Even though she’s leaving The Biggest Loser after this season, we have a feeling Jillian Michaels won’t be going off the radar anytime soon. The trainer known for her brutal (and effective) workout techniques talked to The New York Times magazine about her new book, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, among other topics (like screaming at obese contestants, and why she’s planning to adopt instead of having her own baby). Just like when we see her on television, her interview made us squirm (discussing her obese assistant’s diet: awkward) but that’s kind of why we love her.
Michaels is definitely made for TV: She’s tanner, louder, and buffer than most of us, and she has big, straight, pearly white teeth. But at the end of the day, she’s dedicated to helping people improve their health, and unlike the celebrities behind many health and fitness trends, her opinions make a lot of sense. She’s prescribing a formula for weight loss that’s based on science (even if you don’t agree with it). Despite her TV-friendly persona, she also has a quality that’s a little harder to find on television: honesty. Even if she does shill for about a dozen companies (and who can blame her), she doesn’t beat around the bush when asked about obesity, eating, and exercise; her interview with the Times is a case in point.
If you didn’t read the interview, here’s the Blisstree CliffsNotes:
“I actually have quite a few people in my life that are heavy. One of my assistants is heavy. We don’t ever talk about it.”
“My friends are always like, ‘Honey, you’re screaming.’ I have no idea. I feel like I’m talking normally.”
“The Biggest Loser isn’t a family show. We have people that are committing suicide by food…”
“I’ve had the X-rays, my tubes are closed, the uterine lining is too thick, blah, blah, blah. I was ashamed about it because I thought I’m supposed to be the healthiest woman in the world, and what does this say about me if I can’t have kids of my own.”
“I like when I feel fit, I like when I feel healthy, I like when I feel strong. That’s going to make me feel a lot better than a mocha will for five minutes.”
So where does your allegiance lie? Does Jillian inspire you or turn you off? Sound off in our comments section, below: