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January 20, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
If you are like most Americans, you vowed to lose weight and exercise regularly in 2012. And, if you are like most Americans, you probably have already given up. Well, "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper would like to get you back on the health-and-fitness path. And he'd like you to do it by talking to your food. And to your treadmill. Actually, he would like you to scream profanities at them. Welcome to Bob Harper's " ... You " diet. (You know what the expletive is, people, but we are not allowed to write it out on our website, so use your imagination.)
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NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"The Biggest Loser" is an extremely popular show that's spawned a mini weight-loss industry and inspired a slew of loyal followers. But does watching the show foster more positive or negative attitudes about overweight people? That's what researchers set out to find in a study, published online recently in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise . Participants included 59 people, mostly white women whose average age was 20. About half were randomly assigned to view an episode of "The Biggest Loser," while the others, acting as a control group, watched an episode of "Meerkat Manor," chosen because it featured no people who could have influenced the viewers' feelings about weight.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
It's Saturday morning and Bob Harper is sidling up to a stationary bike at Crunch gym on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He's been teaching this cardio cycling class for years — long before becoming a trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser. " In fact, he gets paid the same amount as any other cycling instructor employed by the chain. "Now that I think of it, I've never had a raise in all these years," he joked recently. The lights go low and Harper doles out a bruising 75-minute cardio session — and plenty of Harperisms.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2012
'The Biggest Loser' Where: NBC When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"The Biggest Loser" winner John Rhode is happy he nabbed the grand prize after shedding 220 pounds, but he's also worried he might gain the weight back, and he's not alone. Most people who lose weight eventually gain some, all or all plus more of it back in endless cycles of yo-yo diets. "He admitted he has a food addiction ," says Felicia Stoler , a New York-based registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and author of "Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great.
NEWS
November 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
After seven years with "The Biggest Loser," nutritionist Cheryl Forberg is saying goodbye to the show at the end of the year. But she's saying hello to her new farm in Napa. Forberg's announcement Tuesday may be sad news for her fans, but fear not: The James Beard award-winning chef, author and registered dietitian is in no danger of going away. In fact, she told us that one of the reasons she decided to ankle the show was to be more available to the public. "I'm going to be there more than ever for them," she said, adding that fans can stay in touch via her blog, social media, more books, and possibly television.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2011 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
What does Anna Kournikova know about losing weight? Some saw her as a curious choice to help replace outgoing trainer Jillian Michaels when Season 12 of "The Biggest Loser" returned to Tuesdays on NBC. But the 30-year-old says she has plenty in common with the morbidly obese contestants on the weight-loss reality show. "I know what it's like to be judged, dissected, picked apart for all of my life," said the Russian-born tennis player who was arguably more famous for her willowy blond looks than for her court prowess.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Overweight Southern Californians, grab your comfortable shoes and leave your self-consciousness at home: NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is casting for Season 13. The show is looking for hefty men and women at least 18 years old who are willing to lose an enormous amount of weight through blood, sweat, tears, and a touch of embarrassment that only reality TV can provide. They'll be coming to the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles on Aug. 27. Besides charisma and an extra helping of personality, there's something else casting directors are looking for from contestants: "You've got to be ready to make a change," says supervising casting director Brandon Nickens, who's overseeing the 13-city contestant search . "A lot of people come up with excuses, but you've got to be ready to get selfish.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
With nutrition information everywhere, why is it still hard to figure out how many calories we should eat? Join a live Web chat with "The Biggest Loser" nutritionist Cheryl Forberg on Monday, June 27, at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. ET) and learn how to devise a sensible nutrition plan that's easy to follow. Forberg is a registered dietitian and trained chef who graduated from the California Culinary Academy. She's also the author of "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor with 75 Delicious, All-Natural Recipes," which shows how healthful, flavorful food can taste just as good as highly processed, fattier fare.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"The Biggest Loser" contestants don't just learn about exercise--upending their diets is an essential part of the program as well. Join a live Web chat Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. ET) with Cheryl Forberg, nutritionist for "The Biggest Loser," who is also a registered dietitian. Forberg wrote the eating plan for the show and counsels contestants on nutrition. Forberg is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and the author of "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor with 75 Delicious, All-Natural Recipes.
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