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ther was a lot of grear advice in there thanks

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Thank you for sharing these, they were great!

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Kathy

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Found some more...what he says about diet soda is just KILLING me! I am SO addicted to Cherry Coke Zero!

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Spas & Sport
Celebrity fitness secrets
Bob Harper, trainer on The Biggest Loser
By Allison Williams

Time Out New York: When were you in the best shape of your life?
Bob Harper: I am in it right now! I feel better than I ever have, knock on wood.

What’s the key to staying in shape?
I always make sure my diet is on point. I’m a vegetarian, so I live on fruits and vegetables and grains. I can’t say I’m a vegan ’cause I’m sitting here in a leather jacket.

What’s your biggest weakness?
Chocolate. I had a major sweet tooth, but when I finally got rid of artificial sweeteners and diet soda, my sweet tooth just went away. I used to always fit in chocolate, and now I don’t have a craving for it. There are so many diet plans right now, but what you should do is get off diet soda. Those artificial sweeteners make things taste way sweet, nothing is sweet enough. It’s so bad for you, and this is coming from a former Diet Dr Pepper addict.

What’s your favorite workout?
I guess it would have to be running. I really like to run. I like the feeling, mentally; it kinda clears my head. I tell people this all the time—you’ve got to keep your head in the game. People are motivated at the beginning, but when it gets routine and gets boring, they stop. Keep trying different workouts, and always remember how good you feel after you work out.

Who’s your fitness idol?
Hmm. Jack LaLanne; this old man’s been going for 100 years, I feel like I’m going to be him someday. But then I can look at someone like Madonna—here’s a woman who practices what she preaches, she follows a strict diet, she defies Father Time.

What’s the biggest fitness myth out there?
The biggest one is the carb-cutting craze. People think that’s going to be a surefire way to weight loss. You will lose weight, and you will gain it back. Your body needs grains, needs complex carbohydrates. It drives me crazy. I’ve heard of this thing called a Paleo Diet. You can have no grains whatsoever, and—just stop right there! And people that think they need to work out on an empty stomach. You shouldn’t; we need to have fuel in our bodies to fuel the workout.

What workouts can’t you do?
Oh, I can do everything. I’ve done all of them, but I don’t have the patience for Pilates. ’Cause I don’t like laying down when I work out.

What do you listen to while you work out?
Right now, I’m listening to the new Jay-Z album. I can’t get enough of it. I was at the gym, I played that song with Alicia Keys [“Empire State of Mind”] 20 times in a row. I was loving my run!

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Here's the first part of the article!!

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Diner's Journal - The New York Times Blog on Dining Out
February 4, 2009, 1:39 pm
How Losers Lose
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Bob Harper, who has been training contestants on “The Biggest Loser” since the show began in 2004, answers readers’ questions about the program, exercise and nutrition. We’ll have more of these responses in a later post.

Q. What does a typical day/week of workouts look like for a contestant on “The Biggest Loser”? More broadly: Why doesn’t the show ever tell us this? For all of the time contestants spend in the gym, we only see it in short clips and montages, with no explanation of “This is at the end of an hour on the bike” or “this is their 5th 1-minute sprint with 30-second rest periods.” — Rory

Bob replies: Most of the contestants are working out four to six hours a day, including one to two hours of intense cardio work on the treadmill or stair machine depending on how fit they are. Jillian (the other trainer) and I are with them for that time in the gym almost every day.

Q. Have you ever had a weight problem? — evensong

Bob replies: No, but I have never worked out as much as I do training on “The Biggest Loser.” Also, I became a vegetarian a few years ago, and that has also made me stronger. As I got older (I’m 43) I found I had to be more careful about what I ate and also more concerned about the treatment of animals in this country.

Q. Unlike the contestants on “The Biggest Loser,” I am on the high end of my ideal weight range, looking to lose 10 pounds. I have heard that once you’re just trying to lose “vanity weight,” your body works much harder to thwart weight loss efforts.Do you have any tips for people looking to take off the last few pounds? — CH

Bob replies: First, you want to really think about if that is weight you really need to lose. If you are just pushing yourself to an unrealistic level of skinny, leave it alone. But to take it off, you have to go back to the beginning, as if you have 50 pounds to lose: watch your calories carefully, keep a food journal, and push your workouts to a new level of intesity. Don’t get comfortable at the gym.

