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Jillian Michaels on the Cover of Ladies Home Journal

Jillian Michaels Covers Plenty of Topics With LHJ

I predict that 2010 will be the year Jillian Michaels becomes a household name, if she isn't already. The latest season of The Biggest Loser begins on Jan. 5 (that's tomorrow in case you hope to catch the season premiere) and her new one woman lifestyle makeover reality show will premiere later this Spring. Master trainer Jillian opened up to Ladies' Home Journal about love, life, and the dangers of reality weight loss TV. Here are the highlights.

  • On the manipulative side of reality TV: "The Biggest Loser is like a funhouse mirror. I’ve loved the show and the platform it has given me, but still, it is the nature of reality TV to manipulate. You never see what’s going on in its entirety. For every 10 minutes we’re on the show, acting like insane people, there are a hundred hours of training you don’t see. The stretching, the icing. Nobody wants to watch that."

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  • Admitting concern about the safety of her contestants: "You’re the fifth person to say that to me this week. And you’re not wrong. The contestants keep getting bigger and bigger . . . As the trainers we have no say over the challenges. We worry about them too."
  • On being open to healthy love: "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!"
  • On being an overweight and angry teen: "I lived on junk food. I had no direction. Once I punched a hole in our wall. Another time I stole a car….[My father and I] sort of bonded over food. When he was alone with me and we had nothing to say to each other, it would be like, 'Let’s eat a pizza!' "
  • Her thoughts on fitness: "For me it’s never been about fitness. Getting in shape is just a means to an end. It’s like if you said to a contractor, 'How much do you love your toolbox?' He’d be like, 'Um, well I’m passionate about building beautiful houses, and to do that I need these tools.' Well, I’m passionate about helping people rebuild their lives. When someone feels strong physically they feel strong in every aspect of their existence. If they have endurance and achieve in the gym, then I can redefine their entire self image. I can wipe away years of negativity."
  • On her tough-love method: "You can circumvent the negative thinking with fear. Just the way a mother can lift a car off a child—it’s like, fear makes you live in the moment. Sometimes I need to intimidate a person, and then they do what I ask, and when they see they can be successful it is the most amazing experience for them. I can use the techniques they have used to program themselves for destruction and program them for success."

Read the rest of the interview on Jan. 15 when the February issue of Ladies' Home Journal hits newsstands.

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kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
She looks hot although it may be air brushed, but when I saw her on talk shows, she always looks really good. I never watch The Biggest Loser, but I've heard really good thing about the 30 day shred. I'm thinking of either buying that or P90x..what do you guys suggest?
kristints kristints 7 years
She said on Facebook that she never stole a car, she stole the family car, as in her mother's car and LHJ twisted what she said. Actually lizlee, if you follow her on Facebook, it's pretty clear that she IS gay. Also, when celebrities say things like 'I'm open to anything', that is them being honest without having to actually put a public label on themselves.
syako syako 7 years
:true: Zulkey! (and I cringe when I read my comment, it should be "then" not "than") :o
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I"m just so against supplements. I spent so many years of my life and so much money trying to find the right product that would help me lose weight. And wouldn't you know it the only way I ever found to lose weight and keep it off doesn't involve a single thing you can buy at GNC or something like that.
jkat jkat 7 years
I felt the same way when I saw the supplements, but she has never been anti-supplement. And not all supplements are bad either. Her Making the Cut has an extensive supplement section in the back and her fat burner is essentially those supplements combined into one in the "right" amounts (according to her). It makes me skeevy, but at the end of the day, you can't trust anyone else completely with your health. I think for the most part she is one of the most honest and effective fitness celebs out there right now.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
Am I the only one who noticed that the magazine cover has been airbrushed to the point that she unrecognizable?
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
Agree Syako, I hate that she promotes supplements. I feel like I can't trust her 100% even though the Shred works wonders.
syako syako 7 years
If she's so worried about product placements not being healthy, than how does she explain this?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Love her more with each interview. She seems so down to earth and caring for those she trains. I just go the 30 day shred and will hopefully start it soon.
jkat jkat 7 years
lizlee, I think what she said is pretty much the opposite of thinking love is an accident or can't be helped. She said she is interested in "healthy" love (i.e. not hurtful, abusive, dishonest, etc.). She just said she would be open to receiving that love from either a man or a woman. Sounds to me like she is making a choice to only be in a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
Love her!
elle-dub elle-dub 7 years
mtiger, I just started 30 Day Shred too. I was in good shape before I tried the DVD, but I don't think there has been a day since I started that I haven't been sore. Definitely one of the best workouts I've ever had.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
@Anonymous Stephanie Standriff; no, she's not gay. she's just bought into the sad and very silly idea that a person cannot help whom they love. news flash; love is a choice, an action, and something that you have to do every day. you may not be able to help whom you're attracted to or whom you like and even "fall in love" with; but loving someone is something you have to decide (whether it's a man or woman). and if you really want to love someone; you don't want to hurt them (i.e. cheat on them, etc.). it's strange to me that people want to believe that love is an accident - would you want someone to "love" you because they have no choice or because they make a conscious decision to care for you? maybe it's just me; but the second way is much more flattering and makes more sense...
mtiger mtiger 7 years
She's a great trainer. I'm doing the 30 Day Shred and I love it. For me, her "tough love" style is much more motivating than someone saying "You can do it, you can do it."
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I do think that a lot of it is "too much too soon" -- esp. the plyometric exercises.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
"As the trainers we have no say over the challenges. We worry about them too." It is strange to me that she is passionate about re-building people's lives but is on a show where she can be concerned with their health and safety of her clients, yet continue to go along with it. I have one of her books and I really like her message and her method but I am bothered by her ignoring that contradiction in order to, what I suspect is, to make money. It seems like it might bother her too.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm glad she's concerned about the safety of the contestants on the show. It seems like every season, the people get more and more obese. Granted, it's better TV if the people lose tons of weight every week, but at what cost? Some of those contestants do weird things to get thinner...that one girl Kai ate nothing but asparagus for a few days before the final weigh-in. Other people probably do similar things and I just wish the show was about more than just losing weight. On another note, I didn't realize Jillian was bisexual, but I have always kind of wondered. Healthy love is definitely what it's all about...I think she's got a great point.
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