The holidays are rapidly approaching, and nothing says "season's greetings" like rolling flesh and expanding cellulite. So before you even dream of a season filled with pie filling, invite the neighbors over for a party that will shame them into healthy eating and heart-pounding exercise. That's right, if you love "The Biggest Loser," airing Tuesdays on NBC, this shindig is for you!
Setting the scene:While you could certainly throw this party in your den, why not talk to a few personal trainers at your local gym to see if they'd be willing to co-host this party at their place of business? It might drum up clients for them, and it would give you a cool location with plenty of workout equipment to keep everyone occupied and motivated during commercials. Have private weigh-ins upon arrival and give out ''Loser" T-shirts for everyone to work out in. During the party have the trainers give personal evaluations to anyone interested and have workout sheets available for guests. Split guests into groups of three, and while a weigh-in at the end would be useless, it might be fun to keep track of the number of squats/lifts/steps climbed, etc., that each group does to foster a competitive spirit.
Attire:Suggest workout attire (shorts, T-shirts, sweatpants, iPods), but anyone who shows up in bicycle shorts has to sweat to the oldies in front of everyone.
On the menu:Here's where this party will make it or break it: go super healthy. In fact, the gym might have a nutritionist on staff; see if he'd be willing to work the party and talk to people about diets. In the meantime, serve low-carb options like salads, fruits, cottage cheese, chicken and turkey with fruit smoothies, juices, teas and vitamin water.
On the hi-fi:"Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, "Eat It" by Weird Al Yankovic, "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett or ''The Biggest Loser Workout Soundtrack''.
The showstopper:OK, diet and exercise are hard. We get that. And liposuction and stomach stapling seem downright scary. So might we suggest hypnosis? Featured on NBC's "Dateline," Tom Nicoli has an audio program that could make you the biggest loser ever! Consider buying these CDs for yourself or your fat friends!