By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – NBC's hit show Biggest Loser is inviting a former Lubbock finalist to audition for the show's 2011 season, giving him a second chance for a life changing experience.
Thirty-nine-year-old Louis Constancio has weighed more than 300 pounds since the eighth grade. "All my decisions were according to weight, and had nothing to do with what I wanted to do. So every memory that I have in the past has to do with me being fat and how much I hated myself," Louis said.
Reaching almost 500 pounds, Louis had hit rock bottom. "I couldn't look at myself in the mirror. I would literally just pass by. I didn't even want to see me; I couldn't stand it," he said. Losing his breath and not able to move around a lot, working as an insurance claims adjuster became too much. "The realization when you can't do something anymore it just kinda sticks a knife in your heart," he added.
He hid his unhappiness behind a smile, but after a wakeup call from his grandfather Louis couldn't hide it any longer. "He said something to me that just shook me up, and he said you are too far gone. You're going to need surgery," said Louis "That just killed me inside."
After watching season 8 of Biggest Loser, Louis got the inspiration he needed. "I saw Danny Cahill win and he lost 235 pounds in six months. That was just enough to say man I can do it," said Louis.
In March Louis decided to follow in Cahill's footsteps and auditioned in Dallas for season 10 of Biggest Loser. He made it as a finalist but was cut at the last minute. "Wow, was it hard. It was heart wrenching and hard to deal with," he said.
But Louis's battle didn't stop there. Over the next five months he was dedicated to losing weight and lost 100 pounds on his own. Then he got the good news. NBC gave Louis a VIP Pass for the season 11 auditions, moving him to the front of the line.
For him, it's a second chance at life. "I want to have kids. I've been married going on 12 years and me and my wife haven't been about to because of my weight. I want to have a family," he said. "I want to change the world. It is my dream."
Louis now weighs about 400 pounds and will fly to San Diego on Thursday for the auditions.
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