Friday, April 24, 2009

Book Feature and Recipes -- Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start

If you need to lose weight and start getting your life under control - food and health-wise, this easy to follow 30 day plan will start you on the way.

The book is formatted so you can take it one day at a time, giving you a menu plan and exercises to do each day for thirty days. At the end of that period you'll look better, feel better, and have established some healthy habits that you can continue to lose more weight or maintain a happy healthy way of living. Throughout the book are Trainer Tips from Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, along with insight from actual show contestants who have been there.

Even if you have a lot of weight to lose and/or are extremely out of shape, this book will give you the tools to actually tackle the problem in small steps that you can handle, so you can start moving forward and do something about it. Supposedly this was the plan the contestants who were sent home from the ranch on the television show were given to follow.

If you're already working out regularly, the workout plan may be too light for you (I know I already work out more than the book recommends), so be assured the contestants you see on the actual show are doing MUCH more than what you'll be expected to follow on this plan. But if you're just getting started, this will give you a practical guide to help you on your way to better fitness. The exercises don't require any special equipment save a couple of light dumbbells, and can be done anywhere.

The best part of this book, however, is the recipes. Cheryl Forberg, who serves as the nutritionist for the show and co-wrote this book, was a classically trained chef before she became a dietitian. Her recipes are amazing! Low calorie, low fat, high fiber, and healthy...and delicious! She gets maximum flavor out of the quality ingredients she uses. Several of the recipes in this book (like the muffin recipe linked to below) have become everyday staples in my kitchen. The food is easy to prepare and especially for "diet" fare is unbelievably tasty and satisfying . You get three balanced meals plus two snacks a day.

I loosely followed the program and am now down 14 pounds. The plan actually gave me more food than I'm used to eating on other weight loss plans, so I was never hungry, and it was just the kick start I needed to break through some bad habits I'd slipped back into and get back to a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about this book, or to order through, click here.

Sample Recipes -- Check This Book Out!

More Biggest Loser Fun!
Click here for Cheri's interview with Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper.


TheGourmetGirl said...

The key is retraining, not just what we consume, but daily activity levels. There are many dietary self-help books on the market but the bottom line is making, and sticking to, those changes for life.
The three recipes you profiled look and sound great. The Endless Possibilities are out there, you just have to take time to find and USE them. Thanks for sharing another resource.

Cheri Sicard said...

How right you are. I always say the best diet is one you're actually going to stick with. This program is pretty easy to stick with, the food is delicious, and doing the program for the 30 days (or more) will develop many good habits.

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