Feb. 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM ET
There's no denying that former "Biggest Loser" contestant Adrian Dortch had a tough time on the show. First, he and his sister Daphne were booted out of the game on the very first episode. Later, they won their way back into it only to find out the other players weren't exactly happy to see them. Then, after two weeks of struggling to contend with complainer Conda Britt, Adrian's team sent him home again.
But just because he's back home it doesn't mean he's put his weight-loss plans on hold. As Adrian proved during a Tuesday morning visit to TODAY, he's still on a winning path.
"Well, all together I've really lost 140 (pounds)," he revealed. "I started off at 420 pounds at the beginning of this process. But if you're going from 'The Biggest Loser,' (I started at) 370. I'm down to 280, so it's 90 pounds (lost)."
After all the scale talk, TODAY's Al Roker asked Adrian the question that's been on every "Loser" fan's mind since he, along with his unique neckwear, made his very first appearance on the show: "I'm just curious -- what's up with the ascot?"
"It's 'Ascot by Adrian,' and the kids actually put this together as a fundraiser," the father and businessman said.
Adrian explained that part of the proceeds go to charities, including his not-for-profit organization, Entrepreneur Endeavors, an Evanston, Ill.-based group that focuses on helping children and young adults build practical skills, as well as self-esteem.
"That's pretty much what (the ascot's) about," he added.
Fashion mystery solved!
Adrian and his ascot are out of the game, but his sister Daphne remains. Tune in to the "Biggest Loser" Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC to see how she fares without him.
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