‘Biggest Loser’ star has soft side
By Frazier Moore
AP Television Writer
Jillian Michaels orders two eggs over easy with a touch of oil and two slices of dry toast. And coffee.
“Two strong cups, 400 milligrams, fights pancreatic cancer,” she says, “plus Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes and improves cognitive functions.”
Not that Michaels is a health-nut goodie-goodie.
“I still drink a little bit of alcohol,” she confides. “And I haven’t been to the gym in five days!”
No wonder. There’s this grueling book tour on top of an always-heavy workload, plus the routine demands of parenting a 3-year-old daughter and an 11-month-old son who, along with her partner, Heidi Rhoades, have come with her on this recent New York visit.
But all is never lost, says Michaels, in the battle to lose weight and be healthy. “Even if you’re just standing while you’re talking on the phone,” she offers, “you can burn up to 300 calories in a day.”
That’s the sort of forgiving advice found in her latest book, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss” (Harmony Books).
“It’s my softest approach to weight loss,” says Michaels, a wellness coach to whom the word “soft” is seldom applied.
After all, she is famous as the drill-sergeant trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” a 5-foot-2-inch force of nature who doesn’t hesitate to throw her tautly muscled weight around.
But during this recent breakfast, she seems different from her “Loser” persona. Clad in jeans, sweat shirt and Ugg boots, her hair pulled under a newsboy’s cap, she could pass for half her 39 years. She is animated, high-rev. But no way overbearing.
“I wanted to write a book where you felt like I was sitting right there with you,” she says, a vision of reassurance seated across the table, “providing a simple solution for every problem or complaint I’ve ever heard. ... I wanted to integrate the answers and knock down the myths and the fad diets.”