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Cheryl Forberg, RD
Cheryl Forberg, RD, is a James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and a New York Times bestselling author. Her role is to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. A culinary expert and registered dietitian, she has shared cooking and nutrition tips with the contestants and viewers for twelve seasons.

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco, Cheryl embarked on a European apprenticeship journey, which culminated in stints at top French restaurants from Champagne to Strasbourg. Upon return to the United States, Ms. Forberg was chosen for the opening team of Postrio, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in northern California.

A passionate interest in healthy cooking led to her exodus from restaurant kitchens and an entrée to some of the most prestigious households in America. During this period Cheryl held the coveted position of Private Chef for Lucasfilm, Ltd. in northern California. She went on to earn a degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and an RD (registered dietitian) credential from the University of California at Berkeley. As a former research dietitian at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to integrate her scientific background into recipe creation for a variety of dietary protocols. This distinctive skill set enabled her to extend her culinary expertise beyond celebrated restaurant kitchens into the creation of inspired recipes that are also healthful. She has developed a clear and concise recipe format, easily understood by novice students.

A food and nutrition journalist, Cheryl's writing and recipes have appeared in mainstream culinary and health publications, including Sunset, Health, and Prevention magazines as well as the Washington Post. She is on the advisory board for Prevention magazine.

Cheryl co-wrote the eating plan for "The Biggest Loser." She has written or contributed to thirteen books, including "The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program," "The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter," "The Biggest Loser Six Weeks to a Healthier You" and "Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You." Her latest book is "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor with 75 Delicious, All-Natural Recipes" (Rodale 2011).

Cheryl writes a weekly blog of cooking and nutrition tips at She lives on a farm in Napa, California. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @CherylForbergRD.

Entries by Cheryl Forberg, RD

What You Don't See: Behind the Scenes With 'The Biggest Loser' Nutritionist

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:45 AM

I joined The Biggest Loser in season one, when we created the eating plan and a template of what and how we would teach the contestants in terms of food and nutrition. Though I have been off-camera for 14 seasons, my contributions to the contestants and to the show are...

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Holiday Tips to Keep Your Weight Loss on Track

(8) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 8:40 AM

It's holiday time and if you're following a weight-loss plan, there are three different approaches you can take for those festive mealtimes.

1. "Keep Your Eyes on the Ball" Approach: You're working hard to reach your goal weight. This year, you plan to buzz through the holidays with intense...

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Weight Loss Is a Family Affair

(21) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 7:14 AM

Though my regular job is helping adults achieve a healthy weight, I also work with teens. Sadly, the epidemic of teen obesity means I can find them anywhere -- even here in Napa. One year, I flew to the Midwest to consult with a group of obese high school students.

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It's Too Darn Hot: How Heat Affects Your Weight Loss

(30) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:36 AM

The heat waves streaking across the country bring up questions in people's minds about whether they should change their eating and drinking habits in such conditions.

Do our calorie needs change, or does our metabolism increase during the hot summer temps? Well, maybe yes, but probably no. Our bodies...

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What's Red All Over (Sometimes), But Always Good for You?

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 11:22 AM

For the backyard gardener or farmer's market forager, tomato season is one of the true joys of summer. They may not be around for long, but when they are, there is little you can put on your plate that so easily and simply (and healthily) packs so much flavor.

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100 Tips for a Healthier Summer

(18) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:00 PM

There's no better motivation than swimsuit season to get your body in gear for the beach. Sure, a fabulous pedicure and spray tan can work wonders, but there's not much you can do to conceal bulges or jiggles once you're wearing that itsy bitsy bikini.

It's time to fast...

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Why Is it More Difficult for Women to Lose Weight Than Men?

(11) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 8:00 PM

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook:

"OK, so why does the husband lose 7 pounds and I only lose 3 in the past 10 days of the 'new regimen?'... so not right."

So, does this sound familiar?

Many times when a husband and wife,...

