Richard de Roque Goes Home

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the latest kicked-off contestant

Name:Richard de Roque
Hometown: Conway, AR
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Favorite cheat food: Chilli
Goal: To weigh 170 pounds.
Starting weight: 350 pounds

iVillage: What was your big turning point-either during the show or before that made you realize you needed to lose the weight?
I developed diabetes and high blood pressure.

iVillage: What is one thing you wish you had known before going on The Biggest Loser?
[I wish I'd known] how hard the workouts were going to be.

Did you watch the show before becoming a contestant? Were you inspired by a particular contestant? Who was it and how did they inspire you?
Danny from season 8. He was older like me, but lost so much weight and looked great.

If you could have done one thing differently during the show, what would it be?
[I would have] formed an alliance with some of the really good guys on the show(Adam, Aaron, Jessie and Lisa, etc.) to counter Frado, Patrick, and Brendan.

What’s the hardest thing to adapt to while living on the ranch?
Being away from family

What keeps you motivated when you don’t feel like working out or you want to eat junk food?
My family

What’s your favorite workout?

What’s the best advice Bob or Jillian gave you?
Don't quit.

What’s your favorite healthy meal or snack?
Strawberries and blueberries

What’s something viewers at home wouldn’t know from watching the show?
How much you work out off camera

Watch The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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