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Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  864 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Drop the weight and change your life with Jillian Michaels’ Winning by Losing. The fitness expert on the smash hit NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser” and “Losing It,” Jillian offers her unique, comprehensive, no-nonsense health and fitness program that can help anyone lose unwanted pounds and keep them off. Losing never felt so good!
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 2005)
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Dana
Jul 14, 2008 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of the information in this book is available elsewhere in plenty of bodybuilding/weight loss books. But there are a few things that stand out:

1. The tone of the book. No b.s. She tells it to you straight. Yet she's kind as well. She shares her own weight struggles when she was a teenager.

2. The metabolic type. The theory she follows is that every person converts food to energy differently, so it's essential to know how your body processes fats, proteins and carbohydrates. There are 3 metabo
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Angel Gardner-Kocher
Loaded with common sense advice, Jillian Michaels no-nonsense guide to weight loss is a fresh breath of air compared to all of the other weight loss book that promise quick and easy ways to lose weight (and yo-you back and forth on crash diets). She emphasizes that weight loss is about changing your mentality and your lifestyle and that losing weight and keeping it off takes work. I feel like many people would benefit from reading this book. In my weight loss experience thus far, I've had many p ...more
Ruthie
Jul 29, 2011 Ruthie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been vaguely worried that when I started this one that it would be a little on the boring, hard-to-read side, but I couldn't put it down! Jillian is a great writer, and her passion for helping people change their lives and get healthy shines through and makes the book easy to read. She covers all aspects of weight loss, from avoiding negative, self-loathing thought patterns that can hinder you, to breaking down the glycemic index and explaining the difference between good fats and bad fats ...more
Sherry
Mar 01, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm borrowing some Jillian books from a friend since I've started working out and often find myself at a loss for what to do. She addresses what she calls the 3 Ss: self, science, and sweat. With self, she gets at the emotions and thinking behind being overweight. While it was nice that she included such a chapter, as it's often overlooked in weight loss books, I think she should have fleshed this out a little bit more. With science, Jillian sums up some of the current science on nutrition and f ...more
Leane
Jun 04, 2011 Leane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great resource from famous trainer Jillian Michaels about starting a diet and sticking with it. This book takes you through the mental and physical aspects of dieting, providing full support for those of you who are just starting out. Some of my favorite things about this book were:

a) The math components. Jillian makes losing weight seem just like a mathematical equation which I like because to me, dieting should be black and white. Eat right/workout = lose weight. Jillian helps you figure out
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Suzanne
I watch her on TV and listen to her podcast all the time, so there is nothing in this book that I haven't heard her say already, and in at least 10 different ways on various TV shows and podcasts.

Make the commitment.

Count calories.

Workout.

Self, Science, Sweat.

She's very big on counting calories, which, I'm sure has it's virtues, but I don't like it. I also think a lot of it comes down to estimation anyway; estimates of how many calories are in what I just ate, estimates regarding how I thin
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bookowl
Apr 30, 2012 bookowl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skinny-culture
So amazing!!!

Jillian Michaels is just so kickass and totally rocks the fitness world. Have watches biggest loser... So many series! Can totally see how she sheds her team's pounds like butter in the Sahara...

She works her magic with the 3 S's: self, science and sweat.

Self- I though this was gonna be a soppy bit which wouldn't apply to since I am neither fat or emotionally unstable. However it focused a lot on other points like: binge eating and your family. Real eye-opener.

Science- this section
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Brittany Bush
I enjoy watching Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, and I often use her workout DVDs at home. I had never read any of her books before, so when I saw this one at the library, I had to pick it up. I like how the book is organized into three sections: Self, Science, and Sweat. For me the most interesting and helpful section was Self. Jillian really makes you think about your attitudes toward food and exercise and identify some of the excuses you make for not eating h ...more
Liz
Feb 03, 2010 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jillian, Jillian, Jillian... what to say...

Well, the first couple of chapters I was like YEAH! This is going to be good! Then it started to get complicated. It was like it went from optimism to you MUST do this, you MUST do this fast, and you MUST get fast results. I know the industry demands it and she is trying to put forth a full "life" program... but if I have to calculate that much every single day of the rest of my life I will vomit everywhere. So needless to say, about half way through it
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Melissa
Feb 16, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although it seems geared toward folks who haven't studied much in the way of exercise technique and science, I found 'Winning by Losing' to be fairly informative. There were some things I already knew but when I finished, I walked away armed with some new knowledge. My favorite parts were the science section and the exercise index. The latter was complete with black and white photos to show you proper technique of each move.
This book is introductory but will motivate you to want to learn more.
مي
Nov 09, 2013 مي rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing amazing amazing book, just what you should expect out of any jillian book, full with informations, good informations that you can trust and not just myths or stuff, divided in many chapters with three main units , psychology , nutrition and exercising , I can't say it enough but A M A Z I N G. I'm setting my new diet and workout routine according to what i learned so far , it made me understand why anyone reaches plateau and how to set an effective routine with so much advices with a swe ...more
Theresa
Since I've been into The Biggest Loser this season, wanted to check out the books. It's pretty good, though I don't agree with all her diet advice (heavy on artificial sweetners and some odd substitutions). I really like her view on weight loss surgery being barbaric. Nowadays, gastric bypass is pushed like it's a magic cure, even though it has a relatively high mortality rate. I was especially interested in the exercise section-- good pictures of weight training exercises that seem actually doa ...more
Megan
Feb 01, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Totally informative in a fun easy to read way. Jillian Michaels puts alot of her personality in this book which makes it easier to follow, almost as if you were hearing it from a friend.
There is strong science with excellent examples in this book that make sense. Being split up into three sections this book targets all of the factors that will help you lose weight. Mind, Food and Exercise.

