• Paul February 16, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I recall the McDonalds hot coffee suit of not too long ago. I have trouble believing that someone could win a suit for not losing weight, but Ms Michaels better have a good lawyer.

  • Mary February 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I know everyone wants to loose weight however the answer is a lot more simple then what is reflected in the biggest looser. I was in the military once and trust me these contestant would have had an easier time with 8 weeks of basic training and still get the same results while getting to eat cheese burgers for lunch on Sundays and MRE's out in the field.

    Do we really need to be a contestant on a TV reality show to loose weight?

  • ryan c February 18, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Does anyone find it just a little suspect that she preaches proper nutrition and busting your butt in the gym, and then turns around and endorses a weight loss pill? She claims to be an expert on weight loss and as such, she should know that diet pills don't work. She's either grossly incompetent when it comes to weight loss or she sold out- point blank. A few years ago she had an article on her membership site detailing the dangers of diet pills, and another article talking about the harmful ingredients and chemicals used to make diet soda. This clearly isn't a question of incompetence, but rather greed. Yes, it’s naïve to believe that you can take a pill and lose weight, but it’s not right for JM- someone who has supposedly dedicated her life to helping obese people reclaim their lives- to take advantage of it.

    • admin February 18, 2010 at 4:44 am

      Hi Ryan–couldn't agree with you more…

    • Evie July 29, 2010 at 6:01 am

      I'm a huge fan of Jillian's and I own 4 of her workout DVD's but this really disappoints me! I couldn't agree with you more!!

  • Darik October 29, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Wow really this is sad. Do you not understand what it is to workout. Thats all hitting the gym and dieting is about is pain and suffering. The pills are supposed to help you loos weight not just do it for you. You cant sit on ur ass and think hey i dont need to diet or workout these pills will do it for me. Wrong if that were how it was then that would be extremely unhealthy. Also the comments about how diet soda is unhealthy for you well so is smoking. But its not like its gonna cause an instant death so get over it. One more thing yes there should be a tv show to help obese people. They can do just fine with getting a personal trainer then going into the military. P.S if Jillian didnt help fat people loose weight why is she a personal trainer cause obviously you can do soooo much better.

    • admin November 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Hi Darik, Thanks for your enlightening comments. You know, you’re right–maybe I’ll go light up while I’m sitting here enjoying my breakfast ’cause, heck, if I listen to you, smoking’s not going to cause instant death. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for someone to grant me that permission–that sort of validation that it’s “ok” to smoke. Hey, I’m indebted to you. Maybe you should contact the Surgeon General while you’re at it so the public-at-large can benefit for your wisdom. As for Jillian, yes, she should have a show–after all, she knows exercise is important for weight loss. However, the little detail she seems to have overlooked is her responsibility to those dieters who look up to her and will basically purchase whatever she’s hyping.

  • Fred January 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    For everyone dogging on Ms. Michaels, its kind of funny that people out there who are stating that diet pills don't work, then why are people still buying them and having law suits? If you read her books, she states how healthy eating and exercising are the key ways to losing weight but for the impatient people who are in time pressured situation, there are some pills out there that are the lesser of two evils. Do your research before laying down nasty comments.

  • Destry Vargaz March 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

    In all fairness, Jillian has been very open about the fact that there are certain supplements that she feels will help you lose weight, but that all supplements are banned from the Biggest Loser show by the producers. So charges of hypocrisy don't really hold water in that context, regardless of what actual claims are being made by the supplement manufacturers.

    That being said, these lawsuits do smack heavily of frivolity and opportunism. Seriously, who in this day and age actually believes "all" you have to do is swallow a pill and you will automagically drop lard while sitting on the couch watching teevee and stuffing your face with Cheetos?

    • admin March 31, 2011 at 4:03 am

      Hey Destry–Thanks for your comment and I'm absolutely lovin your use of the word "automagically"–great word. Ok, agree on your point re: supplement use on The Biggest Loser, but the bigger question for me here is why would Jillian lend her name, her image, her integrity…to a supplement line as such. Hey, we all have our price I suppose. Re: the lawsuits being frivolous–depends on how you look at it. I don't believe in any form of misleading advertising or promotion. That said, I do agree that at times folks file ridiculous lawsuits–you can talk to me all you want about McDonald's coffee being at a temperature way the heck above standards or a Starbucks worker not having the little cardboard "safe to touch!" sleeve on a cup of coffee–but bottom line is…it's coffee! It's supposed to be hot! so be careful! If negligence is involved–and I'm talking blatant negligence, fine–but I agree some lawsuits put into question the plaintiff's actions as well as the defendant's. Here though, you're playing on people's hopes, dreams, fears–you've got an audience that, in many instances is hanging on your every promise–and it's not just tied into some low self-esteem schtick–you're addressing their physical health and well-being–maybe some folks listening to the supplement rap have diabetes or high blood pressure and they see this as the avenue to helping improve those conditions. Believe me, I'm all for personal responsibility–but I don't believe in falsely dangling a carrot in front of a captive audience.

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