Monday, July 12, 2010

Meatless Monday: Bob Harper Goes Vegan

Recently, an article on VegNews announced that Biggest Loser  trainer, Bob Harper, has gone vegan!  Although I do not watch The Biggest Loser I am inspired by the incredible weight loss that has resulted from the show.  I am delighted that at least one of the trainers is promoting a cruelty-free diet because I know fitness "guru" Jillian Michaels is certainly not.  

I don't know a great deal about Jillian Michaels, aside from the fact that she declares soy to be dangerous for women while having absolutely no educational background in nutrition, chemistry, biology or anything related for that matter.  In the past she tweeted about veganism being unhealthy.  It frustrates me when people with great influence make claims such as these.  People seem to trust Jillian Michaels when it comes to their health but I think they should look deeper into her qualifications before doing so.  Don't get me wrong, I think Jillian has a place in the fitness community but she is not a Registered Dietician and should not be touting false claims.  

On that same note, Bob Harper is also not a dietician, but it will be encouraging to see someone on a mainstream TV show express the benefits of a vegan diet from his own experience, if he decides to do so.  Jenny-O is one of The Biggest Loser sponsors so I won't be surprised if he is tight-lipped about veganism.  I can only hope he has the chance to speak his truth.  

Meat heavy, high protein diets are the recommendation in most commercial gyms.  Bob Harper going vegan is in my opinion, a step in the right direction.  Currently, most personal trainers are expected to bring in revenue through protein supplement sales and most encourage their clients to eat higher protein amounts in order to gain muscle mass.  As many of us know, excess protein is not beneficial in any way.  Hopefully, Bob Harper will educate contestants and viewers about protein needs and vegetarian sources rich in protein.  While protein deficiency is a concern in developing countries, it is practically impossible to find in the United States.  I will delve deeper into the protein issue and shed some light on common protein myths in a future blog post.  

Veganism is a process of learning, making changes and growing.  Bravo Bob!  I hope you continue happily on your vegan journey.  


  1. I just started reading this piece:,0,3862887.story. I'm back to soy milk, though I wish I could find it in smaller containers so it doesn't go to waste.

  2. We love the BL (and we're huge Jillian fans only because she is so hot...her diet advice is super frustrating though). I really hope new seasons bring more vegan friendly advice to the show. I recent seasons yogurt and milk have been touted by both trainers in "spots" they do that are supposed to seem like they're part of the show. A critical viewer can see that they are paid spots, but some viewers may take the "advice" to heart. Recently, though, when Bob goes to Subway on the show (another sponsor) he has been ordering the veggie sandwich with no cheese, the only vegan option available. If contract prohibits an out-and-out endorsement of veganism, then I hope he can be subversive about it.

    And how about an openly gay contestant for once?

  3. I love the fact that Bob's vegan. I think if it weren't for the issue of sponsorship, he'd be more vocal about his personal diet choices on TBL. I do love Jillian very much and find her very inspirational, but I also think her TV persona of heightened self importance is not only transparent but as you've described, dangerous when she is advising on issues she's not educationally qualified in. And to queerveganrunner, I'm sorry if there haven't been any openly gay contestants on the US BL ;( That really sucks given they try to maintain diversity think they could of extended that diversity a bit... However, from what I remember, there have been four openly gay contestants on the Australian BL. Artie from season one, Courtney and Rachel from season two and Sarah from season six :) The episodes are mostly all on YouTube but only the first season had Bob and Jillian as the trainers before switching to Aussie trainers. Cheers!

  4. In a nutshell, 3 month loans are most convenient cash aid for you which not only help you to recover your financial injuries but also sustain your good credit record and know more about our services please visit us our site best 3 month loans.

  5. In nutshell, weekly payday loans are a great option for sudden expenses to a salaried person. The instant nature of these cash options make them more beautiful and know more about our service please visit us our site best 30 day loans.

  6. To cap it all, 50 pound loans are a quick short term aid for your emergency. Such type of loans are proving the best friendly help to the borrowers on due time and more about services please visit us our site Payday Loans 50.

  7. In short, 3 month payday loans are a remedy for all monetary crisis or obstacles for a borrower. By availing such finances, one can easily resolve his major complications and take a step forward in his life.

    Vanessa Paradis teaches the people about how to avail loans and use them. To find 3 month payday loans, 3 month payday loans bad credit, 3 month loans. 90 day loans, payday loans, bad credit loans & no credit check loans UK. you need to visit-

  8. To make the long story short, 24 month loans are a unique way to obtain a loan but repay it in easy instalment. Thus, a person has no any burden or stress and can enjoy their life along with these finances and know more

    about our services please visit us our site... 24 month loans no phone calls

  9. To finalise, 100 pound loans are a small financial help offered by the lenders to cover your expenses timely. Now, you don’t need to put up anything till tomorrow and enjoy a routine life.

  10. weekly payday loans uk are your quick source of funds for urgency in the same day. You can borrow the money without any credit checks. The loan allows you to pay back the borrowed amount of cash and interest on next payday in just a week.

    weekly payday loans uk
    1 month cash loans
    payday loans in 15 minutes
    instant decision loans online

  11. Sunday payday loans helps individual in arranging the money for them even on a holiday when the are planning an outing with their family members and friends but the cash shortage lead them to cancel their plans.For more

    Services please visit @ payday loans 7 days a week

    3 month payday loans cheap
    100 day payday loans no faxing, payday loans for people on benefits
    6 Month Installment Loans
    2 month loans uk
    loans over 3 months

  12. payday loans for bad credit provides the fiscal support to the applicants who are worried of having less than perfect credit scores. Individual through this can acquire the fund without going through any process credit checking.

    cash loans for people on benefits
    quick same day loans
    bad credit instant decision loans

  13. sunday payday loans help the applicant to enjoy their holiday stress free and happily .Individual through this can easily arrange the funds for taking care of their sudden expenses even on Sunday.

    sunday payday loans direct lenders
    6 month payday loans
    instant decision loans online
    instant long term loans no fee