Incredible Celebrity Transformations
Ashley Johnston
Weight Lost: 183lbs
Name: Ashley Johnston
Birthdate: Jan 1, 1981 (36 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 374lbs Current Weight: 191lbs
Diet: Whole Food Favorite Diet Foods: Eggs, Veggies, Quinoa
Exercises: Cardio
Famous For: Runner-Up on Season 9 of The Biggest Loser
Name: Ashley Johnston
Birthdate: Jan 1, 1981 (36 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 374lbs Current Weight: 191lbs
Diet: Whole Food Favorite Diet Foods: Eggs, Veggies, Quinoa
Exercises: Cardio
Famous For: Runner-Up on Season 9 of The Biggest Loser
Ashley Johnston
Weight Lost: 183lbs
Name: Ashley Johnston
Birthdate: Jan 1, 1981 (36 Years Old)
Diet: Whole Food
Favorite Diet Foods: Eggs, Veggies, Quinoa
Exercises: Cardio

When it comes to your weight, one of the biggest factors is your immediate family. Research has said that a child that has one obese parent has a 50 percent chance of being obese, and an 80 percent chance if both parents are obese. For that reason, losing weight should be something that a family all does together to get healthy.

Popular reality series “The Biggest Loser” set out to do that when they introduced competitions that would take pairs of people instead of just one. We’ve seen a lot of child-parent combos on the show, including in season nine, which was the third season of the couples competition. Along with her mother Sherry, Ashley Johnston was 27 years old at the time she started on “The Biggest Loser”.

The weight for both of them was quite a wake-up call, as Sherry weighed in at 218 pounds (at 5’1”), while her daughter was tipping the scales at 374 pounds. At 5’5”, that put Ashley at the second highest body mass index (BMI) on the show at 62.2, which is dangerously obese. After just one week, however, things started to turn quickly for Ashley as she dropped 21 pounds to get down to 353 pounds.

Johnston held in with the competition, staving off elimination and continuing to lose weight. By the time she left the “Biggest Loser” ranch after 18 weeks, Johnston had gotten down to a much more manageable 213 pounds for a 140 pound weight loss. The contestants then returned for the finale, and Johnston revealed that she lost nearly half of her body weight, checking in at 191 pounds; a total loss of 183 pounds and about 49 percent of her body weight.

Johnston would end up coming in second place to Michael Ventrella, who slimmed down from 526 pounds to 262 pounds, but dropping that much weight and seeing her mother get down to just 119 pounds was a huge win for her.

With her weight loss, Johnston set the record for most weight lost by a female contestant on “The Biggest Loser”. Things were looking up, and Johnston even found love in the form of fellow contestant Koli Palu. Since then, the couple has gotten married after an extended period of long distance dating. The new relationship and new body had Johnston feeling good, who at the time said that she was still doing trainer Jillian Michaels DVD workouts. She also said that “My advice to the new contestants is take this one opportunity and only focus on ou. It’s the only chance you will get because once you get home it’s back to real life again.”

Because of her strong performance, Johnston was able to sign a deal with drugstore chain Rite Aid to come up with a free weight loss plan that would help people lose 10 percent of their body weight in just 10 weeks. She also started a weight loss gym and a blog, giving advice to those that were looking for their own radical transformations. Johnston said the found something that finally worked after gaining weight as a teen and young adult and wanted to share.

Before, Johnston had tried popular diets like Weight Watchers and Atkins, as well as trying to go vegan and taking weight loss pills. None of those would work, and she focused on eating more whole foods. She also advised people that the mental strength was more important than physical when it came to losing weight “That’s the hardest work to do,” she said. “It’s harder than counting calories or running on a treadmill, but if you fix the inside, I guarantee the outside will follow.”

Unfortunately for Johnston, the weight wouldn’t stay off, which has been the case for many “Biggest Loser” contestants. After six months of being able to maintain her weight, Johnston saw the number on the scale creep back up into the 200’s. “I got to the point when I had gained 20 pounds and didn’t want to go to the gym,” she said. “I felt that people were going to be so disappointed in me. They were going to think I’m huge. Once I started getting discouraged and embarrassed to go, it really deterred me from getting to my goal weight.”

Despite regaining some of the weight, Johnston said that she was still living a healthier lifestyle by getting exercise and eating more healthy foods. The only problem was that she wasn’t as active as she had been after “The Biggest Loser” and was eating more once her stomach started to re-expand, causing an increase in appetite.

Five years after appearing on “The Biggest Loser”, Johnston no longer operates a weight loss gym, and her weight loss blog isn’t on the internet anymore. It has fans concerned on whether or not she continued to gain weight after putting on 20 pounds, to which Johnston admitted was the truth. “I’ve lost my way lately and I’ve lost confidence and belief I can do this,” she said in 2017 on Facebook. She posted a photo that showed off some of her weight gain, while surrounded with former “Biggest Loser” contestants in hopes of getting back on track.

After months of not providing an update on her weight, Johnston said that she was starting over on a weight loss plan once again. Clearly, it hasn’t been the easiest road for Johnston to be able to keep off the weight, though she’s been candid about her struggles and is eager to get back down to the weight she once was after her second place finish on “The Biggest Loser”. While not saying her exact weight, it’s estimated that Johnston is back around 260 pounds, looking to get back into the 100’s.