Bob Harper has been named the new host of “The Biggest Loser,” replacing Alison Sweeney for the reality weight loss competition’s 17th season.
Bob, who has been with “The Biggest Loser” since 2004, will still provide diet and workout advice to contestants, but the bulk of the training will be handled by returning stars Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom.
“I’m super excited about taking the position of host on “The Biggest Loser,” Harper, 50, said in a press release.
“I’ve been with the show since Season 1, so I know all of the ins and outs, and let me tell you, the weigh-in room is going to be a completely different ballgame with me at the steering wheel.”
Bob has been with “The Biggest Loser” since the weight loss show debuted in 2004. During that time, Harper has helped hundreds of morbidly obese people lose thousands of pounds.
To accelerate weight loss, Bob recommends reducing carb intake after lunch. Low carb diets like the high-fat Paleo and ketogenic diets promote rapid weight loss and prevent diabetes and heart disease, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Bob is not a fan of drastic carb restriction, and suggested rationing carbs throughout the day, so you eat more early in the day.
“After lunch is absolutely no carbs, except from your vegetables,” said Harper, who wrote the bestseller, Jumpstart to Skinny. “If you’re still hungry, you can have more vegetables.”
Bob said he prefers to go to bed a little hungry, and suggested not eating three hours before bedtime. That’s better for digestion and weight loss, he said.
“I like for you to go to bed hungry,” Harper said in his new book, Skinny Meals: Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast!
“If you’ve stopped eating about three hours before you go to bed, that’s a good rule of thumb. If you feel like you’re just still so starving you need something to eat at night, you can have a nice little snack, like a cheese stick with half an apple.”
Harper said diet trumps exercise when it comes to weight loss, which is why eating well is critical if you’re trying to slim down.
“It is all about your diet,” Bob said. “I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you, and it’s just absolutely not the case.”