'Biggest Loser' trainer Bob Harper Says Diet Trumps Exercise
Update: An earlier version of this article reported that Bob Harper was a vegan. As pointed out in the comments, he no longer is – having found the addition of a small amount of animal products to work better overall for his current health.
“I found my performance was really lacking in the gym. I just felt better and I felt stronger,” he told the LA Times in June. “In the beginning, I was quietly eating my egg whites in the morning. Oh my God, I felt so bad. I just couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t hide it any more. It works for me. Of course, I am a huge proponent of eating as many green vegetables as you can and going meatless once in a while.”
The original article is below. We apologize for the confusion.
Bob Harper, one of the celebrity trainers on the hit reality series “The Biggest Loser” says that when it comes to weight loss, a healthy diet will beat exercise every time.
“It is all about your diet,” Harper, 48, told Reuters. “I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you and it’s just absolutely not the case.”
“I’m working with people who are 500 pounds and doing Crossfit on a regular basis,” he says of the exercise routine that combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. “Crossfit just completely makes sense [as long as] you work at your level doing the things you can do with proper coaching.”
As for veganism, Harper says its a diet that works for him and is yet another option for anyone looking to turn their health around.
“I enjoy living a plant-based diet because it makes me feel clear headed and strong, not to mention my genetically high cholesterol dropped more than 100 points,” he told VegNews. “That was all the motivation I needed.”
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