Jillian Michaels Redbook July 2010: “I Was 175 LBS. & Miserable…”

Tough-talkin’ fitness guru Jillian Michaels wasn’t always the picture of health we watch scream people’s waistlines down to 22-inches. The Biggest Loser trainer is spending the summer helping obese families around the county reclaim their lives, one dietary change at a time, on the reality spinoff Losing It with Jillian — but in the July edition of Redbook speaks candidly about her own struggles with weight, which left her shy and deathly depressed in her early teens.

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In the magazine, on newsstands June 22, Michaels reveals that her obsession with comfort food began when her parents divorced when she was 12. Over the next two years, Jillian’s weight would balloon to 175 pounds, before she managed to slim down with the help of karate.

“Oh, my God, it was pure hell. I spent all of eighth grade in my classroom because God forbid I ever left. I was terrorized. And karate saved my life. It all stopped the day I broke two boards with a kick.”

Jillian Rules for Weight Loss:

You must count calories: “Not counting calories is the biggest mistake people make. Use whatever medium you’re on most frequently: the Web–the free site, CaloriesPerHour.com is a great resource. Or use an iPhone app. Or carry a pocket calorie counter with you.”

You must avoid processed foods at all costs: “Processed foods are loaded with preservatives and chemicals–in other words, poison. The right quality food makes such a difference in how you feel. I always say, if it had a mother or came from the ground, that’s a green-light food.”

You must do five intense 30-minute workouts a week: “Thirty minutes is me being kind! Make it fun. Go walking with friends; plan a family outing. And if it requires you to get up a little earlier, do it, for God’s sake!”

You must inspire yourself: “You have to establish the why: Why do you want to change your life? What’s inspiring and motivating you? A long life? To wear your skinny jeans to your 10-year high school reunion? That why is gonna carry you through.”

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