They sent me The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook (2008) signed by Sione Fa (BL7), Felipe Fa (BL7), and Mark *mumbles through his last name* Pinhasovich (BL10) (who are all so very handsome and dreamy). They also sent me a fancy Just Crunch Em tumbler (that I've already used for my mean green smoothie):
I'm really appreciative towards the gang at Grimmway farms and former BL contestants involved in the giveaway. However.... I take issue with a few of the things said in the cookbook:
|"Don't let meal scraps go to waste. If your kids aren't going to eat |
the leftovers on their plates, can Fido? Dog food is expensive!
And after all, he's part of the family too.
But even worse than that was this little nugget:
First of all, the math is not simple. This is why I strongly suggest getting a BodyMedia Armband (click here to get 15% off), so you can measure your caloric expenditure rather than just estimating it. This is the only guideline the book offers in terms of calculating caloric intake. It says nothing about caloric expenditure/multiplier factors (such as the Harris-Benedict Equation) for people that have active lifestyles or workout.
Secondly, I'm a voracious reader of all things diet and nutrition related, and most dietitians and doctors agree that people should never go under certain caloric thresholds. It varies among experts, but it's usually between 1200 and 1400 calories. This is for two reasons: (1) it's difficult to get all the nutrients one needs for anything less than 1200 calories (2) the average person's needs around 1200 calories just to stay alive (basal metabolic rate). Eventually, such a low caloric intake will have negative consequences for a person's metabolism.
I'm really disappointed that The Biggest Loser put out a book like this. I just hope that in the 5 years since the publication of the book that they have addressed and corrected this bad advice.
Do you know your daily caloric intake requirements?
Do you food log?
Have you had your food logs analyzed by a registered dietitian?
Are you just kinda winging it?
How do you know that your plan is healthy and achievable?