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Friday, January 29, 2010

Wise Words from Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels

Wise words, that are better answers than ones I've seen from other trainers lately.

Every year statistics are showing that people in America are getting more overweight. What do you see as the reason for this?

Jillian Michaels: Western civilization is based on instant gratification. People are not educated about eating properly. People don't understand about calories, about the nature of carbohydrates, good fats, bad fats. The third aspect is finances. People are constantly saying, "I don't have the money." They go over to McDonald's $1 menu. You have to learn when you go to McDonalds to get the grilled chicken sandwich, get the salad, throw the croutons away and get the dressing on the side. Get frozen vegetables, they are less expensive. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season with coupons. Source: Hofstra Chronicle

What are some good snack ideas to find in the office vending machine?
Bob Harper: It’s really difficult to find a healthy option in a vending machine because they are filled with high-calorie/high-processed foods. Your best bet is to have your own snacks, but if you have to choose something, go for the baked chips instead of fried, or pretzels would be a good choice. Stay away from regular sodas and go for diet ones if you must have a soda. Nowadays there are protein bars to choose from or Luna Bars. These would be better options than the other snacks in the vending machine. Source:

Do you eat cookies? Ever spend a day when you just hang out on the couch watching TV? Or are you always perfect?

Bob Harper: I love my sweets, but I find a way to manage it. I don’t want to live in a world where I don’t have chocolate. I just had one day this past Saturday where I didn’t work out. I relaxed and it made me all the more inspired to work out on Sunday. When you put deprivation in front of someone they’re going to run in the other direction. You tell me I can’t do something and I’m going to want to do that more than ever. (Source: Arthritis Today)

Are people ever self-conscious around you? Do they feel compelled to explain themselves to you. Like, 'I swear, this is the first chili cheeseburger I’ve eaten all month’?

Jillian Michaels: Sometimes, but they shouldn’t. If anyone understands the aspects of human frailty, it’s me. I struggle with these issues personally to this day. The key is balance. We all have the right to treat ourselves well and allow for a splurge here and there. I reserve 180 calories every day for a package of Newman’s Own Peanut Butter Cups, a natural treat that keeps me less tempted to overindulge. (Source:

If you are all or nothing person, what do you do to change your thinking?

Jillian Michaels: You have to get real with yourself and acknowledge that life is not black or white, but shades of gray. As far as the pendulum swings in one direction, it swings equally as far in the other. The key to success in life and health is balance. A healthy lifestyle that is built to last sits firmly on the middle ground.

Bob Harper: You have to remember that life has its ebbs and flows, and you must learn to roll with the punches sometimes. I find that the best way to live a well-rounded life is to learn to relinquish control because you can find true clarity in the free fall of life. (Source:

1 comment:

Lacey said...

yayyyy! i loove love love bob and jillian!!! well more bob, but they come as a package in my mind :) and i thought these were GREAT answers. you have so many diff sources, lol!

i LOVED the last answer from bob/jillian the best. wow. ebb-flow. relinquish control. great advice.

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