You Can Be a 'Biggest Loser,' Too

Experts and contestants from 'The Biggest Loser' TV show offer weight-loss advice.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD

From almost the very first day the contestants gathered, it was clear the The Biggest Loser was destined to be a hit TV show.

In this popular NBC reality series, two teams of overweight contestants compete to transform not only their bodies, but their lives. One lucky "loser" -- the contestant who makes the biggest strides toward that transformation -- comes away with $250,000.

"It is a life-altering experience," says Kim Lyons, personal trainer and fitness advisor for The Biggest Loser's Red Team. "Changing your body changes the way you feel about yourself and even how you feel about life itself. It takes work, but in the end all the contestants realized that it is so worth it."

But what if you don't have all America cheering you on, and don't have a quarter of a million dollars as motivation? How do you go about making those major life changes?

"It all comes down to making the decision that 'thin is definitely better,'" says chef Devin Alexander, author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook.

Once you commit to wanting to lose the weight and believe that you can, then the rest is a "piece of cake," says Alexander, whose cooking show, Healthy Decadence, is shown on the Discovery Channel.

That's true even when it comes to lusting after a real-life piece of cake, she says.