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Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut

Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut

The famed Biggest Loser coach pens her second book about serious weight loss.

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Fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, known for her tough approach for losing weight on NBC's The Biggest Loser, has written a guide on how to drop those pesky last 10 or 15 pounds in 30 days. "Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You" sets itself apart from the myriad of fitness and weight loss books at your local bookstore because Michaels' program uses the process of oxidizing as a way to determine what kind of a metabolism your body has in order to lose weight effectively.

Michaels takes you through the steps to determine what kind of an oxidizer you are: slow, balanced or fast. Your new body classification then dictates what you'll eat supported by Jillian's own menus and recipes. She promises that you will feel comfortable in a bikini if you commit to her disciplined fitness and diet regimen. As part of Making the Cut, you must take a body fat percentage test and a "fit test" before starting the program as a measure to evaluate your pre and post self.

Michaels does not under estimate the power of the mind in the battle to lose weight. She includes helpful tips and advice for how to improve self-esteem and confidence. The book is also full of various exercises to improve strength, flexibility and endurance. Michaels also unveils some well-kept celebrity diet secrets to get your body prepared before a big event.

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  • Inexpensive
  • Making the Cut’s approach to weight loss is personalized and sensible
  • Program focuses on the mental aspect of losing weight in addition to the exercise and nutrition components
  • Jillian Michaels is a popular weight loss coach with nearly 20 years experience
  • 30-day promise may be ambitious for many individuals aiming to lose weight
  • Making the Cut is not for individuals wanting to lose more than 20 pounds
  • Science behind the oxidizer theory has not been firmly established

Michaels supplies a list of recipes and menus for each of the three oxidizer classifications. As part of your commitment to the Making the Cut program, you are supposed to adhere to her menu and calorie plan.


During Making the Cut, you'll take a “fit test” which is outlined in the book. The test establishes your level of fit-ness and you are then required to exercise about 5 hours each week. Michaels provides you with various exercises to do. She also has her own line of exercise DVDs that can be purchased at an additional cost over the book.


There is no refuting Michaels’ knowledge and training expertise when it comes to getting in shape and losing weight. Her 30-day promise, like any similar promise is no guarantee but it packs a three-pronged approach of diet, exercise and mental awareness to help you to lose those lingering pounds. The clinical science behind her oxidizer theory is scanty but her belief that the road to weight loss is a personal journey that begins with changes in behavior, lifestyle and self-motivation is an important component that many diet plans disregard.

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Her exercises are challenging nut keep ypu motivated. Her program is never boring. I lost 4lbs in the first week and 3 in the second!

posted Apr 1st, 2009 2:21 am



I've been doing this program for only 9 days and I love it. I worked out before, but the circuits are a really great combination for a full-body workout and cardio bursts. I can already see a difference in the tone of my stomach. As for the diet, I haven't followed the menu plan to a T, but have just been sticking to the calorie count and the basic idea of the diet. It's definitely a commitment, but every diet should be especially for the results that I am seeing. It's worth it.

posted Mar 18th, 2009 8:00 pm


I just started the workout today and I felt like I was gonna throw up after! It was so intense! You definitely have to put in everything you have, but it is worth it. I can definitely see that there will be results. I copied the workouts and brought the paper with me so I didn't have to carry around the book. Any workout I didn't know how to do, I made little notes for myself. I also just went shopping and got everything I needed to make my meals! I can't wait to see results!

posted Feb 1st, 2009 9:52 pm



I??m on Day 9 and so far so good! I needed to get rid of some bad habits from the holidays and get back to proper eating habits again. This did it ?? I had about 10-12 lbs. to lose and I lost 4 in the first week. I love the workout program ?? it??s different than anything I??ve ever done. I like the circuit layout, however, I agree that it??s tough to keep going when you have to keep referencing the book. I try to read through the workout in advance, so I??m not slowed down at the gym. The diet is tough, but worth it. I don??t mind spending the extra money on food since I??m saving so much money by not going out to eat, not buying coffee daily and not buying liquor. My husband and I are doing it together, which makes it much easier.

posted Jan 13th, 2009 4:23 pm



I cannot imagine how people have followed this exercise plan! 5 days a week you do the prescribed exercise plan which includes 5 sets of different circuits. a few times these are repeated, however mostly they are not. Its very hard to keep the workout seamless when you have to refer to the book so often. I couldn't even fit one day on a 3x5 index card - front and back. I feel like this makes the exercise difficult to follow. If you go to a gym that is empty, or have a home gym, then this might work better, but there are quite a few of embarrassing moves to be doing in the gym - like burpies, crab walk, and mountain climbers - then sprinting 1 min or jumping rope. I am a believer in making things simple, and I do not feel like this program is simple. Then again, its only for 30 days - and Jillian's moto is you have to work for it...

posted Jan 2nd, 2009 12:22 pm



I went from practically no physical activity straight into this workout. I was afraid I'd never be able to force myself to stick with it, but it really motivates me to keep up. I'm already on week two and I'm feeling great. It's a huge challenge, but I can tell it's really worth it!

posted Dec 26th, 2008 1:13 pm



Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

posted Nov 18th, 2008 11:30 am



I got the book about 3 weeks ago. Even though I have not started the entire routine yet, I have taken what I learned about my self. Slow Oxidizer and modified my eating habbits and what do you know, I have alread dropped a dress size...from a 14 back to a 12. I can't wait to see what happens when I really start the program!!!

