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Bernie’s Biggest Loser Episode 3 Recap

Biggest Loser Week 3 Recap from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

Wow! Episode 3 was definitely a great one. Contestants went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, what a terrific trip. The road trip however wasn’t without its obstacles, while headed to the Grand Canyon contestants made a stop at a convenience store to take part in this seasons very first temptation. Contestants had to guess the calories found in some of the quick eats most travelers encounter along their travels. Ed and Heba ended up winning and as a result were rewarded by getting to spend the rest of their trip in a luxurious RV while all the others had to rough it in tents.

Bernie’s Biggest Loser Episode 2 Recap

Episode 2 proved to be action packed from the very beginning. Right off the bat we see Michelle from the Pink Team beginning to confront the issues that she is dealing with concerning her and her mother’s relationship. Next, we see Jerry from the Yellow Team starting to feel better, which is terrific and truly goes to show why the Biggest Loser is such an amazing show.

Week two on the Biggest Loser is notorious for being a low week for contestants when it comes to dropping weight, so I was definitely shocked when Jerry and Coleen took on host Ali Sweeney’s challenge to lose more than 13lbs for the chance at 10,000 dollars.

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The physical challenge this week was awesome. Contestants got to revisit their adolescence by participating in a slip-n-slide challenge for the opportunity to win phone calls home. After 18 rounds Ed and Heba from the Orange Team emerged victorious and won the right to call home. Accompanying their prize was the opportunity to gift a phone call to another team. Ed and Heba chose to give a phone call home to married couple Amy and Phil who have three children, their youngest of whom is autistic- all in all I think Ed and Heba made a great choice.

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On this Episode, contestants were also visited by celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, who showed contestants that eating healthy can taste great. Half of the contestants were given recipes that they had to prepare for the remaining contestants who were then asked to vote for their favorite dish. In the end Amy and Shellay from the Purple team won and were awarded a year’s worth of free groceries.At the weigh in, as in every episode, two teams fell beneath the dreaded yellow line, this week we saw the Grey Team (Tom and L.T.) fall below with the Yellow Team (Jerry and Coleen). Jerry and Coleen lost an amazing 11lbs. However, because of their deal with host Alison Sweeny to lose more than 13lbs for the chance to win 10,000 dollars, the yellow team was forced below the yellow line.

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In the end the grey team was voted off, despite the fact that L.T. had helped to save the Orange team just the week before there was no favors returned by Ed and Heba, who cast votes to boot the Boston Boys. If episode two shows us anything, it’s that “Game Play” is in full affect! I can’t wait to see next week’s episode of the Biggest Loser and urge you to come visit me once again for an episodic recap here at

Bernie’s Biggest Loser Premier Recap

Biggest Loser Week 1 Recap from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

Season 6 of The Biggest Loser has officially started. This season the creators have chosen to pit husband and wife teams, led by Bob, against parent and children teams, led by Jillian. I think this new dynamic is brilliant- let’s face it, the loved ones in our lives often are our worst enablers.

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Having gone through the process of losing weight in front of millions, my heart goes out to this season’s contestants along with my encouragement and support.

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Tonight we saw Adam and Stacey, the green team, eliminated; I wish them nothing but the best and have the utmost confidence having seen their after photos that they will succeed in getting healthy. I’ve already started picking my favorites, and would love to hear who you are cheering for (Vote Now!), so be sure to let me know. Again, I can’t urge all of you enough to begin your journey along side this season’s contestants and use them as motivation to get healthy. Be sure to tune in next week to the Biggest Loser and visit me here at for my episodic recap.

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The Biggest Loser is Here!

The brand new season of Biggest Loser is here, and I couldn’t be more excited! From week to week I will be doing a video blog in which I will be commentating  on what’s happening on the show. Having been on the show myself, I know that there is more than meets the eye, so be sure to not only tune into the show, but also my blog. I’d like to also encourage all of you Biggest Loser fans to view this new season as motivation to start leading a more active and healthy life. Please share with me your success and struggles along the way, so that come finale, we are not only celebrating the success of the Biggest Loser contestants, but also yours!

