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Jillian Michaels

The Biggest Loser trainer with an online diet and fitness program to help you get in the best shape of your life..

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  • Founder: Jillian Michaels
  • Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA
  • Career Highlights: Biggest Loser, The Doctors, Losing It With Jillian, Maximize Your Life
  • Accessibility: Online, DVD, TV
  • Diet Type: Low-fat, low-carb, fitness
  • Gender: Male and female
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BACKGROUND

Jillian Michaels' knowledge of fitness training stems from years of martial arts and intense personal training. Best known as a former trainer and coach on NBC's hit TV show The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels was an amazing motivator, personal trainer and guide to nearly 15 million Biggest Loser viewers every week. Before she was a massive television star, Jillian struggled to maintain her own healthy weight. She knows firsthand the trials and commitment it requires to lose weight and keep it off. Now she's set her sights on helping you reach your goals!

Jillian is currently a co-host on the popular TV show The Doctors. Jillian loves the idea of being able to empower people with information and support to help them live their healthiest lives. Being a co-host on the show allows Jillian a platform to educate people on how to make health choices that will enable them to take control of their physical well being. Jillian is also working as a special health and wellness correspondent for the Dr. Phil show.

Jillian has created her own wellness media empire, and has written several books about weight loss and fitness, has a self-named Wii game, a self-named meal delivery program, an online diet program, a weekly radio show, a fitness DVD and is a contributor to Redbook Magazine and Cosmo Girl.

Here's a snapshot of Jillian's programs:

JillianMichaels.com: As a member, you will reap the rewards of her knowledge, fitness expertise, secrets for weight loss, and motivational tips to keep you going. Jillian Michaels will keep you on the course of success with online diet support, unique weight loss tools, meal plans, and motivation to get the weight off and keep it off. The cost is about $4/week.

Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut: This mega popular book is a 30-day body-makeover guide that assesses your metabolism and guides you to eat appropriately for your specific metabolic type so that your body is using that energy and burning effectively. Making the Cut also contains self-empowerment tips and suggestions to overcome negative thinking and poor self-confidence.

Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred: Jillian’s popular workout DVD is designed to help you drop those last 10-20 pounds in just 30 days. There are three, 20-minute progressive workouts that become more challenging as you work through the program. Each session includes Cardio, Strength Training and Ab Training in a circuit-style routine.

Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009: This Wii game allows you to create your own character and then follow along with Jillian's signature intense bootcamp-style workouts as her voice encourages you to exercise harder and use proper form. Fitness Ultimatum also has an updated 2010 version with more bootcamp-style workouts.

Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism: Michaels gives you a three-step program to repair the damage that years of fat-free foods, artificial sweeteners, diet sodas and processed weight loss foods have done to your hormones and consequently, your metabolism.

Jillian Michaels Detox and Cleanse: A weight loss supplement that promises to help you reduce belly bloat, get rid of harmful toxins and improves your digestion without the use of harsh laxatives or chemicals.

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown: This DVD combines Jillian's famous fat-blasting moves with challenging yoga postures to give you a sleek and toned body.

The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook: A cookbook that goes along with the Master Your Metabolism program, which is designed to rev up your metabolism by balancing your hormones.

The Master Your Metabolism Calorie Counter: A go-to guide for all of your calorie questions from fast-food to portion control.

PRO
  • Includes a variety of online and offline programs
  • Jillian Michaels is a well-known and well-respected weight loss and fitness expert
  • Programs don't include any gimmicks or fad diets
  • Michaels' tough-love approach is an effective motivator
  • Promotes healthy living
  • All of Michaels' programs are practical and result-worthy
  • Content of online program is routinely updated and personalized
  • Fitness DVDs include a meal plan that can be downloaded

CON
  • Exercise intensive
  • May not click with Michaels' personality
  • Some programs only feature a 30-day plan
DIET and NUTRITION

Even though Jillian has a number of different diet and exercise books, DVDs and other programs, her nutrition advice and guidelines remain steady. With her exercise DVDs, Jillian offers you the opportunity to download a complete meal plan. Her books and online program offer lots of helpful information, recipes and meal calculation tools that will give you the needed help to eat healthy on your way to weight loss.

