Jillian Michaels…Say it Ain’t So, Jill?….
As I have said in earlier posts, I am trying to avoid getting angry or ranting about ridiculous weight loss products that have no chance of working. Instead I would like to focus on what does work, and hopefully help people take control of their lives in an area that has always been confusing and difficult to succeed in.
That said, I was watching TV last night. ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ was on TLC and my wife really likes the show, so we were watching it. I have a bit of a mingled shock and awe reaction to that show. I am shocked that people have $10,000 to spend on a dress that they are only going to wear once and then it will sit in a box for the rest of eternity. I am awed that such an industry exists. It is crazy. It isn’t even like a wedding dress is handed down from generation to generation, as it used to be. Every bride is going to want their own. I did say that my wife really likes the show, so lets just move on now, no more need to discuss the show (yes, I am getting ready for my ribbing now), except in one important way.
If you want to find the high-quality scams on TV, watch kids afternoon and morning TV programming and wedding shows. Here are your most motivated buyers. Mom’s who have recently had a kid and have no time and soon to be brides with a limited timeline to the most important day of their lives. This is where the big money is spent on TV ads for miracle cures and 3 minute a day solutions. So, last night was like any other night, and then, right in front of my eyes, Jillian Michaels shows up selling a ‘Triple Process Body Detox & Cleanse’… WTF?!?!?
I was crestfallen… I was shocked… I felt robbed… You see, I am a huge Biggest Loser fan. I have seen every season. I like the principles behind the show, although the ridiculous speed of weightloss is a big problem for me and I know it helps create an unrealistic expectation in the viewers, still it makes for great TV. I love watching Bob and Jillian work their poor victims, one using kindness, the other fear. If I was being honest here, I would admit to having a bit of a crush on Jillian Michaels. I have always liked how she breaks her trainees down and then builds them back up. I love the fact that she doesn’t let anyone slack.
I know she has several diet books on the market and a website for losing weight. I have heard good things about them, so you can imagine my shock when I saw her hawking some ridiculous Detox and Body Cleansing product. Let me be entirely clear here. Detox diets don’t work, they are a waste of money, and a waste of your time. They can be very unhealthy and dangerous as well. They are true snake oil. They use language that is complete jargon and hocus pocus. There is an implicit assumption with detox diets that your body is broken. That it needs to be fixed, and the detox and cleanse will restart you. After all, you probably weren’t fat before, and you are now. What has changed? Well it must be something in your colon that is broken and drinking this herb concoction will heal it. The other more common claim is that stuff that you have hanging around your waist isn’t fat, it is ‘belly bloat’ and overfull intestines, you just need to clean them out.
Your body works just fine on its own. It currently is probably doing too good a job getting nutrients out of the food you eat, rather than not a good enough job. After all, you are gaining weight, not losing it. That is the job of your digestive system. To extract nutrients efficiently from food. You liver and your kidneys do the daily job of metabolizing and or secreting the unwanted biochemical byproducts and environmental toxins such as alcohol or drugs that are found in the blood. That is their job and they do it very well. You are not carrying around pounds of waste in your intestines. If you have ever seen a Colonoscopy, you would be aware that the tissue in your colon is healthy and not ‘spackled with waste’ or filled with toxins (on a side note, before a Colonoscopy you are given a laxative (and apparently a colonic) so their is no ‘solid blockage’ waiting for the doctor).
I could go on and on about how ridiculous it is to go on a cleanse at all, but instead I am going to just go after the claim that a detox and cleanse will help with weight loss. Plain and simple, it won’t. Some very good friends, some people I trust very much talk about going on cleanses. They talk about having been on cleanses before and how they felt like they had so much energy at the end, but now they are lethargic again. If I only have one piece of advice for you, it would be this, ‘Find the people who have what you want, whatever it is, and study them’. If you do this then you will not even entertain 90% of the scams out there. So, how many fit people do you think use detoxes? How many of the chronically unwell and unfit people that you know use these? How many fit people use the Ab Circle Pro, or Abdoer? We all know the answer to this.
Even the claims of these diets are weak. I mean pathetically, anemically weak. Here is what Jillian Michaels Weight Loss website says about her Total Body Detox and Cleanse:
Formulated to help:
- Reduce Belly Bloat*
- Reduce Body Waste Buildup Without Harsh Chemical Laxatives or Fasting*
- Support Colon and Digestive System*
- Support the Liver’s Natural Detoxification Process*
- Make You Feel Lighter and More Energized*
Belly Bloat!?!! Come on! Is that the scientific term for it??? The claims all have asterisks behind them, every damn one! The asterisk says that the FDA hasn’t evaluated the claims of the weight loss product… Of course not. Because doctors would be wondering what the hell ‘Belly Bloat’ is and how it is connected to detoxifying, and of course, what the hell detoxifying is and how it is measured… None of these claims are in any way based in reality. Let’s say that detoxing was good and cleansing was a good idea, there is no reason to assume that this product does any of the things it claims. This is just another cash grab. This is simply an unethical and totally bullshit way to try to get you to give Jillian Michaels $29.99.
