To celebrate the opening of Australia’s first Biggest Loser Retreat, Biggest Loser contestant Sharif Deen (who lost over 70kg and now works as a personal trainer!) shares his best weight loss tips.

“With our country in the grip of an obesity epidemic, I’ve been making it my goal to help everyday people do what I did and lose weight, so they can start leading more fulfilling lives,” Sharif says. “The best advice I can provide is to never give up. Sure, you may have set backs – we’ve all been there – but you just have to get back on the wagon. Get stuck into your workout, go hard and fast, and always strive to be better than you were yesterday.”

1.  The Rule of 23and1

There is nothing you can do in one hour of training that will make up for 23 hours of poor diet. Make sure you eat a balanced diet that’s nutrient rich and only loaded with the good stuff.

2. Don’t faff

Train hard and at high intensity. You only have an hour to train (if you are lucky) don’t waste it faffing around and dawdling through your workout. Look to do high-intensity workouts – I use CrossFit – but whatever you do, do it like your life depended on it because your life does depend on it. Just remember it’s only one hour of your day, so make it count.

3. Get out of your comfort zone

Get used to being uncomfortable in all elements of your life. The more you get out of your comfort zone, the bigger it gets. If there was one thing the Commando taught me, it was to always face your fears head on and turn your weaknesses into strengths.

4. Eat a well-balanced diet

This means it should consist of real food. Avoid processed, packaged foods and be sceptical of advertising that tells you something is ‘the healthy option’.

5. Never be satisfied; satisfaction is death

Always strive to be better, always have goals that you are working towards. It’s the only way to be. If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have motivation.  What are you working towards? How do you know when you get there?

How can you be better?  How can you try harder? It is imperative you work out what you want before you start training and put a time frame on it.

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