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Tips Straight from The Biggest Loser

If anyone knows weight loss, it's the folks over at The Biggest Loser.

While the new season of the Biggest Loser does not start until September 11th, 2007 (I am so excited I can hardly contain myself), Kim Lyons, Devin Alexander (author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook) and several of the "Biggest Losers" offer these tips and tricks on WebMD to help motivate you:

  1. "Eat often — snack often," says Alexander. While this may seem contrary to traditional dieting advice, the chef says that as long as you keep an eye on calories and portions, eating often will stave off hunger attacks that ultimately sabotage your diet. "When you're starving, you grab whatever is available — and that's the quickest way to get off your eating plan," says Alexander.
  2. "Eat your carbs in the morning," says Biggest Loser contestant Brian Starkey. "It gets your day off to an energetic start." Lyons adds that carbs are quickly burned with activity, so eating them may help motivate you for that morning walk or bike ride.
  3. "Post a picture of yourself on the refrigerator — at your worst," says Biggest Loser contestant Dana Desilvio. "The next time you're thinking of grabbing something you shouldn't from the fridge, you'll be reminded of what you don't want to look like!"
  4. "Instead of watching the clock during workouts, listen to music," to make the time go faster,says Erik Chopin (pictured above), The Biggest Loser's season-three winner. Lyons reminds us that everyday activities, like bike riding, tossing a Frisbee, or walking your dog, count as physical activity, too.
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  6. "When eating out, always ask for a 'to-go' box — at the start of your meal," says Biggest Loser contestant Bobby Moore. Then, when your food arrives, immediately put half of it in the box, he suggests. This way, you'll not only get used to eating smaller portions, but you'll have a snack for later.
  7. Learn to cook healthfully. "Cooking healthy doesn't have to be hard — or take more time," says Alexander. While many "Biggest Loser" contestants said they thought cooking healthy would be complicated or time-consuming, Alexander says, most found that cooking healthy is actually easier, less expensive, and faster.
  8. "Never overlook the power of seasoning," says Alexander. One way she made even the blandest diet foods grab the contestants' attention was by using low-sodium seasonings. "People never realize what a major difference spices can make on even simple dishes like grilled chicken or salmon," she says.
  9. "When it comes to cooking in flavor, it's never about the oil," says Alexander. Many dieters believe that unless food is fried in oil, you don't get much flavor. But, she says, the real secret is pan-browning, which can happen without oil. The trick to getting restaurant-quality taste, she says, is to never overload your pan with food. "If you put too much in the pan, the moisture content causes the foods to steam and not pan-fry," she says. "By reducing the amount of food in the pan you get that tasty pan-seared browning, without the use of any oils."
  10. Don't try to do too much exercise, too soon. You not only run the risk of injury, but you'll also get quickly discouraged. "Don't try to stare down 45 minutes of exercise," says Lyons. "Tell yourself it will be OK to quit after 10 minutes, because most of the time once you get going, you'll keep going."
  11. Remember: Self-esteem feeds on self-esteem. Accomplishing a little something toward your weight loss goal every day will not only get you on the road to success, but help keep you there. "You are not just losing weight, you are changing your life and your lifestyle," says Alexander. "If you keep that in mind, you come to see that every change, no matter how small, comes together to make a huge difference in not only your weight, but your life," says Alexander.
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tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 8 years
I saw the episode and he lost 216 pounds. Ever since then he is my inspiration.
Basma Basma 8 years
WOW he looks like a new person ;) mashalla 3alih
Basma Basma 8 years
WOW he looks like a new person ;) mashalla 3alih
trendyindc trendyindc 8 years
I think because they have so much excess weight from water and sodium in their typical diet, that a lot of just melts off. Plus they work out like 5 hours a day, which would be awesome to do, but if you have a job it's really not practical. Can we have a version of biggest loser for a little overweight people, because I'd be game!
mollipop mollipop 8 years
I absolutely agree with the first two tips. I eat a lot of healthful, small (almost snack-sized) meals throughout the day and my energy levels are generally very stable. Plus it keeps me from binging on stuff that's not so good for you.
melda melda 8 years
I really like to watch this show but I cannot :(
SU3 SU3 8 years
Wow! What a transformation!
SU3 SU3 8 years
Wow! What a transformation!
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
This show is such an inspiration! I work out twice as hard when I watch it. Can't wait for the next season.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
This show is great! I also feel lazy after watching- it's okay though because it motivates me. I love watching people take hold of their lives and make changes for the better.
Alleigh Alleigh 8 years
I love this show, but watching it makes me feel like I'm lazy...even if I've already been to the gym that day. But I think it's a very motivating show, and it makes you think twice about eating junk while watching it.
ditorres ditorres 8 years
i think that the biggest loser contestants had a significant amount of extra weight in the form of pure fat to lose that the 4 lbs a week rule wouldn't apply to them. Anyways, if it did, then they wouldn't have had the muscle mass that they did indeed have in the end.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
I love that show, it always inspires me to get fit!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
His transformation was amazing!
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 8 years
I LOVE the Biggest Loser! Their transformations are awe inspiring. But, do you ever think that they lose too much weight? I thought that even if you have a lot to lose you should only be losing at the VERY most 4 lbs per week. I've read that after that your body feeds off your muscle. On the show I have seen people lose as much as 20 lbs in a week! Fit, do you know what's up here?
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 8 years
I LOVE the Biggest Loser! Their transformations are awe inspiring. But, do you ever think that they lose too much weight? I thought that even if you have a lot to lose you should only be losing at the VERY most 4 lbs per week. I've read that after that your body feeds off your muscle. On the show I have seen people lose as much as 20 lbs in a week! Fit, do you know what's up here?
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