Today is just another Monday in Caitlin-land! I’m chugging through my workload, and that’s all that matters. 🙂
Mid-morning snack was an orange:
And lunch was a mashed kidney bean sammie with sprouts:
And corn on the cob:
All together now!
Jillian Michaels is Hawking Diet Pills
In light of my review of the No More Trouble Zones workout, I thought I’d address the new Jillian Michaels’ diet pills.
You read that right. Jillian Michaels has diet pills.
It’s pretty hypocritical. She’s the best trainer on The Biggest Loser and urges us at home to "eat less and exercise more" (pretty sound advice). She tells us we can’t "phone it in" at the gym and expect to become shredded. And now she’s selling us magic beans?!
I really admired Jillian when she refused to promote the Ziploc
Steam and Go bags because she was concerned about chemicals leaching into the foods. When I read that, I thought: "Wow. What a really classy lady who stands up for what she believes in and doesn’t just sell out for cash."
Now, I’m not sure so about Jillian.
She’s pushing $99.99 diet pills to people who are overweight and desperate for an answer. These diet pills have all sorts of strange herbs in them (like bitter orange) with side effects like nausea, dizziness, erratic heart rate, and vomiting. Do YOU think it’s a good idea to give these to someone who already has health problems due to their weight?
Jillian is a wonderful trainer and I like her DVDs, but I cannot believe she totally sold out like this. She’s suppose to be an example that the only real way to reach your goal is through thoughtful eating and exercise. Jillian lost 60 pounds when she was younger, and I KNOW she didn’t do it with voodoo magic pills. Is it really all about the money for her?
I’m ashamed that she’s hawking diet pills.
UPDATE: Mandy sent me a link to Jillian’s Facebook page, where she addresses some of her concerns. Read on:
First off, this isn’t an endorsement deal. It’s MY line. It was my idea and I created the products with the top bariatrics doctors in the world. And I do mean the world. These are some of the same doctors I have been working with for years to help me with my Biggest Loser contestants and my books — especially Master Your Metabolism. I have ALWAYS been an advocate of supplementation. Not as a total solution, but as a means to accelerate weight loss, and enhance your performance in every aspect of your life be it metabolic, immunity, antiaging and so on. For reference, you can take a look at Making the Cut (pp. 251-262), where I talked about which supplements work and which don’t. In my latest book, Master Your Metabolism, I talked about natural ingredients that can boost metabolic function, like caffeine, vitamin C, and zinc. For years I have advocated the use of caffeine and white willow bark to increase performance in the gym and speed metabolism. I have recommended fiber blends to help curb appetite. I have referred people to different multivitamins, fat burners, protein powders, bars, drinks, etc.
The problem for me was that every line out there has stuff in it I don’t like. There are artificial colorings in the gel caps, or artificial sweeteners in the protein powders. There is soy in all the protein bars. Often the ingredients in the supplements aren’t combined properly so they are not effective and so on. There is NOTHING, and I do mean NOTHING, harmful in these products. They are all natural. Have a look at the ingredients: Calorie Control: Yerba Mate leaf, Coffee (bean) Extract (Coffea arabica) – standardized to 70% natural caffeine ,Guarana (seed) Extract (Paullinia Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) ** Fat Burner: White Willow (bark) Powder (Salix alba), Grapefruit (fruit) Extract, Bitter Orange (fruit) Extract , Blood Orange (fruit) Extract, Sweet Orange (fruit) Extract, Coleus forskohlii (leaf) Extract, Forskohlin , Tribulus terrestris (root) Extract – standardized to 20% steroidal saponins ) – caffeine Cocoa (seed) Extract
All Natural stuff, no drugs, no chemicals. They even have the perfect amount of caffeine. No more than 200 mg so you won’t release stress hormone. Caffeine when supplemented properly has MANY health benefits. It improves cognitive function, fights Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, helps insulin resistance, reduces risk of liver cancer, and speeds metabolism by up to 6%. If you don’t believe me check out this link and see what Dr. Oz has to say: http://www.coffeesage.com/archives/2008/02/good-news-on-coffee-from-oprahs-dr-oz/
With all that said, you still MUST eat right and work out. This stuff is just meant to support your body while training and accelerate your results. Ok, that’s all for now. Have a killer weekend!
In my opinion: Blah, blah, blah. I still think she’s selling out.
What do you think?
Wow is all I have to say. I'm speechless!
Your lunch looks amazing though!!