Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels gives new meaning to the phrase "tough love." Sure, she's said things that some people have found controversial, but she continues to motivate people all over the country to get into shape and stick with the game plan. However you feel about Jillian and The Biggest Loser, you'll love clicking through all these GIFs all about this celebrity trainer's no-nonsense approach to health.
If you just can't manage to drop your fork once you're full, Jillian Michaels has some advice that could help. The celebrity trainer shared a tip with Fitness magazine for people with overeating issues. "Pour salt on it [leftovers] or put your drink on it" — just wreck any remaining food.
Jillian explains that even tossing leftovers in the garbage doesn't always do the job, since "we've all had that Miranda [from Sex and the City] moment where we'll eat it out of the trash." If you're concerned about being wasteful, Jillian has an answer for that: "It's not going to children starving in Africa, it's going to the trash. It's not worth cellulite, muffin top, cancer, or heart disease." It's a little extreme, but Jillian might have a point here if your self-control has been failing you in the face of temptation.
On the current season of The Biggest Loser, trainers Dolvett Quince, Jillian Michaels, and Bob Harper continue to push contestants toward their goal of a healthy life. And even though season 14 isn't over, it's already offered plenty of tears and triumphs as the trainers help their respective teams break past mental, physical, and emotional boundaries. Even if you're not a contestant, there are still a lot of valuable lessons to be learned from the tough group of trainers.
Fans of NBC's The Biggest Loser are in for a surprise when the show kicks off its 14th season this Sunday, Jan. 6. For the first time in its eight-year history, the weight-loss competition will tackle the topic of childhood obesity, featuring a teen contestant between the ages of 13 and 17 on each of its three teams. While the kids will not be eligible for elimination as the rest of the show's participants are, their weight-loss progress will be documented on the show, casting a very public eye on their personal journeys.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, with the epidemic nearly tripling since 1980. The Biggest Loser's celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels has a personal connection to the plight of overweight kids: "As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child's life. Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life."
What do you think? Is casting a public eye on the teen contestants' struggles with their weight a positive move in the fight against childhood obesity, or is putting the still-developing kids on the show too aggressive of an approach?
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By Melissa Daly
Jillian Michaels, America's toughest trainer — and contributor to The Doctors and Dr. Phil — shares her self-motivating strategies.
"I'll make an appointment with a friend to meet me at the gym so I won't flake. Or I tell myself that all I have to do is 15 minutes—often, it flies by so fast I figure, what the heck, and finish another 15."
"Right when I'm about ready to put my fist through the treadmill display, I simply put on the right song and it dramatically changes my attitude.
A few of my favorites are 'Bounce' by Calvin Harris and Kelis and 'Your Surrender' by Neon Trees."
Find your way
"I love the Nietzsche quote: 'He who has a why can endure any how.' When you identify and define why you want to be motivated and develop an emotional connection to your goals, you can fight through any hardship.
Personally, I want to preserve my body so I can live a vital, active life."
For years, Jillian Michaels has lectured contestants on The Biggest Loser about the importance of putting themselves (and their health) before everyone else in their lives. That was easy for the single trainer, but as many moms running full households can attest, putting Mama first can feel like a pipe dream.
Now that she's a mom of two — Michaels' adoption of 2-year-old Lukensia from Haiti was completed four days after her partner gave birth to a son, Phoenix — it appears the fitness guru's bark may be worse than her bite. In an extensive interview with People, she said, "I have to figure out how to take care of myself right now. Telling moms, 'You need to put yourself first'? It's impossible to put yourself first when you're a mom. . . . Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up."
It seems as if Michaels has changed her tune since becoming a mother. Do you agree with her?
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Ever wish you had a personal chef to deliver diet-friendly meals right to your home? Us, too! That’s why we had to catch up with Jillian Michaels at her recent event at the W Residences in Hollywood to get the skinny on her new partnership with Freshology, a food delivery program that brings gourmet, calorie-controlled meals straight to your door.
"I've been wanting to get involved with something like this for a long time, but either the food sucked or it was packed with unhealthy preservatives," says Michaels. "It's not just calories — the quality of the food matters when it comes to health and weight loss, which is why I really clicked with the Freshology's commitment to fresh, clean food."
Teaming up with Freshology’s five-star chef, Michaels used her nutrition principles to create a total weight-loss plan that delivers healthy, wholesome, and delicious food with no preservatives, no hormones, no artificial sweeteners, and no trans fats. On the program, you’ll receive a twice-weekly delivery stocked with daily meals totaling 1,400 to 1,800 calories: breakfast (240 to 475 calories), lunch (230 to 470 calories), dinner (303 to 536 calories), and a dessert. The 28-day rotation ensures you’ll never experience taste bud boredom. And all the food is precooked, chilled, and ready to go, so at the very most, all you have to do is zap it in the microwave. For added "thinspiration," you’ll also get Michaels’s fitness DVDs, texts to keep you motivated, and a copy of her book, Master Your Metabolism.
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Jillian Michaels catapulted to fame as the punishing trainer who got results on The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian. But the 38-year-old has always been just as interested in building confidence as she has in sculpting rock-hard abs.
It's no accident that her most recent book is Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life. Everything Jillian tackles — including her recent gig as a life adviser on The Doctors, her DVDs (such as her latest, Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix), and her intimate podcast — is meant to help the rest of us claim a healthier, happier life.
Sitting high in the hills of Southern California, the woman who calls everybody "buddy" is surprisingly funny and self-deprecating. And as expected, she's incredibly open, talking about her tough tween years, how she stays motivated (and how you can, too), and the dream she's fighting to make a reality.
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Don't you ever wish you could take a peek in the pantry or gym of the fitness and diet pros you see on TV to see if they really practice what they preach? We do, too! That's why we asked Jillian Michaels, celebrity personal trainer, author, motivational expert, and soon-to-be mom (!), to share her top snack picks that keep her energy high on even the busiest of days.
"These snacks are quick, easy, and they all taste good. Plus they're preservative-free, contain no trans fats, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners," Michaels says.
Hummus and veggie sticks."This is an incredibly healthy snack that's filling and tasty," she says. The protein from the chickpeas in the hummus and the fiber from the veggies will keep you satisfied.
One hard-boiled egg and one piece of fruit. This combo offers an ideal proportion of healthy fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
Barbecue or sweet potato popchips. "A serving of popchips is packed with flavor and a great savory, salty crunch," Michaels raves, and the 100-calorie bags are handy for on-the-go eating.
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With The Biggest Loser finale just hours away, New York Magazine has confirmed that tennis star Anna Kournikova will be joining the cast next season. Biggest Loser producer Todd Lubin told the mag that Anna isn't a replacement for Jillian as much as she is the right person to move the show in its new direction. Instead of having such a straight focus on a "tape measure," Lubin says the plan is to make it more about general health and wellness. This isn't Anna's first time on The Biggest Loser; fans of the show will remember Anna from an appearance she made during season 10. It was then that Lubin realized the motivation and drive that Anna is able to impart on contestants.
While there is no word on how Anna will fit in with the newest trainers, Brett and Cara, there are rumors that the two won't be back for another season. As of now, Lubin is remaining tight-lipped, but based on finale previews, we do know that there will be a "big announcement" revealed on tonight's episode. But, Lubin did tell New York Magazine that viewers can expect to see a different-looking show next season with the same core fundamentals: "Loser is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The idea of the show is that you watch these contestants and realize, 'Holy sh*t, I can do anything.'"