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Looking4TheWayOut 10-23-2005 08:19 AM

Questions for Jillian Michaels re: Winning by Losing
 
Hey, everyone. I see a lot of questions about the book, but they're getting buried in the thread where we're chatting with one another. I'm pretty sure even though Jillian is obviously helpful and giving, it has to be hard searching for them on limited time.

Maybe we could put them here for her. Just list the question without all the paragraphs and she could get to them when she visits the site?

I was trying to make it easier/more organized for her because there were a couple I wanted to see the answer to, but haven't.

Looking4TheWayOut 10-23-2005 08:28 AM

Jillian, these were some questions others posed that I didn't see answers to that were only about your book:

1.) Do you have any replacement exercises for the ones in the book using gym equipment for those of us not using a gym?

2.) Will your workout videos work with this plan?

3.) What happens after the 12 weeks are up?

That's what I've seen so far. Does anyone have any to add?

curlylocks 10-23-2005 09:24 AM

waiting for my book.... and i see at amazon u have work out videos... cool i also checked your site and i see that u have a package of workout videos comming out for sale soon...

ok if u dont mind another question .. could you please address this situation>> see-sawing, I have read some articles where u explain plateaus,,, but what the heck is up with this up and down stuff?

just a bit of background:i started at 288 lbs i walk 5 miles a day, and do an hour of circuit/resistance training per day... some days i throw in some time on the gazelle..

i have not gone off my eating program.. i eat no white flour, no pasta, no potatoes..very low sugar( no processed sugars) (basically a low glycemic diet)

i would estimate my calories @ 1200-1300 per day, my body fat percentage is 27%

I am wondering if maybe i am not getting enough protein?


thank u for any help u may be able to give me on this..

bchgrl34 10-23-2005 09:45 AM

I'd like to hear Jillian's take on the following:

I have heard several trainers say if you want a long, lean look to lift light and lots of reps but if you want to have a more fitness competitor look ( I don't want to say bulky, just more cut I guess) to lift heavy and less reps. I guess the comparison would be from a fitness competitor to the look actresses have. Is this BS, totally depends on genetics, what exactly?

Ilene 10-23-2005 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bchgrl34
I'd like to hear Jillian's take on the following:

I have heard several trainers say if you want a long, lean look to lift light and lots of reps but if you want to have a more fitness competitor look ( I don't want to say bulky, just more cut I guess) to lift heavy and less reps. I guess the comparison would be from a fitness competitor to the look actresses have. Is this BS, totally depends on genetics, what exactly?

:rofl: here! Thank you for not mentioning "bulk", my personal pet peeve! I'm looking forward to the answer...

Looking4TheWayOut 10-24-2005 02:04 PM

Jillian answered my one question elsewhere and said to substitute gym back exercises by using bands at home.

The other question I had was answered in her last chapter. Duh to me. :)

Mrs.T 10-25-2005 01:38 PM

Jillian how important is waist to hip ratio? Are there exceptions to this ratio number going down?

Looking4TheWayOut 10-25-2005 02:30 PM

Jillian said she'd be stopping here as soon as she could to answer questions. She didn't even realize the thread was up. :)

Jillian Michaels 10-26-2005 02:03 AM

I am a bit behind... so sorry. Just read the latest posts and you guys are so sweet. I am going to get to all the questions tomorrow... promise. Also, for those of you who are thanking me, please know that having an opportunity to chat here with you guys is such a pleasure. I am not doing anyone any favors except maybe myself :-) I love talking to people and feeling like maybe I can help in some way. It gives me meaning - so... thank you for giving me your trust, time, and attention!

Answers tomorrow... honest!

I will answer all questions from now on on this thread so check back here. Just wanna make sure we are all on the same page.
Sleep tight ladies.

j

Mrs.T 10-26-2005 09:28 AM

We understand you probably are a very busy person, so I think we're just grateful that you're able to answer our questions. ;)

angel-eyes 10-26-2005 12:40 PM

Hi Jillian. LOVED last nights show!!! My question for you.....Is there a way you could post sample menu's or meal plans? Somewhere in my buzz to get info on your book, I've seen them somewhere(?) but now I'm lost. I have just started on Day2 and I'm a balanced oxidizer. It would be sooo helpful. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on the boards!!

lessofsarahtolove 10-26-2005 12:58 PM

Hey Jillian -- no question for you -- just sending you love. :lol: You rock, man! I think it's just wonderful that you're here helping us out, and that you are taking the time to answer questions individually. You're a real gift, and I know we all really, really appreciate it.