I would recommend this book to anyone. But as all weight loss books or workouts or diet
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Lisa B
Feb 03, 2011 Lisa B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just okay for me. The first half of the book on Self and Science are good. Very little you likely didn't know before, but good reminders for those needing to get started or maintain motivation. Self is about the psychology of food, body image, etc. The Science section has a few tidbits that I found very helpful. I liked the metabolic test and it makes sense to me to personalize one's nutrition accordingly. The second half of the book is dedicated to exercise, with pictures and descripti ...more
Angie
Feb 25, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first few chapters of the book, which focused on the 'self' part of losing weight - such as changing your outlook and your life-style. It had some really good tips. I also found some useful information in the 'science' or dieting section. For example, Jillian provides some great suggestions on how to break through a plateau. However, the last half of the book contains a specific 12-week exercise plan, with tons of photos of certain exercises. I am sure these would be helpful for so ...more
Kimberly
Feb 02, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: health-fitness
So I haven't been a Biggest Loser fan but came across this book at the library. I skimmed most of it but the area I found most interesting and would recommend is the one about your metabolism. There is a short quiz about your eating habits and then you figure out what kind of metabolism you have and what types of food are best for your type. Hmm.. sort of interesting and helpful. I scanned the internet and there are believers and haters out there.. I am neither just curious and if you are too ch ...more
Meredith Watkins
May 19, 2014 Meredith Watkins rated it really liked it
Easy read and useful tips. What more could a girl ask for?
Marcello
Feb 14, 2008 Marcello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good book for people that are either starting a workout or for those that are already knowledgeable about working out. I like that it feels as though the author is speaking directly to you. She doesn't sugar coat things and says it as it is, much the way a trainer should. It not only talks about working out but a way of life. I like how she brings together the three S's Self, Science, and Sweat. It was easy to read and I learned some stuff and overall was inspired.
Dianne
Jun 02, 2013 Dianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No.

I really have a problem with this woman, who seemed to legitimately want to help people at the beginning of her fame from being a trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser. As the years have gone on, though, she's become part of the diet industry workhorse that makes billions off of us fatties.

I got nothing useful from this book. I've come to realize that cookie cutter plans that other people create are not the key to my success. I don't recommend this book.
Susie
Mar 15, 2009 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-commented, health
lots of helpful info in this book - to the point of it occasionally reading like a text book. the science section was particularly dense. but, it really didn't feel like it was written by Jillian. had a real 'motivational speaker' feel to it, not her sarcastic tone. even the title of the book seems non-Jillian to me. the only thing that does seem Jillianish is the 'bully' t-shirt she's wearing on it. Too bad, i find her very funny on the tv show anyway.
Stampie
Not as good as "Master", but still provides a lot of good information. The last section describes different exercises that can be done with and without weight machines, so that is also helpful.

Some of the things mentioned in this (older) book, go against what the (newer) "Master" book says.

I personally felt that the newer book was more beneficial.
Pixel Word
I wanted to read this book as a some sort of an intro in her new book Making the Cut and I am so glad that I did. It is simple, to the point and without a doubt, highly effective. I love how 1/3 of the book is an encouraging pep talk. It's sweet. I can't wait to finish the next book.
Maverick
Mar 06, 2008 Maverick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Jillian's in your face approach to diet and exercise and actually acknowledges that there is an individual approach to losing weight, and that no correct way will work for everyone. There ARE ways to adapt fitness to your specific body type and this is what I found to be most helpful about this book.

Girl Underground
Mar 26, 2010 Girl Underground rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian's such a bad@ss. Her arguments and urgings her are rational, accessible, and honest. Her writing's are easy, but not at all dry, for the everyday person and come across as intelligent and educated. Her plan's straightforward. I'm reading "Master Your Metabolism," and I'm liking it even better.
Kyla Squires
This is a helpful book to have on hand. I have some of her dvds, so I pretty much skipped the exercise section, and I can't say I bothered with the recipes either, though if you are into recipes, they look pretty good. There seems to be consensus that the Self and Science sections of the book are the best.
Ashley
Nov 30, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Mom
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing. She gave me confidence and helped me feel like I could really do this. I can really make a difference in my life. She helped me understand a bit more about nutrition because that plays a big role in weight loss. A great book with great exercises and she includes pictures!!
Jen
May 02, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Most of these books seem exactly alike when reading, so I don't usually get much out of them. I did find her questionnaire about metabolic processing, though, to be surprisingly helpful. Her exercises had some variations that I had not seen with my personal trainer, and those were helpful too.
Kecia Beltz
Jun 17, 2014 Kecia Beltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear information provided in a concise manner.
Ashley (mac&chip)
This book took me 2.5 seconds to read, because I'd basically already read it. If you subscribe to her daily emails, it's basically just random paragraphs from her book. Good advice, just nothing new. Either way, she still scares the crap out of me on "The Biggest Loser."
Laurel
Oct 26, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
A good book. I wish I had purchased it rather than checking it out from the library. I had enough time to read it but not try out the exercises. I love her 30 Day Shred dvd, so I definitely think she knows what she's talking about.
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Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country. Perhaps considered one of the most demanding people on television for her role as trainer and life coach on the NBC hit series "The Biggest Loser," Michaels has created a brand name for herself and motivates millions of viewers every week on television, approximately one million subscribers on her website and many m ...more
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