What does it take to achieve those 2015 weight loss resolutions? The most well-known trainers on The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince, have the answers. They shared their secrets with E News on how to take off the pounds and keep them off, from high protein weight loss secrets to why and when to cut the carbohydrates.
For Dolvett, it’s all about packing on the protein to push off the pounds. Add in green vegetables, and he feels you’ve got a Paleo-style diet that can cut cravings while you shed weight.
“Eat more vegetables on your plate and make sure they’re green. You’ll increase your fiber intake, which acts as a flushing system so that you’re not retaining as much. Lean protein is key in everything that you do.”
Harper adds an emphasis on avoiding sugar. Paleo diet guidelines require eliminating processed foods, which often have hidden sources of sugar. Bob notes that the amount of sugar that the average person consumes can cause multiple health problems in addition to weight gain.
“The average person is eating 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. A woman should be having five to seven and a man seven to nine. You have to be really careful!…Start reading the nutrition facts. Start reading the ingredients in your food.”
In addition, Bob recommends being sure to include protein, fats, and non-starchy vegetables at your meals to stay satisfied while shedding pounds. For a Paleo-style breakfast, for example, scrambled eggs with zucchini and salsa can provide a low-carb option while steering clear of starchy carbohydrates such as cereal or toast.
For those seeking a way to jump-start this type of weight loss diet, the new Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss plan might be the key, as the Inquisitr reported.
Designed by Dr. Mehmet Oz based on new research indicating that high protein low-carb diets are most effective for weight loss, the Total 10 allows unlimited amounts of non-starchy vegetables, generous helpings of protein, and vegetable broth to help cleanse the body.
Does exercise count as well when you’re trying to achieve your weight loss goals? Yes, Harper told Zap2It. He’s personally a fan of CrossFit.
“I think that when it comes to exercise, I try to get people to really look at what they enjoy doing because you’ll never sustain any kind of exercise that you don’t enjoy.”
“I do CrossFit, I love to do CrossFit, so it’s like, I’m going to get up in the morning and I’m looking forward to going. You have to find something like that.”
It was partly his love for CrossFit that led Bob to end his vegan lifestyle and shift to an animal protein-based Paleo-style low carb diet, as the Inquisitr reported.
“I found my performance was really lacking in the gym,” said Bob about his past vegan diet.
“I just felt better and I felt stronger,” he added with regard to adding animal protein.
“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.”
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