Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Does Your Diet Have You in a Strait-Jacket?



Feeling Restricted? If Your Diet is Not Sustainable for the Long-Haul, Go Ahead and Ditch it Now!

by Pete Thomas
Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”

Last week, I began a series on when and why you should quit a diet plan.  There are several reasons, but the first to keep in mind is this: if it restricts you, ditch it.

Most diets are not sustainable for a lifetime. That’s because they operate on the basis of elimination. Let me explain. You may have heard of the Master Cleanse (also called the Lemonade Diet because it’s made of maple syrup and lemonade) or one of several “Cookie” diets.

The Master Cleanse is famous among Hollywood stars because it helps people shed pounds quickly. On the Cookie Diet, which has understandable appeal, you have a cookie for breakfast, a cookie for lunch, and a regular meal for dinner. It’s very popular in certain parts of the country. And it’s true that these plans work for some people for a short time.

But here is the key: they only work one way – elimination. You’re going to lose weight from caloric or carbohydrate elimination. You’re not making any real changes to your life; you’re just temporarily eliminating these things from your body.

Understand, if the diet is not sustainable for you in your life, then it’s just not a good diet. You have to be able to stick with the diet in any and all circumstances for it to be long-term. When I teach my students the secret of “Modification, Not Starvation” they learn the tools for a lifetime of healthy eating. The bottom line is that you need to have a plan that’s going to work in your real life … for your entire life.

Next week, I’ll discuss a few common-sense diet tips in part three entitled, “Ditch It…If Your Diet Plan Makes You Dumb.” Because if dieting is bad enough, being dumb and dieting is even worse.

In the meantime, let’s continue this conversation on Facebook.  When you Sign up you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012.  Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help.  Contact me at

Remember, There’s a Winner
Within you!

Pete Thomas
Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”


About Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”  Since his win in 2005, Pete Thomas has evolved into an acclaimed motivational speaker, highly skilled TV personality, teacher, fitness trainer and corporate wellness consultant.

Thomas helps companies increase employee participation in their health and wellness programs and provides customized educational and inspirational health and fitness content for Human Resource, Benefits and Wellness Directors.  Thomas has also helped over 200 individuals shed thousands of combined pounds with his personally developed Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever™ 10-week Nutrition and Exercise program.

Dubbed, “Mr. Biggest Loser” by executive producers of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Pete has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide.

A full time motivational speaker, weight-loss coach, consultant, and product spokesman for companies such as NordicTrack and HealthPlus of Michigan,  Pete travels and spreads his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and through his website at   To request an interview or inquire about having Pete Thomas speak at your event, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214.


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