"Biggest Loser" Trainer Bob Answers Your Questions

You asked, he answered. Here's a dose of tough love and motivation from "The Biggest Loser" blue team coach, Bob Harper.

Shelly Burton:"I'm a contestant in a local weight-loss contest. In my workouts, how do I know the line between "feeling the burn" and pushing too hard?"

Bob Harper: "I don't know what pushing yourself too hard is. Would I want you to work out out to the extremes every day? No. But if you want to get in shape, you've got to push yourself hard. People ask me, 'I only have a half hour a day to work out. What should I do?'. I tell them, 'You've got a half hour? You've got to work out hard. Bust your ass. You've got to push yourself if you want to change."

Sheila: "How does one get exercise when they have osteoarthritis in all major joints? I can barely walk and have no access to a pool."

Bob Harper: "First you have to consult your physician to see what you can do. It depends on where your arthritis is. If it's in your wrist, for example, you may have trouble doing yoga, but you can lift weights. Some women are afraid of lifting weights because they don't want to bulk up, but that's not going to happen. Lifting weights will build lean muscle mass and muscle burns more fat."

iVillage user: "What's the best way to get motivated to work out and eat healthy?"

Bob Harper: "I get asked this a lot. Everyone wants to know how to get motivated. What I tell them is, 'When there's something you want, you have to ask yourself 'Why not me?' Why shouldn't you be able to work hard and get what you want? Whether it's a career goal like writing a book or you want to lose weight and shape up, you have to believe in yourself and ask yourself 'Why not me?'".

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