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Jillian Michaels departs Biggest Loser; celebrity trainers share slim secrets

Jillian exits "The Biggest Loser."
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For the third time, Jillian Michaels has announced that she's leaving "The Biggest Loser." Her announcement comes on the heels of an anorexia alarm when a contestant won by becoming dangerously thin. Jillian is the author of "The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook" and "Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss."

"After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall," stated NBC in an attempt to highlight Jillian's contributions while being blunt about her departure. Jillian had been equally blunt about her horror when Rachel Frederickson won by losing 155 pounds.

As for her own brand, it's secure. Jillian recently posed nude for Shape magazine, showcasing her skills in sculpting that have made fitness DVDs such as "Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred" the top sellers on Amazon.

Jillian's counterpart on the Australian version of "The Biggest Loser" is celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges. She agrees with Jillian that women can enhance their appearance as they age. "I look after myself," said the 43-year-old in a Thursday interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I think women of all ages are something to behold. There's no reason we can't celebrate women of all ages," said Michelle, author of "Total Body Transformation: Lose Weight Fast-and Keep It Off Forever."

As for her workout? Michelle exercises five to six days a week, and recommends variety.

"My approach has always been to keep an open mind," she explained. "Surf, trapeze, weight-lifting, CrossFit, yoga – I'll give anything a go."

Combined with sensible eating, the routine provides "benefits" that keep her "in check," added Michelle. But it's not Jillian Michaels who inspires her.

"I'm not going to make this master plan for world domination," she said, citing Jamie Oliver for inspiration. "I'm passionate about what I do, I'm authentic… everything that has happened, has just sort of happened."

In an exclusive interview, we asked celebrity trainer Paige Hathaway to share her own inspiration for getting ready for beach and bikini season. She recommends a low carb diet high in "lean protein and green veggies."

In addition, Paige advocates drinking water and doing 30 minutes of cardio activity daily. Like Michelle and Jamie, she's a believer in eating food in its natural state.

Paige also shares Bob Harper's belief that meal timing in regard to the consumption of carbohydrates is key. Author of "Skinny Meals: Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast," Harper suggests making meals such as avocado toast for breakfast, then shifting to protein and veggies as the day goes on.

"Eat carbs in the first part of the day and replace your carbs with healthy fats in the evening," agreed Paige. And following that diet trumps exercise.

"The rumor is true you can't out-train a bad diet," she told us. "If you go to a fast food restaurant and then go work out," you won't get "the same results if you ate salmon and green beans and just stayed home."

Slow and steady wins the weight loss race, says Paige. "By changing your diet alone without exercise you can safely lose one to two pounds a week."