The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show!

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The book fans have been clamoring for—the diet and exercise plan that enabled contestants to transform their bodies and their lives on TV's new smash hit reality show

The Biggest Loser was NBC's surprise hit of the Fall 2004 television season, drawing a passionate audience and prompting people nationwide to start their own Biggest Loser competitions. This unscripted weight-loss drama was based on overweight contestants competing to lose weight and win a quarter of a million ...

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Overview

The book fans have been clamoring for—the diet and exercise plan that enabled contestants to transform their bodies and their lives on TV's new smash hit reality show

The Biggest Loser was NBC's surprise hit of the Fall 2004 television season, drawing a passionate audience and prompting people nationwide to start their own Biggest Loser competitions. This unscripted weight-loss drama was based on overweight contestants competing to lose weight and win a quarter of a million dollars with the help of a team of doctors, dietitians, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.

On the evening that the first season's finale aired, legions of fans went to the NBC Web site to look for the diet and fitness plan that the contestants used. It wasn't available to the public—until now. With this book, people looking for change can accomplish the same type of radical makeover of their bodies, their health, and their lives that they saw on The Biggest Loser.

The book features the food and fitness plans from Bob and Jillian, health advice from the show's medical experts, and motivational tips from the contestants themselves. The contestants' compelling stories and reasons for losing weight, dramatic before-and-after photos, and real-life advice provide the inspiration and upbeat attitude that made this show a smash hit.

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The Biggest Loser was a big TV winner. In its first two seasons, NBC's unscripted weight-loss reality show has captured the nation's interest with its human drama and slenderizing success. Millions of viewers witnessed the undeniable triumphs of the weight-loss plan devised by trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. Not surprisingly, fans have been clamoring for a book based on this sensible, doctor-approved diet and exercise program. The Biggest Loser book contains inspirational stories, before and after photos, and tips from contestants.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594863844
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/21/2005
  • Series: Biggest Loser Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 813,186
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

BOB HARPER, trainer on The Biggest Loser, is known as the go-to trainer for Hollywood's elite and counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, and Laura Dern among his past and present clients. He lives in Los Angeles.

MAGGIE GREENWOOD-ROBINSON, PhD, is a leading health and medical writer. She has authored or coauthored more than 30 books, including Good Carbs versus Bad Carbs and The Bikini Diet. She has a doctorate in nutritional counseling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Actually its pretty good.

    I don't have a weight problem but do I like evaluating weight-loss books. This one grabbed my attention with its attractive cover and the fact that it made the New York Times Bestseller list. My first thought was that it was so popular because it was based on a hit TV show and so it might not necessarily be that good- I was wrong. <BR/><BR/>The book, while not going in-depth into a lot of weight loss issues as some books, covers the basics VERY well. It has testimonials, makes you examine your reasons for losing weight, discusses a diet and exercise program, and has you calculate your calorie needs- all the info you need presented in a concise format that's easy to read and, well, captivating. <BR/><BR/>However the best thing the book has going for it is the fact that its downright inspirational. Anybody who is very overweight and has tried to lose for sometime, is going to really appreciate this book- with its many pictures and stories of "successful losers." This, in my opinion, sets this book apart. You can have all the know-how in the world, but unless you can stick with a good weight loss plan over the long haul, its just no good- and this book can definitely help you with that. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for additional ways to increase your motivation- especially for those readers who have difficulty making healthy lifestyle changes. Good luck!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    This book is a waste of money. It is nothing other than a recap of the show. There is no real weight loss plan at all. It is very generic and feels like it was rushed to print.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    This Is Fitness Motivation!-says Eric Odera

    The first thing that struck me was the colorful pictures in the book.I must say that they are attractive, and they will surely bring your fitness motivation to another level-you see real people who have gone through a transformation, and not some sales gimmick. A source of fitness inspiration for me was when I read Andrea Baptiste's story. She was a personal fitness trainer, and the moment she switched careers to being a pharamceutical rep, she started eating junk foods and then....things started going downsouth!This is a real story, it really humanizes the super fit fitness trainer that you adore at the fitness club.It shows that anyone can gain or lose weight, depending on where they are in their lives. Right before the exercise planning section we learn that before embarking on anything, the participant's had to ' start feeling great about their bodies'-Allelujah! I fell in love with this statement, and it is now a part of my fitness motivation repertoire.I appreciated this piece of advice because, all you need is an ounce of faith and that ' feel good attitude' before things start happening.From my own experience as a fitness professional, I must confess that the people who had the most difficult time exercising were those who didn't feel good about themselves, implying that they had doubt-and unfortunately doubt is the devil's lingua franca.You buy into his stock, and lo! you will definitely experience quarterly losses! NBC is a power house and they definitely flexed their muscles in the way they presented the materials in the book. At the bottom of the pages you have small captions of practical advice, that are helpful such as finding healthy alternatives for chocolate or pizza. In terms of nutrition, hats off to the NBC team.As a fitness professional who has designed dozens of fitness programs I must say that this team is on target. They have intelligent food pointers, and they got my attention when they mentioned that fish is an excellent source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids(I bet you know this!), but I bet you didn't know that farm raised sea food contains many deadly toxins called PCBS,and some even contain traces of mercury(that cause serious inflammation in human cells).They also suggest that you replace meat or poultry with free range or grass fed meat or poultry.When I saw this information I gave them a happy thumbs up!-a sure sign of seriousness. But!, when I saw them recommending fat free salad dressing-I had a problem with this, because its already been established that salad dressings have more toxins than the chemicals used by your local dry cleaners. Overall I highly recommend this book because it will give you the necessary fitness motivation that is necessary for your success. Eric Odera is a fitness professional in New York City where he specializes in fitness motivation, fitness inspiration as well as designing powerful fitness programs. at ericodera dot com

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Actually its pretty good.

