Over the course of six seasons starring as a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Dolvett Quince has helped countless contestants reach their goals. Now, this bestselling author of The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss—Up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days, is on a mission to help you stay healthy—from the inside out. To do so, he wants you to head right over to the produce aisle to stock up on mushrooms.
So what’s so great about mushrooms?
We’ve been going crazy over kale this and gluten that, but I’m loving mushrooms. I put them in everything except granola in the morning. Mushrooms have a powerful antioxidant in them called ergothioneine (also known as EGT), which is great for your heart.
Why are you such a fan of taking care of ourselves from the inside out?
People don’t pay enough attention to what we’re doing to our insides. Our biggest muscle, our love muscle, is our heart and we need to eat things with antioxidants, like mushrooms. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack or stroke. I think it’s a topic that needs to be discussed over and over again so it resonates.
How have you incorporated mushrooms into your daily diet?
I put them in my omelets and I throw them in salads. I’ll cut them in half and put some tomato sauce and low-fat cheese on it. It’s my version of a stuffed calzone or pizza.
As you head into the next season of The Biggest Loser, what’s your biggest takeaway for viewers?
My biggest takeaway is that people associate the show with big people who are ‘visibly incapable,’ but my belief is that no matter what size or state you’re in, if you put your mind toward something it can be done. It just takes consistency and willingness. The mind is stronger than the body. There’s a resilience there.
So anyone can make a major lifestyle change?
Absolutely. I’m a six-season veteran and have helped a lot of people both on the show and in my work outside the show. I’m helping people all the time and the truth is this: Once you’re educated about the changes you need to make, you’re powerful.
Your book was a bestseller. What did people love the most about it?
They loved that they could eat in balance. If you wonder if you can cheat a bit, the answer is yes. People think dieting is only about rice cakes, but you can do both. I think people deprive themselves when they diet, but when you do that, you crave food. You’ll go from one extreme to the next so it’s about finding the balance.
When you meet someone who has reached a roadblock in achieving their best health, what do you tell them?
I always remind people to remember the thing that got them there in the first place. Maybe you wanted to lose 50 pounds and you’ve lost 36 so far. Ask yourself what you did at the beginning. Now switch it up because everyone plateaus. Everyone gets mentally fatigued or perhaps your desire’s gone. If this is the case, do something different. Your body wants it. If you went outside and ran, get on a bike. Mix up your routine. Your body will thank you for it. You’ll fall in love with taking your body. Your body will thank you for it.
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