She endorses a diet that is low-fat, low-carb and high in protein. Her eating plans generally feature three meals and a snack throughout the day, all of which include a lean protein source. Her online membership program contains the most comprehensive and personalized diet plan while her meal-delivery program offers you the convenience of eating Jillian-approved meals and snacks without having to prepare them.

The online program includes a multitude of tools to encourage you to choose healthier and smarter nutrition choices to meet your health goals. Such tools include customized meal planners, shopping list generators and tons of recipes.

Some Jillian-approved recipes you might find yourself enjoying include:

The meal plan that comes with Jillian's workout DVDs is one that offers high levels of convenience and the meals are easy to prepare and follow. Time constraints are no excuse for not eating healthy with the simple meals available on Jillian’s eating plans. A sample day of eating on one of Jillian Michaels meal plans is listed below:

  • Breakfast – Cheerios with a banana or berries
  • Lunch – Grilled Sirloin Salad
  • Snack – Mozzarella cheese and a pear
  • Dinner – Nut-Encrusted Chicken Breasts
EXERCISE

The foundation of Jillian's program is exercise. She is a staunch proponent that consistent exercise is the most effective way to burn fat and calories. Her exercise programs all contain a cardiovascular and strength-training component that increase in their intensity as you move through them.

Her super-tough fitness philosophy have brought some of her former Biggest Loser team members to tears, but it's her trademark motivational support that results in the achievement of weight loss goals and an almost contagious love and appreciation for exercise.

Her online program is jam-packed with fitness instruction and routines. Her website features weight trackers, fitness planners and more than 150, printable exercises to keep you moving, never bored and your muscles constantly challenged.

Jillian also continues to release new workout DVDs for those that want to get their best body without leaving the house. Her fitness DVDs continue to push just as hard as she would if she was personally training you. Something you will find among all of Jillian’s DVDs is effective workouts that can be done in a reasonable amount of time. No matter what your fitness goals, Jillian can help you reach them if you are willing to put in the work. Some of the popular DVDs you will find by Jillian include:

CONCLUSION

Well-rounded, exercise intensive and educational, the Jillian Michaels plan is based on science and created for anyone who is ready to commit to losing weight. Jillian doesn't say it's easy, but does say she'll make it easier by providing you all the tools and information you need, whether it is through her books, workout DVDs, online programs or meal-delivery plan.

Jillian's lengthy resume proves she has the knowledge and experience to guide you on your weight loss journey.

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Wikipedia

Jillian Michaels (born 18 February, 1974) is a fitness expert who gained prominence as a trainer on the NBC weight-loss reality series ''The Biggest Loser'' (USA). Michaels was the trainer for the red team until 2006, when she was replaced by Kim Lyons. She returned in 2007 as the black team coach, competing against Kim's red team and Bob Harper's blue team. Kim decided not to return for the spring 2008 season, leaving Jillian as the only female trainer. Along with Bob Harper, Jillian is also a trainer in the Australian version of the show. She began her career in exercise because she was considerably overweight before her teenage years (though not as much as the contestants she whips into shape now). As a young adult, her mother enrolled her in a martial arts class, which was a new beginning for Jillian. Thereafter she dedicated herself to helping the overweight transform their lives and their bodies for the better.

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debby lynch

i watch your show every year and see how many people loose weight and cry with some i just wish i could help my daughter she will be 37th on the 29th she weighs over 600 and i worry so teena has been thru so much she hurt her leg they had to cut her from her ankle to her knee they had to put in medal then a couple of years ago she was in a wreck the hood latch went in her leg on the same leg across the same leg almost the whole way so she looks like she has a big cross she couldn,t walk for a long time now she walks but not very good so please can you put on different hints on your program on simple things she and others can do she watches your show thankyou debby

posted Sep 18th, 2009 10:33 am


julie

I was disapointed at the lang. last night
It seemed almost forced .....
I'm sure the ratings went through the roof
when Bob freaked out at Gizelle last season. My 7 year old even commented
on how Jillian was swearing more this year.... I hope it's all not for ratings .

posted Sep 16th, 2009 1:03 pm


Joe

I hate Jillian. I think she has a potty mouth and cannot control her anger. It's like she's on steroids. If she ever talked to me the way she talks to the people on Biggest Loser I'd taze her.

