This Former ‘Biggest Loser’ Star Says People are ‘Glamorizing’ Obesity to be Politically Correct
The weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser is gearing up for a reboot on USA Network after running for 17 seasons on NBC. Known for the program’s trainers who use a fierce exercise regimen along with a ‘tough love’ mentality, the reality show’s fitness experts insist on telling it like it is.
One in particular still maintains this approach, recently commenting that today’s view of obesity can be hazardous.
Not afraid to go against the grain
Fitness icon Jillian Michaels has never been one to mince words. Eschewing trendy diets such as keto and intermittent fasting, Michaels has no problem calling out what she considers ill-advised practices when it comes to nutrition.
“Why would anyone think this is a good idea?” she said in January regarding the keto diet, according to People. “Your cells, your macro molecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. When you do not eat one of the three macro nutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves. Those macro nutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them.”
Intermittent fasting has also become a popular practice of today’s top celebs. Michaels agrees that the technique can have health benefits but doesn’t see it as a productive weight loss tool. “It isn’t actually good for weight loss. That’s just not true,” she said. “The only thing that works for weight loss is calories in, calories out.”
Effects of age
Michaels advises against basing a fitness regimen on how old you are. ‘I don’t believe in wrapping workouts around age – I’ve never seen a reason to,” she told Women’s Health. “You’re either a beginner athlete at 20 or 40 or 70 or you’re an advanced athlete at 20 or 40 or 70. It just depends on how you’re living.”
The former Biggest Loser star dishes out the difficult news on the negative effects of aging when it comes to metabolism. “As you get older, your hormones change and your metabolic rate will slow down,” she explained. “You may have been able to eat 2,000 calories a day when you were 25, but now you’re 55 and you can’t get away with it anymore.”
As always, she recommends sticking with a regular exercise routine while being sure to regularly mix it up. “I don’t advocate doing one type of exercise, because ultimately the body will adapt to it and you can get overuse injuries,” Michaels said. “In order to get the best possible results, you want variety, so your body has the chance to recover from any workout, which is really where the progress is made.”
Too politically correct?
The fitness icon recently spoke out with another opinion that may not be popular. With body positivity becoming a strong movement, Michaels is concerned the message may be skewed. While she acknowledges definite positives with the shift in perception, Michaels fears that the message can be miscommunicated all in the name of political correctness. “I think we’re politically correct to the point of endangering people,” she said. “Yes, we want to be inclusive of everyone [and respect that] everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes. That nobody should ever be body shamed or fat shamed or excluded and that everyone is equally deserving and should feel equally valuable.”
Michaels maintains that while acceptance is important and there should be no tolerance for any type of shaming, the movement may be going to an extreme. She also realizes that vocalizing these opinions can be poorly received. “Obesity in itself is not something that should be glamorized,” she said. “But we’ve become so politically correct that no one wants to say it.”
As for her former reality show, Michaels doesn’t think The Biggest Loser’s original format would be accepted today. “I think the world has shifted to a place where that format and messaging is considered fat shaming,” she said of the show. “But it isn’t, and it’s not meant to be. Now we’ve gone too far in the opposite direction.”
Michaels is not a part of the reboot, which premieres in January 2020 on USA Network.