Insider weight loss and training secrets from the Biggest Loser
By Brittany Anas
The Biggest Loser returned to our television sets Tuesday night, drilling a “second chance at life” theme into our minds. In its 15th season, we can count on the show to grip our attention, tug our heartstrings and motivate some new work-out commitments. Well done NBC. Well done on that trifecta.
You’ll probably notice a couple of familiar faces on the Biggest Loser this season. American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, whose weight has yo-yoed since he was on the show in 2006. He tried out veganism — but admitted he wasn’t taking a healthy approach to it, ordering pizzas and eating fast food. Now, he’s weighing in at 462 pounds, making him the heaviest contestant.
Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold, 23, is also among the contestants. Mangold has said her weight has kept her from medaling and she wants to make the healthy lifestyle changes before she sets off for the Olympic games in Rio.
You don’t have to be a contestant to get in on the weight-loss action. While we wish we could get you in the gym with Jillian Michaels, the next best thing is to share some tips from the trainers over at the Biggest Loser and perhaps buy some books or tools inspired by the show. Find the whole line of Biggest Loser products at Sears, where you can earn 4 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. If the show got you motivated to get into shape, try out The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start book. Need some healthy recipes for your family? Try out the quick and easy recipe book.
Fitness expert and Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince offers these tips for reaching your fitness goals:
- Set a specific time to train. And don’t stray from this time. Think of it as a can’t miss appointment at the gym. Dolvett says: “This is your hour to commit to you.”
- Make your favorite playlist. Whether it’s hip-hop, heavy metal, top 40 or sappy love songs, having a list of your favorite songs will help you power through your workout and feel good. Go ahead and build yourself a cardio playlist on smart phone and a second list for weight training.
- Clean out your fridge. And your pantry. Oh yeah, and your freezer. Get rid of those cookies, chips, ice cream pints and high-calorie and sugar sodas. Replace them with some good eating choices. Set yourself up for success.
- Be a trainer for a day. Develop a fun new workout routine for you and your friends. This will give a confidence boost and have you looking forward to a workout you designed.
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