Though Julio Gomez weighed 407 pounds when he came to The Biggest Loser ranch, he never believed he had any food issues. “I was one of those folks that walked into the gym thinking that I was just a happy guy who just liked to eat, quite frankly, a little bit too much and I got to the weight I did,” says the family man from Illinois, who learned a lot about himself during one really tough workout with Jillian. “She just kept digging and digging. And it really hit home for me. That was a great moment for me to realize that you don't get to 400 pounds without having some feelings inside that get you there.” Since then, he’s lost 128 pounds. “I have to thank her heartfully for even getting to that point with me. It's helped me tremendously,” he says.
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Eliminated October 6: Julio Gomez
How are you adjusting to life at home?
My house is almost like the ranch; there are no bad choices in here anymore. Eating out is very,
very rare. It’s like going back to like when we were kids and we ate out maybe once a week if not
once a month. It was a treat. That’s the way it really should be in my opinion. You make healthy
choices out there but I think the healthiest choice you can make is to teach your kid how to buy
food, what's in the food and what about the preparation of the food is good and bad. Like I told
Jillian, my love of food and my obsession with food is not going to go away it's just going to
change a little bit.
Do you have a favorite healthy recipe now?
I don't have one particular favorite. I like to really just kind of freelance it, to see what I have and
then make something fun. Even your better chefs in this world will not design their menu until they
see what's freshest at the market. I'll look in my fridge and say, “Okay what do I have today? I've
got these vegetables, this chicken or this fish. Here's what we're going to put together.”
I'll just make something up and my daughters will go “Hey, this is pretty good!”
You took some heat for your workout methods in the first week. Do you think they just didn’t
understand what you were doing?
I completely think they didn't understand my workout process. I had no issue getting up at 6:00 in
the morning and going to the gym while a lot of the people were still asleep. I just didn't feel it was
necessary to work out as a group at that time. It was a personal thing for me where I had to get
over my own hump. We all had our own journey. I was not an athlete growing up, so it wasn't
natural for me to “go back into the gym” so to speak. I had to do that on my own.
Did you prefer Jillian or Bob as a trainer?
Jillian when we were talking about this. I told her I would like her and Bob to actually get married,
have a kid, raise that kid to be a trainer and that's who I want because they are so different but so
alike. And I so desperately needed both of them. I feel like I'm one of the only contestants that can
really truly say that they both affected me in different ways extremely positively but in completely
Was it hard being a team of one for a while?
I often ask myself if it was better or if it was worse. I didn’t have to worry about someone else, which was good and bad at the same time. I had such good friends who almost adopted me into their teams that by the end it, it was a lot easier than when I started. I terribly missed Alexandra and if you notice in every shot of me, I'm wearing a black sweatband on my right wrist. I didn't start wearing that until after Alexandra left and that was like my little silent partner that I kept with me. I still to this day almost never leave the house without that black sweatband on my wrist. It's just something that's always stuck with me.
Many people said they would never write your name down and then they did. Did you feel
Not in the least bit. They voted from their hearts and they were very sincere. They agonized over those votes. You had strong competitive guys just completely fell apart during that vote. That was truly the relationship I had with those people. There's no way I can be angry with them. To this day I have no regrets; I have no remorse and I have not animosity towards anybody who voted to send me home.