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‘Biggest Loser’ finalists are dating

Matt, Suzy shed 248 pounds together as they found romance
/ Source: Access Hollywood

They competed against each other during this season of NBC's "The Biggest Loser."

But now, it looks like Matt and Suzy are a team.

"Biggest Loser" winner Matt Hoover and third-place finisher Suzy Preston, who together lost a combined 248 pounds on the show, are a couple, according to People magazine.

"I think it's going to be great," says Hoover, 29, a former salesman. "She is awesome."

The way they met was anything but normal. Suzy was a bespectacled 220-lbs. and Matt was a burly 339.

"I saw him at his worst, absolutely," Preston told People. "And he saw me at my worst. He saw me sweating and passing gas."

Hoover thinks their shared experiences as finalists on "Loser" (he won the $250,000 grand prize, and now weighs 182 pounds; she took home $25,000 as second runner-up, and weighs 132 pounds) gives their romance a unique foundation.

"We have a lot in common. Going through something like we went through is life-changing. We are not the same people we were before all this and we are both at a point in our lives where we know what it's like to be fat and miserable - and what it's like to be happy and healthy," Matt said.

Hoover, who lives in Iowa, said he is contemplating a move to be closer to Preston, a hairstylist, in Seattle.

The story appears in the new issue of People, which hits newsstands on January 9.