Jillian Michaels


Jillian Michaels is one of the most prominent weight loss experts in the world, and she has a lot of work to prove it, including two bestselling books, a number of DVDs, and even a fitness game for the Wii. She is not alone either: behind her there is also a group of experts of varying educations, which includes doctors and psychotherapists. This program is more than capable of improving both your body and your mind.

Basic Ideas

The three basic tenets of The Jillian Michaels diet are Self, Science, and Sweat. “Self” refers to self-control, and the habits, required to succeed at improving oneself. “Science” refers to the meal plans and all the science that goes into that, namely, counting nutrition values, and balancing everything in order to perfect the diet. There’s probably no reason to explain the “Sweat” part – exercise is as important in the Jillian Michaels plan as it is in any successful weight loss program.

The Jillian Michaels website provides numerous interactive tools to help you on your journey. These include a weight tracker, calorie calculator, menu guide, countless videos and so on. You might also find that the forums are a very helpful tool in managing your weight, especially since there are many people who potentially share whatever problems you might have with the program or with weight loss in general.

When it comes to maintaining your weight after the program, you will have to do it on your own. The philosophy here is that if you managed to get this far, you should be able to maintain your position.

Exercise Component

As one might expect of Jillian Michaels, the fitness component of this plan is particularly strong. Besides the aforementioned advice videos and exercises, members of the website get an exercise planned every week based on the level of their fitness.


This program will provide you with a customized meal plan. By answering a series of questions a program will be suggested to you based on a few modifiers, such as body type and metabolism. The plan includes required calorie intake, as well as how that amount of calories is best achieved. The program also provides shopping lists, recipes and guidelines.

While an all in all great diet plan, it may be difficult to follow for certain groups of people, especially vegetarians, diabetics, and other groups with restricted diets.


You are required to count calories, will need to shop and prepare food differently, and embark on a regular fitness regimen. There is a calorie tracker and a fitness tracker you need to maintain. This will be complicated at first, but after a month or two should come more easily. 


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