Poor Rachel Frederickson. She has been a topic of discussion after winning NBC’s The Biggest Loser and revealing a staggering weight loss on national TV. The pop-culture universe is publicly asking: Did she go too far?
After stunning the audience by losing 155 pounds, 60 percent of her body weight, some believe the show sparked an eating disorder in her. Rachel revealed that she's been spending 6 hours a day exercising. My reaction: Holy moly! Who has that kind of time to devote to exercise? Yes she probably did go too far. But while the public is worried that she's too thin now, I doubt she will be able to sustain that kind of effort to stay thin. Think about it, that's 42 hours a week devoted to exercising! I'd rather be sleeping!
Many people set unrealistic goals for 2014 involving two-hour gym work outs or starvation diets. These have likely already failed, as they are not sustainable components of a long-term healthy lifestyle. What does a busy, stressed out person, who can’t get to the gym, do? If you are overweight, like 65% of us in the U.S. are, or just want to have more energy, here are five simple tips:1. Frequent fuelings – I know it sounds counterintuitive, as “diets” always seem to suggest you eat less, not more, and then you feel deprived, hungry and exhausted! Adopting the habit of eating 5 to 6 small protein rich “mini meals” will do more to help you lose weight and maintain a consistent energy level than anything else. Some healthy choices you can eat at work -an oz. of low fat cheese and an apple; 1 Tb. of PB and a few whole grain crackers; a protein bar or meal replacement protein shakes, or a small handful of nuts, seeds and raisins.
While Donna's advice is practical, I'm wondering about your thoughts on Rachel Frederickson. She pocketed $250,000 from winning The Biggest Loser. Do you think she went too far with her diet and exercise routine?