Sunderland man is TV’s Biggest Loser after shedding 40 per cent of his body weight

From Shine Productions ''THE BIGGEST LOSER 'The Final 'Tuesday 13th March 2012 on ITV 1''The Biggest Loser Final sees the culmination of 24 weeks dedicated to changing the shape, confidence and quality of life of the 14 contestants. It's been 16 weeks since the 3 finalists left the house in Leicestershire where they spent eight weeks away from family and friends in a bid to change their lives for the better with the help of three trainers and a nutritionist. The remaining three months spent in their hometowns, still accompanied with the same aids but in their normal environments and with the risk of old habits creeping in. Tonight one of them will be crowned The Biggest Loser champion 2012.''Picture shows: Before and After of Kevin. His starting weight was 32st 21b''Photographer: Neil Genower ''(c) ITV ''For further information please contact Peter Gray '0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com ''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with

From Shine Productions ''THE BIGGEST LOSER 'The Final 'Tuesday 13th March 2012 on ITV 1''The Biggest Loser Final sees the culmination of 24 weeks dedicated to changing the shape, confidence and quality of life of the 14 contestants. It's been 16 weeks since the 3 finalists left the house in Leicestershire where they spent eight weeks away from family and friends in a bid to change their lives for the better with the help of three trainers and a nutritionist. The remaining three months spent in their hometowns, still accompanied with the same aids but in their normal environments and with the risk of old habits creeping in. Tonight one of them will be crowned The Biggest Loser champion 2012.''Picture shows: Before and After of Kevin. His starting weight was 32st 21b''Photographer: Neil Genower ''(c) ITV ''For further information please contact Peter Gray '0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com ''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with

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WHAT a loser. In fact, Sunderland’s Kevin McLernon is the country’s biggest loser – and he couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Millions tuned in last night to see former heavyweight Kevin crowned ITV’s Biggest Loser 2012 in the grand final, after shedding an amazing 40 per cent of his body weight to drop from 32st 2lb to 19st 4lb.

From Shine Productions ''THE BIGGEST LOSER 'The Final 'Tuesday 13th March 2012 on ITV 1''The Biggest Loser Final sees the culmination of 24 weeks dedicated to changing the shape, confidence and quality of life of the 14 contestants. It's been 16 weeks since the 3 finalists left the house in Leicestershire where they spent eight weeks away from family and friends in a bid to change their lives for the better with the help of three trainers and a nutritionist. The remaining three months spent in their hometowns, still accompanied with the same aids but in their normal environments and with the risk of old habits creeping in. Tonight one of them will be crowned The Biggest Loser champion 2012.''Picture shows: Before and After of Amy Mac. Her starting weight was 19st.''Photographer: Neil Genower ''(c) ITV ''For further information please contact Peter Gray '0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com ''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with

From Shine Productions ''THE BIGGEST LOSER 'The Final 'Tuesday 13th March 2012 on ITV 1''The Biggest Loser Final sees the culmination of 24 weeks dedicated to changing the shape, confidence and quality of life of the 14 contestants. It's been 16 weeks since the 3 finalists left the house in Leicestershire where they spent eight weeks away from family and friends in a bid to change their lives for the better with the help of three trainers and a nutritionist. The remaining three months spent in their hometowns, still accompanied with the same aids but in their normal environments and with the risk of old habits creeping in. Tonight one of them will be crowned The Biggest Loser champion 2012.''Picture shows: Before and After of Amy Mac. Her starting weight was 19st.''Photographer: Neil Genower ''(c) ITV ''For further information please contact Peter Gray '0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com ''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with

To keep it in the family, Kevin’s niece and partner on the television show, Amy McLernon, took the runner-up spot.

The South Shields 23-year-old shed 32.7 per cent of her body weight, from 19st to 12st 11lb.

Property developer Kevin, of Seaburn Dene, split the £25,000 winning prize with Amy and with his share intends to enjoy a luxury holiday, which is much-deserved after six months of gruelling workouts.

“It was never about the money for me,” said the 38-year-old. “It was about completely transforming my life.

A SHINE PRODUCTION FOR ITV1''THE BIGGEST LOSER on ITV1 January 2012''Picture shows: 23yr old Amy Mac. Her starting weight is 19st. and her uncle Kevin. His starting weight is 32st 21b''Davina McCall is back to present a brand new primetime series of the international hit format The Biggest Loser on ITV1.''Over nine weeks the series follows the progress of 14 extremely overweight contestants as they compete with themselves and one another to transform their lives forever.''The Biggest Loser challenges the 14 hopefuls to undergo dramatic physical change without any kind of surgery - just the combined forces of determination and motivation.''The contestants weigh in from just over 15st to the heaviest ever contestant at 32st 2lbs. Made up of seven couples, including work colleagues, father and daughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, uncle and niece, mother and daughter, strangers and friends, they move into The Biggest Loser house in the series which launches on January 3rd, 2012.''For eight weeks they live together

A SHINE PRODUCTION FOR ITV1''THE BIGGEST LOSER on ITV1 January 2012''Picture shows: 23yr old Amy Mac. Her starting weight is 19st. and her uncle Kevin. His starting weight is 32st 21b''Davina McCall is back to present a brand new primetime series of the international hit format The Biggest Loser on ITV1.''Over nine weeks the series follows the progress of 14 extremely overweight contestants as they compete with themselves and one another to transform their lives forever.''The Biggest Loser challenges the 14 hopefuls to undergo dramatic physical change without any kind of surgery - just the combined forces of determination and motivation.''The contestants weigh in from just over 15st to the heaviest ever contestant at 32st 2lbs. Made up of seven couples, including work colleagues, father and daughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, uncle and niece, mother and daughter, strangers and friends, they move into The Biggest Loser house in the series which launches on January 3rd, 2012.''For eight weeks they live together

“I really wanted to win, to know that I had completed it to the end and done everything I possibly could.

“When we realised I had won, me and Amy just went wild. It was absolutely amazing.

“All the stress just lifted away and all that effort was worth every minute.

“Everything in the last six months of my life had been working towards that moment and it was awesome.”

Kevin said the day of the final had been nerve-wracking, because all the contestants were kept on their own and not allowed to see each other before the big reveal in front of the cameras.

“No one was allowed to see us, so we were moved from room to room with people checking corridors were empty before we came out.

“It was all very cloak and dagger, which made the waiting horrendous.

“After the show it was a brilliant night. All the contestants went out together and had a fantastic time.”

But the story doesn’t stop there for Kevin, who lives with partner Joanne, because he still wants to shed another four stone to reach his ideal weight.

And he knows the change of lifestyle is forever because he never wants to go back to the way he was before.

“Life is so much better now. I have more confidence and can do so much more and have a lot to look forward to.

“It is great that Joanne and my mam and dad are not worrying about my weight all the time now.”

Kevin plans to keep setting himself challenges to work towards and is planning to climb Ben Nevis, do the Sunderland 10k run and the Blaydon Race during the coming months.

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