The Biggest Loser nutritionist Cheryl Forberg RD

Cheryl Forberg, RD

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One of the nation's leading advisors on health and nutrition, Cheryl Forberg is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of the few professional chefs in the country who is also a registered dietitian. She strongly believes you don't have to sacrifice flavor to eat well and that eating properly can change your life.

Forberg is the nutritionist for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and also shares her chef expertise with the show's contestants, teaching them how to create delicious, low-calorie meals and snacks, as well as how to shop for healthy groceries and find healthy options at restaurants. Forberg has written or contributed to all of the books in the bestselling "Biggest Loser" book series, including "The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You," which was named Best Diabetes Diet and ranked second as Best Weight Loss Diet by U.S. News and World Report.

Forberg received her culinary education at the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco. After graduating from CCA, she embarked on a European apprenticeship journey, which culminated in stints at top French restaurants from Champagne to Strasbourg. Upon returning to the United States, Forberg was chosen for the opening team of Postrio, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in northern California.

Forberg's passionate interest in healthy cooking led to an exodus from restaurant kitchens and an entree to some of the most prestigious households in America. During this period, she held the coveted position of private chef for Lucasfilm in Northern California. She went on to earn a degree in nutrition and clinical dietetics and an RD (Registered Dietitian) credential from the University of California at Berkeley. As a former research dietitian at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to integrate her scientific background into recipe creation for a variety of dietary protocols. This distinctive skill set enabled her to extend her culinary expertise beyond celebrated restaurant kitchens into the creation of inspired recipes that are also healthful. She has developed a clear and concise recipe format, easily understood by novice students.

Along with her contributions to "The Biggest Loser" series, Forberg has authored or co-authored other books, including "Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You," the James Beard Award-winning "New Mayo Clinic Cookbook" and her most recent work, "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor With 75 Delicious, All-Natural Recipes." Forberg's writing and recipes have appeared in mainstream culinary and health publications, including Sunset, Health and Prevention magazines as well as the Washington Post. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and lives on a farm in Napa, California, with her boyfriend, 14 chickens and one dog.