The Newest Trainer from My Diet Is Better Than Yours Reveals His Plan for Success

01/18/2016 at 09:39 AM ET

Rob Sulaver is shaking things up on ABC’s My Diet is Better Than Yours.

As the newest trainer to join the weight loss show, PEOPLE reveals exclusively, the sports nutritionist and athlete is teaming up with La’Tasha Givens after she dropped trainer Carolyn Barnes and her Clean Momma Plan.

Because Barnes’s plan focused on finding ways to burn calories with everyday tasks, Givens was in for a shock when Sulaver brought her into the gym.

“My background is in sports performance, so it’s like how professional athletes train, which is no joke,” the founder of Bandana Training tells PEOPLE. “It was a big wake up call and a dramatic shift in terms of what La’Tasha had been doing.”

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Sulaver, started off with resistance training, some high intensity interval training and a cardio endurance-training program to prep Givens, 35, for a half marathon.

“We’ve lost the least amount of weight when I step onto the show,” he says. “So the stakes are high and we’re working hard to crawl out of last place.”

Sulaver also introduced the TV news reporter to his Nutrient Timing Plan. The diet concentrates on eating specific nutrients, in specific amounts, at specific times in relation to exercise.

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“What I love is we get to highlight the importance of exercise in weight loss,” he says, “and then we also get to talk about the relationship between food and exercise and how that ultimately is the one-two punch to get you some legitimate results.”

With his plan, Sulaver dictates when Givens has her meals. He recommends going into a workout “a little hungry” and fueling up right after exercise, when her body is “more primed to utilize that energy.”

“Every client is different, so when you step in as a nutrition couch, part of it is assessing the situation, ” he says. “Immediately, out of the gate, I saw that La’Tasha needs that structure in her life and needed way more guidelines – so that’s exactly what we did.”

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Can’t wait to watch the show tomorrow. I just hope things turn around for LaTasha and that she gives it her all.

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