And your book's on the way...... ;) Oh! And I wanted also to say that your biceps are probably the single most powerful inspiration I've yet encountered to get back on plan after spending some time in chemo-land. :D

Thanks for all that you give. :cool:

skinnyjeans 10-26-2005 01:12 PM

For all of you that are asking...If I've done this right here is the sample menu she posted before.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jillian Michaels
Petra - You are right on the money. If I had one regret on Winning it is not giving menu samples. Sometimes when you know something so well you assume that other people know too. I will NOT make the same mistake on the second book... here is an excerpt from my next book to give you ideas of what a sample day would look like for each type of oxidizer:
Slow Plan Woman:
Breakfast - (400 cals) 1 cup of Oatmeal with ½ an apple and 2 scrambled egg whites

Lunch – (400 cals) 1 cup black bean turkey chili with grilled veggie salad

Snack – (200 cals) 1 cup mixed berries and 1 sugar free nonfat yogurt

Dinner – (400 cals) 5 oz of grilled halibut in lemon and dill sauce with 1 cup sautéed spinach and ½ baked sweet potato

Slow Plan Man:
Breakfast - (500 cals) 1 cup of Oatmeal with an apple and 4 scrambled egg whites

Lunch – (500 cals) 1 ½ cup black bean turkey chili with grilled veggie salad

Snack – (300 cals) 2 cups mixed berries and 1 sugar free nonfat yogurt

Dinner – (500 cals) 6 oz of grilled halibut in lemon and dill sauce with 1 cup sautéed spinach and a baked sweet potato

Balanced Plan Woman:
Breakfast - (400 cals) 1 cup of Kashi go Lean Cereal with ½cup sugar free skim milk and two scrambled Eggs

Lunch – (400 cals) 4oz of Grilled Ahi over a bed of sautéed spinach and 1/3 cup of wild rice

Snack – (200 cals) 1 Apple and 10 raw cashews

Dinner – (400 cals) 4 oz of chili lime chicken breast, ½ cup of black beans with fresh salsa, and a large green salad for dinner with 1 tablespoon of low cal dressing.

Balanced Plan Man:
Breakfast - (500 cals) 1 cup of Kashi go Lean Cereal with ½cup sugar free skim milk and three scrambled Eggs

Lunch – (500 cals) 5oz of Grilled Ahi over a bed of sautéed spinach and 1/2 cup of wild rice

Snack – (300 cals) 1 Apple and 20 raw cashews

Dinner – (500 cals) 5oz of chili lime chicken breast, 3/4 cup of black beans with fresh salsa, and a large green salad for dinner with 1 tablespoon of low cal dressing.

Fast Plan Woman:
Breakfast - (400 cals) 3 egg omelet with spinach, tomato, and feta cheese

Lunch – (400 cals) ¼ pound cheeseburger with no bun

Snack – (200 cals) 20 dry roasted almonds

Dinner – (400 cals) 4oz of Dijon lamb loin with grilled asparagus

Fast Plan Man:
Breakfast - (500 cals) 4 egg omelet with spinach, tomato, and feta cheese

Lunch – (500 cals) 1/3 pound cheeseburger with no bun

Snack – (300 cals) 30 dry roasted almonds

Dinner – (500 cals) 6oz of Dijon lamb loin with grilled asparagus


angel-eyes 10-26-2005 01:21 PM

YES!!! Thats it!!! Thankyou so much skinnyjeans!! Thankyou so much. Where in the heck did you find it? I was scrounging for along time. I knew it was here somewhere!!!

bchgrl34 10-26-2005 01:28 PM

I confess that I just recently started watching Biggest Loser because a friend told me too. Can someone please tell me Jillian's background? My friend mentioned she had lost alot of weight sometime in the past? I'd love to hear her testimonial!

bchgrl34 10-26-2005 01:48 PM

Jillian, I'm thinking of purchasing your 5 DVDs and was wondering how to incorporate them into your plan. I was thinking I'd do them and add cardio to the end to make it a full hour workout. Does this sound about right?

Looking4TheWayOut 10-26-2005 07:31 PM

Bchgrl34, did you buy the book? Jillian's workouts start with her circuit training. Then when you're finished with it, you do any aerobics of your choice as long as it thoroughly kicks your ***. I'm guessing one of Jillian's tapes would do that. LOL So, just as the book says, you do the 12-week circuit training routines then your own cardio. I'm not Jillian, but just thought I'd help.

