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Interview with Jillian Michaels on Her New Show, Losing It with Jillian

The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels gave us a sneak peek into what her new reality series, “Losing It With Jillian” is all about.

From a diabetic Apache family living on a reservation, to a cash-strapped family in Detroit, Jillian provides a wake-up call for eight families across America and helps them transform their lives inside and out.

On the show, you’ll get to see how she made cooking fun and nutritious with kids who normally follow a diet of white bread, sugary cereals and soda pop. In addition, each episode will equip the viewing audience with tips, exercise ideas and resources like healthy shopping lists and recipes that can all be accessed online.

Listen here as Jillian discusses the first healthy step all families can start taking today, and her suggestions for dealing with a family member who is resistant to healthy change.

Jillian’s mission is really to transform not just what is on the plates of American families, but rather to help parents and kids alike develop a healthier sense of who they are. By living with families day in and day out, Jillian is helping Americans realize that their poor food choices have very little to do about food at all, and has more to do with a much bigger dynamic that is taking place on the individual and collective family level.

Each week, Michaels will use her characteristic brand of tough love and move in with one family for a week, giving them the necessary tools to reboot their lives and bring them back to a healthier lifestyle emotionally and physically. In doing so, she will get to the root of the issues each family member faces that affect their health and happiness.

Calling it the precursor to the Biggest Loser, Jillian admitted that she had never experienced America quite like what she observed in spending time with the “Losing It” families. From parents who work 60 to 80 hours a week just to get by, to families grappling with traumatic loss, Jillian developed a newly found respect for being an American, particularly after living a relatively sheltered upbringing in Los Angeles.

“I’ve never cried so much in my entire life,” admits Jillian as she had the opportunity to be a catalyst for families as they unearthed suppressed emotions, events and feelings and began to accept and process them for the first time.

Losing it with Jillian premieres Tuesday, June 1, 10-11 p.m. ET on NBC. Its regular time period will then be on Tuesdays  8-9 p.m. ET.

May 11th, 2010

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