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Jillian Michaels Endorses QuickStart Diet Supplements

Has Jillian Michaels Damaged Her Rep by Endorsing Diet Supplements?

Last week, I received a press release announcing the launch of JumpStart 14 Day Cleanse and Burn, a detox system endorsed by trainer Jillian Michaels. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see that Jillian was behind a product like this, because I've always felt most cleanses rob your body of essential nutrients.

In the press release, Jillian says she developed the product because she wanted to make sure that there was a natural cleansing system on the market that didn't require fasting. The herbal supplements are taken with meals to "help reduce belly bloat, reduce body waste buildup, support your colon and digestive system, help support the liver’s natural detoxification process, and help you feel lighter and more energized."

The JumpStart system is the latest addition to her larger supplement line, which includes pills for calorie control, fat burning, and weight loss. After looking at the directions, I'm relieved to know that her products are made from natural ingredients like grapefruit extract, cocoa, and kola nut, and not meal replacements. Still, I'm not sure how I feel about a respected trainer like Jillian endorsing supplements with names like QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System and Maximum Strength Fat Burner. I've always viewed Jillian as someone who pushed the benefits of eating right and exercising, and these products seem to send a mixed message.

To be fair, though, Jillian has never said she was against supplements. In her book, Making the Cut, Jillian devotes an entire section to the positive effects that herbal supplements can have on diet and weight loss. Given this background, it seems that developing her own herbal supplement was the natural next step for Jillian. (On a side note, I thought it was pretty interesting that the usage and ingredients of Jillian's supplements didn't seem that different from Kim Kardashian's QuickTrim line.)

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I am put off by the fact that she has this product line, but I still love her training style. Her DVDs are great and I would buy others from her in the future.
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
I'm glad to see a post on this; it's been bugging me ever since I saw an ad for the JM supplements in a magazine few months ago. Dumb-founded, I went to the GNC site and looked at the ingredient list on every single one of her products. I looked up ingredients that I was unfamiliar with. I concluded that there are some that are potentially harmful - so-called "natural" things that dramatically increase the resting heart rate and thus can be quite dangerous to some people. Guarana is just one of them; I personally wouldn't take that before working out (and I harbor a belief that it's not safe in general). Anyway, this really disappointed me, because I love JM's workout DVDs. However, yeah, she's doing it for the money so she sold out, like so many do. While not shocking, it was definitely disappointing.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
"help reduce belly bloat, reduce body waste buildup, support your colon and digestive system, help support the liver’s natural detoxification process, and help you feel lighter and more energized." Uhm, drink green tea and a lot of water coupled with a healthy diet and daily exercise. I don't think this was the wisest move Jillian could have made. Too many mixed messages.
jkat jkat 7 years
I am going to be in the minority here and say it doesn't bother me that much. I know people are wary of supplements and love to hate on them, but they can have a lot of benefits. I take a guarana and a white willow bark before I work out (like she suggests in MTC, and I LOVE it. I have so much energy and have never suffered any side effects from it. I also take things like fish oil, calcium, CLA, multi-vitamins, etc. I have garnered info on these from various magazines and websites. Everything has pluses and minuses, and I don't hate the supplements. What bugs me about her product line is that is seems to be less about the needs of each person and more like a "magic pill." That has never seemed to be what she is about.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
I read her response to people asking her if she felt like she had sold out. If you look at the ingredients list, its just herbs that are proven to up metabolism. However, in my opinion, any changes to metabolism will be minimal. What I don't like is the "magic pill" marketing. However, I love Jillian so much that I just shook my head and went on with my life.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I love her as a trainer. Her DVDs (especially the 30 Day Shred) are the best!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Ha, Spectra - we should market that diet. THE ALL NATURAL COCAINE DIET! LOSE WEIGHT! QUICKLY!!*** (*** you may end up in jail. spectra and runningesq not responsible)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Just because her supplements are "natural" doesn't mean they are safe or effective. Cocaine is natural and probably would help you lose weight, doesn't mean you should try it. Like runningesq said, your body is its own detox system. Eat a lot of fruits and veggies, drink lots of water, and your body will de-bloat itself naturally.
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
In Jillian's defense (yes, she's my idol), the supplements are meant to be added to a healthy diet and exercise plan. she gives meal plans and such on her website and these are meant to be an aid. I still wish she wouldn't be marketing a diet pill, but the girl's a commercial trainer and is going to make money. I still love her.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
carriespooner - JM tweeted a few weeks ago that it's not up to her what products are promoted on the show. She's against all that crap - anyone who has read Master Your Metabolism knows how much she can't stand HFCS as well as packaged foods in general. Right now she's trying to come up with a protein bar that doesn't have preservatives or tons of soy, but says it's difficult. I'm a hardcore JM fan and I admit I was a little put off when her supplements came out. Perhaps she's trying to compete with the unhealthy options out there. I tried the cleanse and I admit, it really did help reduce bloating and gas (I'm vegetarian). I prefer to just follow her books and do things as naturally as possible, except when I'm extremely irregular.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I love her as a trainer (love her dvd's) but I would never take any other kind of advice from her. Diet pills - supplements -detox system.... whatever kind of sugar coating they put on it - are not healthy. Period.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
She's damaged it with me.
benheld benheld 7 years
She didn't have a rep to ruin in my opinion. The Biggest Loser promotes such unhealthy methods to losing weight and becoming healthy--YUCK.
kristints kristints 7 years
I think Jillian's a great trainer but just like runningesq said, she's not an RD or a nutrition expert in any capacity. She should be giving fitness advice, not nutrition advice.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
I don't care if it is just an herbal supplement, it is being marketed as a magic pill, plain and simple. Just look at the label! Nothing works better than good old fashioned EXERCISE and EATING HEALTHY. It's unfortubate that so many people are so lazy and don't want to put forth any effort.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I don't like it. I've lost 50 pounds over the last several years and I learned along the way that anything but healthy food and exercise is just a way to waste money and raise false hopes. period.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
Surely she is a good trainer, but some things are just about the money. She's been endorsing this kind of products for a long time, and people seem to just selectively notice because they like her on TV.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Runningesq, you are SO right! This is what I always think when I hear about people, like celebs, supporting detox diets. The body is perfectly capable of taking care of itself if you just get sleep, exercise, eat right and drink lots of water.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
UGH! I hate statements like this: help reduce belly bloat, reduce body waste buildup, support your colon and digestive system, help support the liver’s natural detoxification process, and help you feel lighter and more energized. You know what does all of that? your body itself ! want to detox? drink more water, eat more fiber. I think Jillian is a great triner but she is not a registered dietician, and should not be giving nutrition advice.
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