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Biggest Loser’s Ashley and Koli on Love, Weight and the Biggest Loser Resort [VIDEO]

Don’t think that the confetti falls on the Biggest Loser finale and the contestants walk away with a clean bill of health and a pass to settle in to their new reality. No, for many, there can still be much work to do on their weight, continued learning on fitness and nutrition, and the effort to instill new healthy habits. That is the case for season nine finalist Ashley Johnston and season nine at-home winner Koli Palu.

The two spent the past week at the Biggest Loser Resort, where Ashley says she’s still working to trim away an additional 15 pounds to reach her goal. She says she’s not in any hurry though, and happy to lose it at a slow, healthy rate of about two pounds per week. Joining her is Koli, who transversely is working to gain weight. He says his finale weight of 188 pounds “would be impossible” to maintain, and he’s working to reach the 220-230 range, a weight he thinks is healthy and sustainable.

Ashley and Koli aren’t just good friends spending a week at the Resort, though. It broke last week that the two are now a couple, a relationship they say was founded in becoming the best of friends at the ranch, and that they decided to push to the next level during their recent trip to the San Francisco Triathlon. When asked why Biggest Loser turns out so many lasting relationships, as opposed to the many failures by Bachelor and Bachelorette, he says “this is experience is totally real” and bashes the idea of meeting someone and falling in love in a brief four-week period.

Watch now to hear the happy duo talk more about their weight loss, what they love about the Biggest Loser Ranch, and to hear about their blossoming romance.


Biggest Loser’s Ashley and Koli are in Love

With the Bachelorette just wrapping another season of what will no doubt end in tabloid headlines of broken hearts and promises, the Biggest Loser is announcing another match made in weight loss heaven.

From the recent season nine, Ashley, a finalist, and Koli, the at-home winner, have let the public know that they are in love. A little surprised? We were too! A lot of fans, including us, were anxiously waiting to hear that season nine winner Michael Ventrella had won not only the $250,000 but also Ashley’s heart. Michael has confessed in the past that he and Ashley are nothing more than very good friends.

Ashley’s Facebook album is stocked with photos of the happy, beautiful couple. And while there is not a relationship status set, her profile image is a self-taken photo in the car of the two together. (more…)

Biggest Loser Winner – Michael Ventrella

Season 9 of the Biggest Loser featured the heaviest cast in the show’s history. But, that didn’t keep them from making some amazing transformations, and revealing them on the live televised finale.

Ashley Johnston and Michael Ventrella faced off in the Biggest Loser Season 9 finale. Michael won the finale with a weight loss of 264 pounds. Ashley weighed in at 191 pounds, a weight loss of 183 pounds and earned second place for season 9.

View Michael’s journey below:

View Michael Ventrella's Biggest Loser 9 Journey Slideshow

Exclusive: Listen here as Michael talks about how he plans on moving forward with his healthy lifestyle at home.

Michael Ventrellas Facts:

  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Occupation: Deejay
  • Team Color: White
  • Teammate: Maria Ventrella, mother
  • Starting Weight: 526
  • Finale Weight: 299
  • Total Loss: -227
  • Family: Single


Ashley Johnston: Biggest Loser 9 Contestant

Keep up with Ashley Johnston’s journey in Biggest Loser season nine. Each week DietsInReview.com will update each contestant’s weight loss, as well as accomplishments, videos, and more.

Learn more about Ashley Johnston now!

View Ashley Johnston Biggest Loser 9 Journey Slideshow

Age 27

Hometown Knoxville, TN

Occupation Spa Manager, Esthetician

Team Color Pink

Teammate Sherry Johnston, mother

Starting Weight 374

Week 17 Weight 213

Total Loss -161

Family Single (more…)