Giveaway! 6 Weeks To A Healthier You from The Biggest Loser!

Biggest Loser Book Giveaway

July 7, 2010   78 Comments

Snack Girl is a fan of The Biggest Loser on NBC. This program is a reality TV show with obese people who NEED to lose weight competing against each other for a monetary prize.

Why do I like it? While the program is sensationalist (picture a lot of crying), it is also educational. The people on it learn about healthy eating and exercise and most seem to go on to healthier lives after the program ends.

This last season, they had a mother-daughter team that didn't even get a chance to go to the "ranch" and they both did well (losing over 50 pounds each!)

My biggest problem with The Biggest Loser is that the contestants get voted off. Why can't they all just stay and get healthy? They all seem so motivated to change their lives and it seems tragic when they have to go home.

The Biggest Loser has become so BIG that it has become a franchise. There is a Biggest Loser Resort - and for $10,000 for 4 weeks you can go there and start your healthy life style. The advertisement says it is the most affordable program in the weight loss resort industry. 10 big ones isn't affordable for me!

Alternatives?

You can audition for the show. Last time around 200,000 people auditioned - so your chances are pretty slim since they only pick 20 or so. Also, you have to be LARGE to qualify. (I only need to lose 10 - 20 pounds so I'm not a good fit.)

Some savvy people called Michelle and Rob started their own blog - Who Needs The Ranch because clearly we all can't be on the show or pay for the resort. Check it out for great ideas on how to create your own weight loss plan!

Also, there are the books and videos that the show has produced for the rest of us. I have featured Jillian Micheals' "30 Day Shred" and "Yoga Meltdown" in other posts (see below) and I think they are great. (She also has a number of books.)

Finally, there are a series of The Biggest Loser books. The latest one is called, "6 Weeks to a Healthier You" and features 6 weeks of menus for weight loss.

I got to meet Cheryl Forberg, RD, nutritionist for The Biggest Loser program, a few weeks ago to discuss the book. (I will do a post on our interview soon.) She sent me some signed copies of her book to giveaway and I am excited to do it.

Why do I like the book? It features REAL food and exercise suggestions in an easy to follow format. Six weeks of menus is a great start to a healthy eating lifestyle and if you were to follow them, you would seriously change. It features whole foods and lots of yummy snacks that are low in calorie.

You are going to HAVE to cook with this book. Honestly, I can't see how to have a healthy lifestyle without cooking. The recipes in the book are accompanied by fabulous photographs to entice you to make them.

To enter to win the book, comment below about your favorite diet plan - add some entries on FaceBook or Twitter. I will count the entries and randomly choose a winner next week.

Good Luck!

This book giveaway is courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.


What will I win?
A copy of "6 Weeks To a Healthier You" signed by Cheryl Forberg, RD (nutritionist for The Biggest Loser)

How do I enter?
Comment in the box below about your favorite diet plan.

Additional Ways To Enter:

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Snack-Girl can follow and count all the additional entries using magical website tools.

Am I eligible to enter?
Anyone with a valid e-mail and a U.S. mailing address is eligible.

When do I find out if I am the winner?
The winner will be announced on July 14th, 2010. You will have 2 weeks to e-mail us back with your home address so we can mail the prize.


The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You: Lose Weight and Get Healthy For Life!

$21.99   $11.44

Amazon.com   Barnes & Noble


Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred

  $8.12

Amazon.com


Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown [DVD]

  $8.72

Amazon.com


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78 Comments:

Eating natural, fresh, God-made food is the best way to go ~ I avoid processed, prepackaged man-made food as much as possible.

on July 7, 2010

ummm... i don't have a "plan." and, thus, need one desperately. hahaha... pick me!

on July 7, 2010

My favorite diet plan doesn't exist! It's a mix of portion control and healthy choices. That's all I can do! A new plan that I could stick to would be great!

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watchers is my only plan!

on July 7, 2010

My favorit diet plan includes a lot of fresh veggies and fruits from my own garden :)

on July 7, 2010

My plan and the only way to do it (I think) is to eat healthy and excersise! Pick me please!

on July 7, 2010

I guess my favorite dieting 'plan' would be the eat clean diet, I'm more of a figuring out what works for me type though.

on July 7, 2010

Eating lots of fruits & veggies and watching portion sizes of everything else

on July 7, 2010

Eating small meals throughout the day and at least 30 minutes of exercise 4 days a week. Walking everywhere possible is a must!

on July 7, 2010

Eating natural fruits & veggies & lean protein ~ shopping the supermarket perimeters. ;)

on July 7, 2010

My favorite diet plan is cooking at home. Thay way I can control everything that goes into the food.

on July 7, 2010

I follow on FB

on July 7, 2010

My diet plan is just to try to eat as healthy as I can 90% of the time. I also try to make sure I get protein in every meal for staying power!

on July 7, 2010

I dont necessarily have a favorit diet plan. I prefere to promote living a healthy lifestyle. Lots of the healthy stuff like fruits, veggies, low fat dairy, and whole grains, and for some of the other foods you like chips, candy, soda, fatty foods, in moderation.