posted Sep 16th, 2009 12:42 am


Cathy

Was't satisfied there was no specifics for diabetics. I cancelled immediately ad they tried to charge me for weeks beyond their stated policy. Not happy when people try to take advantage thinking some will miss the fine print and not challenge them.

posted Aug 31st, 2009 4:44 pm


muriel

I have never watched bigger loser. I have Jillian's DVD's 30day shred and the 2 new ones. Fantastic workouts! The girl is really motivating!
I haven't read her suggestions concerning eliminating certain foods, but i totally agree that most foods are plain chemistry and very dangerously addictive. I have to admit that i love junk food and chocolate, and when i start it's impossible to control myself.
So i will totally agree with marlene, and add that i TRY to think as an alcoholic or drug addict or someone who quited smoking: there is NO moderation here. You cannot drink a small glass of alcohol when you are an alcoholic, you cannot have a little dose of drugs and you should not smoke "just one" innocent cigarette when you've quited! I don't know about you, but i have no will power! I cant stop at one slice of pizza, I' ll eat 10. There is no 20gr of chocolate for me, only 200gr. And then i' m miserable, for the next 3 days.
Fortunately, I'm 5'8" and 147 lb with an athletic body-type and my bad habits don't show much. However I'm sure that i have some kind of a disorder since calories, fat and carbs are constantly on my mind ( and then in my mouth... and then on my butt). So, better not having the junk in the first place.

posted Jul 30th, 2009 10:25 am


Madeline Cassisa

Please help me. I need to loose 30Kgs and just can't control my eating. I am desparate and have tried so many diets and programmes but just gain all the fat back after loosing. I feel like i am loosing my mind fighting the weight.

posted Jul 27th, 2009 4:48 pm


Maria L

I love your show jill I'm over weight i weight over 274 and i been trying to loose weight by my self but it to hard i need help jill I have try everything please help me desperte mom

posted Jun 4th, 2009 7:07 pm


Minda Cruz

I started following last season show with Helen being the Biggest Losser winner. The show totally motivated me and helped me stay focused with my personal weight loss journey. I was glued to the show every Tuesday evening. To date, I have lost 52 lbs and have 37 lbs to go ... I can't wait for the next season show. Listening to Jillian and Bob has helped me stay grounded, and I am more determined to reach my weight goal. Besides, if we don't take care of ourselves who will take care of our love ones that depend on us ....

posted Jun 2nd, 2009 5:34 pm


Diane Talley

I love your show but I have several medical issues. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis in the hands, osteoarthritis in the shoulders, hips and knees. I want to move but find that I can't do much. Do you have any suggestions. By the way, my current weight is 246. I believe that I am already signed up for the newsletter. Any feedback with help.

posted Jun 1st, 2009 11:35 am


tina

I do not care what people say about jillian. she is great. i have lost weight with jillian.

posted May 26th, 2009 12:19 pm


KATHY TAYLOR

i love your show can you help me to get down to 145 i need to live for famly and i take caer my mother shr need me alot pls help me JILLIAN.

posted May 25th, 2009 12:46 pm


Faith

Jillian is a strong personality and if you cannot handle it you should not spend a lot of time on her stuff. If you are a strong enough person to deal with her blunt honesty, then she is the gal for you. I find her a fresh breath of air in a sociaety that prides its self on passivity or avoiding the truth all together in the name of Political Correctness. It is doing no one favors. We have become a nation of enablers in all areas. I appreciate having someone not only tell it like it is, but also take you by the hand and help you through it.

I swear by the 30 Day shred video. Who doesn't have 20 minutes a day to work out? I have a 2-year-old son and a 6 week old daughter and I am able to find 20 minutes in my day, if I can do you it, stop kidding yourself, you can too!!

