The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook: Simply Delicious Low-calorie Recipes to Make in a Snap

byDevin Alexander, Biggest Loser Experts And Cast

Paperback | November 8, 2011

The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook: Simply Delicious Low-calorie Recipes to Make in a Snap by Devin Alexander
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The first cookbook in the bestselling Biggest Loser series to focus on fast, simple meals that you can eat on the go, The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook by Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast with Julie Will will feature more than 75 easy recipes with 20 minutes of prep time or less, accompanied by beautiful 4-color photography. The book will also provide an overview of The Biggest Loser eating plan; include five 20 minute workouts with tips on how to burn the most calories in the least amount of time, offer healthy cooking and baking tips and techniques as well as shopping lists and pantry basics; and as always, will feature tips from the trainers and contestants on time-saving techniques for fitting healthy meals into busy schedules.

The 75 quick and easy recipes will include such categories as breakfast on the double, speedy soups and sandwiches, throw-together salads and sides, mains in minutes, lickety-split sweet bites, and more. Sample recipes include:

Asparagus & Chicken Apple Sausage Scramble

Sausage Feta Pepper Breakfast Bake

Blanca Arugula Pizza

Monkey Trail Mix

Caprese Burger

Cold Dumpling Salad

Garlic & Herb Mac & Cheese

Spicy Cayenne Corn on the Cob

Coffee Crusted Chopped Steak

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

Crispy Pesto Cod

Meyer Lemon Seared Scallops

Chocolate Raspberry Dreamers
Honey Nut Apple Butter Rice Cakes
New York Times bestselling author Devin Alexander has shared her secrets for unbelievably decadent-tasting foods through frequent appearances on such national TV shows as The TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, and The View, and has also appeared on Discovery Health, HGTV, USA, Style Network and others. Devin''s advice has...
Title:The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook: Simply Delicious Low-calorie Recipes to Make in a SnapFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.49 X 7.97 X 0.61 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.49 X 7.97 X 0.61 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

