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Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut

Jillian Michaels: Making the Cut

The famed Biggest Loser coach pens her second book about serious weight loss.

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Fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, known for her tough approach for losing weight on NBC's The Biggest Loser, has written a guide on how to drop those pesky last 10 or 15 pounds in 30 days. "Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You" sets itself apart from the myriad of fitness and weight loss books at your local bookstore because Michaels' program uses the process of oxidizing as a way to determine what kind of a metabolism your body has in order to lose weight effectively.

Michaels takes you through the steps to determine what kind of an oxidizer you are: slow, balanced or fast. Your new body classification then dictates what you'll eat supported by Jillian's own menus and recipes. She promises that you will feel comfortable in a bikini if you commit to her disciplined fitness and diet regimen. As part of Making the Cut, you must take a body fat percentage test and a "fit test" before starting the program as a measure to evaluate your pre and post self.

Michaels does not under estimate the power of the mind in the battle to lose weight. She includes helpful tips and advice for how to improve self-esteem and confidence. The book is also full of various exercises to improve strength, flexibility and endurance. Michaels also unveils some well-kept celebrity diet secrets to get your body prepared before a big event.

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  • Inexpensive
  • Making the Cut’s approach to weight loss is personalized and sensible
  • Program focuses on the mental aspect of losing weight in addition to the exercise and nutrition components
  • Jillian Michaels is a popular weight loss coach with nearly 20 years experience
  • 30-day promise may be ambitious for many individuals aiming to lose weight
  • Making the Cut is not for individuals wanting to lose more than 20 pounds
  • Science behind the oxidizer theory has not been firmly established

Michaels supplies a list of recipes and menus for each of the three oxidizer classifications. As part of your commitment to the Making the Cut program, you are supposed to adhere to her menu and calorie plan.


During Making the Cut, you'll take a “fit test” which is outlined in the book. The test establishes your level of fit-ness and you are then required to exercise about 5 hours each week. Michaels provides you with various exercises to do. She also has her own line of exercise DVDs that can be purchased at an additional cost over the book.


There is no refuting Michaels’ knowledge and training expertise when it comes to getting in shape and losing weight. Her 30-day promise, like any similar promise is no guarantee but it packs a three-pronged approach of diet, exercise and mental awareness to help you to lose those lingering pounds. The clinical science behind her oxidizer theory is scanty but her belief that the road to weight loss is a personal journey that begins with changes in behavior, lifestyle and self-motivation is an important component that many diet plans disregard.

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Ask your doctor. He knows beettr than people here. I don't think its a good idea for most people but you might be the exception. You don't need to do crunches all day. Putting your baby in a stroller and going for a 1/2 hour walk every day can work wonders. And it lets the baby experience different sights and sounds so both of you benefit.

Ask your doctor. He knows beettr than people here. I don't think its a good idea for most people but you might be the exception. You don't need to do crunches all day. Putting your baby in a stroller and going for a 1/2 hour walk every day can work wonders. And it lets the baby experience different sights and sounds so both of you benefit.

posted Jan 23rd, 2015 10:52 pm



hi jillian,my name is hannel to have 12 years
to have weight about is awesome what i to weight more my sister of 32 years
in my family the majority obese being and i to be one those of people
to have diabetic offspring for the family of father,is horribly when to look the people of my family to eat and i to follow your"s steps
already me to pall of that"s it to look my family and me us to cut down mutually please HELP. TRANK YOU JILLIAN

posted Mar 9th, 2013 1:53 pm



hi,jilian my name is hannel TO HAVE 12 YEARS
to have weight about, don"t know like can I to outweigh my sister of 32 years
plase we family help to need

posted Mar 9th, 2013 12:55 pm



My new years resolution this year was to lose at least 15 pounds and i am confident with this diet and exercise program its possible. However, before i didnt cook a whole lot so now im trying to get used to fitting it in my busy life schedule. Because i didnt have anything on her grocery list i had to go buy it all and it was costly on my end. Some stuff is even really hard to find. Her workouts push you and are challenging which is excellent. The only thing i would change if i could was if she had a dessert menu for us people with sweet tooths to have in moderation of course. How are you all dealing with that. Its soo hard for me, haha:)

posted Jan 13th, 2013 3:35 pm


I just finished the second day of the program and I am very sore but feeling pretty good. I've always struggled with extra weight in my midsection and I'm hoping that this program will finally help me get rid of it. Some of the exercises can be confusing, but I think I've done a good job about doing what I am supposed to. I disliked how expensive some of the food items were - I am a college student and could barely swing the cost of a week of food, but I'm becoming more aware of good substitutes that don't cost as much. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results!

posted Jun 16th, 2011 10:39 pm



After Day 30...?Today is my Day 21 on Making the Cut, and I am seeing some good results and am feeling good. Does anyone have advice/suggestions for what to do for maintenance after Day 30?

posted Feb 21st, 2011 8:12 am

Tori lynch


I have gone through this workout program 24 times and I love it! Lost 30 pounds and transformed my body. I am 50 and back to looking good in a bikini! I wish Julian would write Making the Cut 2!

posted Feb 16th, 2011 8:01 pm



My only problem with this book & recipes is that my digestive system has a Very low tolerance for whole-grain, wheat and high-fiber products. I figure I can modify some recipes but does anyone have Any ideas about what I can do about the whole-grain issue? I've tried gluten-free bread and it was just as bad. I mean, if I lower my intake of other types of breads (like white) will it make that much of a difference?
And everyone, I enjoyed reading how well this program worked for you! Encouraged me A LOT!!

posted Jan 30th, 2011 7:49 pm



This was probably the BEST diet I've ever done. I lost 10-12 pounds last year and feel great. The most exciting part about it is following the meal plan. Almost all of the food is really good and normal food that you can cook on a daily basis. I was never a big cook, but this has made it fun for me to learn. I enjoy having someone guide me with a list of specific food to eat. I love it!

posted Jan 12th, 2011 7:46 pm



I love the book, it has been my bible for the last 2.5 years. Even when I am not following the program 24/7 I still cook her recipes, fast or slow oxidizer or not. I really don't think that it is an expensive diet as far as food. I mean how much can a can of beans and artichoke hearts cost?

