Some people either like “The Biggest Loser” or they hate it. There really doesn’t seem to be many in between. Today, Jillian Michaels announced that she would be leaving the show after her current contract expires.
What most people do not realize is how Jillian revolutionized the diet world and the views on obesity to our society. Until Jillian came around, most people went on and off diets without making a fuss publicly or would participate in a one-page spread on a magazine; no one made a big deal about it, especially when it came to television.
When Jillian hit the air, things began to change. People started to learn about health, and the meaning of the word “diet” being used as a means of lifestyle. Taking off the weight became a popular and a fun thing to do. There were games, DVD’s and many ways to take part at home.
Jillian started to make it exciting to lose weight. It wasn’t about the fast weight loss for her; it was about being healthy and making lifestyle changes.
When Jillian hosted her own show “Losing it with Jillian Michaels” over the summer, it showed her true commitment and compassion to each chosen family and for a betterchange. This show did not offer prized of money and fame; it offered time with Jillian, which I was so lucky myself to have spent while shooting our film this lastsummer in Nashville.
I wish Jillian good luck in any and all of her future projects, as I am sure they will be fantastic.
She helped turn the name “Biggest Loser” into a profound and inspirational meaning for most…in the healthiest way possible.
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I was one of the people who until recently believed that Corn Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup was addictive. Then finally, after a long while of research and experimentation, I no longer believe that Corn Syrup and regular syrup aren’t really that much different.
What was bothersome to me was that I was still under the belief that since Corn Syrup was disproved then sugar itself must be addictive.
I had read the studies from Princeton and interviewed their experts. The only problem was that they had only experimented on non-humans.
I viewed PET scans of comparing subjects on miscellaneous narcotics and subjects induced with sugar. Amazingly both scans displayed that the subjects were hitting the same receptors in the brain.
me even further. It’s not like we can ban sugar or any sugar alternative from our foods. And let’s not forget the thousands of American jobs that would disappear with them. Both our health and economy are fighting for their lives.
So, what gives?
Well it turns out that I once again turned to sugar over the weekend. Not anywhere as terribly as I have in the past, but I found myself there… again.
What was different this time was that I tried to figure out what emotion I was feeling while I went back to my unhealthy habits. It was a form of depression again. I was coping again… I was doing something that millions of Americans suffer and deal with every day. Could sugar be an underground drug to cope with life’s trying times, since it hits the same receptors as other drugs?
Is there something else to turn to? There seem to be a good number of recovering drug addicts in the world, so why is it so difficult for me to stop going to my “Sugar Drug Addiction?”
I welcome your input…
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I really never gave it any thought before until I weighed my beloved Pug at the veterinarian recently.
It was astounding that she was considered to be obese as I was. Looks like my pug was going to join this dieting journey along side me.
To fix this situation, I immediately changed his food. I also found out that exercise would help.
My animals were taking my bad habits. Any snacks or meals that I chose to eat, they ate. I made the terrible mistake of feeding them my table scraps. I never realized that if I fed my dogs the same crap that I fed myself, that they would be in a dangerous health situation, similar to my own.
So now, instead of one person on a diet with the ability to either sabotage or take charge of, it is myself plus one. I’m in charge of my pug and myself. I’m standing alone and in charge of saving two lives. It’s a pretty scary perspective especially if I’m already having such problems on my own diet.
I don’t have kids and my animals are basically my children. It really says something that our habits, especially dietary, set the bar for our children-whether human or a bit furrier. They are following our footsteps, whether healthy of not. My “child” is a victim of my bad habit.
It is time to break the chain and start to make changes.
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Went to the doctor…
Lost 10 gained 13. Not a good time on the scale for me this week.
I am discovering so many things about myself on this journey. I’m discovering metaphors… and they come in color. There is only black or white for me. No middle ground. I am always going to the extreme when dieting. Eating too little is my black, and eating too many calories is my white.
When I go off the wagon, I make excuses and start bargaining with myself for my physical “grey area”.
I was shocked to find out that I really wasn’t addicted to sugar. When I was feeling good or upbeat, I could actually eat one cookie and not another.
