As you might have guessed, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the launch of Jillian Michaels’ new show Losing It, which premiered last night on NBC.
Even though I personally was quite critical of Jillian’s statements regarding pregnancy, body image, and adoption (which, by the way, differed from Bill’s opinions about what Jillian Michaels said), I’m still a huge fan of hers.
And consequently, she did an awesome follow-up interview at Alphamom which I think cleared up a lot of what she actually said.
So, after seeing her tweets and facebook update reminders, I headed straight for the television to watch this one-hour long show that basically pairs her up with a family in food and fitness crisis to help them for just one week.
First up was a Massachusetts family who needed some major intervention – even the soon-to-be-married daughter who had undergone gastric bypass surgery. With most of them with almost 50% of their body weight in fat (the mother weighed in with more than that) and a diet that consisted of deep fried chicken and sticks of butter in their fake mashed potatoes, they were the perfect candidates for this inaugural show.
This fast moving show follows Jillian as she runs them through the expected hard-core workouts and grocery shopping runs, with her signature tough love approach.
But a nice surprise was the caring, sensitive side of Jillian, that encouraged the family to openly discuss the loss of one of their infant sons, as well as encourage them all to stop hiding behind excuses and lack of self esteem – particularly the daughter who even after her massive weight loss still believed she was fat.
The show ends with Jillian challenging them to a significant weight loss by the daughter’s wedding in 6 weeks. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had all come through with their own weight loss goals.
If you’re a fan of Jillian Michaels and/or these types of weight loss and self-help shows, you’ll definitely dig this one. Given that it’s the first show, it was nice to see a complete lack of product placement, which is all over the place on the Biggest Loser.
And while Jillian pretty predictably worked their butts off in a not-so-friendly way, it was awesome to see her softer, more caring side shine through.
My hope is that throughout the season, they offer more tips and helpful hints. While there was definitely information to be gleaned, it wasn’t delivered in a clear, takeaway manner – and I think that will be a huge draw for the viewers who tune in to watch her work with these families every week.
Bottom Line: Losing It With Jillian Michaels was a big winner.
What did you think of Losing It? And read Cathy’s review of Losing It With Jillian Michaels at About.com