2015 Biggest Loser 12 Week Challenge Winners


 Congratulations to ALL the participants of the 2015 Biggest Loser 12 Week Challenge.

A special thank you to our sponsors for all their support and the wonderful prizes they’ve donated. Thank you to...

  •  Oceanblue, Papamoa
  • Club Aspire, Bethlehem
  • Casey Hume, Nutritionist
  • Refresh Beauty Therapy, Papamoa
  • Smiths Sport Shoes, Tauranga
  • Waimarino, Tauranga
  • Certified Massage Therapy BOP
  • Mount Wholefoods
  • My Hair Salon, Papamoa 
  • Miss Muddy NZ


 Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Biggest Loser 12 Week Challenge!


   1) Duncan Mc Kenzie

Duncan lost 16.3kgs and 16.1 % body weight in only 12 weeks!

Duncan Mckenzie

2) Emma Lowe

Emma lost 10.1 kgs and 14.10% body weight in only 12 weeks!

Emma Lowe

Duncan went from this...

 To this...

And Emma went from this...

To this...

Here's Duncan's story...

I have a few people to thank for helping me go from 101 kgs to under 85kgs.

Just over 3 months ago my boss Reuben called me into his office and suggested that he and I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge, that we were both becoming very heavy...(PC for “fat b*stards!”) Thanks to you Reuben for giving me the push.

Once I agreed to sign up, fellow work colleagues decided to join as well. They all lost mammoth amounts of weight and all look fantastic. We had some good healthy rivalry going, and we would exercise together at lunch times which helped keep everyone motivated. Thanks to everyone at Woods Creative. (Mark’s note: 5 out of 7 participants from Woods Creative placed in the top 12!)

What worked for me?


Instead of scoffing down my meals, followed by the kids leftovers, I cut back and used portion control. As soon as I stopped eating these regular “smorgasbords” I began to lose weight. I also kept a very watchful eye on foods containing sugar and carbohydrates, such as sushi and potatoes, and immediately felt better for it.

Meal planning was also key. For example, I would prepare extra kumara and chicken for dinner and make a chilli chicken and kumara salad for my day time meals. I would create enough for leftovers and spread these meals throughout the day. (Instead of one big meal at lunch time. )

For breakfast I would make a large smoothie consisting of fruit, water, vegetables and ice, and sip that on the way to work. Instead of the clock dictating when I consumed my meals, I ate only when I was hungry and drank plenty of water. I also added hot spices to my meals to help with digestion and increase fat burning.

At week 8 my wife and I did a liver cleansing detox. I felt great having detoxed my body, and had more energy.


You can’t out exercise a bad diet, so when you eat right, you don’t have to exercise as much.

I love spending time with my beautiful wife and 3 children, so long workouts were out of the question. (Mark’s short duration workouts really suited me)

I did all my training during my lunch breaks. In addition to resistance exercises I put lots of emphasis on interval training as this is one of the best ways to get the most out of your training.

I would go up the Mount, jogging up the tracks and sprinting the stairs. At the beginning it was impossible to make it to the top without stopping. Now I get to the top then run down 10 or so flights of stairs, then turn around and sprint up again. Sometimes if I’m super keen I’ll do 3 sets of stairs. My workouts would take just 35-40 minutes and I’d finish with a quick swim in the surf and then back to work – all within my lunch hour.

Most weekends I reserved for family time, playing with the kids and taking walks on the beach with my wife.

The only downside?

Now I have to buy new clothes because all the old ones are too big!!

I feel great, and I’m going to be able to keep up with the kids a lot easier now.

Thanks for everyone who got me motivated. My new goal is to reach 82kg by the end of January and maintain it for 2016 and beyond.

Thanks Mark for running an awesome challenge and all the helpful hints along the way. I applied your training principles to my workouts and they worked a treat for me.

Duncan McKenzie

And here's Emma's story...

About 3 months ago I never planned on following a nutrition plan or exercising any differently...but I'm so glad I did!

I’m so thankful for overhearing Duncan McKenzie (aka. The 2015 Biggest Loser) talking about joining the Biggest Loser 12 Week Challenge.

I've always had a competitive side, and this, coupled with a real desire to achieve a healthier lifestyle, is what motivated me to lose weight. My main issue has never been exercise because I've always loved getting out and playing team sports or running, my main issue was what I ate and how much I ate!

In the beginning all it took to lose a couple of kilos was eating smaller portions. Instead of going back for seconds I thought to myself about how full I was already. Also, I added snacks in between meals to keep my energy levels stable, avoid cravings...and so I wasn't ravenous at lunch and dinner! (and therefore more likely to overeat)

I think the 12 week challenge worked perfectly for me because it gave me enough time to change my eating habits, habits that I can sustain.

It also gave me the chance to have fun and live healthy with my work colleagues from Woods Creative who are also great friends. There's nothing like healthy competition!

Thank you Mark for creating a life changing programme.

Emma Lowe

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