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Jillian Michaels QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System—Helpful or Hype?

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Jillian Michaels is definitely staying busy these days. From her television appearances to books and DVDs, she is now also promoting some weight loss supplements that are supposed to help speed up how quickly people can drop unwanted pounds.

Michaels’ QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System is one of the supplements that you can purchase through her website, online retailers, and at local stores. It is a two-part program that features something called Maximum Strength Calorie Control and the Maximum Strength Fat Burner, which the website Diets In Review said are supposed to suppress the appetite and help with the body’s fat-burning process. The products contain a variety of herbs, amino acids and “natural stimulants” (read: caffeine).

According to the Diets in Review website, the Maximum Strength Calorie Control contains yerba mate, coffee bean extract, guarana, cocoa extract, l-glutamine, l-tyrosine, damiana, ginger, and white willow bark.

The Maximum Strength Fat Burner includes grapefruit extract, bitter orange extract, blood orange extract, sweet orange extract (is anyone else noticing a citrus trend here?), coleus forskohlii, tribulus terrestis, and something called conjugated linoleic acids, or CLA. CLA are a type of substance that may help reduce body fat while increasing muscle mass.

Michaels has said that she used to be overweight herself as a young girl and teenager and she seems to have a lot of genuine empathy for people who are battling their weight. But it’s also worth noting that she talks about her successful weight loss through exercise and eating better. Diets in Review noted that one major argument against these products is that they go against much of what Michaels’ philosophy and diet advice on how to lose weight. Although this isn’t a typical “con” to a product, it is definitely food for thought.

The WeightLoss Supplements website has harsher words for Michaels’ formulas. The site, which reviewed the products, said that the Rapid Weight Loss Program may cause side effects related to the stimulants in the ingredients. These may include increased heart rate, nervousness, headaches, and insomnia. To be fair, the site did say that the supplements may give a possible boost to metabolism and they do have certain cleansing abilities, and no major side effects.

In general, the site felt the biggest negative was the price—about $100 the review said for the product. In conclusion, the reviewer felt that the product did not live up to its claims as being an effective weight loss tool, and that for $100, you should definitely get something that comes with a money-back guarantee.

Then again, I know people who have been so eager to lose weight that shelling out $100 wouldn’t faze them in the slightest. So there are definitely arguments on both sides of the Jillian Michaels weight loss pill coin.

Have you ever tried these products, or do you know someone who has? If so, how did it go? Did you or your friend or family member lose weight? Did you have any side effects? And did you think that it was worth the price?






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It seems like the ultimate irony that Jillian Michaels berates her charges on "The Biggest Loser," demanding that they change their eating habits, amp up their physical activity and deal with any psychological issues weighing them down, only to hawk a supplement that seems to have no more value to someone desperate to lose weight than good ol' Dexatrim. What hypocrisy! I hope her fans are letting her have it for selling out like this.

August 9, 2010 - 2:29pm
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