Jillian Michaels: The Queen of Lean
Jillian's Weight-Loss Rules
Treat the real problem.
Weight gain is a manifestation of other issues, not the problem itself. So losing weight can also provide an opportunity for self-exploration. If you don't look at the root of the problem, the weight will come back. Get into therapy. Ask for help.
You can lose weight a hundred different ways, but if you want to keep it off you have to do something you can maintain for the rest of your life. Eating healthily and exercising moderately is key; yo-yo dieting messes with your metabolism.
Put yourself first.
It's the norm for women to skip doctors' appointments, miss sleep, stop working out. This MO never works because we get so run down we have nothing to offer. Put some of your needs first and you'll be a better role model for your kids.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, February 2010.