- How Jillian Michaels Helped These Women Shed Pounds Without a Gym
- I’m an obesity doctor. I’ve seen long-term weight loss work. Here’s how.
- Revenge is sweet for Jillian Michaels: Sexy megastar personal trainer reveals schoolkids MOOED at her
- 6 Keys to Living Longer, According to Fitness Guru Jillian Michaels
- The 6 keys explained
- Putting the keys into action
- Creating your version of aging
How Jillian Michaels Helped These Women Shed Pounds Without a Gym
Whether you’re a busy parent, full time student, both or none, making time to hit the gym is usually more of a privilege than an option. But when you’re eating clean and portioning out your meals without seeing those #TransformationTuesday-worthy results, beginning an exercise regimen seems like the only way to end your weight loss plateau. Which is exactly why you decided to take up working out. Great, but now what?
With so many of us lacking the time or money to invest in fancy gym memberships, celeb fitness trainer Jillian Michaels has found a way to bring the workouts to you. Michaels’ interactive fitness app gives you access to 550 different exercises, professional chef- and registered dietitian-approved meal plans, and syncable progress tracking—all from the palm of your hand.
And it doesn’t just sound effective; it is! Countless people have experienced phenomenal transformations thanks to Jillian’s app, three of which we couldn’t pass up sharing. Read on to find out how these relatable women were able to make over their bodies and lives by devoting minutes of their day (and a few megabytes of smartphone memory) to the fitness guru’s app. And while you’re laying down the yoga mat in your living room, check out these 30 Easy Ways To Lose Weight—Without Going To The Gym.
Lost 75 Pounds
A few months before celebrating her fourth decade of life, Jennifer decided that she wanted to be “fabulous at 40” and lose the extra weight. “I wasn’t looking for a quick weight loss fix, but a lifelong healthier version of myself,” she said. As a mom who also juggled a full-time job, Jen didn’t have hours to devote to the gym. But with the help of Michaels’ app, coupled with counting calories, she was able to work out at home and lose an impressive 75 pounds in just about a year and a half.
What’s even more commendable is that she’s maintained her new rockin’ bod for two years and counting! “I use Jillian’s app as a large part of my maintenance plan. The ability to generate customized workouts is refreshing… Being able to set the time, intensity and body part/ workout type based on the time that I have available on any given day also means no excuses when I’m away from home and want to work out,” she explained.
Why Jillian’s App Worked For Jennifer
“The convenience and portability of the app is what’s keeping me going—some days, all I have time for is a few of the daily circuits but I get it done.”
Lost 120 Pounds
Despite being a full-time teacher, full-time grad student, planning her nuptials, and in the process of buying a home, Kellie was able to pull off a 120-pound weight loss! How? “Reaching my health and fitness goals was a top priority in my life,” Kellie asserted. “Because I wasn’t always able make it to the gym with my schedule, I was able to still get in effective and motivating workouts with Jillian’s DVDs.”
While the 30 Day Shred, a fat-blasting program that combines cardio and strength training, is her favorite, Kellie doesn’t tire of the other workouts that she’s done “probably at least a hundred times.”
Why Jillian’s App Worked For Kellie
It was Jillian’s “motivating attitude” that helped Kellie push through. To keep things interesting and challenge her body, Kellie also subscribes to Jillian’s online workout platform, FitFusion, adding, “I continue to follow Jillian via social media because her health and fitness tips along with her inspiring stories remind me how far I’ve come and how imperative it is that I keep my health my number one priority.”
Lost Over 30 Pounds
As a recent divorcee and single mom of two kids, Kathleen had a lot on her plate in addition to an extra 30 pounds of body fat she wanted to shed. After a friend filled her in on the 30 Day Shred, Kat was intrigued yet hesitant because she couldn’t afford aggravating old injuries from a bicycle accident.
Why Jillian’s App Worked For Kathleen
Fortunately for Kathleen and her history of injuries, “I was so pleasantly surprised when I started the 30 Day Shred that it used more isometric movements rather than high impact movements—not to mention I could do it at home!” she exclaimed.
She completed the workouts four or more times a week as well as “stuck to a diet of lean protein and vegetables and significantly reducing my dairy intake (which, being from Wisconsin, was not easy),” she humorously added. Now, the busy mom is proud to admit, “For the first time in years I feel good about the way I look and have I more energy than ever.”
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I’m an obesity doctor. I’ve seen long-term weight loss work. Here’s how.
