Losing it With Jillian Michaels

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

7 comments for “Losing it With Jillian Michaels

  1. June 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I pretty much feel the same way about the show. I enjoyed it tremendously (and sobbed) but I’d like to see some more tips along the lines of Jamie Oliver, where we would have Jillian teaching the family how to shop, laying out exercise regimens, etc.

    I think my favorite moments were the one-on-one situations, such as Jillian taking the daughter shopping early in the morning to talk about her enabling cooking style, the pep talk with Mom, etc. Those were nice moments.

    I’m looking forward to more episodes.

  2. June 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Great point about seeing the softer side of Jillian–she actually teared up. Twice!

  3. June 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I just watched it, and I wish they’d spend more than an episode on each family…the now-thin daughter who still sees only fat really resonated with me, and there’s no way even our fearless leader Jillian can fix those issues in a week. Just saying “love yourself” isn’t going to do it. Same thing with the other family members. Sure, with the wedding coming up they all had a target, but now that it’s over they need to pick another one. I guess I just wish they’d spent more time on that kind of thing. It seemed too rushed.

    But of course I’ll be watching again next week!

    Oh, and my wife got weepy (of course) at this week’s episode, but also at just the preview of next week’s! She’s going to be a mess every week! :)

  4. Emily
    June 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I watched it both Tues at 10 and last night at 8. I loved it and found it very inspiring. I cried again watching it the second time, even knowing what was going to happen. I never watched Biggest Loser, but since starting the Shred have become a huge Jillian fan, and it was nice to see her soft side exposed on the show :)

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