The Biggest Loser's Ryan Benson ultimately claimed the $250,000 prize after shedding an impressive 122 lbs. from his original weight of 330 lbs. Besides exercising like a demon, Ryan also lied, back-stabbed an ally and offended others with his offbeat sense of humor. Here, the 36-year-old doughnut addict from Spokane, Wash., happily defends his wicked but winning ways to TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: Did you have any trouble readjusting to life off the ranch?
Ryan Benson: Yeah, I did. We got back the first week of November. At Thanksgiving, I had to go to Utah to see relatives. I broke down and cheated a few times and had to have some pie at dinner. So when Christmas and New Year's came around, I thought, "I can't leave." I had to take charge of my own environment and make sure that I didn't break down and have desserts.
TVGO: Still scarfing doughnuts in your car while commuting to work?
Ryan: No, definitely not. I was a secret eater and that was when I could eat my junk food — in my car, going to and from work and out to lunch. [Jillian] said, "Ryan, if you never eat in your car again, you can keep this weight off." So that's what I am going to stick to.
TVGO: Your sense of humor rubbed people the wrong way. Did you tone down your abrasiveness or did they just get used to you?
Ryan: They got used to me. The first few weeks, everyone was so serious. Weight loss is a serious issue, but I don't think reality shows are. People lightened up a lot once they got used to the cameras. My favorite thing to say every morning — and it would get Kelly nuts — was, "Kelly, I cannot wait until tomorrow." And she'd say, "Why?" And I'd say, "Because I get better-looking every day." Once they warmed up to my weird sense of humor, I got along pretty well with almost everyone.
TVGO: When you reunited with Kelly and Gary after three months at home, were you nervous to step up for that final weigh-in?
Ryan: They both looked so good, Kelly in that red gown — she looked phenomenal and her waist was so small — and Gary is just a little guy. He's just skinny. It was close, though. It came down to that one percentage point.
TVGO: Any regrets about your underhanded game play?
Ryan: The only regret that I have was during the second episode, when I played a joke on Dave and it hurt Lizzeth's feelings. That was my main regret. I never wanted to hurt her feelings because I think she is a really nice person. Other than that, I would play the game the exact same way. I feel like I really got along with everyone there, except when I did have to...
TVGO: Back-stab Lisa?
Ryan: Yeah, when I had to back-stab Lisa and when I had to lie to Matt. He's another great guy that I hated lying to for a whole day. I couldn't tell him I was voting him off that night. But in the end, I lucked out and it worked out for me.
TVGO: Who's your money on for next week's runner-up prize of $100,000?
Ryan: My three top picks are Aaron, Dre and Dave. I think Dave was more successful off the ranch. He looked great and he could definitely be a winner. I know that he loves to lift weights, so if they are using the body-fat percentage that they did [at the finale], it will benefit him.