“I’m in shock, I can't believe it,” said Ventrella.

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"And being able to go there and change my habits and changing my mother's habits ripples into our family and friends because that's our way of celebrating." Watch full episodes of Off the ranch, the 31-year-old has seen the influence his time on the weight-loss show has had on others.

Michael said he meets countless people who tell him, "Ever since I saw you run five miles on the , I've been able to walk one mile, and I can't wait to do what you just did." Michael, who is now down to 262 pounds, said that biggest lesson he learned was that in order to help other people, he needed to heal himself.

The 29-year-old from California - who entered the show with cousin Sam - had started the competition at 403lbs.

After hugging Sam on the podium, he said: "I just want to go home with my family, that’s all I really want to do right now.

Johnston had started at 374lbs and lost 191lbs, or a total of 183lbs (48.93%).

George - who pointed out his girlfriend in the audience earlier in the show - managed to shed 168lbs (48.55%) from his starting weight of 346lbs, meaning he now weighs 178lbs.

The 30-year-old from Chicago - who started the show as the heaviest contestant in the franchise's history - triumphed over Daris George and Ashley Johnston in tonight's live finale of the NBC competition.

He started the show at 526lbs and lost 264lbs to scoop the cash prize of 0,000 and the title of 'The Biggest Loser'.

Koli Palu had been eliminated earlier in the night after the results of the public vote between himself and Daris were revealed.