Healthy Hollywood: Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Plan!

Jillian Michaels is a rock star in the wellness world. Her inspirational no-excuses attitude on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” has turned her into one of America’s premiere trainers. Plus, she’s got a fitness empire of DVDs and workout equipment.

Now, this busy lady has even more on her plate – she’s the mother of two, having adopted a 2-year old daughter and had a baby boy with her partner, Heidi Rhoades, last spring. “I used to say, ‘If you’re going to exercise, then you do it, and you do it 100 percent. Now if I’ve got to answer e-mails while I work out on the Stairmaster, well, then that’s what it is,” reveals Jillian in the April issue of Fitness magazine.

The workout guru, 39, flaunts her enviably toned body on the cover of April’s Fitness magazine. Inside the pages, she shares her secrets to balancing motherhood, exercise and her incredibly busy career. “Every day I tell myself how blessed I am. I can’t bitch about it, because this is what I wanted.”

The self-professed control freak admits having a hard time fitting it all in, but adds, “It’s definitely best for me to work exercise into other things I’m doing that day. I try to bike to work or take a long walk-jog on the beach with the kids.”

Nice to know the seemingly perfect Jillian is just like the rest of us moms, struggling to balance home and everything else. Plus, try and manage a little me time. After all, moms need to take care of themselves.

Want an effective way to get in shape for the upcoming bikini season? Jillian shared with Fitness magazine her 3 favorite tips to losing weight.

1. Wreak Havoc:

“Next time you’re feeling full but can’t stop picking at your plate, wreck it. Pour salt on it or put your drink on it, just ruin it. People have issues with wrecking food because it feels wrong, but let’s get real: it’s not going to children starving in Africa, it’s going to the trash.”

2. Amp It Up:

“Drinking an espresso or 200 milligrams of caffeine 45 minutes before you exercise is a known performance enhancer. People love to demonize me for suggesting this, but caffeine has proven health benefits and you will dramatically increase your burn.”

3. Get Out Of Your Chair:

“Simply standing up burns one and a half times more calories than sitting. So whether you’re waiting at the doctor’s office or making a phone call at work, stand up.”

For more of Jillian’s insightful healthy living tips, head to

-- Terri MacLeod

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