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Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  917 Ratings  ·  71 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!
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by William Morrow (first published September 2005)
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Jul 13, 2008 Dana rated it liked it
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
Jan 10, 2017 Joan rated it really liked it
One of the few books that focus on the psychological aspects of self-esteem and weight loss. I was surprised at how caring Michaels could be, considering that I've only heard negative things about her manner of coaching. The book was recommended to me by a weight loss support group, and I have to admit that I was pleased with it overall. While much of it is Weight Loss 101, it's good to have a recap if you're familiar with nutrition/exercise, and excellent for beginners. Give it a try.
May 30, 2011 Leane rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
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.


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
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
Jul 29, 2011 Ruthie rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 26, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it
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
Jan 08, 2010 Liz rated it it was ok
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
Nov 09, 2013 Mai rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2008 Theresa rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 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.
Jan 22, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 11, 2010 Angie rated it liked it
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
Lisa B
Feb 03, 2011 Lisa B rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2011 Dianne rated it did not like it

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.
Mar 15, 2009 Susie rated it liked it
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.
Feb 14, 2008 Marcello rated it really liked it
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.
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.
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.
Girl Underground
Mar 26, 2010 Girl Underground rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2008 Maverick rated it it was amazing
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.

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.
Oct 15, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 05, 2012 Caridad rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
The basics of what you need to know to understand weight loss. She goes into explaining reading labels, proteins, carbs, fats, and I love how there is a test to see what type of metabolic rate you are....
Mar 29, 2008 Rene rated it really liked it
this has a huge amount of useful information, and a lot of repeated information. not sure how to compare it to other books... it allows you to provide yourself with a personal dieting and exercise plan
Jul 11, 2010 Temoca rated it liked it
Some of the stuff I already knew and some stuff I'm trying out now. We'll see how it goes. I like the work behind this, work to be healthy and lose weight. I can get behind creating good healthy habits and changing my lifestyle.
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.
Ashley (mac&chip)
Feb 09, 2009 Ashley (mac&chip) rated it really liked it
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."
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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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