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watcher's works best for me. I also love to watch the Biggest Loser and the new show with Jillian Michaels. Very inspirational!

on July 7, 2010

I try to eat healthy and keep out all processed foods. Fruits and veggies and whole grains each day are crucial.

on July 7, 2010

Nothing like a good giveaway to get us lurkers to come out of our caves!

on July 7, 2010

I had the best results from the South Beach Diet several years ago. I've kept the weight off by eating more low glycemic foods. I also walk about an hour and fifteen minutes each morning, usually 6 days a week. I'm always looking for great healthy meal ideas!

on July 7, 2010

I try to eat as much whole foods as I can. Avoiding processed foods helps me stay and feel healthy.

on July 7, 2010

I let my health concious althlete boyfriend do all the cooking. That's my diet plan. Except he got sick over the weekend and was looking at me with these big eyes and asking for food... I need this book :)

on July 7, 2010

My favorite "diet" plan is eat clean and healthy. It is a lifestyle. Diets are restrictive and easy to quit.

on July 7, 2010

I do the old fashion calorie counting using calorieking.com I also records the ratio of carbs/protein/fat and I try to keep them balanced.

on July 7, 2010

Great giveaway! I love that the book features REAL FOOD. That's my kind of diet plan: any sort of plan that focuses on eating whole foods, regular exercise, and a balanced approach to health and wellness. I tried the raw food diet and I found that I did lose weight with it, but FOR ME it didn't work so well in terms of being able to maintain that loss... my body does better when I have a balance between raw and cooked foods.

I'm struggling with 5-10 pounds, so I could definitely use this kind of book. Looking forward to reading the interview!

on July 7, 2010

I don't have a plan, I have a lifestyle. There are some things that I just don't eat anymore. However, I do have dessert once per week, so I have to plan when that is going to be!

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watchers is the only plan that works for me WHEN I stick to it. I also exercise 4-5 times a week.

on July 7, 2010

Currently my favorite diet plan is a non-diet from Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God. I think she's really on to something. I think I am giving up dieting! However -- I still need to eat healthy. My goal is to eat much healthier and not get into a crazy diet mindset. I'd love Cheryl's book -- I need a menu to follow (without considering it dieting -- just healthy eating) to get this ball rolling. ;)

on July 7, 2010

I have tried atkins.....Lost about 50 pounds then gained most of it back. I have also tried weight watchers and have done well with that...I have lost 35 pounds. I need to learn better ways of cooking for myself and my family!

on July 7, 2010

I have had success on Weight Watchers but maintaining the constant counting just doesn't work with my personality. So... I'm tring to get in touch with my emotional eating, tho a slow process, and want to educate myself on nutritious food that looks great, tastes wonderful and is fun/easy to prepare.

on July 7, 2010

Um....I don't really have a "plan" yet - that's why I need the book!! *crosses fingers*

on July 7, 2010

I didn't follow a plan, per se, but I used sparkpeople.com which helped me track my food and exercise, as well as providing a ton of helpful resources so I had a ton of success with that. The best "plan" I've learned is to eat well (nutritiously), eat frequently, and exercise.

on July 7, 2010

I follow WW, *most* of the time. Even when I am off-track, I have it tucked in the back of my mind.

on July 7, 2010

i do weight watchers. it allows me to eat anything i want just in moderation....it teaches me HOW to eat:)

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watchers is what works for me. I normally integrate ideas and recipes from Jillian Michaels (Master Your Metabolism) and Bob Green (The Best Life Diet). I just found a bunch of neat ideas and recipes in the Flat Belly Diet. Right now I have been off track and the only thing that will work is Weight Watchers even though I really want to do Master Your Metabolism I am having portion control issues so it's back to counting points and utilizing Jillian's videos and my Zumba classes.

on July 7, 2010

I have to say - I had incredible success with Body for Life for Women by Dr. Pamela Peeke. She has a no-nonsense approach that breaks the reality of weight loss (or "weight removal" as she calls it -- because if something's lost, you usually want to find it...) and gives you the basics you need to get the job done easily.

on July 7, 2010

I don't have a plan for myself or my family, and that's why I desperately need the book! :)

on July 7, 2010

The Eat Clean Diet from Tasco Reno changed my life. It's not a "diet" but a lifestyle change that involves eating clean, non processed food,always eating a lean protein wirh a complex carb, and eating 6 small meals a day. I feel great, lost weight, and have kept it off for over a year. She has done bodybuilding competitions so she has a lot of great workout tips too!

on July 7, 2010

My favorite diet plan is a low calorie, vegetarian diet. I did this for over a year and lost 43 pounds...I stopped and about a year later I gained back 20 of the lbs.. Now I do the vegetarian thing about 2-3 times a week and pay better attention to the calories...I lost a few...But I haven't gained any..Thanks a good thing. I really need the exercise thing!!