Last week was not a good week for those hoping to permanently lose weight. A study of former contestants on the NBC show The Biggest Loser, conducted by the National Institutes of Health, found that six years after the last time Jillian Michaels yelled at them, nearly all of season eight’s contestants had regained the bulk of the weight they had so painfully lost.
Worse, it seemed their metabolisms were broken. While it is entirely normal for bodies’ metabolic rates to drop with weight loss (a phenomenon known as metabolic adaptation), six years later and the Losers were burning far fewer calories than would have been expected. Their metabolisms, on average, were underperforming to the tune of 499 calories per day — just shy of a Big Mac’s worth.
As an exclusively obesity medicine doctor with more than 13 years of working entirely with patients on weight loss and behavior change and a very public profile, I had comments and questions about this study filling my inbox. Understandably, people were discouraged. Some wrote to me to say that they’d now lost hope, that they were depressed, that they couldn’t see the point in even trying anymore. Others wrote with vindication and told me so that long-term weight loss was impossible.
Well, I’m here to tell you that long-term weight loss is definitely not impossible, but perhaps the constructs we’ve set up around weight loss, constructs like The Biggest Loser’s, doom those who buy into them to failure.
I think what hampers people more than anything else with weight loss is how success has been defined. Whether that definition comes from the glorification of extreme weight loss on idiotic television shows, or from public health messaging around the risks of obesity, or doctors discussing “normal” weights or body mass indices with their patients, or from personally held desires, the shared goal post is one of losing every last bit of excess weight.
And while losing everything can and does occur, it always needs to carry the proviso, “Results not typical.”
Perhaps the constructs we’ve set up around weight loss, constructs like The Biggest Loser’s, doom those who buy into them to failure
In 1997, Gary Foster and colleagues explored the expectations of patients as they enrolled in a medical weight loss program. Prior to the start of their treatment, 60 women with obesity were asked to describe their goal weights along with their values for “dream weight,” “happy weight,” “acceptable weight,” and “disappointed weight.”
“Disappointed” was defined as “a weight that is less than your current weight, but one that you could not view as successful in any way. You would be disappointed if this were your final weight after the program.”
On average the women’s goal weights represented a 32 percent weight loss, “dream” a 38 percent loss, “happy” a 31 percent loss, “acceptable” a 25 percent loss, and “disappointed” a 17 percent loss.
At the end of the program, nearly half of the study subjects didn’t even lose enough weight to be disappointed, while only about a quarter reached an “acceptable” weight, and only 9 percent lost enough to be “happy” about it.
And what happens if your outcome isn’t even disappointing? Well, chances are you quit trying, and since weight is a chronic condition, when treatment stops, weight returns.
Before we get to the proof that long-term weight loss is both real and possible, let’s shift gears briefly and talk about running. I’m a runner. Not a good one, mind you, but a runner nonetheless. At 44 years of age, for me to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon I’d need to complete a marathon in under three hours and 15 minutes. That’s really not likely to happen. The longest race I’ve ever run was a half marathon where I clocked in at two hours and 12 minutes — and I wanted to die for the last 20 or so of those.
What if running success were determined by qualifying for Boston? Would I still be a runner if I regularly disappointed myself by not being able to run a marathon, let alone qualify for Boston’s, or would I simply stop running? I’m pretty sure I’d stop — which is a real shame, as there are incredible health and quality-of-life benefits to be had from running, even running slowly, and it’s fun, to boot.
If I did stop because I didn’t qualify for Boston, I also wouldn’t be alone, as, according to an analysis done by Competitor.com, only 12 percent of marathoners run Boston Marathon times, and no doubt the vast majority of runners never run a single marathon.
Yet when it comes to weight, it would seem that everyone is trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon of weight loss, and society is not only not pointing out how backward that goal is but reinforcing it.
But what if, like running, the goal with weight loss and/or healthful living was for people to simply do their best? For people to determine their own best efforts, and respect their realities? For a person’s reality to include potentially unchangeable limitations like genetics, medical illnesses, socioeconomics, caregiving requirements, job responsibilities, and travel — as well as the fact that food is not just fuel, but also something that we as a species use for comfort, for celebration, and as the substrate of the world’s oldest social network?
Embrace the healthful living imperfections of reality, and suddenly the impossible may well become possible.
Take the Look AHEAD study. Struck in 2004, the study was meant to explore the impact of weight loss and exercise on reducing heart disease risk among patients with both excess weight and Type 2 diabetes.
