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Jillian Michaels to Leave Biggest Loser to Start a Family

Potential future Biggest Losers and Jillian Michaels fans are about to receive some crushing news. The popular fitness trainer just announced that she is leaving The Biggest Loser to have children, according to Us Magazine.

“I want to take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work,” she Tweeted earlier this week.

She credits her big decision to her experience in filming her own series, “Losing it.”  (more…)

Losing it with Jillian – The Alvarez Family

The Alvarez family: Image via NBC.com

On the eighth and final episode of Losing it with Jillian, we witnessed Jillian Michaels work her magic on the Alvarez family from Florida.

Part of a large, close knit, Cuban extended family, the Alvarez family of Hialeah Gardens, Florida have a growing problem. Their son, David Jr, is already pre-diabetic. David Jr. is only nine-years-old but unfortunately is already well on the way to health complications due to his weight.

David Jr. already suffers taunts at school about his size, and his angry reactions to being teased have got him into trouble. He is tired of being teased, he wants it to stop, but one of his biggest problems is his father, David Sr who tops the scales at 328 pounds and has sleep apnea, due to his weight.

David Sr. is overweight but he fails to see that it is a problem that needs to be fixed. David Jr. idolizes his father, so Jillian needs David Sr. to admit there is a problem before she can do anything to help the family.


Losing it with Jillian – The Franklin Family

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On episode seven of Losing it with Jillian, we were introduced to the Franklin family, a Detroit family of four who are resistant to change.

Todd is the father who is overweight, a binge-eater and has weight-related sleep apnea. Amy, the mother, underwent gastric bypass surgery a few years back, but after her start-up business went into the red, she put back on the weight and started smoking again. Their two daughters, Lily and Chloe, are concerned over their parents’ health and don’t want to follow in their footsteps.

Jillian steps in to take back the reins with the Franklins. Unearthing jars of candy, packs of cigarettes and junk food in the kitchen pantry, Jillian does a clean sweep and delivers a strong message to the Franklins: Shape up or your health is going to continue to spiral out of control.


Losing It with Jillian – The Plunkett Marquez Family

The Plunkett-Marquez Family

On episode six of Losing it with Jillian, Jillian heads to Camp Verde, Arizona, to help a Native American family learn how to follow a better lifestyle.

The Plunkett-Marquez family are leaders of the Yavapai-Apache Nation tribe. The family consists of grandma Delores, the mother, Cora-Lei, 15-year-old son Brandon, seven-year-old daughter Katie and Cora-lei’s sister, Delight. Cora-Lei’s husband, Brian, has been in Iraq with the Marines for the past year and the family has rallied to support her and their three kids. All of the family members are overweight and have or are at risk for diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Native Americans are at greater risk for having the disease than anyone. While six percent of the American population has diabetes, the prevalence of diabetes among Native Americans is twice as high.


Weight Loss News in Review – Week of June 27

Each week, DietsInReview.com will recap the hottest headlines in weight loss, diet and health news to keep you informed of news you can really use.

Losing It with Jillian – The Vivio Family

The fifth week of Losing It with Jillian might have been one of the best yet. While each is moving and motivating for their own specific reasons, this one had a lot of heart.

Losing It with Jillian – The Vivio Family

The fifth week of Losing It with Jillian might have been one of the best yet. While each is moving and motivating for their own specific reasons, this one had a lot of heart. Not to mention, no whining!

Most of the families we’ve seen so far have gotten into fights with star and trainer Jillian Michaels just minutes in to their first workouts. They give up quickly, complain about the pain and admit to not being capable of the work. Jillian calls their bluff everytime. However, with this week’s family, the Vivio family of Tennessee, there was not a moment of that. This family of four stepped up and took everything Jillian dished. And they’re better for it.

The main story of this week’s episode was the youngest son Elijah, who at only 14-years old weighed 330 pounds. He admits to Jillian that he’s the butt of fat jokes at school and wants to change he way people talk to him. He is visibly surprised when, during a one-on-one conversation, she admits to being an overweight teen as well. She shares how discovering martial arts helped her physically and emotionally. Elijah also shares that “What I really want out of this week is a better relationship with my father.” (more…)

Losing It With Jillian – The Northern Family

Patrick Northern

Patrick Northern

On this week’s episode of Losing it With Jillian, Jillian Michaels stages an intervention with the Northern family of Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Patrick Northern is a lovable dad who’s always joking with his wife and kids. He can always find the funny side to any situation, but last year things got serious. His career took a turn for the worse when he lost his truck-driving job. His wife, Kim, took on the role of sole breadwinner and Patrick’s confidence took a serious blow. Kim and their teen twins, Ameer and Ameera, have always looked to Patrick for direction. As Patrick lost his motivation to get off the couch, the rest of the family followed suit and the weight began to pile on.


Jillian Michaels Photo as an Overweight Teen

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Even the hottest personal trainer on the planet has battled with her weight.

Jillian Michaels once hit the scales at 175-pounds as a teenager, but it is her past struggle with weight that makes this 5-foot-2 1/2 fitness guru such a successful and inspiring weight loss and health role model.

If you’ve been watching her newest reality series, Losing it with Jillian or have watched just a single episode of the Biggest Loser, it’s easy to see how Jillian can so easily relate to and get through to the overweight souls who use food as a numbing device to get through a painful life experience.


Losing It With Jillian – The Mays Family

Jillian with the Mays. Image Via: NBC.com

On the third episode of Losing It With Jillian, Jillian Michaels visited the Mays family of Bakersfield, California.

After suffering the life-altering event of a painful divorce after a 30-year marriage, Ruth and her three children are in desperate need of rebuilding their self-esteem. 

With two daughters, Rachel and Ashley, and a son living at home, Ruth hasn’t been able to move forward following the divorce, which was caused by her husband’s infidelity. This has in turn caused her entire family to feel stuck in the past while relying on food and material goods for comfort and fulfillment.


Losing It With Jillian – The Jones Family

The Jones family: Image Via NBC.com

On episode two of Losing it with Jillian, after the Jones family of Cambridge Massachusetts, suffered the tragic loss of their father, Gary, the family of three needs a jump-start.

The family, which is now comprised of single-mom and widow Deb, daughter, Isabelle or “Izzy,” and son, Jordan, are not yet able to let go of Gary. Consequently, the Jones’ house is a veritable disaster, a reflection of their inability to move on even though it has been more than six years since Gary’s death. In fact, the physical state of the house is in such disarray that Jillian refuses to stay there and instead sleeps at a hotel during the first night of her intervention.


Losing It with Jillian – The Mastropietro Family

Jillian and the Mastropietro family: Image Via NBC.com

On the season premiere of Jillian Michaels’ new reality series, Losing It with Jillian, the tough-loving trainer brings the Mastropietro family back from the brink after life got off course 22 years ago with the death of their newborn son.

This larger-than-life Italian family is poised to receive both a physical as well as an emotional makeover as Jillian moves in with them for five days to uncover the unprocessed pain and harbored sadness that has driven this family to overeat for the past two decades.

The Mastropietro family of Wilmington, MA is headed by Jimbo, the father of clan, who had unsuccessful gastric bypass surgery. He and his wife, Agnes, are serial yo-yo dieters but desperately want to lose weight and get healthy for their daughter’s, Michelle, wedding later this year. Michelle also had gastric bypass surgery, but unlike her dad, lost weight and has kept it off.