After losing a whopping 155 pounds on NBC's The Biggest Loser, fan favorite Tara Costa has gone on to motivate thousands of people through personal appearances, media, social outreach programs and body appreciation coaching through The Greater You, Inc. Tara's goal is encourage people to do things they never thought possible, and inspire them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
During season 7 of The Biggest Loser, Tara proved that where there’s a will there’s a way. During her 18 weeks on campus, she never “fell below the yellow line.” She won a record-setting eight challenges, the most of any contestant in show history, although most fans remember Tara as the contestant who dramatically pulled a car during one challenge. Week after week, Tara inspired millions with her heart, spirit and determination as she shared with the world her personal journey.
Tara grew up in a small town on Long Island, NY and as a product of a single-parent home, she learned the importance of being independent and having a strong sense of determination. Tara began working as a plus-size model for a top New York modeling agency at the age of thirteen. She was featured in industry-leading catalogues such as Tommy Hilfiger, Emme, Macy’s, Lane Bryant and K-Mart.
Tara went on to graduate from New York University with honors, and soon after accepted a finance position at the largest beauty company in the world. Tara’s immediate success in the business world was compromised by personal issues causing her to gain weight and lose self-confidence. She quickly amassed close to 300 lbs.! Fortunately, some real-life reality checks and a strong inner spirit helped her decide to change her life and get healthy.
In September 2008, Tara decided to leave her job and New York to change her life and get healthy. Weighing 294 pounds when she arrived at The Biggest Loser campus, Tara immediately set the tone for how to work hard, push herself and never quit. Tara recently completed her most grueling challenge to date, the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.