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How Condiments Can Make Or Break A Healthy Diet

(26) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 6:20 AM

They're quick. They're easy. They deliver big flavor in small doses and add the richness we crave to our favorite foods. What's not to love about condiments?

A large salad of crisp greens with fresh tomatoes and bell peppers sounds healthy, doesn't it? Or what about a chilled platter...

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Breakfast: The Best Way to Start the Day

(18) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 7:13 AM

"I don't have time."

"I don't like cereal."

"I'm allergic to eggs."

"I'm not hungry when I wake up."

There are plenty of reasons that people skip breakfast. But there are even more reasons why they shouldn't.

Aside from increasing mental and physical performance, a breakfast...

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Open Letter From a Chef/Dietitian to Paula Deen

(8) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 6:47 PM

Dear Paula,

First off, let me say that me say that I am sorry to hear your announcement that you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (DM2). I want to make you an offer: Let me help you. Let me work with you and to control your diabetes through...

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Weight Loss: My No. 1 Tip

(25) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 7:45 AM

I'm often asked, "If I were to change just one thing about my diet, what could I do to help me lose weight and/or improve my health?"

I'd definitely make my recommendation based on what I learned as the nutritionist for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" for 12 seasons. BL contestants...

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How To Enjoy Alcohol While Still Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2011 | 10:52 AM

While working as the nutritionist of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," I had the opportunity to work with other members of their medical expert team, including Dr. Michael Dansinger. Dr. D is an internationally-recognized authority on dietary and lifestyle counseling for weight loss and prevention of obesity-related medical problems. He is...

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Common Cold: 11 Natural Ways To Boost Immunity

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 8:29 AM

Coldbusters -- Tips and Recipes to Chase Away Your Cold

We're smack dab in the middle of cold season, and if you're lucky you haven't yet succumbed to a cough, sneeze or sniffle. But if the winter woes of a cold already haunt you, don't call on antibiotics for...

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How to Get Back On Track After an Indulgent Long Weekend

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:36 AM

Overdo the holiday? Don't wait until January 1 to get back on track -- climb back on the wagon today! It's so easy to let one holiday derail you with a huge meal, a long weekend and not enough exercise.

I'm often asked, "What can I do to help...

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How To Pick A Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Many of us strive to be responsible with what types of food we put on the table for our families and loved ones. And our attention to this effort can be heightened when it's time to set lavish spreads for holiday meals such as Thanksgiving.

There are a dizzying...

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How to Cook Like a 'Biggest Loser'

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 7:15 AM

After 12 seasons with the show, I've learned that our contestants, like most Americans, are very busy people. As a professional chef and registered dietitian, I am able to suggest BL-friendly menus and recipes that are easy to prepare. There aren't too many fancy ingredients or expensive kitchen tools to...

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How To Eat Like A 'Biggest Loser'

(47) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 8:14 AM

There are no two ways about it: The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" know -- or rather, come to find out -- that their weight-loss journey and the path to health is not a result of a "diet" or fad, but a medically sound lifestyle modification program that includes exercise...

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The 10 Health Problems You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About (and The Solutions) -- Part Two

(10) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 8:34 AM

Last week, I discussed a few embarrassing health topics such as diarrhea, constipation and gas. Let's face it, we've all been there at least once. After working with the "Biggest Loser" for 12 seasons, I sometimes doubt there's an embarrassing question I haven't been asked! Here are five more:

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5 Health Questions You're Too Embarrassed To Ask ... Answered

(45) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 8:44 AM

At one point or another we've all suffered from an embarrassing health issue -- be it minor or a large nuisance that we just aren't comfortable talking about in public. People ask me health- and diet-related questions online everyday. And after working with on "The Biggest Loser" for 12 seasons,...

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How To Build That Strong (And Sexy!) Muscle Mass

(136) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 12:22 AM

Last week I discussed that our muscle mass and strength have a large impact on how well our bodies' age. This week I'll continue by describing ways to measure (and build!) your muscle.

Although aerobic exercise -- things like running, bicycling, swimming, and dancing -- are good workouts...

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