Dr. Oz & Biggest Loser Stars’ Biggest Secrets to Lose Weight (1/4/13)

The Biggest Loser takes over The Dr. Oz Show today on an episode where dieting and losing weight takes center-stage. Dr. Oz has been on a dieting-info blitz this first week of 2013 and he tops it all off with stories and tips from both trainers and contestants of the hit reality TV show, The Biggest Loser.

Returning after a two-year hiatus, Jillian Michaels shares why she left the show in the first place – to focus on her family. With her partner Heidi, they adopted a child and had another by Heidi. Now that they’re settled, Jillian says she had missed connecting with contestants and decided to return. On the show, Jillian shares that it’s the psychological – not the physical – that’s the toughest part of the show. Though she doesn’t always like everyone on her team, she says she remains invested in finding something that will help each individual lose weight.

Bob Harper joins the talk and shares that The Biggest Loser is safe. I guess some people have been wondering if all those extreme conditions are safe for regular people to go through. Bob pretty much says that ON the show, the contestants are safe; the teams are all supervised by medical personnel. He advises that working out 6 hours or more everyday on a strict diet is not something that should be done at home. Newbie of the show, Dolvett Quince finally joins the rest of the trainers. As the “new guy” on the show, some seem to think that he may too “harsh” on the contestants. What do you think?

But what it is like AFTER the show? When the cameras and the lights are no longer pointed at the contestants? Past contestants – Patrick, Tara, Olivia, and Hannah – guest on the show to talk about life after the Biggest Loser. Despite all the extreme things they go through on the show, the group shares that keeping that up after the cameras go off is much more difficult. Healthier living becomes quite the struggle.

Tara shares that she keeps a goal bracelet on her dominant hand to keep her on track. She even trained and competed in an Ironman event in Hawaii in an effort to keep the weight off. Patrick gives his tip and he has a black bag of healthy snacks that he always keeps around whenever he gets hungry. His favorite go-to snacks are almonds with sea salt, baked sweet potato chips, and the ever-popular protein shake. Finally, sister Olivia and Hannah keep each other in check when it comes to their weight. They’ll allow themselves once each month a “treat meal.”

Finally, we find out that the next season of The Biggest Loser will have a few twists – there will be no weigh-ins and no eliminations. Yup, that’s right. But why? How can you not have a weight loss show without those things? That’s because the show will focus on kids and tackle childhood obesity. Dr. Jovanna Dolgoff, one of the experts on the show, shares their color system to help kids learn about food without having to count calories. If you’ve got kids, this might of great help:

Green Light Foods (these should be eaten at all meals and at snack times):

  • lean protein
  • whole grains
  • low fat dairy
  • fruits
  • vegetables

Yellow Light Foods (these should be eaten in moderation):

  • granola bars
  • mashed potatoes
  • red meat

Red Light Foods (these should be avoided as much as possible or at the very least limited to twice weekly):

  • creamy pasta
  • fried foods
  • ice cream

That’s our recap of the best of Dr. Oz news for today on 1/4/13. More news to come tomorrow, so until then please do check out our Dr. Oz archives HERE.

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