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Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Jillian Michaels
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Drop the weight and change your life with Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing. The fitness expert on the smash hit NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser” and “Losing It,” Jillian offers her unique, comprehensive, no-nonsense health and fitness program that can help anyone lose unwanted pounds and keep them off. Losing never felt so good!

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Fitness guru Michaels, a fitness and life coach who has appeared on NBC's The Biggest Loser, brings her tough-love style to the pages of her first offering. For those familiar with Loser, Michael's no-excuses approach here may seem less intimidating than it does to those meeting her on television. She writes with an edge, warning readers that they cannot make excuses, they will work hard and they will suffer setbacks, but they will also change their lives for the better. Her "3-S" (Self, Science and Sweat) plan covers the mental and physical, and Michaels dedicates equal sections of the book to each. In Self, she announces to readers that she was an "overweight and unhappy teenager" who took charge of her life, challenging readers to do the same. While no book has the power to change a person, the tips Michaels provides-create a support system, keep a journal, change your self-talk-do. In Science, Michaels dispels common diet myths (skipping meals is best, diet pills work), provides recipes for meals and snacks and introduces the concept of fast-, slow- and balanced-oxidizers, which determines a person's ideal diet. The final Sweat chapters include easy-to-follow exercises accompanied by photos, and a five-day-per-week, 12-week fitness program centered on burn-and-tone cardio training. The book and coaching come relatively cheap, but to follow the program without substitution exercises, readers will need access to a gym or a weight machine. And, unfortunately, Michaels does not make house calls.
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  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W93AMO
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195 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jillian Tells It Like It Is October 29, 2005
Jillian Michaels, the tough-talking personal trainer of the Red Team on "The Biggest Loser", brings her no-nonsense personality to this diet and exercise book. Not another "just eat less and move more" tome, Jillian actually acknowledges that there is an individual approach to losing weight, and that no correct way will work for everyone.

I have watched both seasons of The Biggest Loser, and I thought of Jillian as an abrasive woman who never had a weight problem in her life. I thought that she was tough on her "clients" because she looked down on them for being overweight. After reading her book, I have changed my opinion.

In the first section of the book that focuses on Self, Jillian states that she had a weight problem that had emotional roots (like mine), and that she had to value herself first, and then loose weight. In the next section, Science, Jillian demonstrates how to "crunch the numbers" to help us understand how our body works in relation to weight loss. Next, she goes on to explain the different ways that we process foods. Using this information, we can tailor a diet to suit our bodies. I learned that I was a "slow oxidizer", which means that I need 65% carbs, 25% protein, and 15% fat. This explained why I could never loose weight on Atkins (no low-carb craze for me). In the last section, Sweat, Jillian gives us the benefits of exercise as well as descriptions of various exercises (weight lifting).

This book is great, and not another typical weight-loss book. Utilizing common sense, knowledge, and, perhaps most importantly, a no-gimmick point of view, Jillian explains, encourages, and talks tough when she has to.

Keep telling it like is, Jillian. And thanks.
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Beginner Book November 24, 2005
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This is a very good book for all beginners in the exercise/weight loss arena. Jillian dispenses a lot of tips, support and encouragement.

She also provides a test to find out what type of 'oxidizer' (the way you burn nutrients) you are which helps you decide your nutrition plan.

Jillian explains how to calculate the calories needed for each person each day and how to vary your caloric intake to keep your metabolism from slowing.

She explains carbs and the way they break down in your system and provides some insight into the GI (Glycemic Index). Jillian also goes over the good and bad fats and why you need fat in your diet.

She covers label reading and helps the reader learn how to pick out healthier foods by reading their labels. She also provides tips to reduce the calories of foods you eat and receipes you make.

Jillian goes over cardio exercise - when to do it, how often and what types work best. She then discusses circuit weight training and how often and when to participate in these types of exercises.

The last third of the book is the Exercise Index where Jillian covers a wide variety of strength training exercises and provides instructions and photos showing exactly how to perform these exercises. Included in this section is a 12 week program for the reader to follow.

All in all I really liked her book. All beginners or even those that would like to pick up and extra tip or two should give it a read. Jillian covers all the basics and a little more then some weight loss books in that she also covers doing the 'internal work' before beginning a weight loss program.

Between the internal work, the science of weight loss, the sweat part you need to do and going over basic anatomy tips this book has a little bit of everything.
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127 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK October 26, 2005
By Wendy
I have never posted a review on amazon or anything else for that matter in my life.

I recently went to hear Jillian lecture with some friends at a book signing in Los Angeles and couldn't believe how inspiring she was. She is tough on the Biggest Loser and I thought she was just like any other perfect bodied, know it all, celebrity trainer that could never relate to someone like me. but tonight I realized she really gets it. Even though it seemed like everyone there loved her book I just didn't want to buy it.

I have purchased 3 diet/fitness books in the past 2 months and have failed to open any of them, not to mention the 150$ "Body Makeover " program I purchased last week. (I'm all ready over it......too involved). I had to put a stop to it. I went to Barnes and Noble just to skim through her book for a bit and meet her and then of course I ended up buying it. I really think this was money well spent however.

I know that the fad diets, pills, books and programs that I have invested in are eventually going to fail but I just can't seem to stop. I don't know if anyone here is like me but I feel like I have so much knowledge that I have accumulated over the years by obsessing over new and old diet trends. Knowing what to do isn't the problem. It's getting off my but and doing it. From the few pages I read so far, I was so relieved at her realistic and undersatnding yet tough no excuses attitude.

Finally!!! Someone who doesn't insult me by telling me "just eat right and exersise and don't try to lose more than a pound per week. It's simple."

She knows that there is more to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Read it in 3 days, quite insightful! The last almost half of the book is all about exercise moves and she goes into detail about the proper form and what muscle group, that really... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Chls122
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you can be disciplined then this book is awesome! Jillian is a genius!
Published 22 days ago by Dana B.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
I got this book when I went to Jillian's "Maximize Your Life" tour. It is a great book, and really helps bring it all together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Product not received
I have not received this book, therfore can not rate it :(. I do not remember even ordering this book. But I would like it.
Published 6 months ago by Kimberly J. Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars Winning by Losing
Love Jillian and love her methodology. I think this book can help alot of people but they need to be self-assured and confident to really get anything out of it.
Published 7 months ago by L. A. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars great food helper
Great book. I read from cover to cover and she taught me a few things I did not know. looking forward to her next book or dvd she makes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Danyellecrafts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I love this book. It's my bible. Jillian tells you like it is, and it all makes perfect sense. There is no secret diet. Magic pill or any bull in this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Trisha Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Same stuff different cover
Her advice is great but it seems like this book just took the same material and repackaged it. I love her on the Biggest Loser and wish I had something like how she is on that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rob Font
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is very thorough
Detailed diet plan, exercise routines... everything. This is a good way to get a handle on your new nutrition and movement program for healthy living.
Published 15 months ago by Chris M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book was great! There were things in there I have never read before about lifestyle changes. She motivates you to be the best you and accept you istead of shooting for the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Weaver
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JILLIAN MICHAELS, best known as a strength trainer and life coach for the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser, is the author of the bestselling Making the Cut and Winning by Losing.


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