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1The Biggest Loser Eating Plan"I wish I could, but I just don''t have the time."These days, it''s become an all-too-common refrain. Whether we''re talking about going to the grocery store, cooking healthy meals, working out, or simply sitting down to the dinner table with our families, most of us have such busy schedules that it can feel impossible to carve out any time for a healthy lifestyle.Why are we so busy all the time? Well, for starters, many Americans are feeling the pressure to work longer hours than ever before to pay for the rising costs of living expenses, to save for retirement, or simply to ensure that they keep their jobs. Between working and caring for our families, many of us feel too exhausted or stressed out at the end of the day to even think about cooking dinner or consider going to the gym.But when we don''t take the time to take care of ourselves, we''re not conserving our time or our money. As we all know by now, obesity is closely linked to many life-threatening diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and some cancers. When we don''t nourish our bodies with wholesome foods, get enough sleep, and stay active, we put ourselves at an elevated risk for developing health problems that are expensive to treat and can not only diminish the quality of our lives, but take years off of them.In the pages that follow, you''ll learn the basics of The Biggest Loser eating plan and exercise guidelines. While sustainable weight loss is a slow and steady process that requires hard work and discipline, just 20 minutes a day can make a real difference in your overall health. Sure, there will be days when the thought of making dinner feels too overwhelming. That''s why Chef Devin has provided meal ideas you can throw together in just a few minutes, with a little planning ahead. When you map out a week''s worth of meals in advance, shop accordingly on the weekends, and keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy ingredients, "not enough time" will no longer be an excuse to eat poorly.Think about it: In less than 20 minutes a day, you can change the quality of your life. You''re worth the investment.Counting CaloriesYes, it''s important to count calories. Why? Because one £d is made of 3,500 calories, and in order to shave off some £ds, you have decrease the amount of calories you take in through food and increase the amount of calories you burn through exercise.Joe Mitchell SEASON 12It''s not about burning yourself out and going crazy at the gym. It''s all about keeping a good, steady burn and keeping your heart rate up. Also, don''t forget to incorporate weight training. Muscles burn more calories than fat and will help you lose weight.A calorie is a measurement of how much energy the food you eat provides for your body. You need energy to fuel physical activity as well as all metabolic processes, from maintaining your heartbeat to digesting your meals. Only four components of the food you eat supply calories: protein and carbohydrates (4 calories per gram), alcohol (7 calories per gram), and fat (9 calories per gram). Vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water do not contain calories.Keep in mind that the quality of the calories you eat is just as important as the quantity you take in. Some calories provide fuel for your workouts, keep you feeling energized, and help your body stay healthy. Other calories (often referred to as "empty calories") don''t really provide any benefits-- in fact, they can make you feel tired, sluggish, and hungrier than you were before you ate. The Biggest Loser plan will show you how to fuel your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to lose weight and maintain overall health.Season 5''s Neill Harmer says he likes to think of calories as a daily allowance. "Let''s say you have 2,000 calories to spend per day. If you drink that iced latte with whipped cream and chocolate, you just spent a BIG part of your allowance on something that really wasn''t needed. Spend calories wisely."The Biggest Loser plan helps you determine the exact calorie intake you require to meet your individual weight-loss goals. If you weigh 150 £ds or more, the simple calculation below will allow you to determine how many calories you should aim to eat each day. If you weigh less than 150 £ds, talk to a doctor about an appropriate calorie budget for your needs.Calorie Budget:Your present weight x 7 = total daily calorie budgetAs you lose weight, you''ll need to continually reassess and reduce your calorie budget, in order to keep losing weight and break through plateaus. As you know from watching the show, The Biggest Loser contestants lose a lot of weight during their first few weeks at the Ranch. But after they''ve been at the Ranch for a little while and have less weight left to lose, they must readjust their calorie budgets and increase the intensity and duration of their workouts to keep losing.All of the contestants have a daily homework assignment: At the end of the day, they tally up the total number of calories they consumed throughout the day. If they ate more calories than their budget calls for, it''s up to them to burn off the extra calories by getting in one last workout, going for a walk, or doing a few laps in the pool.Planning Your CaloriesOnce you''ve determined your daily calorie budget, the next step is to plan your meals and snacks accordingly. On The Biggest Loser plan, it''s recommended that you eat three meals and two snacks each day. Parceling out your calories throughout the day ensures that you''ll stay full and keep your blood sugar level stable. It will also prevent you from feeling deprived, keep you energized for exercise, and help you establish a regular pattern of eating that helps counter impulse eating and bingeing."At first, I had to work to get all of my meals in," recalls Season 8 winner Danny Cahill. "I wasn''t used to eating healthy foods, but I quickly realized that nutritious food was way more satisfying than the fast food I had been eating. Eating healthy throughout the day kept my energy level up, and I felt fueled for my workouts."Use the simple calculations below to determine how to best allocate your calorie budget throughout the day. In this example, the calorie budget is 1,800--yours may be more or less, depending on your goal and starting weight.Calorie Budget = 1,8001,800 / 4 = 450450 / 2 = 225So for each meal--breakfast, lunch, and dinner--the calorie budget is 450. For each snack, the calorie budget is 225.This calculation is just a starting point. You can create any distribution of calories that works for you and keeps you feeling satisfied. Season 5 winner Ali Vincent has a strategy that works for her: "I always eat within half an hour of waking up to jump-start my metabolism. Then I eat every 3 to 4 hours, be it a meal or a snack. I think this is just as important for me as exercise," she says.If you go to the gym in the morning and require a bigger breakfast to fuel your workout, feel free to shift your calorie load toward the beginning of the day. Or if you work out just before dinner, you might want to have a bigger snack before the gym and a smaller dinner afterward. Create a distribution of calories that works for you. The important thing is to plan ahead and stay within your calorie budget. As Season 7''s Nicole Brewer wisely advises, "Planning will save you. Prepare your snacks and meals ahead of time, and always have them with you."To understand your body''s hunger signals and how to interpret them, see The Biggest Loser Hunger Scale on the opposite page.Planning Meals and SnacksAs Nicole says, planning is an essential component of successful weight loss. The times when you are likely to be the most tempted to stray from your calorie budget are those when you''re caught without a good option. In other words, when you''ve failed to plan, you''ve planned to fail.Think about the week ahead each Sunday. Are there a few nights that you anticipate being too busy to cook? The recipes in this book give you many quick, delicious options for meals and snacks that you can take on the go, so plan ahead and cook several meals at once. Then store individual portions in resealable containers that you can heat up as needed.Becky Comet SEASON 12Find a workout buddy who can keep going even when you don''t feel like it-- and you can do the same for them. Then, afterward, you and your workout buddy can celebrate your successes together. Find someone who won''t take your excuses (and you won''t take theirs). At the Ranch, there were times when I didn''t really feel like working out. But I had teammates who would tell me to get to the gym with them. Sometimes all I needed was an encouraging word.When it comes to snacks, make sure you always have healthy choices readily available. Season 6''s Ed Brantley says he keeps hard-boiled eggs and baggies of fresh-cut fruit in his fridge at all times, so he has healthy options when hunger strikes, and he can easily take them on the road.The Biggest Loser Hunger Scale1. Famished or starving: You feel weak and/or lightheaded. This is a big no- no.2. Very hungry: You can''t think of anything else but eating. You''re cranky and irritable and can''t concentrate.3. Hungry: Your stomach''s growling and feels empty.4. A little bit hungry: You''re just starting to think about your next meal.5. Satisfied: You''re comfortable, not really thinking about food. You feel alert and have a good energy level.6. Fully satisfied: You''ve had enough to eat, maybe a little too much. Maybe you took a few extra bites for taste only, not hunger.7. Ve