Expert Q&A: Tips from 'The Biggest Loser'
An interview with Cheryl Forberg, RD
Once they achieve their goal weight, they slowly dial up the calories in
increments of 50-100 and dial down exercise intensity to find the sweet spot of
maintenance. Many folks continue to keep a food journal. By the end of the
show, they are walking calorie counters who understand the role of calories in
and calories out as the formula for weight loss.
What motivates most people to keep the weight off?
They are so happy and proud of their accomplishment and never want to go
back to those negative feelings associated with being obese. The seductive
feeling of happiness and what a healthy body feels like is intoxicating and
matters more than food.
Sample 'Biggest Loser' Diet Plan
Here's a sample day on the Biggest Loser 1500-calorie diet
- 1/2 cup fresh diced melon
- Oatmeal (1/2 cup dry old-fashioned oatmeal, cooked with 1 tablespoon
ground flax and 1 cup water), sprinkled with cinnamon and 1 tablespoon
- 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- Mint tea
- 1 fresh pear, sliced and topped with 1/2 cup fat-free ricotta and drizzled
with 1 teaspoon honey
- Mediterranean turkey pita sandwich made with one 4-inch whole-wheat
pita bread, 4 1/2 ounces thinly sliced lean turkey breast, 1/2 roasted red bell
pepper, 2 pieces Romaine lettuce and 2 teaspoons mustard
- Sparking water with orange slice
- 1 nonfat mozzarella string cheese stick
- 1 medium orange
- 4 ounces grilled lean flank steak with 2 grilled Roma
- Large tossed salad (2 cups mixed greens, 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers,
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms) with 2 tablespoons light Caesar dressing
- 3/4 cup whole wheat couscous
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- 3/4 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt with 1/4 cup low-fat granola and 1/4 cup