The Softer Side of Jillian Michaels

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In a recent Ladies Home Journal Article, Jillian Michaels shares her softer side. She talks about the biggest loser, and about her love life. She also mentions that she is worried how hard the producers are working the contestants on the Biggest Loser.

Her childhood was rocky as her parents went through a nasty divorce. She turned to food. As she states in the interview, “At 13 years old she tipped the scales at 175 pounds — but it was far more than that. She was angry. “I lived on junk food. I had no direction,” Michaels explains. “Once I punched a hole in our wall. Another time I stole a car.”

Her tough method of training was learned from her days doing martial arts. “I was sparring with my instructor, and he kept kicking me. I thought he’d stop if I cried, but the more I cried, the harder he kicked. And he was like, ‘I don’t give a f—, if you don’t fight your way out of this corner I will kill you.’ And so I fought my way out of the corner.”

One thing Jillian does not worry about is gaining her weight back. She gave LHJ a tour of her refrigerator and cupboards, quick to point out that she is no fan of deprivation: Everything is organic, but there is dark chocolate, wine, Peanut Butter Newman-O’s. When she’s not working she’s doing something active, like kickboxing.

Jillian showed her “no bs” point of view when asked about the Time magazine story about how exercise didn’t work. She said, “”I’ve taken 100 pounds off someone in seven weeks — you think that’s just diet?” Exercise accelerates weight loss, but a person can eat his or her way through the exercise. “Look, it’s simple math,” she says. “You run, you burn 500 calories; you eat a slice of pizza, you’re f—ed.”

In a rare glimpse of her personal life, she mentioned her love life. She said, “Let’s just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love…it’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!” This of course is leading people to say “Jillian Michaels Comes Out” to which I say “Who cares if she did or didn’t? She’s a great trainer and person either way!

read the full article here

Can I break up My Exercise Into Small Sessions?

When asked this question, Jillian replied, “The longer the cardio session, the better the afterburn. “Afterburn” is technically known as post-exercise oxygen consumption, and what that fancy term refers to is your elevated metabolism after a workout. Afterburn can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout — therefore, if you break up your cardio, you’ll burn the same number of calories during training, but you’ll minimize the number of calories lost because of afterburn.”

Keep in mind breaking up cardio (if that’s your only option) is better than sitting on the couch, but if you can do it in one shot – find a babysitter.

Fixing Your Metabolism

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Today we wish Jillian a Happy Birthday, we get a snippets of news about her new show (no she is not leaving the Biggest Loser). We get some tips on fixing your metabolism post you-you dieting.This is from everydayhealth.com

Jillian says that if you think you’ve messed up your metabolism you can do this to get it back in shape.

Take your current weight and multiple it by 12. For me (Dave Jackson) I’m currently 208 so 208X12 = 2496 calories. (Jillian only weighs 117) You then need to STICK LIKE GLUE to this calorie allowance for 1 to 2 months to allow your metabolism get used to it.She also mentions that the best way to boost your metabolism is EXERCISE. Shoot for a minimum of 3 hours, and try to get 5 hours of exercise per week.

For more information about how to fix your metabolism, check out her book “Master your metabolism.”

Jillian’s New Yoga Burn DVD Drops Next Week

I was watching a guy at my gym do AMAZING exercises. Eventually I walked by him and said, “that’s amazing.” He replied, “Well 30 years of yoga.” This has me thinking I need to order Jillian’s new YOGA Meltdown video. It comes out March 2, 2010. Pre order now

Are there really foods that burn fat?

Recently someone asked Jillian about foods that take more calories to eat than they deliver (hence you lose weight eating them). Here is what she had to say:

Not really, but there are foods that contain fewer calories than the body uses to digest them. Therefore, when you eat these foods (cruciferous veggies, leafy greens, and so forth), you’re helping create a calorie deficit.

That said, there are also certain foods that will crank up your metabolism by releasing the right hormones. Protein will release more human growth hormone. Foods with selenium and zinc will support a healthy thyroid. You can boost your metabolic rate by eating clean, whole, fresh foods and avoiding processed foods and chemicals. But there is no food that will magically burn off fat. You have to get off your butt and get moving!

That’s Jillian. When in doubt, don’t look for the easy way out. If you’re looking to understand metabolism even more, check out her book “Master your metabolism