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Jillian Michaels and The Keto Controversy

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Oh, Jillian. Never afraid to speak her mind. Never afraid of controversy. Always wanting what is best for you.

Jillian Michaels has been in the news lately. More coverage in 2019 than all of 2018. I kind of forgot about her until recently. Then she gave her opinion about the keto lifestyle, and there she was on the front page!

Let’s get started.

Her Credentials

Jillian Michaels” opinion should not be taken lightly. She speaks with much authority. Here is an excerpt from jillianmichaels.com

Jillian’s overwhelming success and unique connection with her audience was born from her own personal journey towardjillian michaels kettlebell health and happiness. Having been an overweight child, Jillian’s passion for fitness stems from its transformative powers. She trained for 17 years in the martial arts practice of Muay Thai and Akauri-Do, in which she holds a black belt, and two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the National Exercise Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is certified in Kettlebell Concepts and as a nutrition and wellness consultant with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA). Jillian has also created JILLIAN MICHAELS BODYSHRED™, a continuing education program for trainers and an intense group fitness class that is currently taught in numerous gyms across the United States and Canada (bold mine).

I bolded a couple of key parts of her biography just to point out that she isn’t just speaking off the top of her head. She has the certification to go along with her years of fitness experience, from owning her own gym, to television shows, 8 New York Times best-selling books, and countless fitness videos and DVDs that have helped thousands of people across the world meet their fitness goal. I must confess, I have some of her DVDs and I have followed her program in the past.

She also has her own company started in 2008 with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich. It is called Empowered Media, LLC, and has become a veritable empire of wellness, dedicated to nutrition, fitness, self-help, and overall lifestyle.

She is a credible source of information.

What She Said

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of what has caused this controversy recently. Back in June, she told People magazine,

“Don’t do keto. How much time do I have? And I’m not allowed to swear? Yes, keto is a diet fad. The reason that keto has been getting so much attention is because it helps significantly to manage your insulin levels. Very high insulin, very bad thing.”

Then, this year, on January 15th, she was on TMZ and said:

“When you pull a macro nutrient (carbs, fats, and proteins) out of your diet… When we look at our cells, our cells are made up of macro nutrients…on the most basic level, it should be common sense that this diet isn’t ideal.”al and jillian

This apparently got under Al Roker’s skin and also made Andy Cohen upset. Both of these well-educated and well-spoken celebrities took it upon themselves to personally attack Jillian Michaels on social media. Al Roker tweeted:

“So @JillianMichaels says #Keto is a bad idea. This from a woman who promoted on camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Now those sound like bad ideas,”

and Andy Cohen took it a little further on his show:

“Tonight’s Jackhole of the Day goes to Jillian Michaels, who slammed the Keto diet as an awful diet. Don’t feel bad, Keto diet. A lot of people think Jillian Michaels is a bad idea.”

So therein is the controversy. Al Roker has had much weight loss success on the Keto lifestyle, and Andy Cohen, who apparently is a proponent of the Keto lifestyle, felt the need to call her names. Interesting.



The Fallout

The Twitter battle continued over the next couple of days. Jillian tweeted that she was willing to meet and discuss her stand on the keto diet, if the two men would like to entertain her. She said, in a video sent to Al Roker:

“If you want to debate the science of keto, then, by all means, let’s do that. But the personal attacks are bizarre, and unnecessary. It’s uncalled for, right. … I am here to discuss it with you.”

She also tweeted to Al Roker and Andy Cohen:

“I have an idea… Andy, alroker [sic], how about a civil intelligent debate on The 6 Keys book and keto instead of personal attacks and name-calling? I’m also a motivator and I know you guys can do this.”

Wait a minute?! What was that? “If you would like to debate The 6 Keys…” What is The 6 Keys of which she speaks?

A little bit of research shows me that The 6 Keys is Jillian Michaels’ brand new book, that just came out in December 2018.The 6 Keys Hmmmm…. So, Jillian has a new book that she would like people to buy, but she has been off the radar for a few months, or a year. What to do, what to do?!

Stirring up some controversy is a great way to sell some books, wouldn’t you say?

Jillian Michaels’ Opinion and the Facts About Keto

Jillian Michael asserts that if you stop consuming one of the three macro nutrients, it is not a good thing for your body, right down to the cellular level. I couldn’t agree more! We should always ensure that we are getting all the nutrients our body needs through the food we are eating. What we need to be careful of, is how we are getting those nutrients.

The whole basis of the Keto lifestyle is that we reduce the number of calories we are consuming from “bad” carbohydrates. We might even call them empty calories. Those are the carbohydrates that our body turns into glucose in the body. Things like bead, bagels, chips, potatoes, rice, donuts, and all sugars and sweets. When we over-consume these carbs, the excess glucose is stored as fat in the body.

I have never said that we should stop consuming carbohydrates. The Keto lifestyle suggests limiting your carb intake to 20 – 50 grams a day, depending on the level of carbs you can tolerate. This will ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need.

If you add to your Keto lifestyle the appropriate supplements, vitamins, and minerals, specifically suited to the Keto lifestyle, there is no reason, in my humble opinion, that the Keto lifestyle cannot be maintained for the long run.

Jillian Michaels said in the article in People magazine last June, :

“Do not go keto. Just work out, eat clean and don’t overeat. I promise you, balanced diet. It’s that simple.”

I almost agree with that entire comment. I think you can work out, eat clean, not overeat, and be on a balanced Keto diet, and be healthy, happy, and in the best shape of your life.

Last Words

So there you have it. Jillian Michaels stirring the pot, saying on TMZ that “she’s not surprised she’s received a lot of push back on her strong opinions on the diet since there’s a lot of money behind it.”

But perhaps the reason she stirred the pot in the first place was to sell books. I think it was a fantastic way to get herself back in the eye of the media. I hope she sells many, many copies of The 6 Keys, available here on Amazon (a shameless plug!)jillian michaels

I do wish that she wouldn’t have picked on the Keto lifestyle, but if it draws more attention to a lifestyle that I feel is healthy and works for both weight loss and fitness, then so be it.

Thanks for listening. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

See you in the next post.

Have a great day!

Tom Fitzsimmons

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