Local ambo in Biggest Loser finale
ONCE upon a time, not so long ago, Warwick paramedic Kevin Youlden tipped the scales at a breath-snatching 132kg.
Now, more than 200 gym sessions later, he is a fit 91.5kg and a front runner in the Biggest Loser Second Chance Families grand finale in Sydney today.
The good-humoured local ambo flew into the southern capital this morning for the final weigh-in of the hotly contested at-home competition that has pitted him and his daughters against two other Australian families.
The winner, aka the clan which has shed the most kilograms, takes home a $10,000 prize, but for the Youldens it has never been about the cash.
Last year the family entered the popular Channel 10 television show Australia’s Biggest Loser Families.
Despite boasting a family story to rival the most creative screenwriters – his daughters are both triple zero heroes, he has been a paramedic for 30 years and all three stretched the outer limits of the Body Mass Index – they missed out on making the top four.
But the upside – not to be confused with upsize – was an enviable consolation prize: The chance to be in Australia’s Biggest Loser Second Chance Families competition.
“Basically the families which finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the Australian television auditions were offered places,” Mr Youlden said.
“This meant they supplied the Biggest Loser products and we did the exercise and changed our diets at home.”
In January, Mr Youlden and his daughters Emma, 28 and Jessica, 30, signed on confident a little motivation would ease the pressure on the scales.
Yesterday his wife Kim proudly talked about her partner’s 40.5kg weight loss.
“Kevin has led the leader board at the second chance weigh-ins for 11 of the 12 weeks,” she said.
“One week he was beaten by one of his daughters.”
“I am so proud of Kevin.
"We have been married for 17 years and I have never seen him at this weight.”
But the local medic stresses he could never have achieved success without support.
When WIRAC manager Don Warrener heard about the Biggest Loser Club’s Second Chance Families, he offered Mr Youlden three free personal training sessions a week.
“Brendan Iles has been working with me and he is great,” Mr Youlden said.
“I am so indebted to him for his encouragement.”
Today is D-day for the three families battling it out on Australia’s Biggest Loser Second Chance program.
And while Mr Youlden is thrilled to have made it whatever the outcome in Sydney this afternoon, he knows he has already won.
“I’ve got my weight under control and it’s an incredible feeling.”