Columbia couple undergoing transformation on The Biggest Loser

Jaquin and Larialmy Allen
Jaquin and Larialmy Allen

By Rochelle Dean - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia couple is getting major support from family and friends as they appear on the season premiere of The Biggest Loser. Several dozen people who gathered in Columbia for a watch party Tuesday night say the couple has inspired them to change the way they live.

Local couple Larialmy and Jaquin Allen may be appearing on the popular weight loss show The Biggest Loser, but the several dozen people supporting the Allens showed they're clearly winners. The crowd was standing-room only as dozens eagerly watched the Allens take on one of the biggest challenges of their life -- losing weight on national television. 

Making the decision to join the cast on the 11th season of The Biggest Loser wasn't an easy one. "When I found out about the casting call I called Larialmy and jokingly said 'do you want to go on the Biggest Loser?'" recounted Jaquin. "And she said 'uh, no.'"

But at the urging of Larialmy's husband, that changed. And slowly, so did the people around them.

"Just actually seeing them and seeing the change and then watching them and the previous episodes and seeing what they had to go through, I was like 'if they can go through that, then I can go to the gym a couple of days a week,'" said a co-worker.

The couple's lifestyle change isn't only rubbing off on family and friends. Co-workers of the determined duo are now jumping in on the act with a weight loss challenge of their own.

As on the show, co-workers at USC have a weigh-in each week. The person who gains the most weight in that week pays up a dollar, and the one who loses the most during the six-week challenge wins all of the money collected.

Co-workers say just like Larialmy and Jaquin, they too can lead by example. "It just shows you that with hard work and dedication you can do anything," said a co-worker.

The couple is home in Columbia for three months to practice the tools they've learned, before they return to finish taping the show. While they could not do any interviews because of obligations to the show, family members say the couple makes a dramatic transformation.

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