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Shake Up Your Saturdays with a Last Chance Workout

By Sarah Nitta for Biggest Loser Resort

Most of us find ourselves following the same routine throughout the weekdays. A lot of us typically follow a similar schedule Monday through Friday, making it easier (not easy, just easier) to plan in time to workout and prepare healthy meals.

The weekend, on the other hand, is a whole different story. For lots of people Saturday is their one day off for the entire week, and it is tempting to stay inside all day, relax, and maybe be rewarded for their hard work week with unhealthy foods.

At The Biggest Loser Resort we have a different idea of what Saturdays should entail. Each person that chooses to take part in our Saturday last chance workout receives not only a buff to wear with pride, but the bragging rights for completing a very real last chance workout. Trust me, I know, I have experienced a last chance workout on the ranch with Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, and I have to say that our last chance workout the Biggest Loser Resort leaves me just as sweaty and satisfied!

See for yourself (with a cameo from Biggest Loser alumni and current Resort trainer Sione Fa):

The Biggest Loser Newsletter is sponsored by the Biggest Loser Resort.

Biggest Loser Resort Helps Karen Eaton Earn the 100 Pound Award at Weight Watchers

By Sarah Nitta for Biggest Loser Resort.

This week I received an email including an experience of a guest that spent three weeks at Biggest Loser Resort at Malibu and it brought tears to my eyes. I am grateful she shared her story and I believe that there are so many out there who can relate. With her permission I am sharing this with you today.

My name is Karen Eaton, I’m a first grade teacher in Northern California. I joined my first weight loss group when I was 10-years old and in the 5th grade. Over the years I let my horrible choices destroy my self-esteem and my weight ballooned to 311.4 pounds. I was in my 20s and miserable. My mom convinced me to join Weight Watchers and I was motivated at first and about 90 pounds. This was about 8 years ago. I was so excited to have made that accomplishment. For some reason it didn’t stick and slowly I started going back to old habits and poor choices, the weight started creeping back on. Last year I was back to being miserable. I hated getting dressed in the morning and wasn’t motivated to do anything and really just cried a lot feeling like a failure. I was watching the Biggest Loser one day and saw an ad for Fitness Ridge. I thought “Wow, that sounds like something I could do!”
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Dig Deeper to Find Untapped Fitness Energy

By Sarah Nitta for Biggest Loser Resort.

I had an eye-opening experience this week during my weekly visit to Fitness Ridge. I got a chance to jump in on Sharon’s kickboxing class and was having a great workout! Toward the end of class we were instructed to hit our bag with all our might for a straight 90 seconds. I was ready! I started in on my bag, giving it everything I had until my energy was drained. Around 30 seconds into it I started getting tired and could feel my starting to slow down. Out of the blue, a guest came and joined me on my bag. She started punching on the opposite side and was yelling out “come on, Sarah! Pick it up! You can do this. Punch harder! I can’t feel you!” The most incredible thing happened. A surge of energy rushed through me and my punches started coming out faster and faster.
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Biggest Loser Resort Inspires Sarah Nitta’s Weight Loss Journey

Hi everyone! This is Sarah Nitta from The Biggest Loser season 11′s pink team. Just about a year ago I stepped foot onto the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Malibu for the first time to train with the unknown trainers (Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova) and to change my life. I always thought that if I could make it on the Biggest Loser then I would finally be able to lose weight, and all of my dreams would come true.

What I didn’t realize was that while the the show provided me an opportunity to lose weight, I still had to do it! It was ME that still had to work, hurt, fight, and CHOOSE to do it every day.

I looked around at the guests at Fitness Ridge and saw that they were no different than I was. They may not have had a camera in their face or someone yelling at them as much, but they were doing it just like me. That’s when I realized that my belief about needing to make the show in order to lose weight was false. The show doesn’t lose weight for anyone, it is still up to that person.
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New Added Sugar Recommendations are Finally Created

By Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD, nutritionist for the Biggest Loser Resort.

The American Heart Association has released new recommendations for added sugar consumption. This is actually the first time a recommendation has been given, and just in time. Sugar intake in this country is at an all time high and the over consumption is being linked with increased risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and/or high LDL cholesterol).

This is interesting since in the past, fat has been the macronutrient that has been villainized. But looking at the data over the past few decades, intakes of protein and fat have either stayed the same or gone down. So all these extra calories are coming from carbohydrates; not whole grains unfortunately, but refined sugary foods.

The average American consumes about 300-350 extra calories per day in added sugars. This is equivalent to 79 grams or 22 tsp of sugar (1 tsp is equivalent to 4 grams of sugar). The new recommendations are 100 calories, 24 grams or 6 tsp for women and 150 calories, 36 grams or 9 tsp for men. To give you some perspective, one 12-oz can of soda has 33 grams of sugar.

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