Ryan Benson talks weight gain after 'Biggest Loser' fame

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Ryan C Benson: Life After Winning 'The Biggest Loser'

Losing weight can be hard and sometimes keeping it off is even harder.

Ryan Benson, the very first winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" -- way back in 2005 -- went from weighing 330 pounds down to 208 in the course of the show's 5 month production.

But the ten years since then have been a struggle.

Benson talked about his challenges with weight in a piece for Yahoo Health. He says that after the show, keeping all that weight off was almost impossible. Today, his weight has crept back up to nearly 300 pounds.

"I've been up and down the scale [...] One thing I didn't expect when the show ended was that for the next year or so, every time I'd go out to eat, or was in the grocery store, I'd feel like people were watching everything I ate, or watching what I put in my shopping cart."

What the show did do for him was teach him how rethink his lifestyle, in order to live a healthy life. Recently, Ryan has been training for the Malibu Triathlon and raising money for the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

He wants to reach a sustainable healthy weight not only for himself, but to set an example for his three children -- and with all he's been through, he tells others to go slowly and be patient

"Sometimes it can be hard to enjoy the process — we want immediate results — but when we can learn to enjoy the journey a little bit, it's easier to be healthy and happy."

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THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Ryan Benson (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (back row, l-r) Matt Kamont, Andrea Baptiste, Aaron Semmell, Lisa Andreone, Gary Deckman, Maurice Walker (front row, l-r) Kelly MacFarland, Ryan Benson, Kelly Minner, Dave Fioravanti, Dana DeSilvio, Lizzeth Davalos (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Playing it Close to the Vest' Episode 108 -- Pictured: Ryan Benson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ryan Benson of 'The Biggest Loser' during The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Radio Room - Day Two at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage for The Recording Academy (View ONLY))
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Season Finale' Episode 11 -- Air Date 01/11/2005 -- Pictured: Ryan Benson (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: Season 1 Winner Ryan C. Benson attends the panel discussion for 'The Biggest Loser' during the NBC 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
THE BIGGEST LOSER -- 'Where Are They Now?' -- Pictured: Ryan Benson (Photo by Bret Hartman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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