Don’t Just Watch, but Be the Biggest Loser from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

Believing in Yourself is the First Step

There are many things that have to align to ensure you successfully manage your weight loss journey. It starts within, by believing in yourself and allowing yourself to believe that you can do it.

Bernie Salazar – Believe in Yourself from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

Fitness Friends

A couple of weeks back I wrote a blog entitled “You are who you hangout with“. It spoke about the importance of having people in your life that can both motivate and support you in your quest to get healthy. While on The Biggest Loser I had an amazing partner, Brittany, who I continue to look to for support in maintaining my new found health. Relaying your health goals to the people in your life is important, so identify your “Fitness Friends” to help keep you active and leading the healthy life you desire.

Bernie Salazar and Brittany Aberle – Fitness Friends from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

What’s Your Goal?

Continually setting personal fitness goals for yourself is crucial, not only for losing weight, but more importantly maintaining your weight. bernie salazarRemember, goals are goals because they aren’t necessarily attainable overnight, so be sure to carefully plot out the steps in between and celebrate each one of your small successes along the way.

After completing my first half marathon, I am setting out to complete my first full marathon. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my successes during my training and also share with you any occasional setbacks. So I now ask you, what is your goal and what steps are you taking toward your success?

Fitness on the Go

It can be really hard to get your workout in and eat healthy while traveling, but by no means is it impossible. Below are just a few suggestions you might want to consider while planning your next vacation or business trip.

Bernie Salazar Staying Fit on the Road from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

1. When possible make reservations at hotels that have fitness facilities.

2. Get out and enjoy your surroundings, if a gym is not available to you plan out activities that get you up and moving.

3. Be mindful of what you eat; just because you are on vacation does not mean it is time to “pig out!”

4. Carefully plan your meals, however be sure to allow yourself some wiggle room, after all you are on vacation and you may want to sample the occasional treat.

By planning for fitness while traveling you’ll be sure to better enjoy your time away. Please share with me some of the ways you stay healthy while on the road. Healthy Travels!

School Year Resolutions

Bernie Salazar’s School Year Resolutions from Diets in Review on Vimeo.

It’s my first video blog! You can expect to start hearing, and seeing, from me in video during my regular Thursday posts.

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This week I want to talk to you about your children’s nutrition. The health of our children is very important to me, and I hope it is for you as well. Back to School is just days away for some kids. As each of you start preparing, I ask you to keep in mind these simple school year resolutions that will make a serious impact for your child’s health.

1. Pack School Lunches. They should include vegetables, fruit and no soda!

2. Stay active. Do this as a family and it will feel less like exercise and more like playing!

Have a healthy school year.

You Are Who You Hangout With

When I was growing up my mother would often say; “you are who you hangout with.” It was her way of making sure that I was surrounding myself with people who wouldn’t get me into trouble. It was sound advice that did in fact keep me out of trouble and helped me to succeed both personally and academically. Recently, I have been giving much thought to my mother’s advice and finding that it still holds true today, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

bernie and brittany biggest loserWhile on the Biggest Loser I was paired with a complete stranger (Brittany) she ended up being an extraordinary young woman whose friendship and support enabled me to change my life. Later on the show, the initial couples were split and remaining contestants were placed into one of two teams- either the black or the blue team. I was placed on the black team led by Jillian Michaels. Although the team consisted of five other members besides myself (Kelly, Paul, Jen, Maggie, and Brittany), there were three of us that ended up being inseparable. Through much reflection I have come to realize that with out their help my weight loss journey would have been much more difficult and far less gratifying.

Together we faced many personal issues that we masked behind the pounds we carried. We also supported and motivated one another to continue on when our weight loss goals seemed out of reach.  I can’t thank Brittany and Maggie enough for their love, support, and encouragement. Knowing that my mother’s advice couldn’t be truer I am honored to be associated with such incredible and strong individuals.

As you embark on your own weight loss journey, please keep my mother’s advice in mind, “you are who you hangout with,” and be sure to surround yourself with individuals who share similar goals and ambitions. Don’t be afraid to seek out people who you can depend on for support, both in and out of the gym. With loyal companions by your side you’ll soon find that the journey you once thought unachievable is merely a shared adventure between friends!