Day #21 Dear Miss Michaels

I almost used today’s blog to write a response to a recent post that Jillian Michaels posted on her Facebook page….( okay, I admit I am kind of a fan, but not a fan of her nutrition advice. ) but then I remembered that arguing diet advice is an exhausting battle and I am only here for the food. I will make a few points however.

Here was her post:

“Weight loss tip – So many people come up to me and tell me they can’t lose weight and yet, I haven’t ever met a person I can’t take weight off. You’re not counting calories. Forget all the fad diets for a moment and just focus on the basics. Weight loss will always require burning more calories than you take in. Calories in versus calories out. If you’re trying to lose weight I recommend 1200 cals a day for a woman & 1400 cals a day for a man. Only exception is green veggies. Eat as many greens as you want, but make sure they aren’t cooked in a fattening sauce. Don’t get hamstrung by fads like avoiding carbs or grains, going raw, and so on. It’s perfectly healthy to eat carbs, fat, and protein as long as they are not overly processed and loaded with chemicals like trans fats, artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors, hfcs, and so on. Eat real food with calorie control and you can’t go wrong.”

There are a few things that stand out to me in this post.

#1 Calorie counting and “calories in versus calories out”. – This subject is way too complicated for my simple mind but please check out a book called Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.There are also plenty of articles on on the subject. One hint on why I have a problem with the whole “Calories in vs. Calories out” theory: Hormones folks. Hormones.

#2 “Don’t get hamstrung by fads like avoiding carbs or grains, going raw, and so on.” – Ehem. Excuse me miss Michaels but considering humans have been eating a paleo/primal/ancestral diet for quite some time, I would hardly call it a fad. THE human diet, is not a fad.

#3 “I recommend 1200 cals a day for a woman & 1400 cals a day for a man.”- Is it just me or does this amount of calories make you hungry just thinking about it?

#4 “Eat real food”- I couldn’t agree more. Lets get on it!


Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, sweet potatoes and sauerkraut

Yep, the new usual.


Sauteed chicken breast with steamed spaghetti squash, and sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon.

For lunch I rendered some bacon and then sauteed my brussel sprouts. I also made some spaghetti squash.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for spaghetti. They named it spaghetti for a reason. You can sub the squash for spaghetti noodles and make spaghetti out of it, or you can simply steam it, stir in a little coconut oil, salt and pepper and enjoy it as a side.

put a fork in it

After you steam it, roast it, etc… just grab a fork and scoop out the spaghetti strands.

Chicken breast with sweet potatoes, and sauteed purple kale.

Did you know there was purple kale? Pretty awesome right? I have found that most people have a love-hate relationship with kale but how can you hate kale? #1 it tastes amazing ( especially sauteed with bacon, onions, and garlic ) and #2 it comes in green and purple. I love colorful produce. Sometimes I will buy produce just because it will look pretty in a dish. I guess this purple kale doesn’t exactly look pretty but it did before I cooked it…

So what do you think of Jillian Michaels weight loss tip?

  1. Ben said:

    I actually read a story on a guy who ate about 1500 calories a day, but only ate hostess products… like twinkies and that crap… and lost about 35 lbs, his blood pressure improved, and he overall got healthier

    • Calorie restriction does work to an extent but in the long can’t live off twinkies lol

      • Ben said:

        well, yea i know thats not healthy…i just thought it was interesting

  2. molly said:

    it’s hard to get past the calories in/calories out mindset, though i have to admit, when i first went paleo, my goal was to lose weight. counting calories helped me shed my extra pounds, but most importantly, made me aware of how much i was eating. a few months into paleo, i stopped thinking about calories and started listening to my body. eat when hungry, stop when full.

    dr. lustig’s youtube lecture, “sugar: the bitter truth”, set me straight regarding calories: exercising to burn calories is the dumbest reason to exercise, a calorie is not just a calorie, and you “simply can’t burn off all the calories you eat through exercise”. his example: you’d have to run for ten hours to burn off a big mac.

    i eat real food and i exercise because it makes me feel good, inside and out. i’m looking forward to meeting you at Auburn CrossFit!

    • I think one of the best things about paleo is that it kind of re-trains you to listen to your body. I think if you are trying to lose weight then when first starting out calorie counting can be a helpful guide just to get an idea of how much you are eating.

      It is crazy how complex our metabolisms are!

      Eating real food and exercising for health is the best route! 🙂 Looking forward to meeting you at Auburn CrossFit as well!

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