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Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,300 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds that stand between looking perfectly okay and looking knock-their-eyes-out great? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see for yourself what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had in your life? Then you need this book.

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Published January 22nd 2008 by Harmony (first published April 10th 2007)
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
A collection of recipes, workout tips, and insider training techniques from Jill Michaels, one of the trainers of the television program: The Biggest Loser. She's hardcore and this book is a reflection of that. Definitely not for everyone, myself included, I'd only recommend it to those who are already in very good shape. Let me make one thing clear, I'm not in "bad" shape, but I am not at the level required to complete these exercises.

So, I nearly killed myself trying to do Day 1 of the circuit
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Jillian Michaels and her training style, so I'm very excited about this book. :)


This book isn't for everyone. If you are trying to drop those last stubborn 20 or less pounds, then this is your book. I just finished reading it and it's a 30-day program in which you must be determined with a strong commitment. It is written in true Jillian Michaels fashion (if you've watched The Biggest Loser, then you know what I'm talking about), and she's tough on you even through the pages
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Agnes by: CP library
"Written" by Jillian Michaels of "The Biggest Loser" fame, this is a very strict plan that you (apparently) have to follow to the letter in order to see results. Includes recipes for everything you're supposed to eat for 30 days, as well as all of the exercises you're supposed to do (I guess in a gym because I don't know anyone who has so much exercise equipment in his/her house).

The "Science" section of the book that is supposed to set you up for following the plan by explaining what your meta
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are in shape but want to get more muscle definition
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Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian's book has been just what I needed to get rid of a little extra flab I've been carrying around for the last few years. I've been following the plan (mostly....just a little cheating on weekends) and am really seeing results!

I do wish she had included warm-up and cool-down/stretching exercises in the workout section. Also, there are some exercises I am not able to do (I work out at home and do not have access to a wide array of weight-lifting machines), so I have had to figure out altern
This is a super quick read with a lot of great information. Jillian is clearly someone who has studied not only the art but the science of weight loss and fitness. The only real complaint I have is that her fitness plan is a bit short of details and pictures. It might be because I am such a visual person, reading about how a specific exercise should be completed is much more difficult to me than seeing it. That said, I thin this is a decent book for those interested in making some changes and dr ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diet-fitness
I'm not sure how much of a review I can really give this one, having not completed the 30 day program. I can only say that I really liked the ideas and content of the book. I did not follow the eating, simply because I'm a picky eater, not a great cook, and I don't like having to go to a number of specialty stores to get my ingredients.

I did do 2 weeks of the exercise program before my work-out partner had something come up making her unable to continue the program with me. And quite frankly, t
Farhana Faruq
Sep 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-fitness
Overall it SEEMS like a good book - with a whole 30 day menu plan (plus grocery list), a total workout routine (and how each exercise should be done).

But when you look at everything separately here is what I didn't like:

- The book is based on your metabolic type - I don't buy-in that you can take a two page quiz (where some answers don't even apply, and some are based on your feelings) and know your type!

- People trying to lose their last 20lbs of fat (in order to be ripped) will take a lot long
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't do the diet, just the 30 workout, so my review is based on that. The workout is a killer, seriously the hardest I have ever done in my life, and you have to go for thirty days. It's basically two sets of five circuits of 4 or 5 exercises each. It is not a workout for the shy or faint of heart, because you WILL have a sweat trail following you around the gym as you do this high-intensity stuff, like 10 burpees, then jump on the treadmill for a minute at 9 mph, then do pushups, then do ju ...more
This book is great for losing the last 10-15 pounds. Seriously. If you do the principles, provide the correct calorie deficit, and eliminate the crap foods, then you will see results. I've been trying to lose the last ten pounds of my baby weight for six months now. This book gave me the necessary tweaks I needed (the key for me was giving up alcohol for 30 days). Now to be fair, i also listen religiously to her podcasts so most of the things in the book I've heard before.the combo of those two ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will kick your butt into shape. I have had personal trainers, read every fitness book, and done a lot of fitness videos and anything Jillian Michaels does will get you into the best shape of your life. I got down to the skinniest I have ever been since I hit puberty with this book!
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally love this book. Although I've through all of it, I will be continually referencing it throughout the next 29 days. I've officially started Jillian's madness of a life/workout/eating schedule. I'd better be hot next month!! =)
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is trying to get healthier
Pretty good information, it really is for someone who already works out pretty regularly, but I will continue to us it. It has a lot of really good tips.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, disappointed
I have no doubt that the diet and exercise plan in this book works. I lost 5 pounds in the first week. That’s enough to get anyone super stoked, right? Well…don’t get ahead of yourself. What I found in this book was typical of what I’ve found and struggle with for almost every diet plan ever.