Looking4TheWayOut 10-26-2005 07:33 PM

Bch, maybe you could bring questions that aren't related to Jillian's book to the other thread. I started this so that she could easily find questions and answer them because so many were getting buried. A lot of us are doing the book and are confused by what we're supposed to be doing in it. We're trying to help each other, but I just wanted to ask you if you wouldn't mind. I know she doesn't have a ton of time, but makes it for us. I didn't want to see her get bogged down and not come around anymore.

SunnyKells 10-27-2005 12:36 AM

Howdy chica
 
Okay, I hope it's cool to post this here ....

Jillian ... I am waiting patiently for your book to arrive ... but until then I do have a question and maybe your book would answer it but heck if I know, so here goes. I am SOOO freaking addicted to soda and I know it's awful for you. I drink Diet Pepsi for 2 reasons ... #1- I really don't know, I love it ... #2 - caffeine ... I have tried to get off the soda but then I am a mega hooch and I get some awful headaches ... your advice? Should I just suck it up and be unbearable for a couple weeks? Is there anything other than water that's sweet to drink? Just curious ... thank you so much ... :D

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:23 AM

Here goes...
 
Okay - first set of questions:

1. Replacement exercises - the best way to replace exercises that require equipment is to invest in an exercise band. You can do all the back moves with it like Lat pull downs, Terry Pulls, Rows etc. You can do all the arm moves, and most of the chest moves. YOu can do presses with them, pull downs with them, flyes with them etc. For example, if you hang the cable over a bar or a door jam you can kneel on a towel and do your Lat pulls and so forth. As for leg moves like presses, extensions, or ham curls - you can do weighted squats instead of presses by holding something in your hands like a gallon of water if you don't have weights available. You can also do extensions or ham curls with heavy ankle weights and higher reps.

2. The workout videos are specifically designed to match the workout philosophies advocated in the sweat section of the book (splits, intensity, sequence etc.)

3. After the twelve weeks are up you should be familiar with all the different types of exercises and the muscle splits. You should then refer back to the section that talks about designing your workout routine. Following the same principals I laid out for you, you should be able to design your own routines by changing up which exercise you choose for each muscle group, mixing up the resistance, mixing up the sets and reps, focusing on a different muscle contraction in each exercise - for example, for a week you might do your pushups by holding for a 5 count in the middle of the move (the isometric contraction).

going on to next questions...

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:30 AM

To beach girl
 
bulking up vs lean muscle... here is the truth:

1. it is VERY difficult for women to gain muscle mass because of our estrogen levels. Estrogen inhibits fat metabolism and muscle growth. It is very rare that women have hormonal imbalances with testosterone levels through the roof - if you have this issue I promise you you would know it. There would be many other signs - like excess facial hair for example. It is a very rare condition and... genetic.

2. It is virtually impossible to gain muscle mass when you are on a calorie restricted diet. This is not to say you can't get lean muscle. There is such a thing as marbelized muscle (just like a piece of steak that is fatty) you muscles can be the same.

Therefore - here is your answer: Lifting heavy weights targets your fast twitch muscle fibers, lifting lighter weights targets your slow twitch muscle fibers. In my opinion it is most advantages to mix up your routine regularly and practive both methods. This way you keep you body from adapting and get the phsyiological benefits of both types of workouts. Both will ultimately help you get lean muscle and shed fat. I REPEAT THE ONLY WAY TO BULK UP IS TO HAVE A CALORIE SURPLUS - as long as you don't have that you won't bulk up :-)

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:31 AM

To ilene
 
Sorry for saying bulk... didn't see your post till after ;)

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:37 AM

Mrs. T

THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS AT THE END OF THE DAY IS HOW YOU FEEL! I only use waist to hip ratio because I feel like it is the most accurate guage for realistic goal weights compared to what other methods are out there. BMI for example is totally bogus. According to the BMI Arnold Schwarzenegar (spelling?) would be considered obese. It doesn't take into account body composition and is therefore totally inaccurate. Even still waist to hip is not pefect - that is why I gave a rough weight chart so people would have a better indication of what is considered "normal". Regardless - at the end of the day - you need to feel good about your body and comfortable in your own skin. Forget about all that other crap - it's only there so you don't expect you should look like Cameron Diaz or something. As long as you feel good - that's all that matters.