It really is the emotions and the images of the food that gets me. The visual, emotional and physical tastiness seems to be the hardest to bargain against.
My most favorite thing out of all of this is the life lessons that I get to learn.
And I’m ready to use them to get myself out of this middle- grey -ground.
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I understand the theory that corn sugar –referred as high fructose corn syrup to many- could in fact be considered “The Devil” when it comes to our intake.
The problem with that theory is that chemically, the differences are not that significant to make me care. Corn Syrup is in almost everything we eat and there are still thin people walking the earth.
Is there some secret evil conspiracy among the thin? Or, is it the idea of moderation coming into play here?
I used to love to single out and blame one type of food or ingredient for my being overweight; but I have come to realize that it is a culmination of many factors that make me in fact, fat.
On the days that I overeat with sugary foods, I gain weight. Yet on the days when I eat lower amounts of sugary based foods, I lose weight.
Perhaps we need to blame the environment or the commercial advertising that is aimed at our children or my adult-self. One could even start to blame vegetables and fruits if they consume a much higher amount then the norm.
If moderation and exercise leads to a calorie deficit and significant weight loss, then how can it be the fault of corn sugar? We point our finger to fault anything or anybody for our dietary choices and inevitably our faults.
So maybe if we all just try to work with what we have and stop looking for that one item to “blame”, we could then take responsibility for ourselves and begin to win the battle of the bulge.
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What should I eat?
These days, everything I see or read has something to do with eating healthy. From Michelle Obama to news stations and even at schools, the new message is “be healthy”. My problem: I find it overwhelming and even crushing sometimes.
When I go shopping at my local grocery store, I don’t know what to get anymore. I have discovered that whatever I used to buy is unhealthy. I was told not a long time ago that my favorite yoghurt was very bad for me. I have just realized that most of my diet was full of chemical garbage.
Then, if I try to buy healthier products, the prices are so high that I feel powerless about what to do. Fruits and vegetables have become a luxury item I cannot afford, and the few coupons I get are always for unhealthy foods or things I don’t like.
I don’t know how to shop healthy and affordable. I don’t like cooking. My fridge is either empty or filled with junk and I often end up ordering in. I was told to get control over what I eat, I find is very hard to do. I don’t even desire the so-called healthy foods really.
I feel like everybody is telling us to get out there and eat healthy, but nobody is telling us how we can pay for it and switch our lifestyles. I’d like some inputs…
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Over the past week, I have started to veer off onto a bad road where I haven’t been watching what I have been eating, I have not been exercising, and overall I have let stress get to me. All I needed was a little bit of inspiration to help me get back on track. This past weekend, I traveled down to Tennessee to meet with Jillian Michaels, Host of NBC’s Biggest Loser, were she is on the set of her new NBC show set to be aired this summer called “Loosing it with Jillian”.
I have always watched Jillian on TV and I know she is very smart and has a terrific presence on the show. I must admit however that I had no idea what it was going to be like meeting her in person and talking with her directly. After meeting her I realized she is exactly what we see on TV. Jillian is a terrific person who cares about people and wants to see them take care of themselves. She wants to figure out the bottom line for why we eat and why are we fat. Just listening to her tell her story growing up and hearing what she had to say about my story showed me Jillian speaks from the heart and knows her stuff to back it up.
What was very surprising for me was that there was a certain honesty and realness to Jillian. No sense of holding anything back or being pretentious. Just a very true person with deep emotions who actually really believes and cares about the peoples whose lives she helps. Jillian doesn’t try to make any pretence about being perfect and knowing it all but rather tries to concentrate on the good in everyone and bringing out their potential in leading better and healthier lives.
I take to heart Jillian’s method of weight issues, that there are underlying reasons behind being obese and eating. Before you can loose the weight, these issues must be addressed. Is this THE answer to the obesity issue? I think it is a big one, and definitely the biggest foot forward to helping. And if you don’t believe me you can see the tremendous out come in our interview with Jillian in the upcoming film “Finding Thin” and in June on NBC in “Loosing it with Jillian” debuting this summer.
Jillian Michaels and Barry Roskin Blake filming the documentary "Finding Thin".
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