Q. How many calories a day are the contestants allowed to eat? Is there a set calorie count for all contestants or is it set by height and weight? — Kristina

Bob replies: Calories are adjusted for each person for height and weight, and age and gender are also factored in. Many of the contestants are diabetic and that affects their dietary needs — although may of them see their diabetes disappear in the course of the show. They all need to eat to sustain the level of exercise we put them through. My rule of thumb for weight loss is to eat something every four hours, four or five small meals throughout the day instead of three big ones, so you never get really hungry and tempted to binge.

Q. In earlier seasons of the show it seemed like we saw more examples of healthy meals and meal plans. I realize part of this probably has to do with ad time -commitments to promote Jennie-O and Jell-O and Cheerios (hey, what’s up with all the Os??). But it would be great if the general eating part got a bit more emphasis, since for most people, eating fewer calories with better nutrition is the foundation of weight loss. — Kathy W.

Bob replies: These contestants are literally addicted to junk food when they arrive, that’s how they got to be 350 or 400 pounds in the first place. At first, if there’s a way for them to have things that taste familiar to them, I’m not going to stand against it. Later on, their palates will change, they will eat differently, but at that point if they want a chocolate-flavored something with 30 calories, I let them have it. Do I eat sugar-free Jello? No. Do I get paid to do those spots? No.

Q. How do you help the contestants avoid knee and other body pain while getting into such strenuous exercise so quickly? Are there specific stretches or exercises you have them do? — Sarah

Bob replies: It’s unavoidable, unfortunately. There is going to be some physical pain in this transition but as long as it’s not dangerous or life-threatening it’s our job to work around that. If there’s a knee injury, we put people in the pool to swim for their cardio, and do seated weight training.

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I absolutely ADORE Bob Harper and follow him in any way that I can. Just found this and thought some of you would like to read it too.

Diner's Journal - The New York Times Blog on Dining Out
February 5, 2009, 11:45 am
More From Bob Harper
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Here’s a second and last set of responses to reader questions from Bob Harper, who has been training contestants on “The Biggest Loser” since the show began in 2004.

Q. I rarely see you angry on the show. The frustration with contestants that don’t give their all in the workouts and the ones who go home after the program and regain the weight must be high. How do you deal with it? — Mashell

Bob replies: I try to see the big picture, looking at all the people who’ve succeeded as well as the ones who slipped. In each season, I can tell the difference between people who are there to win the game and people who are there to change their lives. I have had my moments of frustration. I really did lose it one time this season, when nine people had just gone home. Joelle, who stayed on the ranch, was looking for an easy way out. There is no easy way out. You have to do the work.

Q. I really appreciate your whole person approach with the contestants. My question is: How does the food aspect work? Are the contestants provided meal planning tools, or is the kitchen just “stocked” and the contestants are left to their own devices? Do they get to request foods? (Not junk, but request veggies they prefer etc.) — Daisy L

Bob replies: I approve everything that goes into the kitchen, but it’s completely stocked. The contestants actually spend a huge amount of time learning different ways of eating, learning to make over recipes. We work out in the kitchen as much as we do in the gym: it’s a production decision not to show it.

Q. What do you think of low-carb diets in the long-term? Do you think these eventually lead to a “fall off the no-carb wagon,” and quick regain of weight (since much of the weight lost is actually water weight)? I would love to hear your thoughts on the best way to incorporate (or eliminate) carbs from one’s diet. — Tara

Bob replies: For many reasons, you can’t cut an entire food group out of your diet. For one thing, if you’re totally deprived of something, you’re going to rebel and fall off the wagon in a big way. For another, people who are exercising – which everyone who wants to lose weight has to do – need to eat carbohydrates. Low-carb diets might work temporarily for sedentary people but it is not sustainable for weight loss.

