SAS Australia: Shannan Ponton shocks with weight loss pics

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Shannan Ponton made his name helping others drop staggering amounts of weight on The Biggest Loser but now the tables appear to have turned.

The celebrity personal trainer revealed the extreme toll his recent stint on SAS: Australia has taken on his body during an appearance on The Morning Show.

Shannan Ponton in August 2019 before his dramatic transformation on SAS: Australia. Photo: Instagram/shannanponton.
Shannan Ponton in August 2019 before his dramatic transformation on SAS: Australia. Photo: Instagram/shannanponton.

Shannan, 46, told hosts Kylie Gillies and Matt Doran that he lost 5kg on the gruelling reality TV show and that his low body fat didn’t do much to help keep him warm during his infamous bout of hypothermia.

“You can see the veins on my stomach and everything,” he said. “And when the water gets on the veins, it literally makes your blood cold.”

Shannan explained that the intense physical demands of the military-themed program made it difficult for him to maintain his weight.

“It was hard to keep the weight on with the volume of training we were doing,” he said.

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Shannan showed off his shocking weight loss following his stint on the gruelling TV show. Photo: Instagram/shannanponton.
Shannan showed off his shocking weight loss following his stint on the gruelling TV show. Photo: Instagram/shannanponton.

He documented his shocking transformation in a shirtless photo he shared to Instagram which showed off his slimmed-down figure.

Earlier in the chat, he recalled his dramatic health emergency during which his core body temperature dropped to a dangerous 34 degrees after spending 20 minutes in freezing waters.

“I got hypothermia coming out of Lake Jindabyne again – as I was walking uphill, everything went a psychedelic green and then you just black out,” Shannan said.

He went on to say that he “totally and utterly” lost his memory and had to be stripped out of his wet clothes and dressed in new ones by a member of DI staff.

After the incident, Shannan said he “lost the top of all my fingers to frostbite” and regularly woke up with bleeding hands.

Shannan Ponton has had a terrifying brush with death on SAS: Australia. Photo: Channel 7.
Shannan Ponton has had a terrifying brush with death on SAS: Australia. Photo: Channel 7.

Shannan’s brush with death

Shannan suffered a dangerous case of hypothermia during an extreme challenge on the gruelling TV show that saw him and his fellow recruits jump out of a helicopter into near-freezing water.

After 20 minutes in the frigid sea, Shannan shouldered his heavy pack and ran the three-kilometre track to the top of a mountain where the DS ordered him to change out of his icy clothes into a dry set.

By this stage, the 46-year-old was visibly struggling to dress due to his numb fingers and whole-body shakes leading chief instructor Ant Middleton to step in and help.

Dazed and shivering, Shannan was bundled into a waiting truck and offered a cup of hot water by his co-star, actor Firass Dirani, but was unable to hold onto it.

Shannan was barely able to hold a cup of hot water after 20 minutes in freezing seas. Photo: Channel 7.
Shannan was barely able to hold a cup of hot water after 20 minutes in freezing seas. Photo: Channel 7.

“Did I pass out?” he asked on the way back to camp, to which a slightly concerned Honey Badger responded, “Ahhh...no.”

The DI staff hauled him in for a brutal interrogation, where they berated him for his performance and his blazé attitude to his near-death experience.

“You should be f**king dead, I don’t know why you’re laughing,” one DI bellowed.

Over on Twitter, fans of the show were shocked and concerned with how Shannan was treated.

“Surprised they let Shannon continue on after getting hypothermia! Crazy they let them get to that stage in first place!” one remarked.

“Never thought I’d see a PT and a unit like Shannon suffer and struggle like that,” another added.

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