Jillian Michaels Diet

Jillian Michaels Diet

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Jillian Michaels, who is best known as trainer on the popular television program The Biggest Loser, has created an online weight loss plan that combines diet and fitness so as to provide dieters with ‘real solutions for weight loss’.

She emphasizes three major elements; diet, exercise and behavioral modification and says that they are all equally important if dieters want to achieve results.

The Jillian Michaels Diet Basics

Jillian’s online plan is based on the concept that in order to lose weight you need to consume less calories than you use.

At the beginning of the program you will be given a daily calorie goal and information on how best to calculate your intake.


The recommendations for both diet and exercise are customized depending on your answers to a simple quiz. The program will be adjusted according to your body shape, metabolic profile, emotional tendencies, fitness level, personal goals and health conditions.

The plan is balanced and includes all food groups but the exact ratios of proteins, carbohydrates and fats will vary depending on whether you are categorized as either a ‘fast oxidizer’ that runs better on protein and fats, or a ‘slow oxidizer’ that requires a greater amount of carbohydrates in the diet to function well.

Sample Diet Plan


Whole wheat bagel with jelly and almonds


Oven roasted turkey with cranberry wild rice


Beef lasagna with vegetables


Honey roasted peanuts

Exercise Recommendations

Exercise is an important part of the program and you will be provided with a personalized exercise plan that can be done in your own home. Dieters are provided with support resources such as a fitness planner with a weekly exercise schedule and advice on how to perform exercises correctly.

Costs and Expenses

Membership to the online site costs $52 per quarter which works out to $4 per week.

Slim for Life

The book version of the Jillian Michaels Diet is called Slim for Life.

It is packed full of diet, exercise and lifestyle advice that will enhance weight loss. Michaels aims to dispel diet myths and urges readers to avoid fad diets that ultimately damage metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.

Slim For Life’s many tips are rated in the form of a point system that lets you know which are the most powerful and important

Those with a 3 rating are top priority and you should do everything you can to follow them.

Tips with a 1 or 2 rating are not compulsory. If they seem realistic to your lifestyle you can try them out and observe the results.

Personalized Action Plan

By choosing the strategies you like the most you will create your own customized weight loss plan. This approach enables you to pick and choose from the tips and advice throughout the book. You can implement what works for you, while avoiding those activities that don’t appeal.

The book does not include a structured meal plan but does outline three days of a healthy weight loss diet. Also included is:

  • Information on how to reduce calories in recipes
  • A list of recommended snacks that contain about 200 calories
  • Recipes for low calorie cocktails


  • Plan is adjusted to suit your personal body type, fitness level and goals.
  • Membership site provides over 100 recipes.
  • One week free trial.
  • Does not require gym membership as all exercises can be done in your own home.
  • Provides plenty of online support such as a members forum and access to ‘Ask Jillian’.
  • Addresses psychological factors involved in weight loss such as how to deal with emotional triggers that may cause overeating and the need for a system of support.
  • Jillian has the credentials and experience that show she is capable of producing results.


  • Dieters must commit for a minimum of five weeks.
  • Exercise facet of the program may be intimidating for dieters who are not physically active.
  • Does not provide options for special dietary requirements such as vegetarians, coeliacs or those with dairy intolerance.
  • Customizations are reliant on self assessment which may not be entirely accurate.

Sense of Community and Support

Online programs have been shown to lead to a greater degree of success due to the sense of community and support from other dieters and this is a major drawcard of plans such as this. The customizable aspect of Jillian’s plan and the emphasis on exercise and behavior modification sets this program apart as being unique.

The basic concepts of the Jillian Michaels Diet are not unlike many other weight loss plans but the online support factor may appeal to dieters who are familiar with her methods and would appreciate some help to stay motivated.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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Last Reviewed: January 23, 2018

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