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Biggest Loser coach believes 'It's About Balance'

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Biggest Loser coach Dolvett Quince learned a lot from his childhood. He uses those lessons as fuel as an adult.

"I know what's it's like for someone to say - 'nah you can't," he told a crowd of students at the University of South Florida this week. "My job today is to give people a voice."

Quince, who's now in his 4th season on NBC's hit show, says as a child he was adopted by a Jamaican couple who had initially served as foster parents.

"A couple takes in four kids, that's where the amazing story sort of stops," Quince told News Channel 8. "It wasn't easy being raised because of a huge generation gap. They were well into their 660'swhen they adopted us and, because of that, as they got older [they] didn't have a lot of practice with kids. There were cases of abuse - both mental and physical abuse - that was involved in that home."

Quince says he couldn't afford to play sports as a child but always admired men like Sean Connery and Denzel Washington. Even early on, though, life was about balance: His dad taught him how to do things around the house like fixing cars and his mom taught him how to cook. Settled in Atlanta, one of his first jobs was in retail.

"I wanted to impress the girls," he told the crowd at USF as they laughed.

Eventually he landed in a YMCA, first working the front desk and then on the floor. He started building a clientele at a Buckhead gym then eventually opened his own independent studio. He'd go on to train people like Angela Bassett and Justin Bieber.

A series of emotional events finally led him to the Biggest Loser, where he's looking forward to his 4th season on the show.

"I realize the struggles they have to go through, whether it's to maintain weight loss, whether it's to fall in love with themselves all over again," Quince said.

Quince shared his own secrets to fitness success.

His own personal workout is a balance between cardio and weight lifting. He will do 10 minutes of cardio, then go do leg exercises for 10 minutes; 8 minutes back to cardio; then 8 minutes of major upper body lifting.

"Thirty minutes of cardio, 30 of strength training," he told the crowd at USF.

He feels like portion control in the kitchen is key.

"Never truly start working out from the outside in," he said. "Work from the inside out."

He spoke about the book he's written called The 3-1-2-1 Diet.

"For three days straight you eat clean and then that one day represents a cheat meal or a cheat day. Two more days you eat clean and you have a cheat meal on the seventh day," he said. "With that body confusion, you raise your metabolism, you speed it up and your body's saying ‘okay, wait a second, what am I doing here?' You're using those cheat days as fuel as long as you continually workout, you spike your metabolism, your insulin level doesn't go low and you win."

But don't go crazy. He spells out a very specific calorie count in his plan.

"I'm not telling people that on your clean day you're only eating 1,800 calories as a guide - you go out and have 7,000 calories on your cheat day. That's a bit of an extremity," he said. "Don't deprive yourself of that hamburger if you want it. Personally, I'm going to have it on a wheat bun. I'm going to have it on amulti-grainn bun. I'm going to put spinach on it. I'm still going to lean towards clean habits, but I'm not going to deny myself that burger."

He also suggests people set standards and stick with them.

"Have absolutes. If you say 'I'm not going to eat pasta after 5 p.m.,' and stick with it, you're going to win."

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