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I am constantly receiving emails requesting more recipes, more nutrition information and more food journals.
This week, Dave wrote:
I am a big fan of your books and your work on the Biggest Loser. I noticed you recently posted a sample daily intake of Hellen and Tara and I was wondering if you would be able to post a sample daily intake for one of the male Biggest Loser contestants like Mike, Ron, or Felipe? I would really appreciate it.
Sure, Dave! Here are the before and after food journals of Mike, one of the Biggest Loser Season Seven finalists. Last fall, I met with Mike before the season started.
He shared with me her typical daily intake at that time, which contributed to his starting weight of 390 pounds.
Mike's Typical Daily Intake Before
8 ounce glass apple juice
8 ounce glass orange juice
2 cup bowl of sweetened cereal
1 cup fat free milk
Comments: all juice; no whole fruit; very little protein with breakfast
Snack - no
Cheeseburger, large fries; 2 diet soft drinks
4pm slice pizza and soft drink; maybe frozen yogurt cone
7 or 8pm burger, large fries and 1 diet soft drink and 1 water
11pm slice pizza, frozen yogurt, glass fat free milk
Total daily calories - approx 3950
Mostly simple carbs; high fat; very low fruit and vegetable intake; overall very low quality calories
Mike Typical Daily Intake After
1 cup of whole grain cereal + 1 cup skim milk
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup non fat greek style yogurt
Corn tortillas no sodium 3 each
Shredded chicken 8 ounces
fat free Greek-style yogurt with hot sauce ½ cup
Fat-free cheddar cheese 1/2 cup
8 oz. Chicken (264)
spray pam in skillet. Cube it and cook it
side salad 2 cups mixed baby greens
Big salad - 3 cups mixed baby greens
Cup of mixed berries
Toasted walnuts, 1/4 c
Raspberry vinaigrette, 3 T 60 cal.
Shredded chicken, 4 to 6 oz. 6 ounces
Fruit plus 20 raw almonds
2000 calories total
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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