‘The Biggest Loser’: Bob Harper Reveals His Favorite Workout Move (And Shares the Real Secret to Weight Loss)

Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser offered some frank advice about the best way to lose weight, plus shared his favorite workout move.

The fitness guru appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. His reboot of The Biggest Loser recently returned to television, but with a fresh twist. Instead of leaning on weight loss, Harper said the show will focus more on health and wellbeing.

Bob Harper and Erica Lugo of "The Biggest Loser"
Bob Harper and Erica Lugo of “The Biggest Loser” | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

“It’s not about getting skinny, it’s about getting healthy. You see people getting off medication, reversing their type 2 diabetes, lowering their blood pressure… We’re looking at changing the way that they eat, the way that they think and how they move their body,” he told People. “Telling them the importance of managing their stress and how important sleep is when it comes to weight loss. We really want to get that whole-body approach.”

But when he appeared on WWHL, fans still wanted to know the best route to drop the pounds, plus what fitness move they could do to help them get fit.

He loves a good squat

When it comes to identifying just one fitness move, Harper says the squat is one of his favorites. Squats have been part of Harper’s three favorite fitness moves for several years. He shot a “how to” video in 2012 demonstrating his three favorite fitness moves.

He had his workout companion demonstrate a good squat, which he also obliged on WWHL. The workout companion in the video demonstrated the squat using weight. “Think about sinking your hips below your knees,” he instructs as the companion dips down while holding a weight at chest level.

As the companion squats, he reminds her to keep her midline strong to avoid injury. Plus, “Bodyweight stays in the heels and lower down,” he instructs. He adds that one way to ensure the squats are done properly is to imagine someone standing in front of you as you squat down.

Lean bodies aren’t made in the gym

Host Andy Cohen later wanted to know if weight loss is possible without working out. “Absolutely,” he replied. “Diet is 80% of the whole battle. It is what you put in your mouth on a daily basis.” Cohen shares that whenever he’s lost a significant amount of weight, its because he’s changed his diet and reduced alcohol consumption.

Harper notices that Cohen is looking good. “People think that they can go into a gym and just beat out a bad diet,” Harper said. “And it’s just not the case. Exercise is so good for you. But it’s not gonna give you the results that you’re really looking for. Those results happen when you’re in the gym.”

Oops. “Ah! In the kitchen,” he corrected. Co-guest Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey shared she adhered to a strict eating regime when she trained for her bikini fitness competition. “I was bringing food with me everywhere,” Giudice revealed. Cohen recalled, “For an entire season, she wasn’t drinking!”

Harper adds that it takes that kind of discipline and dedication. “A great body just doesn’t happen. It’s not because you’ve got ‘good genes’ or any of those things.” Giudice then shares that she loved Haper’s workout videos in jail and got completely shredded. His response, “That’s so hot.”