posted Nov 6th, 2008 12:14 pm



I'm on Day 16, I'm noticing HUGE differences in my body, I started this weightloss journey following the Biggest Loser plans and shifted to this for the last 20 lbs. I knocked off 6.9lbs the first week I did it and lost an inch off my waist, 2 off my chest, and 1 off my bicep. I'm a former athlete, and I honestly dont remember exercises this tough, but they work. I'm sore the day after each session so I know its working. My arms are finally getting defined, something I've always strived for but never achieved. The food is more expensive than what I can afford, but I found some meals in there I could, and I use those more frequently instead. By far the best diet/fitness/lifestyle plan I've EVER tried. She is truly incredible!

posted Oct 28th, 2008 1:11 pm



Day 9 and loving it! The exercises are very challenging but I can see a difference. There are quite a few typos in the book. I agree that Smart Start should be Smart Balance for a couple of recipes because you need to melt it. I'm unsure about the apricot chicken dish. I have strayed from the 30 day menu and pick the meals I like to save money on ingredients. It can be costly.

posted Oct 23rd, 2008 12:11 am



Day 9 and loving it! The exercises are very challenging but I can see a difference. There are quite a few typos in the book. I agree that Smart Start should be Smart Balance for a couple of recipes because you need to melt it. I'm unsure about the apricot chicken dish. I have strayed from the 30 day menu and pick the meals I like to save money on ingredients. It can be costly.

posted Oct 23rd, 2008 12:11 am



I did the excercise program without doing the diet program... and I am totally sculpted but I gained about 3 1/2 lbs. So i plan on doing it again in the nbear future while trying to do the diet. It's expensive though!!! To buy all of that food is insane! You'd spent about 400 bucks a week. And i live alone and all the recipes serve large groups. No good for me. Leftovers are not my thing.

posted Oct 7th, 2008 7:34 pm



note to kendra's comment..it's not a typo in the book for smart balance. smart start is a cereal..you crush it up and use it as bread crumb style in her recipes

posted Oct 5th, 2008 11:28 pm


Day 30!! Incredible results! People started to notice my muscle definition, my mother in law told me that it seems as if iv'e lost the curves, and just packed it onto my arms! Exactly what i wanted.. well, carrying on with the program, back to day 1... Thanks, this has really given me alot more self-confidence, endurance, made me think twice before i had the slice of "chocolate cake", instead enjoyed my apple & nuts as my snack.. :-) will have more updates later...

posted Sep 18th, 2008 2:49 pm


Hi there! I am on day 16 of Making the Cut. Loving it! Currently weighing 106.7 lbs. 5ft.5. Very excited about the last 14 days, feeling great, getting muscle definition, this program works!! I have changed the eating plan to suit my pocket and being from South-Africa, we dont always have the same food types, so i try my best to make sure that my calorie, (carb,fat and protein) intake remain the same as her eating suggestions.. it takes alot of dicipline, but most definately worthit! Will carry on with the program afterthe 30 days. It's a lifestyle and i tend to help others with what i have learned! it's addictive!!! :-) Thanks for a GREAT program! Madelyn

posted Sep 2nd, 2008 8:37 am


"Smart Start" is a typo in the recipes in the book. It should be "Smart Balance" a butter link chemical-laden food. I love this book but ignore her chemical ingredients like Smart Balance and Slpenda

posted Jun 21st, 2008 7:55 am


Last week, I started this book because the workouts in Winning by loosing were becoming less and less challenging. i have more than 10-20 lbs. to lose, however I am still in good shape. I've paired the exercises in this book with Power 90 cardio videos, and I've been seeing great results. I highly recommend this book for anyone willing to work your butt off (and i mean REALLY work) despite how much you have to lose.

posted Jun 9th, 2008 12:39 pm

I love my dogs

What is Smart Start and where do I find it?

posted May 20th, 2008 12:28 pm


This isn't what I'd consider a "Diet Book," but more of a book that offers healthy alterations to your dietary intake and an amazing fitness plan. I'm a 20 year old college undergraduate and let me be one of the many to tell you that Jillian Michaels is possibly one of the most motivational individuals you can come across. Before beginning this program I weighed 171lbs and am ending week one weighing in at 164lbs. I've lost adipose tissue (fat) and have noticed much more muscle definition. If you're wanting to lose some of those extra pounds and want to show some definition in those muscles, get this book. Her fitness plan will kick you in the butt; however, if you're looking for a change, you need to make the effort! The changes aren't just in appearance, but in overall mental well-being as well. If you're overweight and need to lose weight, she suggest you start with her other book instead. Response to Nicole: You can definitely alter the diet plan. As long as you use a general exchange for those foods that she is suggesting you eat that day. Perhaps it's the Apricot Glazed Chicken... you could easily just do grilled chicken with any variety of spices (ie: garlic, rosemary, etc.) as long as you limit your sodium intake...which she covers as well.

posted May 2nd, 2008 10:16 am


Do you have to follow the diet plan exact as she has it? Can you just use that as a guideline?

posted Apr 18th, 2008 6:27 am


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