Q. It seems like every episode features at least one contestant crying. Sure, part of this is television, but why do you think this process creates such an emotional reaction? Do contestants receive counseling while on the show? — sam in canada

Bob replies: Jillian and I are the only counselors, and it’s a big responsibility. These people are pulled away from friends, family, homes — everything that all of us find comforting and familiar — and put through the emotional ordeal of changing everything about their lives. Normally, for comfort, they would be eating, but they can’t do that either. They are way outside their physical comfort zone in the gym, and the pain and stress of that is real. Plus, they know it’s a competition and a game and someone will be going home at the end of the week. There’s just a lot of emotion on that set.

Q. The product placement is getting over the top. I understand commercial television has to rely on this, but I think it hit a low a few weeks ago when you told the contestants to put away that oatmeal, and have some of this name-brand high fibre cereal. Huh?? Put away the oatmeal?? Likewise, someone was told to stop snacking on one food and you pulled out some name-brand pre-packaged snack. I don’t believe that you, Bob, eat all this manufactured food so I wonder how you feel about pushing it so hard on the show. — Slappy

Bob replies: I may not eat it but I wouldn’t do a product integration for something I thought was really unhealthy. Yes, oatmeal is probably the best choice, but no one can eat oatmeal every day. There has to be some variety; you have to give people healthy options. That cereal has 14 grams of fiber per serving and it’s crunchy, not soft like oatmeal: it might satisfy some cravings that would otherwise end up in a bag of potato chips.

Q. My job is 100% travel. Right now I am working with a doctor and have lost 60 lbs, but it means I pack all of my food for a week at a client site. Do you have any tips for going back to the “real world” of travel where I will not have access to a kitchen for meal prep? I will have access to a refrig in a suite style hotel so I can store fruits, but I will not have access to utensils such as knives and forks and other items needed to prepare even something as simple as a salad.— Mike S

Bob replies: You have to learn to be strict with yourself and be annoying in restaurants. You can go to any restaurant and order a healthy dinner: no sauce, dressing on the side, no bread basket. I know it’s hard but like working out, you get used to it. Travel with lots of trail mix – not the kind with chocolate chips and honey roasted nuts, which are basically all sugar. Raw or roasted nuts and dried fruit.

Q. In recent seasons TBL seems to reach out of its previous comfort zone and get bigger and older contestants. It seems those people need the most help but, because of age or size do not lose enough weight and get voted off quickly. Does TBL feel a sense of obligation to assist those people once they are off the show? — Ryan

Bob replies: Once the contestants are at home, they still have access to the medical staff from the show, and to me and Jillian. The gym company that is our sponsor gives them free memberships, but unfortunately that only helps if they live near one. The show does not provide training for them. Many trainers in the communities where they live have donated training sessions, and they get tons of cheerleading from family and friends. But ultimately, like everybody, they have to figure it out themselves.

Q. Hi Bob, love your warmth on the show. I was curious as to your take on faux sweeteners. I have a huge sweet tooth and drink a lot of diet soda. I also like the low sugar fudge pops, diet mocha drinks, 100 cal snack packs, etc. I worry that the trade off — lower calories in exchange for chemicals — is not in my favor. Do you think they are harmful or trigger more cravings, or what kind of moderation should one employ with them? — Adian

Bob replies: I absolutely think they are harmful. I used to drink a ton of soda, and the more I drank, the more I wanted. Sweet triggers cravings for more sweet, but you can cut a sweet tooth down to size by gradually cutting down, and the cravings will be less. For an alternative sweetener, I prefer xylitol, which has a few calories but is natural and minimally processed.

Q. A year after having my first child, by c-section, I am now bigger than right after I gave birth. I know part of it is eating out a lot, but I do not have time to go to the gym or cook. I work and go to school part-time and am a single mother. Is there one change I can make that will help me to lose the weight. — K

Bob replies: Here’s one first step for diet and one for exercise. Cut out all fast food and soda from your diet. Start moving around, even if it’s just following your kids at the playground, climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, walking around. Just get more steps in the course of your day. It’s a start, but keep moving forward.

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