Jillian Michaels, who is best known as trainer on the popular television program The Biggest Loser, has created an online weight loss plan that combines diet and fitness so as to provide dieters with ‘real solutions for weight loss’.
She emphasizes three major elements; diet, exercise and behavioral modification and says that they are all equally important if dieters want to achieve results.
Jillian’s online plan is based on the concept that in order to lose weight you need to consume less calories than you use.
At the beginning of the program you will be given a daily calorie goal and information on how best to calculate your intake.
The recommendations for both diet and exercise are customized depending on your answers to a simple quiz. The program will be adjusted according to your body shape, metabolic profile, emotional tendencies, fitness level, personal goals and health conditions.
The plan is balanced and includes all food groups but the exact ratios of proteins, carbohydrates and fats will vary depending on whether you are categorized as either a ‘fast oxidizer’ that runs better on protein and fats, or a ‘slow oxidizer’ that requires a greater amount of carbohydrates in the diet to function well.
Whole wheat bagel with jelly and almonds
Oven roasted turkey with cranberry wild rice
Beef lasagna with vegetables
Honey roasted peanuts
Exercise is an important part of the program and you will be provided with a personalized exercise plan that can be done in your own home. Dieters are provided with support resources such as a fitness planner with a weekly exercise schedule and advice on how to perform exercises correctly.
Membership to the online site costs $52 per quarter which works out to $4 per week.
The book version of the Jillian Michaels Diet is called Slim for Life.
It is packed full of diet, exercise and lifestyle advice that will enhance weight loss. Michaels aims to dispel diet myths and urges readers to avoid fad diets that ultimately damage metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.
Slim For Life’s many tips are rated in the form of a point system that lets you know which are the most powerful and important
Those with a 3 rating are top priority and you should do everything you can to follow them.
Tips with a 1 or 2 rating are not compulsory. If they seem realistic to your lifestyle you can try them out and observe the results.
By choosing the strategies you like the most you will create your own customized weight loss plan. This approach enables you to pick and choose from the tips and advice throughout the book. You can implement what works for you, while avoiding those activities that don’t appeal.
The book does not include a structured meal plan but does outline three days of a healthy weight loss diet. Also included is:
Online programs have been shown to lead to a greater degree of success due to the sense of community and support from other dieters and this is a major drawcard of plans such as this. The customizable aspect of Jillian’s plan and the emphasis on exercise and behavior modification sets this program apart as being unique.
The basic concepts of the Jillian Michaels Diet are not unlike many other weight loss plans but the online support factor may appeal to dieters who are familiar with her methods and would appreciate some help to stay motivated.