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Update: CBB Exclusive: Erik and Michele Chopin welcome son; Introducing Jack Lucas Chopin

04/24/2008 at 09:25 AM ET

Update: Added photos of Jack.

Originally posted April 21st: The Biggest Loser 3 winner Erik Chopin and his wife Michele are the proud parents of a baby boy.  Michele tells us that Jack Lucas Chopin was born on Friday, April 18th at 10:43 p.m.  He weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz.

Jack is the third child and first son for the couple.  They are also parents to daughters Emma, 7, and Holly, 5.

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Source: Michele’s MySpace Page

Thanks to CBB reader Raymond.

More photos below.

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Michelle on

Love him!!! He was such a great team player. Congrats!

Nicole on

Congrats to Erik and Michelle, I loved his determination and hard work on BL3 and he will now have many extra years to be with his family and new son!

Stéph on

Wow Congrats to them!

Love all of their kids names!
It’s really beautiful and normal!

Susan on

Lovely. I especially love his girls holding hands in the second photo.

Marissa on

Congrats to them on their new little boy, but I can’t help but be disappointed that he gained back alot of weight. He was such an inspiration to me, but it seems that many of the people from this show go back to their old habits after the competition is over. Makes me lose some hope for myself :(

Carol on

Congrats to the family on their new addition. It’s sad, though, to see that Eric put some of the weight he had lost back on.

sarah on

very cute kids, but am I the only one who noticed he gained most of his weight back??

Beverley on

He is a very cute baby.

While Erik has gained some weight back, he is still nowhere near the weight he was when he stared on Biggest Loser. He was over 400 lbs. then, and he looks to be about 230 lbs. right now. That is still a great accomplishment. I also tend to carry a few extra pounds over from winter into spring and he may be the same way. I encourage him to continue in whatever diet and exercise regimen he has. Spring usually jump starts outdoor activities, so he will probably lose some weight just from being outside with the kids, gardening and mowing the lawn, etc.

Best of luck to them all.

Nicole on

I thought it was just me that noticed the weight gain but I know that both times I was pregnant, my hubby gained some weight with me. He is not nearly as heavy as he used to be, but he was SUPER thin on the BL finale, as long as he is healthy, that is all that matters!

Elyse on

I always wonder how many people who are on these weight loss shows actually keep the weight off. Unless you actually still eat and excercise like you did while you were on the show you are bound to gain wieght back. I have never watched the Biggest Loser, but from what I hear they work those people to death to lose the wieght. Speaking from experience unless you keep that up the weight will come back.

I don’t know how anyone could maintain the kind of lifestyle the Biggest Loser promotes. I have tried something similar and find it EXTREMELY hard. I always say there is a reason the word diet has the word “die” in it! ;) Anyway, speaking from personal experience I think the last thing anyone who has lost a lot of weight and then gained some back needs to hear is that someone is disapointed in them. It is hard enough on your own self esteem gaining weight back, and would make it even harder to hear that people are disappointed in you. I don’t know how I would have felt had someone told me that. Sorry for my rant but I have been there done that.

Anyway, congrats to the Chopin family! Little Jack is a very handsome little boy! :)

Amaryllis on

I’ve kept 100 percent of a 90 pound weight loss off for over 10 years now. That was 40 percent of my weight, because I’m short.

As one who has been through the trenches, I can tell you that you do not have to maintain the exact same lifestyle to maintain weight loss as you do to lose the weight. But you do have to dramatically change what you eat and how much you move.

No one can exercise 6 hours a day 6 days a week for the rest of their lives, but 2 hours a day 6 days a week can be done. Exercise needs to be varied to constantly challenge your muscles. It needs to be a priority in your life or you could very easily wind up regaining the weight.

Being a weight reduced obese person carries some challenges, but it is possible to maintain weight loss over the long term (and through illness and life crises) if you accept that the change has to be permanent.

I wish Erik the best, and hope he steps up the exercise routine and makes whatever improvements he needs in his diet. He had real health reasons for losing the weight in the first place, and packing on weight will cause them to reemerge.

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