Decoding the Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Weight Loss Program

by | Apr 29, 2019

Author: Maggie Hudspeth, RDN

When you hear Jillian Michaels name, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

The Biggest Loser? Intimidating trainer? Star of the “gun show”? (You can’t deny her killer arms) A reliable, knowledgeable nutritionist?

That last one, not so much. While Jillian Michaels certainly knows what she’s doing in the gym and has helped thousands of people achieve large strides in their weight loss journey, when it comes to nutrition advice, she should stay in her lane.

Another Quick and Easy Way to Lose Weight

Now, I think through all her trainings and years of experience, Jillian has picked up on basic nutritional knowledge and steers people in generally mindful directions. But all the diet plans she has constructed have 1 commonality – they are crazy restrictive with food and schedules. Except her 14 Jump Start Weight Loss Program. The positive side to this regimen, you don’t have to change your diet! Drop 10 pounds in 14 days without changing your current diet. All you have to do is stick to the pill agenda to cleanse your body of all the toxins.

A Liver’s Purpose: Detoxify

Time for a quick anatomy lesson – what are the functions of the liver? The liver is stored in the right side of the abdomen, involved in many metabolic processes. That’s just a fancy way of saying the liver’s functions are to filter your body’s blood from the digestive tract, while detoxifying the body of any chemicals and metabolizing drugs. The soul purpose of the liver is to help rid the body of any toxins and chemicals. Why do people think the only way to lose or “jumpstart” their weight loss is to pop pills that do the exact same function as our organs, FOR FREE!

Well, now that we had our lesson, let’s dive into what Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Weight Loss Program entails. As I mentioned, there is no diet plan for this structure. That’s the appealing selling point, you can still eat all your favorite foods without skipping even one serving. These pills are supposedly designed to help your body metabolize these foods quicker, so you’re body does not absorb and store as much fat. That is just a polite way of saying you better be near a bathroom at all times during these 14 days.

Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Weight Loss Program: Phase 1

So, what are these pills? The 14 days are split up into 2 phases; the first phase is all about cleansing. Twice a day, you take 2 MetaCaps of the Detox and Cleanse component with a full glass of water. These capsules are allegedly designed to reduce belly bloat and body waste buildup. They also aid the colon and in the digestion process to help metabolize food quickly (which is why I mentioned the bathroom). But most importantly, this first phase supports the liver’s natural detoxification process. What is natural about pills helping an already existing organ function?

Jillian Michaels Jumpstart Weight Loss Program: Phase 2

After feeling lighter and more energized from your 7 day detox, you move into phase 2, regaining your gut. While the detox capsules claim to not be a laxative, reviews for multiple customers have you thinking otherwise. The other evidence phase 1 will involve multiple trips to the bathroom? Phase 2 begins with a probiotic replenishment to “restore your body”. Why else would you need to restore your body, unless something was taken away, like healthy gut traits?

Along with the probiotic, phase 2 consists of Jilian Michaels’ Maximum Strength Fat Burner. Taking 2 capsules, twice a day, this pill targets only fat. Supposedly, this is how your body rids it of fat, so you are not losing vital lean muscle. This where you drop pounds quickly, leaning out faster.

Let’s be real – there is no such thing as a magical pill to help your body burn fat without any sort of change in diet and exercise. Period.

As one of the top influencers in the fitness world, Jillian Michaels should be promoting healthy lifestyle changes, providing exercise knowledge and stop showcasing worthless cleanse programs. Without behavior change, dieters and detoxers, more times than not, will gain everything they lost in these types of programs. Without habit changes, people will continue to put their bodies through the harsh stages of losing and gaining weight without maintaining anything.

Success with Detoxes: The truth

So, how can you lose so much weight in a short amount of time on detox programs like Jillian Michaels Jumpstart program? There are two reasons; the first we already covered. Frequent trips to the bathroom, allowing your body to lose water weight quickly. The second reason, is a very common one as well. If you notice, most detox or cleanse programs encourage dieters to drink a full glass of water with their supplements. Sometimes you’ll be doing this 2, 3 or even 4 times a day. By drinking large amounts of water, your stomach is full, suppressing your appetite. While it encourages hydration, filling up on water versus nutritious food does not seem like a healthy approach to weight loss. Again, it’s not so much the products working their magic, but your body just increasing its everyday functions and cutting back on servings of food.

As mentioned before, long term weight loss comes from habit changes and behavior modifications. Being told what to eat, when to eat it, how to exercise, and when to incorporate “supplements” is not something you can carry on throughout the rest of your life. But adjusting habits and behaviors puts maintaining weight in your favor.

Noom Focuses on Long Lasting Changes

Noom’s approach is exactly that – habit and behavior focused. Not only does Noom steer you towards weight loss in the present time, the daily content will also guide you to keep the weight off for good. Aside from convenient education in the palm of your hand, you also get support and accountability. Providing you with two different coaches, you also have the opportunity to interact with other Noomers to push each other through the journey.

Having a curriculum to teach you about all the different factors that affect your weight and how to handle those hurdles sets you up for success. There are many areas so many forget about that affect your weight, like sleep and hydration. Noom’s curriculum is science based research, written in a fun, witty way, to keep you engaged until you’re ready to go off on your own. As much as Noom would like to be a part of your life forever, having an app to help you with your choices is not sustainable. Noom is all about helping app users modify their behaviors, develop new habits, and give them the confidence they can carry this momentum without the app. A little guidance and support goes a long way.

Noom: With you every step of the way

Speaking of support, where is the accountability with Jillian Michaels Jumpstart program? Who is there to guide you, encourage you and hold you accountable? Most diet plans, you are on your own. But with Noom, you have weight loss coaching and support all throughout the app. Whether it’s from your goal specialist, helping you construct weekly goals one-on-one, or your group coach providing you with challenges and educational prompts to help you put those goals into action. And what happens when you have a slip-up or a bad day? Your fellow Noomers will dust you off and encourage you to move forward. Noom prides itself on giving app users grace and flexibility throughout this journey. Afterall, Noom is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Detox Your Life of Detoxes

Don’t be fooled by celebrity endorsers, pushing products in your face and convincing you you cannot do something without their items. Jillian Michaels didn’t get her killer abs or perfect arms from doing short-term programs, like the 14 Day Jumpstart Weight Loss Program. She does this for a living, AKA her lifestyle consists of healthy eating and working out. She is a professional trainer that knows her body well, and has stuck to a healthy lifestyle for most of her life. All diets, detoxes, and cleanses have endings, and what are you stuck with? Lost a few pounds of water and then it’s back to old habits.
Give yourself a chance to fuel your with real food, not just pills and powders. Noom can provide you with the knowledge you need on how to lose weight without any wacky eating patterns or depriving yourself. You deserve to live a healthy lifestyle so you can feel good, energized and happy! There is more to life than being stuck in the endless diet cycle. Learn how to continue enjoying your favorite foods without having to be stuck on a capsule regimen. There is no magic in weight loss, only patience and hard work.