Bob Harper: The Biggest Loser Trainer Wants You to Starve…

April 23, 2013 | Comments: 3 Comments

Categories: Nutrition, Science, Wellness

…but  just for three weeks, so that’s totally okay, right?


Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser went on the Today Show yesterday morning touting his new book “Jumpstart to Skinny”.  He advocates an 800 calorie diet for women and a 1200 calorie diet for men and says that you can lose up to 20 pounds in 3 weeks. You might. You might also be cranky, sleepy, cold, weak, lose your sex drive, feel foggy headed, be unable to concentrate, potentially slow your metabolism and you certainly shouldn’t try to exercise while eating that few calories.

I’m glad his book is called Jumpstart to Skinny, because it absolutely isn’t Jumpstart to Healthy & Fit. He is promoting disordered eating, even if it is for a short time.


Food is fuel. Eat it.




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3 responses to “Bob Harper: The Biggest Loser Trainer Wants You to Starve…”

  1. So true! His advice is medically unsound, ethically dubious, and will no doubt cause a lot of harm. It makes me sad that this type of garbage is promoted on primetime TV.

  2. Mae Marks says:

    I saw on my news feed today that Bob Harper from Biggest Loser was on Kathie Lee and Hoda (?) and made a statement that women should keep their calories to 800 to get into a bikini by summer. DO NOT LISTEN to this BS. In mid-January I decided I needed to lose some weight and I’ve lost 20lbs (3mos) by eating REAL food – not pre-packaged garbage. My calorie intake is always between 1800-2200 and I drink only water – 100oz/day, tea or coffee. I work out 4-5 days/wk for 1hr/day varying workouts; started out with Insanity, then cycling and kickboxing, and now I’m doing a bootcamp. I’ve gone from a size 12/14 to a 6/8. I had been out of the gym for 6 years. You don’t need special pills, shakes, or any other kind of stuff you just need to eat real food and do more than you did the day before, you get what you put in. You do not need to starve yourself to lose weight or be healthy. You will kill your metabolism and end up not losing anything. When doing something about your eating habits, make it a lifestyle change not a fad-diet with an expiration date. After that expiration date, then what. Then you gain all the weight back ( some)… Take the healthy route.

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