Am I the only one that gets teary-eyed while watching The Biggest Loser? When I saw the finale the other night, I was so inspired by everyone’s accomplishments. For me, it's so touching to see someone accomplish a huge goal (especially getting back into shape), and if you watch the show there’s a lot to take away from it: we all should, and can, make lifestyle changes to lead a healthier life. I think after this season I’m inspired to cook more at home (thanks to Curtis Stone) and make my own meals as much as I can—there are so many ingredients in processed foods, many of which aren’t good for you! When I spoke to The Biggest Loser nutritionist the other day (yes I spoke to her on the phone for a story I’m writing!) she told me this is one of the best changes I can make in my everyday life. She said I’ll be shocked to see how much better I feel after eliminating certain foods. I think I’m going to start keeping a food diary to see where my weaknesses are and see where I should make little changes in my day-to-day.
I’ve watched this show for the past few years and I become more and more impressed by the people on it each season. Danny Cahill, 40, who won this year, started out at 430 pounds, and dropped over 240 pounds; the most ever of any winner! He literally looks like a different person—even a little bit like a movie star, maybe Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise! (Everyone on the show is really a winner though.) What I love about it is that even if you aren’t chosen or you wouldn’t qualify because of your weight, you’re still able to recognize your own bad habits through the ones you have in common with the contestants. It’s even a bit scary to realize how rapidly or easy it is for your weight to get out of control if you aren’t taking care of yourself. I think there’s a lot to learn from this show, it honestly makes me want to be a better person.
The Biggest Loser sends the message that being overweight isn’t just about overeating, there’s a deeper meaning behind someone’s weight gain, and whatever you can do to help someone could go a long way. Fortunately for me, I work in a similar environment at Shape, and we try to help people realize how important it is to be your healthiest—for you and your family. Everyone should become a fan!
**If you're interested in hearing more about what The Biggest Loser nutritionist (they call her the mystery miracle woman on the show), Cheryl Forberg, has to say, you should check out her blog. I really enjoy reading it: http://www.cherylforberg.com/blog/