The Biggest Loser Diet

The Biggest Loser is a TV show that is something of a phenomenon. The show presents overweight and obese contestants competing against one another to achieve an overall physical transformation.

The show has been quite successful and continues its run on NBC with spin-off series around the world.

What is the Biggest Loser Club?

The Biggest Loser Club is an on-line version of the TV show. The programs provides access to meal plans and workout routines that are used by the contestants. Programs are customized to suit your own preferences. Some of the online features include;

  • Personalized meal Plans
  • An Online Community including "Buddy Challenges"
  • Expert support/advice
  • Online tools such as a shopping list creator, weigh-ins, charts, graphs, and journals.
  • Fitness plans
  • Smartphone apps

Biggest Loser Experts

In the beginnings of The Biggest Loser Club, the fitness and dieting experts from the popular show would at times participate in the forums. However, due to the popularity of the show, the online program has enlisted its own panel of experts to assist the dieter.

Book, DVD, and Cookbook and More

The Biggest Loser has established themselves as quite a brand name, now having their own online store, featuring supplements, music, video games, and much more.

Among the most popular is the Biggest Loser book and Cookbook.

Inspirational and Successful

The show is inspiring - with contestants being challenged on daily basis - bringing them face-to-face with their fears and shortcomings.

However, some of the techniques used have been criticized as unsustainable.

Take a look through the gallery of winners - and where they are now.

If you like the Biggest Loser, then we recommend the Jillian Michaels online program. It is a superior program.

Biggest Loser Diet

The diet plans used in the program are based on food groups, where a selection of foods is available in each group.

For example:

Breakfast: 1 fruit, 2 grains, 1 dairy
Morning Snack: 1 protein, 1 fruit
Lunch: 2 proteins, 2 vegetable, 1 grain, 1 sauce

A specific food item may be selected from the group. For example:

1 Grain serving - 1 slice of whole wheat bread.
1 Fruit serving - half a medium banana.
1 Protein serving - 3.5oz skinless chicken breast.
1 Vegetable serving - 1 cup cauliflower.
1 Sauce/Snack - 1 Tbsp cream cheese.

Pros?

  • From a motivational perspective the Biggest Loser scores high. This is a program that encourages you to go the distance and achieve your goals.
  • Affordable as it only costs - about $2.50 to $5 per week (depending on option chosen).
  • A tv series that can help motivate you by watching the competitors' weight loss journeys.

Downsides?

  • Daily Calorie recommendations have been criticized as being too low - particularly when a significant workout routine is involved.
  • People who need face-to-face support and weigh ins will find this program lacking that personal touch.
  • The Biggest Loser has become very commercialized peddling lots of products the dieter doesn't really need to be successful.

See the Biggest Loser Club Website

References

  • Silk, M. L., Francombe, J., & Bachelor, F. (2011). The biggest loser: The discursive constitution of fatness. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 1(3), 369-389. Link

 

Last Updated 18 Dec 2014