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watchers is the plan has worked for me. Of course, I sit in front of a computer all day so I find it easy to "track" my food. Moderate exercise helps but it's really about eating. I try to eat 90% unprocessed foods and I think I'm mostly successful with that. I lost 25 pounds and now I am working on keeping it off! The hard part!! :)

on July 7, 2010

I've tried them all. I lost the most weight on Nutri system.

on July 7, 2010

I don't use a diet plan. It's a bad word! I am a victim of the diet plan. I diet, gain back, diet and then gain even more back. Now I am 185 and have a lot more to lose. Why couldn't I have done it when I only had 5-10 lbs to lose. Now my diet plan is waking up and looking into the eyes of my children and changing my lifestyle. This is the only thing that has worked for me. I want to be here to see them grow and participate in all their milestones like puberty, marriage, children etc. Okay maybe the puberty is stretching it a little. I can do without the talking back :) Anyway, my diet plan has been a lifestyle change, eating smaller/healthier meals and snacks, saying NO to fast food and exercising every day but Sunday. Even the Lord rested on the 7th day. I really want this book because I need more menu ideas and my husband is getting tired of baked chicken, brown rice and broccoli. Thanks for all your tips snack girl.

on July 7, 2010

what a nice thing to do for people. I have been on weight watchers now for 4 weeks and have lost 28 pounds. I still have many to go, but this is my job this summer as I am away from school and not as stressed as usual. Good luck to everyone who is on their own journey.

on July 7, 2010

I have never been great at sticking with strange, gimmicky diets. Now I follow a low fat vegetarian diet and have never felt happier.

on July 7, 2010

I have been a little successful with Medical Weight Loss, but it's a very hard plan to stick to.

on July 7, 2010

I don't have a specific "plan" but I do attempt to eat healthy when I can. When I make food at home, it's always very simple. Like making noodles, i would just put tomatoes, noodle, eggs, and some salt to flavor. When I stirfry, i use 100% virgin olive oil, the veggies, and probably some red pepper and salt/soysauce (depending on the dish i'm making). Even when I make meat, I stick with chicken, and i always cut out the fatty bits from the chicken before i portion it up and toss it in the freezer. Lately i've been taking lots and lots of tips from your blog to make healthier snacks (like learning to pick 100% whole grain instead of white bread, and learning to read labels!).

unfortunately i have been gaining weight instead lately x_x i need to hit the gym more!

on July 7, 2010

I don't follow a diet plan - I just aim for a balanced meal without processed foods. Whole, natural ingredients are the way to go! I eat a LOT of veggies, fruit, and as much naturally raised meat as possible. Treats and sweets in moderation.

on July 7, 2010

I've been on the Eating Clean plan for a while now and I really like it. I can LIVE with this.

on July 7, 2010

For me it's all about portion control and finding how to eat the foods you like, just with a healthy twist. Seriously, thats basically all you need to do, and ALSO exercise it doesn't have to be 3 hours hitting the gym hard, but taking a walk around the neighborhood, bike riding, swimming, etc...Anything to get you moving. :)

on July 7, 2010

My favorite diet plan isn't a diet at all. It consists of mostly healthy foods, with a daily indulgence of ice cream!

on July 7, 2010

I love Weight Watchers and Spark People.

on July 7, 2010

I am a WW fan.

on July 7, 2010

Weight Watchers has worked great for me. But I am now using the Lose It app on my iphone and also the calorie king book to track my calories.

on July 7, 2010

I'm on both Weight Watchers and use ideas from Biggest Loser as well :-) I love both because they are easy to use and the recipes from both are great!

on July 7, 2010

I practice volume eating. Eating huge salads, whole grains, dishes bulked up with vegetables, whole fruits, and not drinking calories (aside from skim milk) are all components of my 'diet'.

on July 8, 2010

I love the Jillian Michaels diet plan!!

on July 8, 2010

The diet plan I like best is weight watchers. I love Biggest Loser too!

on July 8, 2010

I try to cut out all processed foods and see amazing results.

on July 8, 2010

I don't have a plan. I have used Isagenix, done portion control, smaller meals several times a day. I eat alot of whole foods. My main problem is getting my excersise in. I need to figure out how to fit more of it into my life. PICK ME!!!

