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What’s your advice for people just starting their weight-loss journey?
Get baseline measurements (weight and waist and hip circumference). Even if the scale doesn’t move you may see a change. Write yourself a note about where you want to be. When you get to your goal it’s fun to see the change inside and realize you can finish what you started.
What’s the most underrated weight-loss food?
Legumes, especially lentils. They’re an inexpensive good-quality protein, are high in fiber and take 30 minutes to cook. Protein is important to feed your muscles when you’re exercising and to help you feel full longer. The contestants like my Cumin-Spiced Bulgur & Lentils recipe.
What would you tell someone to recover from a slipup?
Whether you’re thinking about cheating or you already did, tell someone. Realize it was just one day and move on. People who don’t do that tend to get into binging episodes. Tomorrow, eat less, exercise more.