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Cheryl Forberg Discusses “The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You”

I had the great pleasure to sit down with superstar dietitian Cheryl Forberg, RD, who just so happens to be a professional chef and the nutrition expert behind the wildly successful weight loss on NBC’s The Biggest Loser! She talked with me about her latest book, The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You, which released yesterday. Plus, read on to see how you can win a copy for yourself!

Rebecca: Cheryl, you’ve authored several wonderful books for Biggest Loser so far and I was personally a big fan of Biggest Loser Simple Swaps, what makes The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You different than other books?

Cheryl: There are many books on the market catering to dieting and weight loss. One of the distinctions of The Biggest Loser eating plan is that the quality of the calories is as important as the quantity. Our eating plan has evolved since we began 10 seasons ago, and I’m happy to say that it’s continually improved in terms of including less and less processed food choices.

You won’t find any artificial sweeteners in the Ranch kitchen these days – no fat-free whipped toppings, etc. It’s all about whole foods/whole grains, lots of lean protein and good fats. The recipes in the new book reflect that. The other distinction is that this book includes 6 weeks of menu plans. It’s easy to tell/teach people which foods to choose, but it’s not so easy to put it into practice, especially when you’re busy, as most of us are. We’ve made it easy for you by providing 6 complete weeks of menus and recipes to help you with meal planning as well as shopping.

Rebecca: Wow, Cheryl! It’s like having you for a personal chef for 6 weeks! I see a huge value in that. I agree that it is about the quality of the foods you eat most of the time. I’m sure readers will be excited to know that the book will emphasize high quality whole foods.

I think a lot of people who are fans of the show watch and get inspired, but sometimes may feel like they won’t be as successful as contestants. How does this book help fans on the show with their weight loss journey?

Cheryl: You’re right, people sometimes hope for dramatic results as seen on the show. Though this IS a reality show, it’s NOT realistic to expect similar results at home. The contestants are sequestered away from their families, friends, jobs, school, etc. Their FULL TIME job is losing weight. They have the luxury of time, personal trainers, fabulous food, a registered dietitian, and our occasional guest chef, Curtis Stone, helps provide cooking instruction (as do I when I’m at Ranch for my assessments). This book reminds readers that a slower, more gradual weight loss is perfectly fine and not to expect the same results as what they see on the show.

Rebecca: That’s a good point. Viewers can get the book with the confidence that the meal plans are similar to the show and realistic for healthy weight loss, but they should not feel obligated to focus on nutrition and exercise full time. Slow and steady progress will still get them to their goal.

Is there something special about 6 Weeks to a Healthier You? Why not four or eight weeks?

Cheryl: Most books that provide menu plans may give you a week, 2 weeks, 10 days or a month! Six weeks is really an added dose not only of more menus to help you find your groove to stick with it, but each week also provides additional health tips and info. Overall, 6 Weeks to a Healthier You focuses on nutrient-dense high quality foods – but we also share the health benefits that these ingredients confer to make your choices and the recipes, even more seductive

Rebecca: Ohhhh…. seductive! I like that. I don’t know why people sometimes think eating healthy is boring! I also like that you give the education in weekly “bits” so they don’t have to take on too much, too fast.

As a successful chef and Biggest Loser nutritionist, what words of wisdom do you have for anyone who is struggling with healthy lifestyle changes?

Cheryl: Most people have fallen into an unhealthy rut over time, not overnight. Don’t place high expectations on yourself to reach your goals overnight either. Start with small approachable steps and build week by week. There’s less chance you’ll get overwhelmed and more chance that you’ll see slow, steady results making this plan seductive
and easy to stick with.

Rebecca: Excellent advice! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me and best wishes with this book and The Biggest Loser!

Win the book!

Do you guys have the book yet? Comments? Leave a comment below and one person will be drawn to receive a copy of The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You on March 31.

March 17th, 2010

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Love the Show!! Watch it ALL the time!!! Would like to learn more about what they eat to acheive their losses. Would love to WIN the book!

posted May 13th, 2010 7:59 am


Oh I want this book, love the idea of six whole weeks of meals.

posted Mar 31st, 2010 10:08 pm

Carolyn Pratt

The book sounds very interesting and down to earth for a person who wants to loose weight and be a healthier person.....hoping to win...but if not please advise where to order the book

posted Mar 31st, 2010 1:11 pm


I am 22 years of age. I used to be 120 all my life and after 2005 I gained an excessive amount of weight. I was also diagnosed 2 years ago with High Blood Pressure. I have been trying 2 week meal plans but they do not seem to work. I hope I win this book which will help me with HBP, Loosing Weight and stay healthy.

posted Mar 30th, 2010 11:23 pm


I have always been 120 all my life and after 2005 I have gained alot of weight, I was diagnosed 2 years ago with High Blood Pressure. I hope to win this book which will assist me in maintaining a normal Blood Pressure level, loose weight and stay healthy.

posted Mar 30th, 2010 11:18 pm


I'm interested in fast healthy recipies that both my husband and I will enjoy

posted Mar 22nd, 2010 10:48 am


I really hope I win the book. Right now I am close to 300 pounds. I can't be on the show, so I hope having the book helps me.

posted Mar 20th, 2010 10:19 pm


6 weeks of full menu would be SUPER!! One of the hardest times I have is trying to decide what to cook. If it's all planned out for you, there's no thinking.. just doing.

posted Mar 19th, 2010 1:24 pm



I think you'll find some of the recipes to be vegetarian-friendly and many adaptable. The book is not concentrated on a vegetarian diet, though.

posted Mar 17th, 2010 1:26 pm


Keeping my fingers crossed for the win! I'd love to jump start a change w/ the 6 weeks book. Are the meal plans adaptable for vegetarians?

posted Mar 17th, 2010 12:40 pm

Cheryl Sweeney

Loved this article. I have been a fan of the show, but do feel that disconnect you speak of...its just not realistic to expect the same weight loss as those on the show. My favorite part of what was shared here is that the quality of our calories is as important as the quantity.

posted Mar 17th, 2010 11:22 am


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