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:41 AM

Angel - I am going to write out a couple of menus for slow, balanced, and fast oxidizers. This is gonna take a few days for me - I will get there promise. I think what you may have seen is what is posted on NBC's site under my tips. I had them take it down because it was a sample diet that I developed for Lizzeth from season 1. I did not intend for everyone to follow that ever. The cals where WAY to low for the average person and the foods were specifically chosen for her metabolic type. Will post samples for all types and use the calorie allowance that you calculate for yourself in my book. The way you will tailor the sample menus to match you calorie allowance is through protion control... make sense?

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:43 AM

Sarah - No answer... sending you mad love back ;-) THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS. Again, this is not selfless on my part. Imagine how good it makes me feel to get posts like yours! From one rockstar to another... thank you!

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:44 AM

Skinny jeans you are on it with that sample menu - angel eyes the new beginning is right now... follow?

xo
j

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:52 AM

Beach G - ugghh the weight question. I was in fact heavy. This is such a long story... It is still kinda painful for me so I have burned almost every photo. Fortunately, or unfortunately my father managed to dig up an old photo from his wedding because nobody actually believed me. I gave it to the NBC publicist so she could give it to press for their articles. I will have her e-mail a copy of that photo and see if I can post it here for you guys.

Here is the story in a nutshell - I was a heavy - not obese - kid. I was about 45# heavier then I am now. I know this doesn't sound like much to you guys but I am only 5'2 so it is just under a third of my body weight. I was a size 12 (now a size 4). My body fat was 25% now it's 11%. When I was about 14 my mother got me into martial arts and it was my instructor that taught me about health and fitness. He showed me how strong I was through tough love and subsequently changed my life in more ways then just the physical. This is where I get my fitness philosophy and my passion for fitness as a tool to transform lives both physically and emotionaly. I could go on and on about this, but I don't want to bore you. Long story short - my book is really about my own journey towards health and my own struggles with weight. Over 17 years I have asked every question, read every fad diet, tried every pill, worked out on every gizmo. I have talked with the top nutritionists in the world, the best sports medicine doctors, and biochemists. Through all of that - I managed to lose the weight and form my "3 s approach to weight loss and total health". Dear god... are you guys hating me yet for this long post. If you guys have more specific questions about this I will be happy to answer but for now I think you have suffered enough.

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 03:55 AM

Beachster (your name is changing every time I post to you) I have a severe nick name problem...

The DVD's are 30 minutes because the DVD company said that all the research shows that people won't commit to anything over 30 minutes... blah blah blah. SO annoying. Having said that, they were footing the bill so I had to submit on that point. That is why the videos are so intense... to make sure I pack in as much punch as possible and burn as many calories as possible. You are right about the cardio - for any resistance workokut that isn't 60 minutes (including 5 min of warm up and 5 min of cool down) I like people to do cardio at 85% of their MHR.

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 04:00 AM

Sunny - whose that little Michelle kid... SOOO cute. Don't be posting pictures like that, you'll make my clock start ticking!

Soda's - the skinny - there is a huge difference between health and weight loss. Are diet soda's healthy... NO, but you won't gain weight on them. At the end of the day it's a choice. I drink tons of diet coke (I am particularly addicted to coke zero right now), but having said that there are options.

For caffeine free try caffeinie free Diet Coke or Caffeinie free diet pepsi, Diet Rite, Diet 7 up or Diet sprite, Diet Cream Soda -

For Sodium Free try the Diet rite

For non soda diet beverages try - Diet Snapple, Crystal Light, Tea with splenda

At the end of the day, caffeine isn't tragic, it can actualy be metabolic, but it does tax your adrenal glands and dehydrate you. Just make sure and drink lots of water to counterbalance it a bit.

Jillian Michaels 10-27-2005 04:02 AM

okay guys - gonna sack out. Check back with you in a couple of days! Until then keep up the good work!

P.S. lookingforthewayout a.k.a fat fighting pug lover... THANKS BUDDY!

bchgrl34 10-27-2005 06:28 AM

Forgive me if this is addressed int he book, mine is on its way to me. If you can't build muscle while on a calories restricted diet, what is the point of lifitng weights while on a diet? Wouldnt it make more sense to do strictly cardio and diet, lose the weight, THEN lift weights to gain muscle as desired?

Daisy Boo 10-27-2005 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jillian Michaels
Sunny - whose that little Michelle kid... SOOO cute. Don't be posting pictures like that, you'll make my clock start ticking!

