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Jillian Michaels Gets Sued: From A Trainer’s Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on February 11, 2010
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Jillian Michaels is being sued for false advertising.  If the name doesn’t ring a bell, she’s one of the personal trainers on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.”  Michaels endorses the diet supplement Jillian Michaels’ Maximum Strength Calorie Control as well as other supplement products.  “Sadly, Michaels has decided to exploit her fame and goodwill by collaborating with Thin Care and Basic Research to promote a weight loss supplement that purportedly will cause weight loss by itself, without any additional effort on the part of the consumer,” the lawsuit alleges.  The plaintiff is seeking to prohibit the sale of the product as well as damages.

Before you start calling the plaintiff names, consider that these products exist because people do buy them.  There are those that truly believe there is a miracle pill.  Many people respect Jillian for the work she’s doing on the reality TV show.  So, why not trust her when she says a supplement will help you lose weight?

My biggest issue with this is Michaels has stepped outside of ethical practice for personal trainers.  Respectable trainers do not recommend supplements.  It is outside our scope of practice.  We know that pills do not cause you to lose weight.  It is the job of nutritionists and registered dieticians to prescribe foods.

Many fitness professionals are members of the group IDEA Health and Fitness Association.  The IDEA Code of Ethics for Personal Trainers states, “As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client and will practice within the scope of my education and knowledge. I will maintain the education and experience necessary to appropriately train clients; will behave in a positive and constructive manner; and will use truth, fairness and integrity to guide all my professional decisions and relationships.

‘Always be guided by the best interestes of the client.

Remember that a personal trainer’s primary responsibility is to the client’s safety, health and welfare; never compromise this responsibility for your own self-interest, personal advantage or monetary gain.

Recommend products or services only if they will benefit the client’s health and well-being, not because they will benefit you financially or occupationally.'”

I believe Jillian knows better, but money talks.  The take home message:  Weight loss pills DO NOT work.  Do not buy them.  Do not believe anyone, even if it’s your personal trainer, who suggests using them.

Check out my blog: The Truth About Weight Loss

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The Truth About Losing Weight

Posted in Uncategorized by mixfitness on June 18, 2009
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I went to a photographer this morning who, upon hearing I was a personal trainer, asked me how to lose “this.”  When she said “this,”  she patted her belly.  If I had a dime for every time I’ve gotten that question, I’d be rich!  My answer was simple:  diet and exercise.  She then said, “I don’t want to hear that.”  Why not?  Because it’s the truth, because it takes hard work and dedication.  There is no magical pill – despite the claims – that will cause permanent weight loss.

What does taking a diet pill teach you?  Nothing – it’s a quick fix.  Not to mention the potential side effects.  I know, we live in a society of instant gratification.  But, you learn nothing about how to eat healthier, how to cut calories, how to make smart choices when you’re at the grocery store, etc.  Take a close look at the fine print on those boxes and bottles.  They all say to incorporate diet and exercise in your daily routine.  So does the microscopic text at the bottom of the screen during commercials.  If you’re taking a pill and finding success, consider that the pill might be working because you’re exercising more and/or eating less.

That’s what it really boils down to: moving more and eating less.  Math fans get ready!  The weight loss equation is this: calories in < calories out.  In other words, you must burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight.  So, take your dog for an extra 10 minutes on your next walk.  Or, go on a bike ride with your kids.  Stop by the gym before you get home.  Simply, just move!  Your body will respond.

Here are some suggestions for what you can do with the money you’ll save instead of buying diet pills:

  • join a gym
  • hire a personal trainer
  • take a golf or tennis lesson
  • buy a workout DVD

Additionally, exercise can remove other pills from your life.  Among many benefits, it naturally lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.  Bye, bye Crestor!  So, don’t fall for the hype.  Weight loss takes work.  What are you waiting for?  Get up and move!

Questions or Comments?  Let me know.