As the tough-as-nails trainer on "The Biggest Loser," Jillian Michaels has earned a reputation for saying precisely what she thinks. So it's not surprising that the lean, mean celebrity trainer is honest about how she really feels when it comes to working out herself: "I really dislike working out,” she candidly confessed to People magazine on Jan. 15.
"No matter what I’m doing, whether it’s yoga or spinning or even my Curves circuit class...It's hard," admits Jillian.
As for the theory that because she has a bangin' body, she feels fabulous during fitness? Wrong.
"And there’s never a moment where it’s hard and I’m going, ‘Oh, I just love this!’ Everything hurts," Jillian declares.
However, what doesn't hurt is the ease with which she can slip into her skinny jeans. And that, combined with the health benefits, makes exercise and eating right worthwhile, concludes Jillian, who authored "Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body."
“I tell myself that I love my skinny jeans. I love playing with my kids. And I don’t mean watching them play, I mean playing with them,” she explains.
When it comes to winning at weight loss, Jillian believes in keeping it real:
- Work out a minimum of four times each week for 30 minutes each time.
- Miss a workout? "So you missed [a workout] today. Control your diet a little bit better and go tomorrow. It’s that simple,” she advises.
- Top diet tip: Plan ahead. "If you know, ‘I’m not making it to the gym today,’ well, don’t have a bottle of wine with your buddy and go out for Italian food that night. You just mitigate it and you jump back on the wagon.”
How about the ongoing debate on counting calories versus counting carbohydrates? In a Jan. 15 interview with the New York Daily News, Jillian weighed in firmly on the side of calorie-counting.
"When it comes to food, I can make this extremely simple for you: Count calories. Don't eat more calories than you burn in a day. When it comes to food quality, eat real food. Avoid fake food (artificial sweeteners, flavors, coloring, etc.) as often as possible," she said.
Jillian has a new book that details her views on which "real food" can boost your weight loss: "Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss."