You Can Be a 'Biggest Loser,' Too
Experts and contestants from 'The Biggest Loser' TV show offer weight-loss advice.
10 More Tips From The Biggest Loser
To help keep you moving toward your weight loss goals, Lyons,
Alexander and several of the "Biggest Losers" offer these additional
tips and tricks:
"Eat often -- snack often," says Alexander.
While this may seem contrary to traditional dieting advice, the chef says
that as long as you keep an eye on calories and portions, eating often will
stave off hunger attacks that ultimately sabotage your diet. "When you're
starving, you grab whatever is available -- and that's the quickest way to get
off your eating plan," says Alexander.
2. "Eat your carbs in the morning," says Biggest Loser
contestant Brian Starkey. "It gets your day off to an energetic start."
Lyons adds that carbs are quickly burned with activity, so eating them may help
motivate you for that morning walk or bike ride.
3. "Post a picture of yourself on the refrigerator -- at your
worst," says Biggest Loser contestant Dana Desilvio. "The
next time you're thinking of grabbing something you shouldn't from the fridge,
you'll be reminded of what you don't want to look like!"
4. "Instead of watching the clock during workouts, listen to
music," to make the time go faster,says Erik Chopin, TheBiggest
Loser's season-three winner. Lyons reminds us that everyday
activities, like bike riding, tossing a Frisbee, or walking your dog, count as
physical activity, too.
5. "When eating out, always ask for a 'to-go' box -- at the start of
your meal," says Biggest Loser contestant Bobby Moore. Then,
when your food arrives, immediately put half of it in the box, he suggests.
This way, you'll not only get used to eating smaller portions, but you'll have
a snack for later.
6. Learn to cook healthfully. "Cooking healthy doesn't have to be
hard -- or take more time," says Alexander. While many "Biggest
Loser" contestants said they thought cooking healthy would be complicated
or time-consuming, Alexander says, most found that cooking healthy is actually
easier, less expensive, and faster.
7. "Never overlook the power of seasoning," says Alexander.
One way she made even the blandest diet foods grab the contestants' attention
was by using low-sodium seasonings.