LOL Jillian! :lol:

you deserve a big pat on the back for all those answers - great job! I have to say it is wonderful being able to have access to you and get answers to all our questions.

i take back all those things i said about you after my quads felt like they had been ripped out, cut in half and then put back in my thighs :D (i have a silly sense of humour, i know)

good job ;)

Daisy Boo 10-27-2005 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bchgrl34
Forgive me if this is addressed int he book, mine is on its way to me. If you can't build muscle while on a calories restricted diet, what is the point of lifitng weights while on a diet? Wouldnt it make more sense to do strictly cardio and diet, lose the weight, THEN lift weights to gain muscle as desired?

IMO. if you just exercise like a banshee and lose a large amount of weight, you will end up skinny-fat with an untoned muscles. keep the weights going during weight loss and your muscles will come to life, you will look thinner than you weigh (muscle weighs more than fat) and your muscles will become your own personal 24hour boosted metabolism which will make the weight loss easier and much easier to maintain as the fires are stoked.

i think what jillian is saying is that you will not be able to build excessive muscle mass but will be able to tone and build the basics.

JMHO :)

petra65 10-27-2005 08:54 AM

Jillian,

Thanks for sharing your story but I have some questions about body fat. This is what I understand about healthy body fat in females. I have been told that a healthy body fat percentage is between 19-24% and currently I am aiming for about 20% body fat. Between about 15-18% is considered an athletic body type like you might see in gymnasts and marathon runners and typically anything below that starts to be a problem. I think most women start to have menstrual irregularities around 12%. Is that correct?

Ilene 10-27-2005 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jillian Michaels
Sorry for saying bulk... didn't see your post till after ;)

:lol: Thank you!! ;) ... Great explanation on bulking up vs lean muscle...

RockerGirl 10-27-2005 10:53 AM

Hi All-
I weighed in again on Tuesday and still zero weight loss. I am following the program almost exactly, except for a few exercise modifications because my gym doesn't have a cable machine. I also added 30 minutes of cardio in addition to the circuit training.

Jillian-
You mentioned in the book only briefly the use of a caffeine/aspirin stack for increased metabolism is this something you would recommend for me.

Also, to answer your questions in the other thread. I was doing strength training and cardio and watching the diet. I was working out 6 days a week with my only rest day being Friday when I went from 225 to 185.

I had my t-3 levels checked in June 2005 about midway through my plateau. All levels were within normal range.

I did the quiz in the book and I am a balanced oxidizer, but I plan on doing the Niacin test on Sunday to be sure.

If I have my exercise rountine on track I have to believe my problem lies with my diet. I have included a link to my Fitday Journal for everyone to check-out and see if they have any suggestions.

Fitday Journal

Thanks

Looking4TheWayOut 10-27-2005 11:22 AM

Bchgirl, I think Daisy gave a great answer because you can build lean muscle, but not bulk. Lean muscle burns more calories than not having it. So, in the end, a person without it has to work harder just to maintain. You could essentially lose more by doing both.

J, no problemo. You know you're my girl! ;)

angel-eyes 10-27-2005 03:12 PM

JILLIAN.....THANK YOU!!! I really really appreciate your reading our posts and writing back. Whenever you get the chance, post those sample menu's but please know you've already done alot already!! :carrot: I know you have alot going on right now and this means the world to us. I don't see Dr. Phil taking the time to talk to us....DO YOU? YOU ROCK!!!

Jen415 10-27-2005 05:18 PM

Jillian:

I have to say--you absolutely, positively freakin' ROCK!!!! How awesome for someone as busy and as famous as you to come here and read our questions and actually ANSWER THEM!! :carrot:

I'll be honest--you scare me. Actually, I think your book scares me. I haven't read it all the way yet, but I have been reading all the posts here and all the answers, and I guess I am just SCARED of those intense workouts!

I am a 300 pound woman who has not been very active in recent years, and I am scared that they would be so intense I couldn't do them, and then I would once again feel like a failure.

HOW do I get over this mental block I have about these workouts?? :?:

Thanks in advance for your answer!

Mad love at ya girlfriend,
Jen

Mrs.T 10-27-2005 06:06 PM

Jen - like Jillian told me, every day is a new day. You can't beat yourself up for the set backs, you have to learn from them and try again tomorrow. You may not be able to get through all of it, but thats okay because tomorrow and the day after and the week after, it gets easier. I'm no Jillian, but I've been in your shoes and I'm still a work in progress!


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