ugg short Biggest Loser coach tells her secrets
Coffee?! strong cups, 400 milligrams, fights pancreatic cancer, she says, Alzheimer Type 2 diabetes and improves cognitive functions. that Michaels is a health nut goodie goodie.
still drink a little bit of alcohol, she confides. I haven been to the gym in five days! wonder. There this gruelling book tour on top of an always heavy workload, plus the routine demands of parenting a three year old daughter and an 11 month old son who, along with her partner, Heidi Rhoades, have come with her on this recent New York visit.
But all is never lost, says Michaels, in the battle to lose weight and be healthy. if you just standing while you talking on the phone, she offers, can burn up to 300 calories in a day. the sort of forgiving advice found in her latest book, Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss (Harmony Books).
my softest approach to weight loss, says Michaels, a wellness coach to whom the word is seldom applied.
After all, she is famous as the drill sergeant trainer on NBC The Biggest Loser, a 5 foot 2 inch force of nature who doesn hesitate to throw her tautly muscled weight around.
But during this recent breakfast she seems different from her Loser persona. Clad in jeans, sweat shirt and Ugg boots, her hair pulled under a newsboy cap, she could pass for half her 39 years. She is animated, high rev. But no way overbearing.
wanted to write a book where you felt like I was sitting right there with you, she says, a vision of reassurance seated across the table, a simple solution for every problem or complaint I ever heard. is too time consuming, complicated, costly, inconvenient, plus I hungry all the time Michaels has heard every excuse from the audience for her website, weekly podcast and speaking engagements.
wanted to integrate the answers and knock down the myths and the fad diets, she says. every possible dieting dilemma that you could ever have, I provide umpteen amount of solutions. Pick one! her book,
every strategy comes with a point system scored from 1 (a tip) to 3 (most effective and important). Totaling the strategies you able to adopt can help predict your rate of weight loss, she says.
If some of this stuff gets a little technical (she prescribes workouts complete with calories per minute burned for each exercise), Michaels also packs the book with simple no brainers: Eat before you head to the party so you less tempted by those fatty hors d Nix foods tagged with words like smothered, loaded, tender, deep fried and creamy. At the supermarket, avoid the centre aisles (high trafficked destinations for junk food, she warns) in favour of the store perimeter, where fresh foods are likely to be stocked.
For imbibers who aren satisfied with the occasional red wine (pretty healthy in moderation), she even offers recipes for low cal cocktails.
going to show you exactly what you need to understand, exactly what never to do, and what it looks like in your life, she says. is never going to be easy. But it never gonna be easier than this. up, physical health wasn something that came easily to Michaels.
Her dad was overweight, she says, one of the ways that we spent time together was through food: go get a pizza. parents went through what she calls an ugly divorce when she was 12, which only hardened her image of herself as fat kid, a loser, someone who deserved to get picked on. a few years later she got hooked on martial arts. She had long felt like an outsider in school and most everywhere else, a feeling heightened by the fact that she was gay and hadn yet accepted it. But here in the dojo she was part of a community. She felt supported. She blossomed.
Then came a real turning point: She broke two boards with a sidekick.
next day when I walked into the school, no one ever (messed) with me again, she says, her eyes blazing at the memory.
From there a career unfolded for Michaels as a trainer, physical therapy aide, then sports medicine professional.
A decade ago, she signed on to The Biggest Loser. There, instantly, she stood out as a taskmaster, even a bully.
always identify with the underdog, and I think that one reason I feel fine yelling at them, she explains. feel like I yelling at a peer: Take responsibility, own this situation and bring your best. Let start exploring your potential. A 26 year old advertising account co ordinator from Wheeling, Ill., Danni has lost 95 pounds under Michaels dogged coaching and has guaranteed herself a slot as a finalist.
Michaels returned to The Biggest Loser this season after a two year absence. Her reasons for coming back included whole new group of producers I really trust and like, she says. it a heckuva platform. it only one of many platforms from which this go go fitness guru spreads her gospel.
never been about fitness for me, Michaels says. don even really like to work out. But when you strong physically and you feel confident about your body and your health, you strong in every other facet of your life. It transcendent.