As for moderation Yes, that is very important, it is key along with excersize. But this notion that there is no food that is bad is rediculous. COME ON PEOPLE! I will say that there is no food that you eat that will make YOU BAD. YOU are not BAD for eating anything...that mentality must go if you struggle with that. But there MOST DEFINATELY IS FOOD THAT IS BAD FOR YOU!! And until people understand that...well, it will be a battle for them all their life. Just my thoughts...

posted May 18th, 2009 9:07 pm



rita landry

i just love the show and i realy love bob and julian without them it would not be interested

posted Apr 30th, 2009 10:22 am


marquita

April 21,o9 mike made chicken in a steam bag.I am interested in what seasoning he used,and did he flatten the chicken.How long did he cook it in the microwave?

posted Apr 22nd, 2009 4:04 pm


karendec

As to Sarah's comment - I, too, have an eating disorder and don't find anything offensive or out of line regarding Jillian. I spent 6months in an eating disorder treatment center and agree with most things she says. Exercise is the key (no we dont have to do it 4 hrs a day as the contestants do) - changing my food is key and changing my attitude and how i deal with the world and the people in it are all keys.

As to your moderation comment - what's the point? I've never heard Jillian say anything different - she agrees. As far as avoiding certain foods - the best eating disorder centers in the world will tell you that one. There are certain foods I CHOOSE not to eat - nothing wrong with that.

Don't see your point at all about Jillian. Hell, she motivates me to get off my butt - think shes terrific.

posted Apr 22nd, 2009 3:49 pm


jill

i heard your comments on the people on biggest losers. . you should be fired off that show. calling them half dead and not normal. you are such a .

posted Apr 16th, 2009 6:03 pm


Pam

Marlene hits it dead on. Sarah you've done a great job. I'm not sure if you've read her new book, I'm almost done. Moderation is key but there is chemicals that wreak havoc on our bodies and by eliminating those we can lose weight easier without our bodies fighting us so much.

posted Apr 14th, 2009 7:24 pm


userfile
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Got love Jillian she better not leave!!

posted Apr 11th, 2009 4:00 pm


marlene

Sarah, I am really happy that you have made positive steps in combating an eating disorder. It is a very tough thing to do, and you should feel proud.

In response to your concern that Jillian Michaels is telling you to not eat some foods, I would recommend that you look more closely into the science on the foods she says to avoid. I felt so much healthier when I started eating like my grandfather ate. He was slender all his life, and lived well beyond most, doing his own gardening at 103 years old. When I mirrored his eating habits, in addition to feeling calm and healthy, the weight started dropping off. Note that the healthy feeling came first!

The foods I avoided were precisely what Jillian is recommending to avoid...those things that are chemically created (have you ever seen a cheeto or twinky grow?), hormonally altered, or processed beyond recognition. The body simply does not know how to handle these foods, so does not work as well. Jillian's premise is not to eat anything that didn't have a mother or didn't grow from the ground (or ocean), and to eat things in as close to their original form as possible. This doesn't prohibit food choices, as much as just changing the direction of the choice...like looking at the Eastern horizon instead of North...still plenty to look at, just a different direction. What makes it easier is not saying "I can't eat coolwhip" but saying "I prefer this organic yogurt today...it tastes better".

We should not be eating things like High Fructose Corn Syrup or Transfats..the science is very clear. Jillian goes further to say that listening to your body is key. Believe me, once a clean eating habit has been established, the body will tell you loud and clear, to maintain the effort. Your skin glows, you have an abundance of energy, and your weight hits an equilibrium on its own that prevents the unhealthy yo-yo dieting. Soon, you find you could care less that someone made a new strawberry-flavored whatever, when you are enjoying the real thing!

Having studied this eating regimen. and the science behind it, I honestly do not know why you have issue with Jillian's food recommendations. Eating a clean diet evens out the "brain chemicals" which can support healthy mental states in our crazy lives. I also have a degree in counseling psychology, and know that Jillian's food constraints would not be a setback for someone with an eating disorder. In fact, I see many aspects that would be extremely helpful in treatment.

Best wishes to your continued success. I know you will be able to help someone else with a similar challenge.

posted Apr 10th, 2009 1:29 am


Beckiii

I agree with Sarah comment 100% I am a yo-yo dieter....In the past ....at 5'5" I was 100 lbs ....125....180....back down to 110....back up to 160...now I am down to 140.... I used to starve to lose weight ....or pig out and eat late....Oh....the drama of it all......now ....I eat in moderation.....splurge once in awhile....workout.....losing weight slowly but safe. It is dangerous for me to hear someone telling me I can't eat something. I would just starve. I was going to buy Julian wi fitness....however......I changed my mind.

posted Apr 9th, 2009 10:04 pm



 

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