Patients were randomized to receive either “intensive lifestyle intervention” — a rigorous, frequent, and lengthy behavioral support and education program — versus usual care, which included some relatively infrequent group meetings where diet, physical activity, and social support were discussed.
Look AHEAD’s weight loss goals were far less lofty than qualifying for the Boston Marathon of weight loss. Instead, the aim was to try to effect a 10 percent loss.
The results at year eight are heartening. Eight years later and 50.3 percent of the intensive lifestyle intervention group and 35.7 percent of the usual care group were maintaining losses of ≥5 percent, while 26.9 percent of the intensive group and 17.2 percent of the usual care group were maintaining losses of ≥10 percent.
It’s also important to point out that these losses were on top of not gaining, as studies on weight gain suggest that the average American, during those eight years of follow-up, not only wouldn’t have lost weight but would have gained between 9 and 17 pounds.
The real world has its share of success stories too, many of which are collected by the National Weight Control Registry. Established in 1994, the registry is a gathering place for successful losers. To qualify for enrollment, a loser needs to have lost more than 30 pounds and kept that weight off for over a year.
Today there are more than 10,000 registrants who on average have lost 66 pounds and kept it off for five and a half years. Registrants have lost weight every which way. Some have lost rapidly, while for others it took years. Some lost weight with low-fat diets, others low-carb. Some used diet books for guidance, others self-directed, and others still went to weight loss programs for help.
The key to your success is actually liking the life and diet you’re living with while you’re losing weight
Looking to their success stories, published both online and as highlighted by Anne Fletcher in her book exploring the registrants, Thin for Life, the one common theme is that while maintaining their losses requires ongoing effort, that effort isn’t perceived by these weight loss masters as a hardship but rather as just living with new lifestyles, and lifestyles that they enjoy.
This is something I’ve witnessed regularly in my own practice. Looking to my experiences working with thousands of patients over the course of the past dozen years, it’s clear that liking the life you’re living while you’re losing weight is the key to keeping it off.
Liking the life you’re living while you’re losing looks different to each individual. There is no one “best” diet. While different diet gurus and their acolytes will try to tell you that their diet is the best and only diet, there is definitely no clear winner in the medical literature.
Moreover, even if there were a clear winner on paper, if the key to your success is actually liking the life and diet you’re living with while you’re losing, one person’s best diet, if not enjoyed, would be another person’s worst.
So what does that goal post look like? The term I coined to describe it is “best weight,” where your best weight is whatever weight you reach when you’re living the healthiest life that you actually enjoy.
If your efforts can be summarized as cyclical, episodic, concentrated bouts of suffering, during which your aim isn’t the healthiest life that you can enjoy but rather the healthiest life that you can tolerate, well, go figure you’re not likely to keep it off.
If you want to succeed with long-term weight loss, it’s crucial that you embrace both reality and imperfection.
Remember, too, that your best efforts will vary. Your best when facing a challenging time in life will be different from your best when everything is hunky-dory, just as your best on your birthday, or on a vacation, or at a holiday meal will require indulgence.
The truth is there will come a point where you can’t happily live any better — where you can’t happily eat less and you can’t happily exercise more — and your weight, living with that life, is your best weight. In every other area of our lives we readily accept our best efforts as great, and we need to do that with weight and healthful living too.
Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he’s the founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, dedicated to nonsurgical weight management since 2004. Dr. Freedhoff sounds off daily on his award-winning blog, Weighty Matters, and you can follow him on Twitter. Dr. Freedhoff’s latest book, The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, is a No. 1 national Canadian best-seller and is widely available across North America and online.
Revenge is sweet for Jillian Michaels: Sexy megastar personal trainer reveals schoolkids MOOED at her
You’ve possibly never heard of her, but Jillian Michaels is billed as the world’s toughest trainer.
A megastar in her native America, uber-fit, toned and more finely tuned than a Steinway piano, she has built up an estimated £6million personal fortune through her books and 15 fitness DVDs.
She made her name Stateside thanks to her 10 years as a personal trainer/bully on the hit NBC weight-loss reality series The Biggest Loser, helping obese people lose weight and become lean machines.
But Jillian, 40, hasn’t always been the polished, six-packed, primetime star she is today.
Nicknamed Moo – “as in cow” – at junior school, at 13 she weighed 12-and-a-half stone. Which is pretty good going for someone measuring just 5ft 2in.
