Bob Harper had a “widow-maker” heart attack in 2017. It was surprising to pretty much everyone, as the then 52-year-old was reportedly the picture of healthy living. He had been a fitness trainer on the long-running but problematic primetime show, The biggest loser. He was straight in the gym when he had a massive heart attack.
Now as a 56-year-old, the TV personality and author has returned in prime time, this time as host The biggest loser. His lifestyle has undergone a major overhaul since 2017 and we hope his healthier lifestyle will show through in the reboot.
His book credits include The meager rules, Jumpstart to Skinny, Lean meals, and Super Carb Diet. There seems to be a theme in his titles. However, Harper has recently stated in an email to Washington Post that “Skinny does not always equate to being healthy.”
Bob Harper’s new diet
Before his heart attack, Harper ate a diet that minimized carbohydrates. He spoke to Men’s Health and explained: “Before I ate high protein, high fat. I trained really intensely. And I had this voracious appetite. [Now] I look at my protein, fat and carbs. I tend to stay a little low fat. I stay away from red meat. ”
Balance is key, Harper says. He even started practicing yoga and meditation after his heart attack. He told Eating Well, “I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for almost 30 years now, but I had to turn my life around and redefine the way I ate and exercised.” He now eats predominantly Mediterranean food.
He continued: “I live mostly on fish, sometimes chicken and lots of vegetables.”
Ideas for Mediterranean diet dishes
According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mediterranean diet is a “heart-healthy” diet, consisting mostly of “plant-based foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.” Olive oil is used sparingly, and poultry and shellfish are eaten occasionally. Red meat, sweets and other processed foods are rarely eaten.
Harper recently shared one of his favorite heart-healthy recipes, his Chicken Taco Bowl, on his Instagram. With fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, low-sodium spice and salt-free tortilla chips, his taco bowl is heart-healthy and delicious. Other recipes to try include Harper’s BFF Rachel Ray’s Easy Greek Salad or Kelsey Nixon’s Mediterranean Chicken Stir-Fry.
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