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'Loser' trainer motivates contestants

Dolvett Quince is this season's hot trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." The founder of Atlanta-based Body Sculptor fitness studios, Quince has trained many celebrities, including Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber.

His "The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge" DVD is a four-week program for beginners who want to get in shape. Quince splits his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. We caught up with him on the set of "The Biggest Loser," where the average contestant is 150 to 200 pounds overweight. (The shows airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays.)

>How realistic a setting is the fitness ranch?

You take people away from their family, their job, the computer, the telephone -- distraction free -- and you demand that they take care of themselves. That's not realistic, but it is an educational tool to help people say it can be done if you put your mind to it. You may not do it at this rapid pace, you may not lose as much weight as these people because they are isolated. However, it's still a good lesson learned.

>Is it healthy to lose 10 pounds a week?

Yes, depending on what level of obesity you are coming from. Is it healthy for a woman 120 pounds, 5-foot-5? Probably not. But you get a woman who is 5-foot-5 and 360, she better lose 10 pounds a week.

>How do you motivate each contestant?

For me, it's encouraging people to encourage themselves. You have to tap into it, and it's not an easy process. How do you make someone who doubts himself -- who worked off that emotion for so long -- how do you make that person start believing?

>Before appearing on the show, how much did the contestants consume daily?

Seven thousand to 10,000 [calories] each day; it's that bad. You get a guy who's consuming 10,000 calories, and I put him on an 1,800-caloric count of course he's going to lose a lot of weight. You're active, you're burning, you're metabolizing, your body adjusts.

>Describe your training style.

Go hard or go home. It's all upper-body success. I train head to toe, and I sculpt. That's what I do.

>How did you get into fitness training?

I was working as an office manager at the YMCA in Atlanta, and someone told me I connected with people well. I went and got certified, and I started to build a business. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. At the YMCA, I was able to train older people, single mothers, so I quickly started making programs for different age groups.

>What poses the greatest challenge in weight loss?

Keeping the weight off, because we have so many temptations. It's so much easier to have access to bad choices than good. People use the excuse that quality food is expensive. I think people need to be educated on proper food. Excuses are a thing of the past. You've got to find a way to make better choices.

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