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Biggest Loser Diet

happy woman on weighing scale with doctorMost dieters have watched the TV show The Biggest Loser with a blend of fascination and envy: incredible transformations, speedy weight loss, awesome trainers – if you’ve ever carried extra pounds, the show is absolute inspiration. Accordingly, when the Biggest Loser diet was launched, it provided a solid plan for nutrition, exercise and the resulting weight loss. It also spurred hundreds of online resources, including Biggest Loser recipes and blogs detailing failures and success stories.

But the question on every dieter’s mind is, will it work for me? Without Jillian or Bob by your side, or professionally cooked, low-cal meals delivered daily (or, at least, stocked in the fridge), will you find success with one of the most popular diets today? Read on for your answer.

Biggest Loser diet basics

At its core, the Biggest Loser diet is based on healthy eating and rigorous exercise. Dieters dine on small, frequent meals and adhere to a 4-3-2-1 food pyramid: 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, 3 servings of lean protein, 2 servings of whole grains, and 1 serving of “other” everyday. Add to that regular exercise, and the plan promises you’ll shed pounds, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and have more energy and strength.

Biggest Loser diet: does it work?

Like many popular diets, the Biggest Loser has its benefits and drawbacks. It was created by a dietician and certainly emphasizes healthy eating and nutrition. While the diet’s food pyramid will reduce your total calorie consumption, it also works to ensure that participants eat enough to have energy to exercise.  Biggest Loser recipes also use common sense to cut cravings and minimize bad behaviors, like eliminating white pasta and potatoes that can stimulate appetite and send blood sugar spiking.

While this is a good overall plan with plenty of online support, including forums and tons of recipes, it’s not for everyone. Some participants fold to diet drudgery, like daily calorie logs and a minimum 48-64 ounces of water daily. Additionally,  the plan requires at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday, including cardio and strength training that can be difficult for exercise newbies or dieters carrying more than a few extra pounds.

The best of both worlds

The beauty of a physician-assisted weight loss program is that it’s completely customized to each dieter’s individual needs. If you love the basic principles of this plan, grab your preferred Biggest Loser recipes, write down your gripes, and talk to your health professional about them. Qualified weight-loss physicians, like those available at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, can tailor a program that incorporates your favorite aspects and makes your least favorite more palatable, at the very least. As most dieters know, the best diets are the ones that don’t feel like diets at all. They’re also the most effective, since they’re the easiest to sustain over the long-term.

If you’re ready to become your own brand of Big Loser, call The Center for Medical Weight Loss today. Simply key your zip code into the box at top-right, and find the Center nearest you. Introductory offers are available at some locations.