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About Bill

January 13, 2009

Bill Germanakos was one of 18 contestants on the fourth season of the NBC hit reality show “The Biggest Loser”. The twin brother of Jim, who was also cast on the show, Bill is 41 years old, from Lynbrook, New York. Bill and Jim have been described as being extremely close, yet extremely competitive, since the day they came into the world together.

At the age of 40 during a consulting with his physician, Bill was informed that he was not only classified as obese, but had seriously high blood pressure and several health factors, including high cholesterol, which put him at risk for heart disease. These diagnoses, along with several other compelling factors, such as the recent death of a close family friend and the fact that his father had died young, was motivation enough for Bill to decide to make important and necessary changes in his life, as it pertained to his diet and exercise habits.

He’s been married to wife Stephanie for more than 15 years, and the two have three beautiful children, ages 14, 11 and 8. The thought of not being there to walk his two daughters down the aisle was a major contributing factor for him as well.

Bill’s mantra on “The Biggest Loser” was: “To become half the man, so that he could be twice the man”, and standing at 5′ 8, Bill went from weighing in at 334 lbs to 170 lbs, losing a total of 164 lbs, or 49.1% of his starting body weight.

At the live finale of this show this past December, Bill was declared the winner of the fourth season of The Biggest Loser, and was awarded the first prize of $ 250,000. His brother Jim, who had been eliminated early in the competition, ended up competing as an “at-home” or “eliminated” contestant, and after losing 186 lbs, won first prize for the eliminated contestants, for which he was awarded $100,000.

Now that Bill has become “Half the Man”, he strives every day to be “Twice the Man”, for himself, in his career and especially for his family. After having been reeducated about diet and exercise, his goal is to “pay it forward” by helping to educate those who also struggle with obesity.

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