If you’re obsessed with all things diet and fitness related like me and always looking for inspiration, then you probably understand why I was so intrigued to meet celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser on NBC. Along with her bestselling diet books and DVD’s, Michaels has jumped into the world of video games. Her second high-tech workout called Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 debuts this month for Wii and Nintendo DS platforms.
After our initial conversation at a kick off event for mom bloggers in New York City (see below), Michaels made some time to answer more questions via email from The Well Mom.
TWM: Losing the baby weight feels like such a huge undertaking when you are a new mom. What are the “baby steps” you recommend when trying to get your pre-baby body back?
JM: It’s all about diet and exercise. Baby weight is no different than plain old weight loss. Count your calories. Eat high quality foods in moderate quantities and get enough rest and relaxation to keep stress levels at bay.
TWM: What are the most effective ways busy moms can fit in some physical activity if they don’t have time for a full workout?
JM: I am not a big advocate of NEAT, non-exercise activity thermogenesis. I would say make the time to workout! (Author’s note: NEAT is the theory that any movement during the day increases calorie burning as opposed to deliberate exercise.)
TWM: Do you have suggestions for “power” snacks for busy moms who may not be able to sit down for a meal during the day? What are your favorites?
JM: Organic yogurt with organic berries. If you don’t have the money for organics go with fruit that has a thick skin like an orange or banana with a handful of raw or dry roasted almonds.
TWM: Why do you think moms will be motivated to work out with your video game?
JM: Moms today are motivated to get fit and be healthy because they know they are their kids #1 role model. They are the ones that have to set the example for the whole family. Moms also know that kids LOVE video games and this is a great way for moms and kids to get fit together and make it fun.
TWM: What is most effective use of your game? How can moms get the most out of it? Are there tips in the video game?
JM: The game has diet and exercise tips throughout. You can program the game for any workout (beginner or advanced) with any fitness goal (weight loss or toning). The game has enough flexibility and variety that it can be individualized to meet anyone’s goals and needs.
Originally published on TheWellMom