'The Biggest Loser's Hannah Curlee: I'm still working on my insecurities in my new fit body
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/20/2013
Hannah Curlee, who finished as The Biggest Loser's eleventh-season runner-up in 2011, apparently still struggles with insecurities although she's been very fit for a couple of years now.
"People think that when you lose all this weight you immediately have supermodel confidence, but that just isn't the case. It's been two years, and I'm still working on it," Curlee told Star magazine in its August 12 issue, explaining how finding love has been difficult.
"I may be tall, blonde and slim -- but I had never dated anyone my entire adult life. I didn't even know how to date."
"Before the show, I would have killed just to have men I was crushing on talk to me -- and now they're knocking on my door," Curlee told the magazine. "At least 20 of my guy friends have asked me out. It makes me wonder, 'How repulsive was I before?' I didn't have a chance in hell with these men. I was afraid they were disgusted by me. I might look better, but I'm still the same person."
But she's apparently hopeful a relationship may be on the horizon.
"I was out the other night with a ridiculously cute guy at a swanky restaurant, and I said to myself, 'I've gone from zero to 60 because I dedicated myself to losing weight. I can't believe it!' I need to take it to the next level. I know it'll get easier, but it takes time," Curlee explained.
Curlee admitted that she's felt a "tremendous amount" of pressure from the public to stay in shape post-The Biggest Loser.
"I remember standing in line to get a coffee at Dunkin' Donuts and some guy asked me what I was going to get. Another girl said, 'Don't answer him, he's recording you.' It hurt," she said.
Curlee added it's been tough to maintain her weight now, but she's tackling the challenge head-on.
"It's so difficult. For the first six years after [a major] weight loss, your body wants to gain it all back. It's a constant struggle," Curlee told Star.
"I'm 5'10" and went down to 128 on the show, and I maintain about 140 lbs. I treat my workouts like a job -- working out twice a day for a total of 90 minutes. I've been lucky to not need surgery, which was offered to me after the show. I wanted to let my body settle. I feel so lucky to have had this experience. I used to be fat -- and there is no way in hell I am ever going back!"