You Can Be a 'Biggest Loser,' Too
Experts and contestants from 'The Biggest Loser' TV show offer weight-loss advice.
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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.
"People never realize what a majordifference spices can make on even
simple dishes like grilled chicken or salmon," she says.
8. "When it comes to cooking in flavor, it's never about the
oil," says Alexander. Many dieters believe that unless food is fried in
oil, you don't get much flavor. But, she says, the real secret is pan-browning,
which can happen without oil. The trick to getting restaurant-quality taste,
she says, is to never overload your pan with food. "If you put too much in
the pan, the moisture content causes the foods to steam and not pan-fry,"
she says. "By reducing the amount of food in the pan you get that tasty
pan-seared browning, without the use of any oils."
9. Don't try to do too much exercise, too soon. You not only run the
risk of injury, but you'll also get quickly discouraged. "Don't try to
stare down 45 minutes of exercise," says Lyons. "Tell yourself it will
be OK to quit after 10 minutes, because most of the time once you get going,
you'll keep going."
10. Remember: Self-esteem feeds on self-esteem. Accomplishing a
little something toward your weight loss goal every day will not only get you
on the road to success, but help keep you there. "You are not just losing
weight, you are changing your life and your lifestyle," says Alexander.
"If you keep that in mind, you come to see that every change, no matter how
small, comes together to make a huge difference in not only your weight, but
your life," says Alexander.