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5 Summer Weight Loss Tips From a Biggest Loser

Diet fads come and go, but proven weight loss programs stand the test of time. The Biggest Loser past contestant and special guest trainer at The Biggest Loser Retreat Sharif Deen shares his best weight loss tips for summer and how to keep the weight off for good – just in time to help you achieve those new year’s resolutions.

1. Take advantage of the early light
With the sun shining early during summer, take advantage of the extra hours of daylight to get outdoors and start the day with a workout.

2. Stay hydrated
Water is the ultimate cleanser and allows your body to function more efficiently. Aim for 2-3 litres per day and remember to step it up before, during, and after exercise. Try adding a wedge of lemon or lime for a refreshing twist.

3. Reevaluate your goals
Make sure your fitness goals are still relevant to you heading into summer.

4. Create a summer training program and keep records for accountability
If you’re really serious about achieving your goals, establish and commit to a training plan. Tracking your progress will also allow you to assess what’s working for you and what’s not.

5. Eat a balanced diet that’s nutrient rich
Make sure you eat a balanced diet that’s loaded with the good stuff like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.

Sharif is a walking, talking example of achieving lasting weight loss. When he signed up for season four of The Biggest Loser, Sharif weighed in at 178kg and was the heaviest person at the outset. By the end of the show, he had lost over 70kg and has since become a special guest personal trainer at The Biggest Loser Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Since opening their doors in June, the dedicated weight loss retreat has assisted guests to lose a combined fat loss of more than 855kg through their proven weight loss program which combines education, nutrition, exercise and mentoring.

January 2, 2014

Michelle Bridges’ Banana Bruschetta Recipe

We’re obsessed with this Michelle Bridges recipe for banana bruschetta from her new book Get Real! – sounds a little weird but it’s really just elevated banana on toast that keeps you full for longer and tastes amazing!

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation Revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99.

Cinnamon can make anything taste amazing, and this easy brekkie is super yum!

Serves: 2

312 calories per serve 

Prep time 10 mins.  Cooking time 5 mins

Ingredients

4 slices wholegrain bread
100 g low-fat cottage cheese
2 medium bananas
pinch of ground cinnamon

Method

1. Toast the bread.

2. Peel and slice the bananas.

3. Spread the toast with the cottage cheese and top with banana slices.

4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Mish Tip : For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free bread.

My favourite recipe, hands down, is the Banana Bruschetta! I just can’t get enough of it! It gives me the energy I need to start my day after my morning workout  and I am still finding it hard to believe that such an amazingly delicious breakfast is so good for me! It’s like my naughty breakfast treat … that isn’t even naughty at all! – laura

What’s your favourite healthy breakfast?

November 24, 2013

Michelle Bridges’ Not-so-Naughty Nachos Recipe

Who doesn’t love nachos? But this addictive corn chip snack is laden with calories and fat. Luckily The Biggest Loser’s Michelle Bridges shares a recipe for low calorie nachos that tastes as good as the real thing.

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99. 

Try this for a guilt-free snack. Nachos? No worries!

Serves: 2

323 calories per serve

Prep time 20 mins  Cooking time 25 mins

Ingredients

1 slice wholemeal mountain bread olive oil spray
1 medium  onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 medium  celery stalk, chopped
100 g lean beef mince
100 g canned lentils, drained
200 g canned tomatoes, diced
1 medium  tomato,  diced
½ medium avocado, diced
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

2. Cut the mountain bread into small triangles and place on a baking tray. Bake for 5−10 minutes or until crisp.

3. Lightly spray a frying pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 2−3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the chilli powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

4. Add the celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

5. Add the mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 3−5 minutes or until browned.

6. Stir in the lentils and canned tomatoes. Simmer over a medium−low heat for 8 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed.

7. Combine the fresh tomato, avocado and coriander in a bowl.

8. Assemble the mountain bread crisps on a large plate and top with the beef mixture, salsa and sour cream.

9. Sprinkle with the parmesan to serve.

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November 19, 2013

Calories Count: Biggest Loser Alison Sweeney’s Diet Tips

The host of America’s The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney, is dishing out her best diet secrets picked up over six years of hosting the hit weight-loss show.

“The most important tip I have for people is not to jump on the bandwagon of a fad diet or some sort of extreme version of weight loss or nutrition because you end up feeling like committed to something where you’re depriving yourself or you’re eating only certain types of foods,” Sweeney, 36, told Fox News.

“And that’s not good for your either.”

After struggling with her weight for most of the 1990s while starring in Days of our Lives, Sweeney went on to reinvent herself as a diet and fitness expert after taking on hosting duties of The Biggest Loser in 2007.

“If you stick to a diet that’s more well-balanced, finding the right nutrients that you’re supposed to have in your daily diet and just eating better portions, and sort of balancing that out the way, you know, that’s healthy you can do that your whole life.”

The mother-of-two explained that the calorie counting really is the best way to lose weight – and keep it off.

“Calories are a really good barometer of it but calories aren’t the enemy either. I mean you’re supposed to have a certain amount of calories.

“There’s a certain amount of good kinds of sugar that you do need to have in your diet so that’s not necessarily the enemy either.’

And her number one weight loss motivation tip? The results are really up to you.

‘”You can’t lose weight for other people and as much as you would love to that’s true in reverse,” she shared.

“You may love your daughter, your spouse, your parent; you cannot help them lose weight.  You can’t do it for them.  You have to want to do it for yourself and you have to do it for yourself.”

She said when she finally set realistic goals and stopped comparing herself to others, success came her way.

Do you think calorie counting is the best way to lose weight?

September 18, 2013

Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight From Biggest Loser Sharif Deen

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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July 12, 2013