Win at Diabetes—The Biggest Loser Way!

The show’s eating plan helps contestants not only drop pounds, but control type 2 diabetes.

Kathleen Engel
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•  Reinterpret the classics: Patti makes a breakfast melt with whole-wheat sandwich thins, low-fat cheese, egg whites, Canadian bacon, and a dab of mustard or horseradish. “It’s great fiber and protein before a long workout, and has that zingy flavor.”
•  Start new traditions:
To combat the overeating at Thanksgiving, Patti started a new Turkey Day tradition: “We enjoy our meal and do a 5K run/walk the next day!”

The Biggest Loser basics
The plan that shaves off pounds...and reins in blood sugar!
Contestants on The Biggest Loser get medical guidance from Robert Huizenga, MD—affectionately known as Dr. H— who oversees their weight loss and monitors their health.

  1. Don’t skip meals: Most dieters know they are not supposed to skip meals, but all The Biggest Loser contestants we spoke with insist they won’t even skip a snack! Again, it’s about keeping blood sugar levels constant—in this case, through timing.
  2. Opt for the whole food: Biggest Losers skip juices in favor of fruits and vegetables in their natural state, which are loaded with the fiber that helps regulate blood sugar.
  3. Combine fiber and protein: It’s not enough to make sure you get both in your diet. You want them combined in every single snack and meal you eat for maximum hunger control and stable energy and blood sugar.
  4. Calories are a moving target: While calories are key to The Biggest Loser plan, dieters’ needs change as their weight loss progresses. To assess your ideal caloric intake, the show’s nutritionist, Cheryl Forberg, RD, says people need between 7 and 10 calories per pound—but no one should go below 1,200 calories per day.
April 2013