Jillian Michaels, the star personal trainer of The Biggest Loser, gave an interview to OK this month about how to lose weight quickly for a hot date or an important event. Normally Jillian does not advocate losing weight quickly but what makes her a great trainer is the fact that she is also realistic and realizes that sometimes a woman just has to get ready fast and that means fitting in that short dress in a smaller size. Read on for her tricks!
Who exactly is Jillian Michaels:
First, let me tell you few things about Jillian: She is a bestselling fitness and nutrition author. Jillian practices what she preaches. At age 12, she tipped the scales at 175, shedding pounds only after taking up martial arts a year later. Today, the 5-foot-2-inch star is 117 pounds of rock-hard muscle, thanks to a routine that includes the Brazilian martial art capoeira, kettle bells, running, yoga and biometric pull-ups. As she puts it, “I work my ass off!”
So how does she do it? Herewith, her tips for looking so fabulous day in and day out – and how to look hot before a big night out on the town.
Jillian Michaels Philosophy:
Jillian Michaels philosophy is that you have to live a pretty healthy life all the time. Its all about the math. You have to keep track of what you consume versus how many calories you use up during the day the calories you spend exercising. You need to eat clean. Eat foods that do not contain chemicals, organic whenever possible. She feels that you should keep a food journal so you can keep track of your calories every day. You need to educate yourself and understand how your body works, learn how your metabolism works and how to keep it constantly working so you lose more weight.
You should also exercise regularly, hopefully 4 to 5 times a week. Your exercise routine should be geared towards things that you enjoy, so if you like walking but hate running, then walk. As a matter of fact if you walk uphill you burn the same amount of calories as if you run, according to Jillian Michaels. You should try and vary your exercise routine as much as possible so you do not get board and you exercise different parts of your body. No matter how busy you are, you can always do something to get some exercise in your daily routine according to Jillian. She does not, however subscribe to the “just take the stairs” mentality. She assures us that we are strong and can and should do more.
Finally Jillian advocates that you will not be able to lose weight long term unless you also work on resolving psycholigal issues that might have contributed to gaining weight in the first place.
Jillian’s Tricks of the trade when she has no time to work out: There’s no drinking whatsoever. No domaine de valensac, no wine at all, no tequila shots. Don’t get to have my organic peanut butter cups or eat as much, period. If you do exercise regularly, then it is ok to drink occasionally as a reward, or have a reasonable dessert. Just make the right choices.If you’re going to drink, drink this: A margarita is 500 calories, so instead you can do the diet version that has 80 calories, with Patrón on the rocks, fresh lime and if you need it, a tiny splash of orange juice.
Tips for losing a dress size for a big date or event:
1. Take three to five days to prepare.
2. Drink a gallon of water a day with two tea bags of dandelion tea, all-natural cranberry juice and the juice of one lemon.
3. Eat asparagus and a little watermelon. The potassium helps flush water out.
4. No salt. Sodium-rich foods include cold cuts, most meat, anything processed.
5. Avoid tanning because the sun will dehydrate you. If you want color, go for a spray tan.
6. Work out.
7. Spend three 20-minute sessions in a sauna and sweat it out of your cells.
8. Avoid carbs.
9. Go to a spa and get a body wrap.
But beware: During the event, don’t eat and drink with abandon. “Your body will begin to re-bloat with the first morsel of food,” says Jillian.
After all that hard work, go and have a great time!