Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Exclusive Interview With 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Bob Harper Coming Soon

"The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper has agreed to exclusive interview

Are you a fan of NBC's hit weight loss reality show, 'The Biggest Loser?" If so, then I've got great news to share with you.

The "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog was given an opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with one of the show's personal trainers, Bob Harper. Also referred to as "Trainer Bob," the Nashville, TN-based Harper is the man that Hollywood stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Guy Richie, Selma Blair, Laura Dern and Jenny McCarthy, among others, turn to when they need to get in shape.

With the release of The Biggest Loser book later this month, Harper has agreed to speak with various members of the health media to help spread the word. One of those places just happens to be right here at "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb." See, there are good reasons to come here every single day! :-)

The interview questions have already been submitted to Harper and I was given confirmation today that his answers will be sent to me by the end of the week.

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But, in the meantime I think I'll whet your appetite for the interview by sharing with you the questions I posed to Harper. Most of them had to do with "The Biggest Loser" show and weight loss/fitness in general. But I did sneak in a few questions about livin' la vida low-carb that I can't wait to see how he answers them.

Here are my interview questions for Bob Harper:

1. Hey Bob. My name is Jimmy Moore and I was a big loser in 2004 having lost 180 pounds thanks to a healthy diet and exercise program. Your role on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" is not an easy one, but you seem to enjoy helping people not only achieve but exceed their own expectations when it comes to losing weight and getting into shape. What made you want to play this role for the television show and is it everything you expected it to be?

2. When "The Biggest Loser" was just an idea that NBC had for a new reality show, you admit in the book that you were "naturally skeptical" of the concept because of the morass of other "extreme" shows that pervade this genre of television programming. But you said you were pleased when you found out the premise of this show would be based on diet and exercise. Why is losing weight naturally a better option for people than weight loss surgery? Does diet and exercise really work for everyone if they are 100% committed to it?

3. I have personally seen that overcoming a lifelong struggle with weight is indeed a monumental transformational experience that can have an effect on many other areas of your life besides the physical. But how do you get someone to take that all-important first step so they can eventually make it to that point where their life can be changed forever?

4. Fans of "The Biggest Loser" admire your ability to provide encouragement and support while working the contestants on the show very hard during their workouts. What can people do to stay motivated in their own weight loss routine without Bob Harper there to lift them up and hold them accountable on a daily basis?

5. You write in the foreword to "The Biggest Loser" book that "this experience -- working on the show and with this book -- has been like no other that I've ever had" and that "it has reignited the passion" in you and has even "forever changed" you. How has befriending and working with these 26 contestants on "The Biggest Loser" changed you personally?

6. Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off and transitioning it into a lifestyle change is what too many people fail to do after shedding pounds off their body. I personally experienced this back in 1999 when I lost 170 pounds and subsequently gained it all back and then some in less than a year. This time, though, I have kept my 180 pounds off successfully. What do you think is the key to permanent weight loss success?

7. What is your philosophy regarding the low-carb lifestyle and do you believe it is a viable lifetime option for people who are looking for a way to control their weight?

8. Obesity statistics are still on the rise in the United States and around the world at alarming rates. Shockingly, some health experts are predicting obesity rates will approach 100 percent in America over the next 50 years. What can we do to turn the tide of this trend?

9. What role do you believe sugar, including high fructose corn syrup and table sugar, plays in the obesity epidemic?

10. I get a lot of people who are searching for answers and advice about what to do about their weight problem at my blog on a daily basis. What final words of advice and inspiration would you like to give to someone who is overweight or obese and desperately wanting to do something about their weight problem?

There you have it! Those are the questions I asked Bob Harper for my upcoming exclusive interview with "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb." I am anxious to see what he has to say and anticipate there will be a few surprises in store for all of us.

10-7-05 UPDATE: Click here to read the interview with Bob Harper.

**11-26-05 UPDATE: Check out these incredible photos of the contestants from Season One of "The Biggest Loser." WOW!!!**


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