The Biggest Loser’s Erik Chopin loses it all again

January 6, 2010

...only this time he’s doing it on Discovery Health as part of their ‘5 Nights of Resolution TV.’ series this week. For those of us Biggest Loser fans, we all know the Long Island, N.Y., deli owner as the season 3 winner, losing a whopping total of 214lbs off his then 407 lb frame.

It wasn’t until Chopin came appeared as a guest on Oprah, 122lb heavier than we last seen him weighing in at 315lb, to discuss the difficulties people face in keeping the pounds off.

“I’d worry about him,” said wife Michele in an interview with Oprah. “I’d look at him and think it was like he was drowning and I couldn’t do anything to help him. I could see it in his eyes, and I could see so many things happening again that we’ve been through.”

Chopin said that, although he doesn’t like gyms, he’s going to get back on track, but this time, for himself and his family.

In a recent interview with That’s Fit, Chopin stated that post-Biggest Loser, he had no income nor job and fell into depression. “I identified that on Oprah, but I didn’t address it,” but with the help of Discovery Health he will be able to do that and share his journey with the viewers.

For a look at Erik Chopin’s journey to losing his weight, Confessions of a Reality Show Loser, tune in tonight at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Health channel. For those tuning in tonight, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.


A diet cleanse that actually works

January 3, 2010

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The New Year has come and many people, post holiday season are feeling bloated, heavy, and looking to rid themselves of this feeling.

But readers beware of the shortcut diets that rampage the internet. Those would include the notorious Master Cleanse and Gwyneth Paltrow diet.

Many of these diets may result in the dieter becoming many pounds lighter and “cleaner,” but post-cleanse, the pounds will eventually come back (most likely more than what was initially lost) and leave the dieter back to where he or she started.

While I am apprehensive about any diet promising fast results, I came across this 7-day Ultimate Diet Cleanse that seems promising. Below is an excerpt of the do’s and don’ts.

DON’TS
1. DON’T add sugar, other natural sweeteners (including honey, agave, and stevia), or artificial sweeteners to anything.

2. DON’T add salt to anything.

3. DON’T eat starches with dinner (including bread, rice, pasta, peas, beans, corn and potatoes).

4. DON’T drink alcohol.

DO’S
1. DO eat on a schedule

2. DO drink lots of water throughout the day,

3. DO enjoy “water alternatives” in unlimited quantities at any point during the day.

4. DO begin dinner with a healthy appetizer

Happy Hunting! I on the other hand have found my New Year kick start in the form of P90X. After reading a ton of reviews-I also wrote one in a past blog post– I thought, “why not?”.

Looking for some noteworthy New Year diet tips? Check out this article.


Gym essentials

December 5, 2009

So you’re getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution and hitting the gym if first on the list. Before you start comparing different gyms, first you need to suit up.

Shoes

By far the most popular shoe seen in gyms is the Nike Shox, or really any Nike shoe. Another popular shoe (that I sport) is the Under Armour shoe which comes in three different shoe fits. The shoe fit is by far the most important factor when choosing a shoe because the wrong fit could end up causing you more harm than good. Another tip to keep in mind is the cost. Try not to go below $100 because then you’ll start to sacrifice the quality of the shoe. Now for those interested in cycling, you have two options: You can either use a regular cross trainer or running shoe, or you can splurge and get a cycling shoe that clamps into the shoe stirrups.

Clothes

You can wear anything to your heart’s desire. While some feel more comfortable in a free t-shirt and shorts, or a Nike jumpsuit, as long as you’re comfortable moving in them and not having to adjust, then whatever goes is fine. Just please don’t go skimpy, I’m talking to the guys too. But, if you’re a cycler, then the shorts above might be the answer for you. Anyone who has taken a cycling class can tell you how uncomfortable those seats can get, but these fantastic shorts will prevent you from ever feeling that because of the added cushion in “that” area.

Gloves

These babies are only necessary for those into weight lifting. This excludes the assisted weight machines ladies and gentlemen. You can opt out of getting these, but then you’ll risk callouses on your hands that will take forever to go away.

Bags

Bags, the things that hold it all together. Aside from school backpacks, I’ve noticed that girls tend to carry totes to gyms, like the silver one above, and guys (when they do bring bags) tend to bring the little bags, like the black Nike. But why not support UT and getting represent with their duffel bag?


The Biggest Loser setting a bad example?

December 5, 2009

NBC’s The Biggest Loser, famous for its participants leaving the show half their body size since when they first stepped into the ranch, is under fire for some of the participants’ controversial weight loss methods.

Take Ryan Benson: The 2005 season winner who shedded 112 pounds off his 330 lb frame, admitted he was urinating blood after fasting and dehydrating himself toward the $250,000 prize. Since then he has returned back to above 300 lbs which is apparently the reason for his absence in The Biggest Loser season finale.

Kai Hibbard, season 3 runner up, wrote on her Myspace blog that she and others would dehydrate before weigh-ins and stack on clothing during workouts when cameras weren’t rolling. She gained 31 pounds in two weeks after the show, mostly by staying hydrated.

