Save the date! Tuesday September 16 8pm EST. It’s time to get motivated and inspired with another season of The Biggest Loser. I’ve been a huge fan of the show since day one. It’s not every day you can observe life transformation in real time. When we have shows like “Cheaters” and “Bridezilla” out there, it’s refreshing to have The Biggest Loser to turn to for education, motivation, and of course entertainment. But be prepared… the shows are 2 hours long. The pro side is that you can get a serious workout accomplished in 2 hours of show and commercials. So if you love the show and you’re looking for some motivation to get started on an exercise program, come back to my blog for a free workout. I’ll post it the day before the show. Now, it’s your job to make sure you are prepared. That means comfortable sneakers, socks, and workout clothes – and also approval from your physician to do a home based workout.
In the meantime…
Here is a couple of must-read blog posts from The Biggest Loser nutritionist (who is a registered dietitian), Cheryl Forberg.
Food Journaling: Those who write down what they eat (and the amount) have more knowledge about where they are. In order to get the most out of food journaling, you need to measure your food and then look up the nutrition information. Read Cheryl’s post about the importance of food journaling and measuring correctly – measure wrong and you can be off your calorie mark by more than 50%!
Want to know more about the science behind The Biggest Loser diet? Check out my post on the topic.
Sizing Up Fast Food: It’s no secret that a lot people struggling with weight issues don’t have the healthiest of diets. Chances are, they prefer fast food and junk foods over whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. The good news is that these preferences can absolutely be rewired. You just have to commit to making the change. Need some inspiration? Check out Cheryl’s post on the realities behind fast food. She demos a typical burger, fries, and milkshake meal by showing the fat (shortening) and sugar in the meal. It’s gross. You can’t help but look at it and ask yourself, why would anyone want to eat that?
If you plan to watch the season, why not commit to giving up typical fatty fast food during the show? The contestants are doing just that. I know they go to Subway at some point and they show you how a small sub on whole grain bread with lean meat and lots of veggies can be your new fast food. Pair that with some water and fruit and you’ve got yourself a new kind of “fast” food.