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Talking to the Experts: The Biggest Loser Dietitian Cheryl Forberg

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, February 14, 2012
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Dietitian Cheryl Forberg

The NBC hit show The Biggest Loser has helped contestants lose hundreds of pounds and motivate a country in dire need of weight loss. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes, including many hours of nutrition and food counseling provided by registered dietitian Cheryl Forberg.

Q: What was your role as the dietitian on The Biggest Loser?

As a member of the medical expert team, I participated in a week of screening physicals each season to help select the cast. I met with each prospective cast member to discuss their eating patterns, food preferences, weight loss/weight gain history to help me create personally tailored eating plans for each of them.

Q: I understand that you have both a culinary and nutrition background. Could you tell us about that?

Yes, I am a chef first, nutritionist second. I attended a sixteen month program in San Francisco to attain my chef diploma (formerly California Culinary Academy currently a Cordon Bleu school). I won an apprenticeship in France upon graduation and studied in restaurants in Champagne, Alsace and the Loire Valley. I returned to San Francisco to open Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio restaurant and moonlighted as a private chef to clientele, most of whom had some sort of dietary restriction — low fat, low sugar, low calorie. At the time there were few chefs with nutritional education and few dietitians with culinary training. I taught myself to adapt my classic French training to meet the needs of my clients. After several years as a private chef, I decided to legitimize what I was doing and returned to school at UC Berkeley to attain my BS in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and become a registered dietitian.

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Diet 101: The Biggest Loser Diet

by in Diets & Weight Loss, March 15, 2010

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With nine seasons under its belt, The Biggest Loser has become a cultural — and weigh-loss — phenomenon. We’ve seen dozens of contestants successfully lose huge amounts of weight (and some continue to struggle after they put it back on). You may not be lucky enough to get on the show, but The Biggest Loser does offer at-home tips and planning tools for a DIY experience.

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Reading List: New “Let’s Move” Campaign, Jilllian Michaels' Lawsuit & A Snowy Dessert

by in Food News, February 12, 2010

In this week’s nutrition news: the FDA urges increasing the serving sizes listed on packaged foods, Jillian Michaels sued over her weight loss supplement and find out what Abe Lincoln ate.

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Reading List: The Biggest Loser Resort, Top 10 Riskiest Foods & Gourmet Folds

by in Food News, October 9, 2009

In this week’s nutrition news: Healthy foods top the riskiest food list, a study shows posting nutrition info doesn’t change what you order and say farewell to Gourmet.

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