Let’s start with the diet plan. There’s a test that you take to find out whether you are a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer and the results of this test will determine which diet plan you’re on. While there
Jamie Keltner
Diet vs exercise

Jillian Michaels - how can one not like her books if fitness and health are of interest? Her recommended diet is fairly easy to understand and follow. Her workouts seem to be a bit advanced for a beginner without a week or two of practice.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I've been on a quest to find a new workout routine. I really wanted something that had a good structure so I knew exactly what I needed to do each day. My biggest problem has been putting together strength training workouts that I could stick with - after a couple of weeks I would inevitably start doubting myself, wondering if it is working, wondering if I doing the right muscle groups, the right number of days per week, etc. Then I would eventually give up or move on to something else.
Katherine Gow
I am reading Making the Cut for the third time now... the first time I read it it was apparent to me that I was not ready to do the plan, second time I began adding the dietary portions now, this time around I am ready for a transformation... I'm still worried about the distilled water because I have depleted my electrolytes in the past, so I may not follow it exactly. I may still allow myself coconut water, but I'm taking notes again this time around and trying to apply as much of the plan to r ...more
Catherine Gillespie
Basically, metabolic type is the way your body uses the types of macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) you give it. Different people metabolize those nutrients differently, which is why some diets work for some people but not others, and why what helps your friend lose 10 pounds might make you GAIN 10 pounds.

What I found super helpful was the survey in the book to help you determine your metabolic type. Usually when I take a survey I take it for myself but also try to answer the questions as I th
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't even count how many fitness books I've read. But Jillian keeps things pretty simple with this book. If you want to lose weight you have to analyse where you are at, take measurements, get on the scale.
Then you really need to go by some pretty basic rules: 'bad carbs', processed foods, fast foods, junk foods,(which honestly are all the same), DOES NOT A HEALTHY BODY MAKE.
All one needs to do is journal their food intake, get into a HABIT of eating healthy veggies/fruits/protein/fiber. Th
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: veteran exercisers, actors, models
Shelves: non-fiction, health
It's only the third day of her workout plan and I'm already seeing impressive results (as though I just went to a celebrity trainer!) The nutrition info is solid. The diet she outlines is very strict, but healthy. I'm confident it would yield weight-loss results in 30-days.

My criticisms: Many of the exercises are not pictured, just described in words. For several, I had to refer to her earlier book, or google the moves to actually understand how to do them.

It's a little difficult to alternate b
Elizabeth Ditty
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Once again, this rating is based on the information contained within the book rather than the effectiveness of the program, which I haven't done yet but intend to do somewhere around February 2011.

While less scientifically explanatory than "Master Your Metabolism," I appreciated the honest approach to delivering results in this book.

For example, the section on peaking delivers information on how to look your best for a big event with a sort of seven-day last-chance diet/exercise program that is
Chasley Prater
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book had allot of good information in it. I found a ton of recipes in this book that actually sounded really good. I personally think it's hard to do a workout routine from a book, it's much easier to do a video tape where you don't have to stop after every set and figure out what you have to do next. I ended up picking up her 30 day shred workout tape and used that instead of the workouts in her book.

I bought this book more for the information and seeing what she recommended than
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fitness
I love Jillian Michaels! Her approach to diet and fitness is so realistic and very encouraging, especially seeing as how I mostly think of her as being on "The Biggest Loser" where contestants are forced to work out 5+ hours a day and drop double digits in a week...very unrealistic! But her book is for the everyday person like me and is tailored specifically to meet the needs of individuals looking to lose 10 or fewer pounds or tone up an out of shape body. It requires a 30-day commitment where ...more
Would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone that has struggled losing those last 10-20 lbs. The book is filled with relevant advice as well as 30-day meal and exercise plans. The last chapter of the book is fantastic - it explains (along with a meal plan) how to look completely shredded within 7 days. She explains that it's not a state your body can physically be in for extended periods of time, but once you have definition, it is relatively easy to get the completely shredded look (she gives th ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am on day 8 of the 30 day workout. I'm trying to follow the recipes but fall short when it comes to the seafood. Sorry, can't do the swordfish, tuna, etc. but sticking to chicken and lean meats. The workouts are great - hard - but really great. I think I'm already starting to notice a difference and I'm SORE. If nothing else, I've learned a little more about the portions that I really should be eating instead of what we are used to having. Plus, it's good to try different recipes.

There are a
Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good challenging 30 day exercise program - however wasn't wrapped in the nutritional aspects. Mainly, because I think the calorie restrictions were too severe (1200cals/day - with heavy exercise) and will have a negative impact on metabolism in the long term. I lot of american terms/items not available in Australia, and not many foods that I actually liked - I like healthy stuff but this generally wasn't to my taste. Great tips though about how to look good for a particular event (wha ...more
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Okay, I love her workout videos. She will kick your butt and all the while tell you you can do it, which makes you actually do it. So, I figured, hey, maybe this book will help too. Nope. This is designed for those who have about 20 lbs to lose and want to look, well, cut. So, this was totally out of my league. A lot of great information and a great diet plan with daily meals - if you want dedication, this is the book. The photos of her working out were cheap and black and white - figure she cou ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Jillian Michaels fan but wasn't overly impressed with this book. Part of that could be that I don't feel that I need an overall health plan, I have plenty of good sources for information on food and have certainly developed my own views and opinions on food. Plus, it is apparent that Jillian's views of food and health have changed since she wrote this book (i.e. her recommendations for using Splenda in this book). My take away from this book was her workout plan, not as a 30 day fitn ...more
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Love the book. Hope I can motivate myself to do it. If I do it and get the results she promises, I will raise my rating to 5. I learned a lot about nutrition and metabolism that I didn't know. Found the discussion and quiz on purine metabolic rates interesting and useful. Was surprised that my fitness level was already good to excellent (with the exception of pushups, which not surprisingly was average). I really want to "get cut" so I am really thinking of sucking it up for a tough 30 days!
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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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