10 Tidbits of Weight-Loss Wisdom from The Biggest Loser
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- I Am "The Biggest Loser"?
- You Must Be a Priority
- Do Not Worship at the Fondue Altar
- Ignorance Is (Fattening) Bliss
- Don't Hate Your Metabolic Rate
- Sweat Your Frown Upside Down
- Atone for Your Sins -- in Writing
- Health Is Your 401k
- Commit Dessert Adultery -- Occasionally
- Know Your Visceral Limit
- Keep Your Fervor Afire
Keep Your Fervor Afire
After the cameras were long gone, Suzy, 28, season two's third runner-up, negotiated this truth: Staying in shape was a choice she had to make. She'd have to remain steadfast and find pleasure in doing the grunt work -- exercising daily, eating mindfully, and making healthful choices. The lesson: Expert coaching aside, you must find your own motivation, a catalyst to make you move every day.
I can testify to this rule, because I had to summon the stamina to stay conscious as I blinked through every single scene of the show's three seasons to write this story. It just so happened that I became impassioned about the task. Which is precisely what happened to the TV contenders: In the midst of their winded suffering, they ended up tapping into an inner gusto, one they hadn't felt in years, or for some, a lifetime. It's a vicariously triumphant experience. That's why this Loser couldn't help but break out the fat-free caramel corn and rewind each episode over and over and over again.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2007.
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