Whether you tune in each season or not, chances are you have heard of The Biggest Loser on the NBC television networks. It is a reality show where people compete in a weight loss challenge. The shows has trainers that teach the participants about the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet and how to make the lifestyle change for the better. It is a grueling but rewarding journey for the participants. With the success of the participants on the show comes the success of the diet. Everyone cannot be on TV, but everyone should be able to benefit and learn from the lifestyle changes of the participants who have great success in weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
What is the Biggest Loser Diet?
In a sense, the Biggest Loser Diet is a balances diet often compared to the Mediterranean diet and is aimed at weight loss and the prevention of illness and disease or to help fight current diseases from which many people suffer.
Like the Mediterranean diet, this diet claims that we are eating too many of the wrong foods in high amounts and eating very little of the correct foods our body needs to be healthy. It does not ban anything, but instead emphasizes eating regular meals that include lean protein with veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, etc.
It encourages participants to keep a journal of their diet and activity choices so that they can see what is and isn’t working for them.
It is focused a balance of healthy foods paired with physical activity to get the results you want and need. The use of the 4-3-2-1 pyramid is a helpful tool to remind you of what to eat during the day. 4 servings of lean protein, 3 servings of fruits and veggies, 2 servings of whole grains and 200 calories that you can use as extra should you need it. Remember, keep exercising and gets lots of water to reach your desired results.
Are there health benefits/risks?
There is very little risk, since the Biggest Loser diet does not have many restrictions. The focus is on frequent meals that include low calorie foods to keep you feeling fuller longer. By eating in a balanced diet, you limit your intake of red meats and sweets which in turn will lower your sugar, saturated fat and sodium intake helping you lower your blood pressure and fight heart disease, cancers, diabetes and improve your overall health. You will also lose or maintain your weight while getting mind and body strong through physical exercise.
How do I get started?
To begin the Biggest Loser diet, you need to choose one of the many books offered to get started. There are many, so be sure and research the one that is specific to your goal. Here are few that are out there right now.
1. The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life- Based on the TV show, this book includes food and fitness plans from TV show trainers, Bob and Jillian. The book also features health advice from the medical experts on the show and testimonies from actual participants from the show.
What readers/users are saying about this book:
” AN INTERESTING BOOK … for those who love the show!”
“If you are serious about losing weight and need some help to do so then get this book. It has helpful tips.”
“This diet book is very informative and easy to read and comprehend. It also comes with exercise plans and a lot meal recopies too.”
2. The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start: Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Start Living the Biggest Loser Lifestyle Today! – This book includes menu and exercise plans as well as recipes that are easy to follow. Featuring loads of motivation, you will also find advice from Biggest Loser participants, which includes many that left the competition early to follow this instructional book.
Here are what others are saying about his book:
” Lost 60 lbs. with this book. Gained 20 back without it.”
” Great information for those who don’t know how to get started on the right track to getting healthy, learning how to eat properly, and exercising.”
“The Biggest Loser show is an inspiration to keep my weight in focus. The step by step exercises are easy to follow and can be done within a reasonable amount of time. If you enjoy the show you will love the book.”
3. The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You: Lose Weight and Get Healthy For Life- This book has a more overall approach to the Biggest Loser diet and exercise plan/lifestyle. It delivers the same professional medical advice, nutrition tips/recipes and exercise instruction that the participants on the show receive. It claims to boost your mood and brain with yoga and omega–3’s, boost your immune system by fighting off colds and flues with Vitamins A and C and cut your risk for cancers and heart disease through a healthy diet as well as aerobic exercise and strength training. Give this book 6 weeks, as the title claims and see a healthier you!
What people are saying:
” My family and I have been following the food meals for a total of 3 weeks and the four of us (in-laws, husband and myself) have lost 32.5 lbs all together thus far. The meals can seem a bit pricey but once you do the math of how much you would pay by going out, it is actually better. It does take a bit of time to cook and pack but it has been worth it for our family!”
“For those who are looking for a written guide on what to do to lose weight, this is a good book to buy. It will provide you the information you need to get started and guide thru the weight loss easier.”
“This book is full of detailed instructions and photographs of exercises that will help get you into shape. Each of the delicious recipes are accompanied by color photographs. The week-by-week menu plan is incredibly informative. There are tips throughout the book from contestants and trainers.”