I live by myself and I am on the road 5 days a week. I cook up in big batches and freeze almost everything (except for the lettuce salads). Lets be honest here, if you cant find the atkins diet bread crumbs use regular crumbs or panko! For god sake you are only adding 2 tbs to the four servings, you aren't going to blow the diet. Smart start...try the I can't belive it's not butter spray.
Same thing,with the workouts. I'm on the road sometimes with no gym equipment. I accomodate the workout by lifting water bottles and bring resistance bands. Its all about accomodation here. I used to run 5 miles a day and lift a little. I even ran in college. This program was a huge break through on my plateau of fitness... I never thought geneticall I could ever look so good in a swimsuit!

posted Jun 1st, 2010 10:31 pm


Ok so i bought the book, listed out the foods i need and prepared myself mentally. However i am a pescatarian...so i only eat fish. My question is will i get the same results if i substitute the meat for other proteins?

posted May 28th, 2010 8:12 pm



This workout is great if done the right way. I went from a size 14 to size 10 and lost 12 pounds in 30 days. The diet takes a lot of planning ahead but I was never hungry and food was great.

posted May 10th, 2010 7:58 am


First off, the word "diet" has turned into an obsession of weight loss. Diets don't work!! This is a life change and if your not ready for the long haul don't even bother because you'll just end up in disappointment.
This book is a great addition to the knowledge of nutrition. At first I took a month to get use to the strenuous circuits and try out some of the recipes. I have seen a personal trainer and nutritionist in the past so I took the time to consult them about this book. Both were very intrigued at the idea and after some research it really can work but you have to do the exercises exactly as timed and the diet mustn't be altered unless for medical reasons. I am on week 2 now an doing great! My weight loss goal was only 10-15 pounds and even within that first month before I started this, when I was just testing the waters, I noticed an increase in energy, better appetite for healthy foods (no more junk food/sweet cravings), and my lean muscle began to increase.
To anyone who says you "don't have the time"...yes, you do, you're just being lazy because it requires change.

posted Mar 30th, 2010 1:12 am



I'm on day 7 now, and already lost 3 pounds. I think this diet gets really expensive with all the special foods., but otherwise it's perfect! :)

posted Mar 7th, 2010 11:44 am


I stumbled upon this website because I was trying to find out what Smart Start was. I have to laugh because I see that I am not the only one that is confused and can't find it! I made the apricot glazed chicken which called for smart start and I thought that it was the cereal...I just figured that it was ment to add a little crunch to the chicken!!! Needless to say the chicken receipe turned out ok but a little funny w/ ceareal on top. lol I just figure it is ment to be a butter substitute and I bought smart balance butter!

posted Mar 4th, 2010 4:42 pm


I'm on day 15 of this and I have not seen much of a difference. Although, I have not lost weight, I do notice that my arms are stronger (which they were not at all prior to starting this program) as I can complete her push-up craziness with no problem now. I haven't been super sore to where it hurts to walk, but do notice that my muscles get tired easily (washing my hair, climbing stairs to my office, etc). I have been doing all circuits twice with 20 min of cardio afterward. I follow the menu for breakfast and lunch, but I adjust dinner a bit to my taste (I still leave added starches out at dinner). My goal is not so much to loose weight, but to tone. If I had to loose weight, maybe 5-7 lbs, max. What can I be doing wrong or is this not the book for me? Any suggestions....I'm kinda getting discouraged.

posted Mar 1st, 2010 8:48 pm



Just finished the program and it works if you follow the exercise especially.I am very fit but found it difficult! Did not have much weight to loose but saw a serious reduction in inches everywhere and overall increase in strength. Now have people at the gym trying the same moves. Only problem is after 30 days what now? WIll probably repeat the program. I do think this is more of a workout program then diet but I idd follow many of the recipes and watch calorie intake. It is not for the faint of heart!

posted Feb 18th, 2010 1:27 pm


So I started the workout and got to about day 12 and oops...been interrupted with work and etc so haven't been back. did start to see some results with the fitting of clothes. Has anyone else seen any results from the workout?

posted Feb 16th, 2010 8:17 pm



Hello- I am starting to prepare for the 30 day challenge.... I was looking at a few recipes and can't find Atkins quick quisine baking mix- when I looked online it said it was no longer being made. Has anyone else had this problem? Any substitutes? Also- I am having a hard time figuring out what smart start is? Any help woule be great! Thanks.

posted Feb 1st, 2010 11:52 am



This diet is unsustainable. I am on day 16. I don't even do her workout because I already have a routine with my personal trainer. I think Jill's idea is creative by giving the diet based on the "metabolism" quiz. But how acurate can that be? The cooking is unruling, and Ahi Tuna and top round beef steaks are expensive. This diet is not good because it is very time consuming and very expensive. And that is coming from me, a person who loves to cook and makes everything from sratch!!! DONT BUY THE BOOK pick another diet, TRUST ME!

posted Jan 31st, 2010 11:38 pm


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