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A Review of the Biggest Loser Diet

written by: Victoria Trix • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 1/28/2009

Just like many others in the world if you have turned on your television in the last few years you have at least seen commercials if not watched the show The Biggest Loser. This diet and exercise plan the contestants follow on the show works and really works well, but does it work at home?

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    If you’re up-to-date with pop culture in America at all then you’ve heard of The Biggest Loser television program. It’s a show where overweight people compete to see who can lose the most weight in a given time.

    From the show a diet program called The Biggest Loser Diet was born. The diet, however, does not include cameras, plots, flashbacks, personal trainers, and no diet pills.

    Truly the Biggest Loser Diet bases the plan off something called the biggest loser pyramid. The pyramid is in a 4-2-3-1 format where 4 represents fruits and vegetables, 3 is lean protein, 2 represents servings of whole grains, and 1 is an “extra” something.

    The plan emphasizes eating a small amount of “quality” calories (calories that are filling). All while preventing the consumption of foods believed to stimulate hunger such as pasta, bread, or starchy things like potatoes. Also the plan in its most basic form asks the user to keep food logs. This ensures sticking to the plan.

    But what diet would be complete without a workout regimen? The Biggest Loser Diet is no different in that sense: a person can expect 30 minute workout routines when first starting, graduating to hour long sessions as he progresses.

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    The Biggest Loser Diet seems to be a diet of numbers. For instance a person should expect to have their daily caloric intake be 1,200, 1,500, or 1,800. However, to follow suit with a show a person would multiply their weight by 7 to get their total daily calories (the show used 6 to speed up their results, remember they also had personal trainers). Remember, 1,200 calories is very low and it’s recommended that persons not venture below that number often. At that point you wouldn’t be dieting you’d simply be unhealthy.

     

    As mentioned above the plan incorporates a pyramid (4-3-2-1) starting with fruits and veggies, then protein, whole grains, and finally something extra like sweets or alcohol.

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    The Biggest Loser Diet is a diet that has a person burn more calories than they take in. So, will a person lose weight on that regimen? Absolutely.

     

    Sticking to the workout regimen and meal plans is key. A normal person won’t have a person trainer but is encouraged to join the biggest loser online community for support.

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    Sources

    WebMD.com from the article 'The Biggest Loser' Diet

    The Biggest Loser Club.com here you can find support forums, diet plans and other products such as cookbooks, work-out books and much more.