on July 8, 2010

I think it is best to write down everything you eat, it makes you less apt to eat because you don't want to write down all the snacking you've done. Drink a lot of water and exercise.

on July 8, 2010

I've had success w/ Sonoma Diet & cookbook. It offers practical advice re portion control and the types of foods, e.g., fibre, whole grain, etc., to eat.

on July 8, 2010

I truly stick by Weight Watchers as my go-to, best overall diet plan that really works. I think it's imperative to learn how to eat and what portions really look like to be successful!

on July 8, 2010

I think a sensible plan is best. But who decides that?

on July 8, 2010

I don't follow any plan...just focus on eating fresh, natural foods, mostly fruits and veggies, whole grains. Very rarely eat meat, as in almost never and avoid processed foods. No fast food and very rarely eat restaurant food unless I am traveling and have no choice.

on July 8, 2010

I use Lose It for the iPhone!

on July 8, 2010

I like weightwatchers but I like to educate myself of other plans and ideas

on July 9, 2010

I need a plan that takes into account my high A1C, glucose, high cholesterol and triglycerides and low metabolism. I also live alone and don't cook because of being on Social Security I don't run my air conditioning. So with a house 88 degrees, I don't want to cook to raise the heat. Don't believe there is something out there for me, but I'll try anything. I need to lose 100lbs for my health at age 63. Thank you for all your help and tips

on July 9, 2010

I am of the cult of weight watchers and it's worked for the past year. Now, I'm trying to do actually calories more than points just so that I can be more clear on things and also to try to break my plateau.

(I follow SnackGirl on facebook - Mare S - and twitter - tommygirl. Also, tweeted giveaway - http://twitter.com/tommygirl/status/18137336869)

on July 9, 2010

Counting calories has helped me learn portion control and last year I dropped 18 lbs. Jillian & Bob's hints also help me stay focused and give me new ideas. I've used some of Jillian's recipes and they're fabulous. I know exactly where the 11 lbs that I've gained back have come from.

on July 9, 2010

I've tried Weight Watchers in the past which has been successful when I've focused hard enough. Now hough I'm looking for a balanced, healthy life using what I learned from WW, and other healthy inputs (i.e. the Biggest Loser which I LOVE!!)

on July 11, 2010

I've tried just about every diet plan out there, but what I'm currently doing is watching my calorie intake and exercising 4-5 days a week. So at the moment, that's my favorite diet plan! lol

on July 12, 2010

I love Hungry Girl! I use her recipes and sometimes modify them to be vegetarian or lower calorie. I dont like following a specific plan, but learning to cook nutritious and low cal meals is the best way to go!

on July 12, 2010

I am also a Weight Watcher fan. However, it has been a little while since I was able to follow it like I should. Snack Girl has been very encouraging & informative in the weight loss area and I really appreciate it. Keep up the good work!!

on July 12, 2010

I don't use the term "diet". I use the term "live it". Living a healthy lifestyle by combinding Muscle conditioning, cardio, and a well balanced deit works for me. I love to motivate others by organizing a running group and teaching fit classes at a local gym. This book would be a great help with inproving my nutrition. Thanks for the opportunity.

on July 12, 2010

weight watchers and/or the "eat clean" diet. eating clean, watching portions, + exercise = best diet around :)

on July 12, 2010

I've tried WW and only lost 17lbs in 6 months w/exercise much to my surprise, I now know why. I not only have a metabolism disorder (Hypothyroidism) but I am also insulin resistant which is WHY no matter what I had done in the past I wasn't able to lose weight... BUT I have learned to count calories and make sure I have protein & carbs together so that my body can do what it was made to do, I also watch my sugar intake. I have lost 28lbs since May 17 about 2lbs a week and that is with exercise.
I am on my journey to 100... Now I know I am older and that my loss may slow down at one point or another but... it is the continuation and dedication to do this for myself and my health. I am hoping I win this book as I am in need of learning HOW and WHAT at this point in my journey. I am a fan of Jillian Michaels and love her show Losing it with Jillian as well as the Biggest Loser they are both such an inspiration to me and watching her motivates me and helps me keep things in perspective.

I want to share with others but first I have to start and work on myself so that I can share it IS POSSIBLE. ;)

Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book!
Your insight and tips are inspiring as well as I often get bored with food and need change.

on July 13, 2010

Eating as clean as possible -- avoiding processed foods..

on July 13, 2010

My plan is eating healthy and working out. I have tried every diet out there and they just don't work because they don't force me to face the real problems.

on July 13, 2010

THIS CONTEST ENDED JULY 14, 2010.

on July 14, 2010

I do weight watchers at work and read, read, read to stay motivated. I really have found that it is so important to understand this is really a lifestyle change too, requiring thoughtful planning and time! Snack Girl's blog posts are great too!!

on September 9, 2010


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