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Common Denominators for Contestants
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I'm often asked, "what can I do to help me lose weight and/or improve my health?" I'd definitely make my recommendations based on a list of common denominators that helped overweight contestants win a place on The Biggest Loser. As the nutritionist for six seasons of the show, I've identified the key factors that have helped America earn its top ranking among obese nations of the world. I found that most of our contestants:
These ten factors helped us to create the the Biggest Loser eating plan, the same plan I've also outlined outlined in my newest book, Positively Ageless (Rodale 2008).
I can tell you now that our weight loss plan is based on the following recommendations:
Jerry may have been voted off in week 3 of season 6, but he was on the ranch long enough to know exactly how to keep the scale moving downward at home by following these guidelines. (And with a loss of 70 pounds to date (!) you know these recommendations work!
Jerry's calorie budget was determined to be about 2000 calories. The way for him to divide those calories up throughout the day is to divide 2000 by 4 = 500 calories.
Breakfast = 500 calories
Lunch = 500 calories
Dinner = 500 calories
2 snacks = 500 calories /2 = 250
He can choose to have his two 250 calorie snacks in the morning, afternoon or evening -- whatever works best for his schedule and his energy level.
Cheryl Forberg is the nutritionist for The Biggest Loser as well as the author "Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You" (Rodale Books 2008)
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