Trying to win the weight loss wars over the holidays? The trainer with the longest track record on The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper, says it’s all about cutting the carbohydrates. A former vegan who shifted to a Paleo-style low-carb diet, Harper told Extra that he’s developed a game plan for even the most tempting winter holiday parties.
Emphasizing the power of protein and cutting starchy carbohydrates, Bob revealed his number one tip for sticking to a low-carb diet: Learn to appreciate cauliflower.
“I always think of the starchy foods, like staying away from those mashed potatoes and do a mashed cauliflower instead. That is a way to really reduce those complex carbs.”
And if you want to avoid temptation, linger in greeting your hostess and host so that you can be the last in line. That strategy keeps you away from the buffet until everything looks dried-out, picked-over, and downright disgusting, suggests Bob.
To blast calories quickly, Harper recommends becoming a burpees believer, shown below.
“Challenge yourself to do as many burpees as you can in seven minutes… you are going to be in a pool of sweat, you will have gotten your heart rate up, you will be fat burning after the seven minutes are done.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Bob recently appeared on the Rachael Ray Show to reveal his own diet plan. He recommends emphasizing animal protein to stay full, eating lots of non-starchy vegetables, and enjoying healthy fats.
Harper’s favorite Paleo-style breakfast consists of scrambled eggs with zucchini and salsa.
“I like to roast my vegetables a lot, that’s what I did with my zucchini. I hit protein, fat and carbs every single time I eat.”
He’s also developed a series of recipes that adhere to his low-carb diet, as shown below.
For those who fret about not feeling full without the traditional carb-centric side platter of pasta, potatoes, or bread, Bob emphasizes the importance of creating an enormous salad.
“Dinner is one of my favorite ones… I have a huge salad with chicken, and that’s what I eat. I do a chicken – I do it from rotisserie a lot of times, and I strip it off, throw it in there. I wish you could see how big this salad is!”
Although Harper practices CrossFit regularly, he emphasizes the benefits of walking, he told the Los Angeles Times. But Bob believes that timing that walk is essential for weight loss.
“I want people to get up first thing in the morning and go for a low-intensity walk on an empty stomach. We’re really revving up that metabolism, burning the calories. Don’t ever underestimate a good low-intensity walk for weight loss. It’s a great way to burn calories and not stress the body. I think walking is one of the best exercises. It’s cheap and easy, and it’s great for people who lead sedentary lifestyles.”
For those who want something more intense, Bob talks about CrossFit below.
A former vegan, Harper is candid about why he decided to embrace animal protein in his low-carb diet. However, he does encourage an occasional plant-based meal.
“I found my performance was really lacking in the gym. I just felt better and I felt stronger. In the beginning, I was quietly eating my egg whites in the morning. Oh my God, I felt so bad. I just couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t hide it any more. It works for me. Of course, I am a huge proponent of eating as many green vegetables as you can and going meatless once in a while.”
And for those seeking extra motivation to go for that walk, Bob has a tip. Adopt a dog. His own best buddy is named Karl, adopted from a rescue group called Animal Advocates Alliance.
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