Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, and what better resolution than to get healthy and fit in the coming year, which mind you is only a little over a day away. If you’re still marveling at the fact that 2012 has come and gone, you’re not alone. But rather than worry about how quickly time has passed it’s time to press forward and make health a priority in 2013. Celebrity fitness trainer, and former “The Biggest Loser” secret trainer Brett Hoebel joined me recently to dish on everything from “The Biggest Loser” experience to proper nutrition, healthy snacking, how to get the entire family involved in eating healthy and staying fit to his revolutionary ab program and much more!
Candace Rose: As the secret trainer on season 11 of “The Biggest Loser”, can you tell us a little bit about “The Biggest Loser” experience?
Brett Hoebel: “Changing those peoples lives, changed mine. It was an unforgettable season, an unforgettable time. Part of the secret that everyone can relate to- I said this to the contestants from day one to the day they left- ‘the dumbbell and the diet don’t get you in shape, it is your belief in yourself and your accountability to your word’. Your walk and your talk, that’s what gets you in shape.”
Candace Rose: Fitness starts with good nutrition. What are some of your suggestions for proper nutrition and healthier choices that can impact the entire family?
Brett Hoebel: “When it comes to the entire family and nutrition, it’s simple swaps. Something that I can swap in very simply, a tangible item that is going to be integrated into their everyday life and is going to have a big impact on their overall health. So here’s an example- I work a lot with kids, childhood obesity; there is a lot of sugar in the kids diet. We have a really big epidemic with childhood obesity and trying to cut down and reduce the amount of sugar is a big priority. I know that a lot of parents can relate to this and appreciate this tip- where does a lot of sugar come from? It’s in the beverages. The soda or even in the juice. Natural juice still has a lot of sugar, so here’s a good swap: If you want to reduce the amount of sugar in some of these beverages, Juicy Juice has Juicy Juice Fruitifuls that have 35% less sugar than normal juice or regular juice. It’s still got a full serving of fruit and it tastes great. If you’re going to swap something for kids and if it doesn’t taste good they’re not going to have it.
And for the adults, I think a great swap particularly when it comes to soda (this is what I do) is I’ll make iced herbal tea and put a splash of seltzer water in it. Now I’ve got something that’s carbonated but it’s way more healthy and a lot less sugar.”
Candace Rose: What do you suggest for someone who is looking to change the way they eat, but have failed to do so successfully in the past. What can they do to ensure they stay on track this time around?
Brett Hoebel: “Some more simple swaps would be starting with snacks. A lot of people do not have enough food in between their meals so this is what happens- they go four or five meals, maybe they’re at work cranking away or they’re busy taking care of their kids and the moms are just cranking away too, and then all of a sudden their blood sugar drops and now they’re starving, they reach for something unhealthy or they overeat at the next meal. So being strategic about the snacks and having something simple to swap in is key. So the snacks that I want people to use are from natural ingredients, they’re going to fill them up and they’re easy and accessible, they’re portable. An example would be to swap in something like Wheat Thins for something unhealthy. It’s made from 100% whole grains; you can put them in your pocketbook, in a Ziploc bag. You can put them in your desk drawer. I have clients that have it with hummus, with turkey slices, avocado, with plenty of options- hard boiled eggs. Snacks are key, they’ve got to be portable and they’ve got to be healthy.”
Candace Rose: What would you say has made you the fitness expert that you are today?
Brett Hoebel: “A lot of hard work, a lot of paying my dues and also my experience being an overweight teenager- that was a big part of it, and I think also my education. I was a pre-med as an undergrad and I spent a lot of time and money educated myself in this field and trying it out on myself, and obviously a lot of people that I’ve worked with. The education part, a lot of people lack.
Here’s one thing that a lot of people don’t think about is recovery. What type of recovery? What is the recovery meal they should have? On “The Biggest Loser” I had to remind them time and time again that you have to think about your training an hour before you get to the training floor. It starts with fueling yourself up, and an hour after you finish your workout you’ve got to have something to eat. So a great portable easy to have recovery meal is a recovery drink that has a great balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Don’t skip out on the carbs. People do that because they think ‘Oh, recovery drink, let me cut the carbs out’. That is the wrong approach when it comes to a post-workout meal. So a great, easy portable one is chocolate milk. That’s old school beverage but a lot of strength coaches and athletes are using this as a recovery drink. Nestle Nesquik makes a great one that is great to take with you and it tastes great but it has a balance of carbohydrates and protein that you need in a post-workout meal.”
Candace Rose: We all want flat abs but that is an area where many of us struggle. You developed your own ab program, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Brett Hoebel: “Yes. RevAbs. It is not just training on the floor. Everyone thinks ‘Am I going to be crunching?’ You are not going to be crunching if you are doing RevAbs. There are three forms of training: ab training to sculpt your abs; there’s interval training to burn the fat off the body; and there is absolutely strength training because muscle burns fat. And I guarantee in those 90 days you are going to transform your body. And the great thing about the program, you can do it working out at home and that’s something that I see a lot more people doing and I think is a great thing. Particularly for kids. Again, I’m big on working with kids on nutrition and working out. Something that has been on my mind and getting kids a great workout program to do with their parents.
So I went back to visit my sister, nephew and niece over the holidays- it’s Christmas time, everyone’s giving gifts. What does my nephew have? He’s got his Xbox 360, and I’m thinking I’m going to give him a gift that he’s going to work out with. I’m happy because they just came out with the NBA Baller Beats where he gets to dribble around a basketball literally in his living room and get a great workout. That’s what I’m talking about! I’m taking him one-on-one and trying to take him in the living room court.
With my sister she’s always saying ‘I don’t have enough time to work out, I’m taking care of the kids’. I got her the Nike+ Kinect Training because she can work out. It’s like working out with a personal trainer at home, like me ‘Big Brother Brett’ working out with my sister every day. So now you’ve got different options of what people can do to workout with technology. It’s important because as a family works out together, especially with parents, the kids are going to do it too. And the parents have got to lead by example.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us today?
Brett Hoebel: “If people want more tips they can go to TipsOnTV.com.”
Candace Rose: Where can they go for more information on you, Brett?
Brett Hoebel: “For me, my website is BrettHoebel.com. They can find more stuff and what I’m going to be up to in 2013.”