That’s Fit asked nutritionist and fitness expert, Jonny Bowden for his take. “I’ve always thought [the show] was ridiculous, ever since the first season when the guy lost 17 pounds in a week and the following week people who didn’t lose that much were considered ‘bad.’ It sets up absolutely ridiculous standards for weight loss, makes a very difficult and personal issue into entertainment,” said Bowden. “Clearly, there are also huge dangers involved as well.”

Even so, viewers have to take into account that the reason why the contestants are losing 10 to 15 pounds a week is because they are working out up to 6 hrs a day, everyday.

“Contestants can get a little too crazy and they can get too thin,” said trainer Jillian Michaels to the “New York Times.” She says Benson and Hibbard are examples of the dark side of the show. Maybe Benson and Hibbard aren’t cashing in on their fame because they’ve been post-finale disqualified. Michaels states contestants are disqualified if they are dehydrated or found to be taking drugs or diuretics. And it’s not exactly a candid environment after the show is over — the “New York Times” found contestants must have permission from NBC before chatting with a reporter.

Winners from the first four seasons regained at least 20 percent of their respective weights after the show, while 50 percent of the  206 contestants so far, have reportedly kept the weight off.


Obese students required to take fitness class for diploma

November 29, 2009

Photo by Danlamouette

Yep, you heard me. Lincoln University in Pennsylvania has attempting to battle weight by making students take a fitness class. Those who refuse can sadly say goodbye to their diplomas.

So here’s how it goes: Beginning in Fall 2006, all incoming students have been required to take a Body Mass Index test, a measure based on height and weight. Those who have a BMI of 30 and over have to enroll in a “fitness for life” class for 3 hours a week. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. An obese person will have a BMI of 30 and over.

While there has been some protest among the students, the historically black University says they are only trying to help.  According to AP, they are concerned about the high rates of obesity and diabetes, especially in the African-American community.

To pass the course that includes physical activities as well as information on nutrition, stress, and sleep, students are not required to lose weight, but just need to attend and participate in the classes.

Tiana Lawson, a 21-year-old senior, says while she believes her current BMI would exempt her from the class, she’s going to take it anyway “because I would like to be healthier,” but also states that she feels that the larger students are being singled out.

So what do you guys think? Is this a smart move on the University, or should all students be required to take this class.

Curious about what your BMI is? See for yourself here.


Sokker, Fußball, Fútbol, Soka

November 23, 2009

By The Vancouver Sun

It has the greatest number and size of stadiums around the world, the number of people who wear football merchandise, number of people who are aware of football, and the number of leagues/tournaments worldwide. This makes soccer the most popular sport worldwide, more specifically in the UK, Europe, Asia and South America (America is still lagging behind in their interest with soccer). As we speak, countries are battling it out to gain a spot in FIFA’s 2010 World Cup-a championship tournament that takes place once every four years- hosted by South Africa (did you hear about the scandal between Ireland and France? Sucks for Ireland).

I was lucky enough to attend a World Cup pre-qualifier match between Jordan and S.Korea. Take a look as Korea scores their second goal.

For those not really interested in the spectator aspect of soccer, it’s also a major calorie burner for the casual player. One can burn up to 475 per hour (on a 150lb person). And if you’re looking for some cardio, look to run up 3 miles every time you wanna play a pick-up game; the average professional player runs up to 7 miles per game.

Not only do you not have to be a pro to play this game, but while you’re burning up those (holiday) calories learning to play you can also make new friends.

While it can be slim pickings in finding team to play with outside of UT, why even look? Part of UT’s IM sports includes, none other than… soccer! While it’s a bit late in the game to be signing up to play-my team is playing for championships tonight-check back at the Intramural site before Sept. 27 next year.

Since we’re on the topic of soccer, you all have probably heard about the uber aggressive female soccer player, Elizabeth Lambert. If you haven’t already seen the clip be sure to do so.

Some people believe that her actions were taken out of context while others believe that she deserves to be suspended. What do you think? Leave your comments!


Review: Planet Fitness

November 18, 2009
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Photo by Planet Fitness

When I first heard of Planet Fitness offering monthly rates as low as $10.00 (plus tax) per month with no contract, I immediately thought that there was no way that this could be true. But sure enough, I seen the ad on the homepage in big yellow letters.

There is, however, the dreadful catch:

  • Start up: $39.00
  • Annual Membership Fee $29.00
  • Membership can only be used at the 1100 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX gym.

Nonetheless, even with the fees added up, the cost is still less than the gyms I compared in last week’s post. I did some additional digging on Planet Fitness, and found out that they have Pizza parties the first Monday of every month (a strange choice of food to serve at a gym, no?).

The strangest thing I discovered was its Judgment Free Zone policy. Basically, for those guys and gals who like to grunt and drop their weights, this gym is definitely not for you. In New York, a man had his membership revoked for grunting. Also, beware of the “lunk alarm” which goes off when someone violates the no grunting, weight dropping rule. Oh, and don’t even think about lifting dumbbells heavier than 80 lbs. They don’t house it.

Other things prohibited on the gym floor include: no cell phone use, no jeans, do rags, bandannas, or skull caps, no short or revealing attire.

Yeah, there seems to be a lot of restrictions at this gym. A little to much to me, but check it out and see for yourself.

Check out the video below to hear what the lunk alarm sounds like.