At 28 years old and 403 pounds, Koli Palu knew he needed to change his life—and he has made that change while competing on season nine of NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser. “In Tongan culture, everything we do is cause for family gathering—baptisms, baby blessings, somebody’s first talk—there’s an occasion for everything, and there’s always a lot of food,” said Palu. “That’s how I gained a love of food. For me, food equals good times with family and friends.” Teamed with his cousin, Sam Poueu, the two have proven to be tough competition on the show, surviving weekly eliminations to be two of the final eight contestants. Palu, a returned missionary who served in the North Carolina Raleigh Spanish Speaking mission, says he and his cousin draw tremendous strength from each other, and that he also found inspiration from a team of two Tongan cousins, Filipe and Sione Fa, who competed in the seventh season of the show.
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