Nutritionist Cheryl Forberg, RD, has worked with contestants on “The Biggest Loser” since day 1. The James Beard–award winning chef and educator has been a behind-the-scenes fixture for almost all of the 15 seasons, coaching contestants on all things food—from portion control, to nutrient content, to to healthy recipes. In fact, she was in almost constant contact with season 15’s controversial winner, Rachel Frederickson, according to an article Forberg just penned for the Huffington Post.
Here’s what she had to say about Frederickson:
I am always asked if I’ve had favorite contestants over the years. Naturally I do, but I haven’t singled anyone out. Rachel Frederickson would definitely be high on this list. From the beginning of the season, she has been positive, inquisitive and focused, in terms of learning and living the eating plan I teach.
In its 14 seasons, NBC’s Biggest Loser has inspired us with its amazing personal success stories and motivated us to lose weight. With the reintroduction of the Biggest Loser Club, the official weight loss program of the Biggest Loser, we can follow the same diet and fitness plans the contestants follow, restructured to fit into our daily lives at any fitness level.
Here are six things you need to know:
Express Six-Week Plan: The Express Six-Week Plan is the closest you will get to being at the Biggest Loser ranch without actually being there. The program, which requires consuming only 1,200 calories a day and performing 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly, is designed to jump start your weight loss.
Finding a meal program that offers good food can be the difference in sticking with the plan or giving up in a very short period of time. But now you can take a first-hand look at how everyday consumers rated the most popular diet food programs when it comes to taste.
NextAdvisor.com conducted a blind taste test to answer questions about how some of the most popular diet foods taste. They conducted their first test in October 2010 and have since completed another to have the most up-to-date results possible since diet companies constantly update their menus and inventory, according to lifestyle editor Polina Polishchuk.
The taste test included eight different companies which were rated in the categories of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meal plans for each program were ordered anonymously and included between 1,200 and 1,350 calories per day. The participants included males and females of varying ages. And to keep the results unbiased, the test was “completely independent with no input from the diet food companies and no visible branding to sway our testers’ opinions,” said Polishchuk. (more…)
Three meal delivery diet brands just received a major hat tip from the food experts at Epicurious. Diet to Go, Biggest Loser Meal Plan, and Chefs Diet all received “three and a half forks” from the culinary publication, recognizing them as “Best-Tasting Diet-Plan Meals.”
These leaders in the meal plan delivery space, shipping low-calorie and nutritionally balanced meals out to health- and weight-conscious customers, won in a blind taste taste against eight total meal delivery companies. The tests were conducted by Epicurious as they sought to find diet delivery meals that were reasonably priced, tasty, and healthy. The judges ruled over criteria such as flavor, texture, and appearance of a variety of polutry entrees. Out of four possible “forks,” these brands each received three and a half forks.
For Diet to Go, their Thai turkey tenderloin over rice with green beans and grape tomatoes held its own at the competition. The judges said the turkey was tender, and unlike so many pre-made meals the vegetables remained crisp. The judges’ only negative comments referred to the amount of sauce on this particular meal, and they didn’t love the chocolate brownie or chocolate pudding that come as dessert options. They claimed they tasted somewhat artificial. (more…)
In a press release issued today, NBC announced that they are partnering with Walgreens to bring Biggest Loser meal replacement shakes and bars to the U.S. market. Similar products were previously available in Australia.
Created under the supervision of Dr. Michael Dansinger, The Biggest Loser‘s nutrition expert, these bars and shakes have been designed to provide essential nutrients for people on the go. The ready-to-drink shakes will be available in a creamy vanilla flavor for 180 calories and milk chocolate for 190 calories. There are four flavors of meal bars, including chocolatley coconut, cinnamon apple turnover, banana nut bread and peanut butter chocolate chip. Both the shakes and bars include 10 grams of protein and do not contain artificial food coloring or flavors.
The shakes are also a good source of fiber, vitamin D, vitamin C and calcium. The bars are also contain vitamin D and a range of other nutrients, depending on the flavor. Each bar is 160 calories, with the exception of the banana nut bread flavor, which is only 150 calories.