment for me was lifting the 400 pound truck tire during the filming of last week’s episode.

iVillage: What did you like best about working with your trainer?
I like working with Dolvett because he always found a way to encourage me to work past my pain. There are times when working out can be difficult, but Dolvett always either made it comical or inspired us to work past the pain.

iVillage: What’s the biggest lesson you learned about healthy eating?
What types of things to eat at what times of day. How to make sure to make great healthy choices with the meals I choose, and the snacks I choose. I also learned the importance of drinking lots of water.

iVillage: What’s the biggest lesson you learned about exercise?
That exercise is absolutely necessary for optimal health. We have to do it every day to make sure everything functions properly. And since I've been doing it over the past few months, I most definitely notice a difference in how I feel.

iVillage: What did you learn about yourself when it comes to working out? What was your favorite exercise?
I don’t have a favorite exercise, but I’ve learned I can do anything I put my mind to. Going on The Biggest Loser seemed to be a bit daunting, but I’ve definitely learned I can work out through any circumstances and get exercise in whenever it’s necessary.

iVillage: What was your biggest personal victory on the show?
My biggest personal victory was just having the courage to go on the show.

Find out how much weight Ruben has lost since leaving the ranch!

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8 EST/7 central on NBC

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