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The Boot Camp Diaries, Day 38 - Q & A with Bob Harper

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The Boot Camp Diaries, Day 38 - Q & A with Bob Harper

Waaay back on Day 8, bourgeoning Boot Campers clamoured for a chance to win Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper's book Are You Ready! We got such a great response from the contest that I set up an interview with Bob and, on Day 29, I asked you to post your questions for Bob and I would ask him two of them. Theresa asked: "What is your advise for people who are trying to lose weight who have limited physical movement, and on lots of medicines that they must take? I have MS and find if very difficult to lost weight I have lost 50 lbs but it has take over two years and still have 30 more to go…. that just doesn’t seem to want to come off. I ride a stationary bike in the winter and go outdoors in the summer (I bike for around an hour) I no longer can walk, and I also do weights. Any advice???" Dinah Cotter asked: "I watched some of the Biggest Loser but like with most reality shows and talk shows etc., it is almost as if it is taboo to include persons with disabilities. It is hard for most to lose weight however when you are unable to stand and must use a wheelchair, mechanical lifts to go from wheelchair to bed etc., weight issues are very much a danger to your health. I get very frustrated with so many different ways there are suggested to lose weight and exercise to improve your health by so many, Dr. Phil etc. included. Why is it that no one wants to look at people who can’t walk or/and the elderly who cannot walk long distances, most of whom need seated exercises? I have written many with no response. I am on a limited income so even to get a YMCA membership to use the pool is not possible. I would like to challenge Bob and anyone who will listen to offer any suggestions, and in future try to be more inclusive. However, I have heard it doesn’t sell. I think people would be surprised!!! So my question in a nutshell is what do you suggest or what ideas do you have for wheelchair users etc." I squished these two important questions into one and told Bob: "We have some readers who are ready, but they're people who have limited mobility or who have multiple sclerosis or they're in a wheel chair and they're wondering what's the best way for them to approach exercise, what can they be doing?" Here's what Bob had to say: "Well, the normal thing that they would have to do in that situation is to talk to their doctor to see what they are actually able or capable of doing. There are plenty of workout videos out there that cater to people, especially older people, who are in wheelchairs. But I think that when i comes to finding an exercise plan that works with someone with physical ailments, it just takes a doctors' guidance." Hmm. I know it's frustrating that he suggests that you ask someone else, but consulting your doctor does sound like good advice. Let us know what your doctor suggests! I also asked him Corkrose's question. Here's what she wanted to know: "What about the weight around the middle that comes at a certain age (right 50) & no matter what eating & exercising it’s still there - how do you lose that muffin top?" Here's Bob's response: "Oh, that is all about diet. When you talk to people with fat in that area, it's all about what they're eating. You have to really clean up your diet. And get doing cardio! I mean, cardio would be just as important because you got to be able to burn the fat off of your body." So there you go. Diet and cardio to trim the muffin top. Let us know how it goes! I'll have more Q & As with Bob in tomorrow's post. You can tune in to The Biggest Loser Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on E!.
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The Boot Camp Diaries, Day 38 - Q & A with Bob Harper

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