    I don't have a weight problem but do I like evaluating weight-loss books. This one grabbed my attention with its attractive cover and the fact that it made the New York Times Bestseller list. My first thought was that it was so popular because it was based on a hit TV show and so it might not necessarily be that good- I was wrong.

    The book, while not going in-depth into a lot of weight loss issues as some books, covers the basics VERY well. It has testimonials, makes you examine your reasons for losing weight, discusses a diet and exercise program, and has you calculate your calorie needs- all the info you need presented in a concise format that's easy to read and, well, captivating.

    However the best thing the book has going for it is the fact that its downright inspirational. Anybody who is very overweight and has tried to lose for sometime, is going to really appreciate this book- with its many pictures and stories of "successful losers." This, in my opinion, sets this book apart. You can have all the know-how in the world, but unless you can stick with a good weight loss plan over the long haul, its just no good- and this book can definitely help you with that. Also recommend "The Sixty-Second Motivator" for additional ways to increase your motivation- especially for those readers who have difficulty making healthy lifestyle changes. Good luck!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    The Biggest Loser

    This is a great beginner book for those serious about a diet and exercise program. It is motivating and will encourage one to progress to the goals that they have set for themselves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Helpful info on diet and exercise

    Wow, I must be reading a different book than previous reviewers! I found the info on diet and exercise guidelines to be extremely helpful and fit right into the type of guidance I needed to get me started. I didn't expect to replicate the ranch experience instead, I wanted concrete tips that I could use without having to be tied to some specialized diet plan. This book outlines the recommended number of daily servings of each food group, target number of calories for my weight and goals, etc. It's easy to internalize and I actually am planning out my foods and estimating calories -- something I hadn't originally intended to do. I get some new info every time I refer back to the book. The exercise stuff has also been helpful, as is the info in Jillian's book. And it's working! Seeing results and feeling healthier is an unbelievable experience. This book took my 'I'll start to exercise and sort of watch what I eat' approach and turned it into a 'I feel empowered by having the tools to really exercise and get the food demon under control' goal.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    Oh My Loard

    Just want to let everyone know that this book is very easy to use. The items and ingredients are very easy to find at your local grocery store. I highly recommend the Not really Fried Rice, and the New Orleans rubbed chicken. That is a weekly dinner at my house. Truly, just try it. Iv'e never had butternut squash, now it's beginning to find it's way in the cart at the store. It might not sound good to you but just try it, you will be surprised!!!! TiaUrban Madison Hgts MI

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Great book

    I loved this book and I watch this show with my daughters on the nights it on great show but this seison Boby a conntestant is gay I dont let my children watch this part and Bob a trainer is also gay which he said to Boby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    A biggest loser here

    a very good book to get started losing weight and keeping it off. An even as you get more advanced, the programs are modified for your individual fitness level. Free advice: don't limit yourself to one method, but this book is definitely a very good start.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    12-week fat-blasting program pairs with tips and motivators

    The Biggest Loser: The Weight-Loss Program To Transform Your Body, Health And Life comes from the Biggest Loser Experts, cast, and Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, Ph.D. and provides the popular NBC-TV show's insights on how overweight contestants teamed with celebrity trainers to shape up. Millions have seen the changes and show: in book form you'll have easier access to the plans designed by the show's medical experts, along with recipes, to make the most of the trainer tips. A 12-week fat-blasting program pairs with tips and motivators along with participant insights and experiences making for far more than your usual weight loss title.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Just what I wanted

    This book was just what I wanted. It has exercise and diet guide, as well as motivation.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    This book is literaly ridiculous. The extent of the weight loss program in this book is contestant testimonials and trainer tips. If you really want to know how the contestants are changing their lives Jillian Michaels' book Winning By Losing is the way to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    This book is not what it claims. There are motivational stories, but as for actual information, there is hardly any. I agree that for real weight loss advice, Jillian Michael's book Winning By Losing is the much better choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    If you are interested in what the contestants on the show actually do buy Jillian's book Winning By Losing. This book is only comprised of tips from the contestants. Very dissapointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    What u make of it

    This book is truly what you make of it. The reason most people even buy these books or seek help to lose weight is because they can't do it alone so I think its great to have someone PUSH you and to have that extra motivation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    dont expect to lose much weight

    When you read this and you think wow i get to eat plenty and will lose weight... while you will lose maybe 1 lb a week it does not have fast results... you have to remember that on the show they are going off this diet and work out 4 to 8 hours a day in the gym and might just lose 4 or 5 lbs a week and they have plenty to lose

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2005

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    This book is a real let down for those of us who are looking for weight loss advice. This book is about a t.v. show not 'The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life'. The recipies are ok, but you can get hundreds of healthy recipies for free on line. Don't waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life - Adapted from NBC's Hit Show

    I am such a fan of biggest loser I actually bought this book and Jillian Michaels book Winning By Losing. I have to say that both books are different and offer different things. The BL book is fun and gives you a feeling of what life was like on the ranch. I like the tips from all the contestants and hearing their personal stories. As a weight loss program I don't think it is the most comprehensive. Jillian's book is more geared towards that, but the photos of Bob exercising in the BL book are GREAT :-O

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Misleading

    When I bought this book both the shows trainers were listed on the web as the authors. As it turns out neither one of them wrote the book. I am a fan of The Biggest Loser and I liked reading the stories and tips from the contestants, but the weight loss program is written by some woman who wasn't even involved with the show named Maggie Robinson. The book is misleading for that reason and pretty much just a fluff piece.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 14, 2009

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