Sunday, August 18, 2013
I originally knew Jillian Michaels because her stuff would come up when I was shopping for video games. So I knew she was a trainer with a reputation for being tough. I have to say I practiced the reverse discrimination obese people return to the world that has dismissed them because of their appearance, that if you look good you probably don't have a lot of substance. I didn't actually know she was on the Biggest Loser until I tried watching it, and suddenly her media iconography started to make a little sense.
Then I realized that her toughness was grounded in more empathy than Bob and eventually she let it drop that she had been obese in high school (BMI of 33, which isn't a lot to some people but that's near what I had been). She's lost 35.5% of her highest weight and kept it off.
So I was at the library and bumped into an audiobook of her "Slim for Life" book and listened to it last week. In the context of my realization last week that not everyone is me, I was really able to appreciate it. Several of her major recommendations were things I had worked out through trial and error, like 4 meals and eating more plants and sufficient protein. She approached mental and emotional health in the same systematic way as diet and exercise, which I thought was great.
It was structured differently from other diet books (expose of the history of diets, the theory of the diet and then the nuts and bolts plan). It was more like a topically organized encyclopedia. She gets right into it. There isn't a theory, just what works. She does have sidebars on things that don't work scattered through the book.