At some later time I will come back and discuss the many falsehoods with Detox Diets, but for now, I really want to talk about the person who has signed her name to this crap. I have watched Jillian help so many people over the last few years. Each time she has said it takes hard work and better eating habits. She has showed us that when people work hard and don’t slack, they get fit. So, I just can’t believe that she has sold out. I refuse to believe that she is as unethical a con artist as an Enron energy trader. Still, though, I can’t explain why she is putting her name on so much crap! She has an appetite suppressant (called calorie control) that she has put her name on and sells online and at GNC stores. She has a caffeine pill (called Fat Burner) that she sells and a maximum strength appetite suppressant (called Quickstart). This is all in addition to her Detox & Cleanse…
When I said in ‘You Are Not A Fit Person’ that:
“Really, everyone is out to screw you in the food advice arena. I know it sounds harsh, but it is true.”
When I said that I really meant that most people were out to screw you. Now I think I was right in the book. You cannot trust anyone who is selling a product.
What I really don’t understand is why money turns people into disgusting, vile slimebuckets (this is not directed to anyone in particular, just a statement of human nature). Why is it the rich who sell out the most?
Jillian Michaels had a great name as a fitness expert. She was so popular, she has published books on fitness. She has to be making some pretty good money doing all of this. She has years more of earning in front of her. She had integrity. Then she went and slapped her name on everything she could find. I know she would never have promoted appetite suppressants and detoxes before she put her name on them.
I remember a time when you could trust experts to give their opinion. To not sell products because it was a clear conflict of interest. How can you trust someone to give you unbiased advice, when they are making money off of products in the market. The answer is you can’t. As well, why is it that fit people sell us the crap that they wouldn’t and didn’t use in getting fit? Jennifer Nicole Lee never used the Ab Circle Pro to get fit and win her Bikini title. Yet she acts like she did, allowing the implication that she lost weight using it to make people think it isn’t a crappy metal disk with the most absurd movement scheme in history. Jillian Micheals has never said anything on the Biggest Loser and I doubt in her books as well, about Detoxing and taking caffeine pills to lose weight. These aren’t solutions. I am sure of this.
If you trust me at all, if I have earned even the smallest amount of your goodwill, then don’t take any of the thermogenics (fat burning pills, they depend on the caffeine in them to speed your metabolism so they are just messing with your metabolism). These could have a very negative effect on your metabolism over time. Don’t bother with them. You don’t need appetite suppressants either, and there are many health concerns associated with them. Don’t do the cleanse diets, they don’t work.
Also, don’t listen to people who sell you this crap. Clearly, they don’t like you. They actually have no respect for you at all. They live in a world where your weight problems are just a chance to rob you of your money and potentially your dignity. I know it sounds extreme, and I did warn you I get very angry about people perpetrating scams on us, but these people are simply opportunistic profiteers. Your problems, your life issues, the things that you have struggled with all your life, the core issue that has robbed you of a sense of control and sense of self worth is nothing more than a target on your abs, butt and thigh that says to them, ‘I will buy whatever you sell’. You, like me, may have thought that Jillian Michaels was the real deal. Maybe I am wrong here, maybe Jillian is trying to help us… I can’t believe that someone who claims that she was overweight like us, that she understands our obstacles, could actually put her name on a product she doesn’t actually use nor believe in. Jillian… say it ain’t so…. *Nov5/09 Jillian Michaels sent me a tweet stating: @URNotAFitPerson Read the ingredients & science behind products then comment. Cleanse is probiotics & herbs 4 liver & kidney support. No laxatives or fasting involved. Developed w/ 1 of best bariatrics doctors in the world named Arnold Astrup at Harvard. Turns out Dr. Astrup is not Arnold, but Arne, and he isn’t at Harvard, he is at the University of Copenhagen. The worst part of this isn’t the fact that Jillian Michaels doesn’t have a clue about who Dr. Astrup is, but in fact that after hearing from the doctor, he said that he HAD NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER IN THE CLEANSE. Nice one Jillian. I figured for a minute that you actually believed in your cleanse and hired a reasonable team to develop the snake oil. Turns out, you didn’t even come close. If you want to find out who developed the cleanse, check here. I said in my open letter to you that I would make a note that it appeared that you weren’t acting unethically in selling this cleanse. That was before I discovered that you were clearly lying to me on Twitter. After seeing who you got to make your product, I have lost whatever little respect for you I had left.