Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Interview: The Biggest Loser’s Erica Lugo Talks Weight Loss and New SeasonCupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Interview: The Biggest Loser’s Erica Lugo Talks Weight Loss and New Season

Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Ellie Rice

The Biggest Loser’s Erica Lugo is a bona-fide weight loss inspiration as she joins the team as the show’s newest trainer. After reaching a peak weight of over 300 pounds, she made a decision to change her life once and for all and lost an incredible 160 pounds in two years. The motivation behind her extraordinary lifestyle change was her son Connor. As a dedicated mother, thyroid cancer survivor, and fitness studio owner, Lugo is a triple threat of perseverance and success. 

In our exclusive celebrity interview, Erica talks about the new season, her personal weight loss, and some advice for those looking to change their lifestyle.

How does it feel to be a part of a show that has made such a positive impact in so many people’s lives? 

I’m so grateful. I knew it would be impactful, but I didn’t realize how close I’d become to everyone on the show.

What can viewers expect when they tune into the premiere on the 28th? 

Viewers will hopefully be inspired by the contestants – their stories and their commitment to changing their lives. 

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What are you bringing to the table that no other trainer has brought before? 

I lost over 150 lbs in the last 6 years so I know how hard the road is. Plus, I’m a recent cancer survivor. Hopefully my story will encourage and inspire people that anything is possible.

You gave really powerful encouragement to an audience member on the Kelly Clarkson show who was currently on her own weight loss journey. What advice can you give to all the men and women out there looking to lose weight, but not lose themselves in the process?

Love yourself and be proud of who you were, who you are and who you’re becoming because it’s all the same person.

I saw that you are recently engaged, congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Thanks! Daniel and I have been together for 2 years and are planning our wedding for April. It’s really exciting to be trying on wedding dresses and making all the plans.

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As you may know our site focuses on love and relationships, what advice do you have for our readers looking to balance a career and romance? 

Self-care includes making time for yourself and your love so take each day as it comes and do your best to find a balance as you go. Some days will be easier than others.

Staying mentally and physically healthy is an important element to any partnership. Do you have any tips for how to mix fitness into a relationship? 

Having the love and support of loved ones is so important. Keep trying activities until you find what works best and is most fun for you and your partner.

Not only are you a trainer on the show, but you also have your own fitness company providing members with training exercises and meal plans. Can you tell us about Erica Fit Love and the Fit Love Squad? 

We aim to provide fitness and nutrition programs to people at every stage of their fitness journey.

You have openly spoken about your battle with thyroid cancer. Your strength and confidence is incredibly admirable. What advice do you have for those going through a challenging time? 

Work to find strength in yourself and from loved ones.

You’ve talked about the inspiration behind your weight loss, your son Connor. How does he feel about your role on the show? 

I hope I can help contestants because I’ve been through what they’re going through. I know how miserable burpees are and how much determination is required to make a life change to get healthy.

Aside from health and fitness, who is Erica Lugo? 

I’m a mom, a fiancee and hopefully a good friend and source of inspiration

Where can we expect to see you in the future? 

Hopefully on more seasons of The Biggest Loser because I’m just getting started!

Tune in to USA on Tuesdays at 8/9c to watch this season of The Biggest Loser. Want to keep up with Erica? You can follow her on Instagram or join the Fit Love Squad here!