“I was a chubby kid,” reveals Jillian, who lives in Los Angeles with her partner and two children.
“Everybody has different coping mechanisms and for me that was food. It was comforting – my parents got divorced when I was 12.
“I weighed 175lb and was bullied at school. I’d walk down the hall and people would be like ‘boom, boom, boom’ – as in my thunderous footsteps – or make ‘wide load, back up… beep, beep, beep…’ remarks.
“They’d also make ‘moo’ sounds. It wasn’t great.”
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Revenge, though, has been sweet. She now weighs around nine stone – mainly muscle – and is a lean size 8.
With her face adorning US fitness and celebrity magazine covers week in, week out, Jillian’s podcasts garner a weekly audience of millions and her DVDs are sellouts.
Famed for her no-nonsense approach, she has reduced Biggest Loser contestants to tears. But using a whole range of methods – from dance to gymnastics – she gets results.
And, refreshingly, Jillian isn’t above a bit of gloating.
“Because I’m petty, I think about whether those kids at school can see me now,” she says with a wicked grin.
“I think about it often.
“I wish I could be all peace-y and serene about it, but I can’t. The right answer to that question is ‘Well, they were just kids, and I wish everybody the best’, but the reality is I think any bullied kid definitely has a little ‘look at me now!’ moment.
“When you do something iconic, like The Tonight Show, or you’re on the cover of a magazine, that’s definitely fun.
“But when somebody comes up to me saying they lost four stone doing my workouts, or left an abusive relationship because of something I said, then you feel like, ‘Wow, it’s working’. They’re the things that really matter.”
In action: Jillian is in great shape after 20 years as a fitness expert
Jillian is currently in the UK on her Maximize Your Life live tour – a motivational and diet-inspired show. It ends at London’s Indigo at The O2 on Wednesday.
Billed as an ‘interactive self-help and motivational experience’, the early shows in Manchester and Sheffield have won rave reviews.
Sounding totally LA, she explains: “It’s about helping people understand why they’ve lost their way, and helping them to understand the origin of self-destructive attitudes, behaviours and old habits.
It’s about teaching them to cultivate their passion, believe they’re worthy of achieving their goals and giving them an action plan to get results.”
When she’s not busy saving the world from obesity, Jillian is busy training celebs like Julia Roberts and Pink.
“They are both the most real, down-to-earth people,” she says.
“I think when someone is a megastar, they are generally more normal. It’s D-listers like me who are the douches!
“Pink is an athlete. She called me after she had her daughter Willow and she was wanting to get ready to go back on tour.
“Along with a trainer friend of mine, we gave her a cross-training, total body approach. We included some jump training, a bit of dynamic resistance and high-intensity interval training.
“I really approve of this trend for strong, healthy celebrities and we should celebrate fit, curvy women on the red carpet. It beats skinny and untrained any day.”
Interview: With our Clemmie
Q&A WITH JILLIAN
What’s the best way to shift a post-Christmas belly?
It’s about getting back to the drawing board – counting calories, eating clean, going to the gym. It’s not rocket science – eat fewer calories and move more. It really is as simple as that. And be patient: change WILL happen, but it won’t happen overnight.
What is your top exercise tip?
Push yourself. Work out at 85% of your maximum heart rate. If you don’t have a heart-rate monitor, then it’s simply about pushing yourself really hard. Be disciplined and you might surprise yourself. Working hard is the quickest way to get results. You also don’t need to work out for more than 45 minutes at any one time.
What’s the single best exercise I should be doing?
There is no such thing – the greatest disservice is to pretend that there is. It’s all about variety, challenging your muscles and keeping your body guessing so it constantly changes and adapts.
What’s best – weights or cardio?
Both. The key to good exercise is variety and progression – up your intensity every two weeks to constantly see results.
If you want abs, how do you get a six-pack?
It’s not about doing loads of crunches – it’s all about a mixture of high-intensity exercise on the treadmill, for example, combined with some resistance moves such as squats or push-ups.
What’s the best exercise to do without using gym equipment?
The plank. Using your forearms and toes to hold you stationary, you use your own body weight to work your core, as well as toning your arms and back. You can also do a variation of the plank to challenge different muscle groups and ranges.
What’s the worst thing for the waistline?
Alcohol. Unfortunately, it is full of empty calories, and gets stored as fat.
What’s the one thing people shouldn’t eat?
Fake fats, which are also known as trans fats or hydrogenated fats. Heart disease is the number-one killer of both women and men, and these are the biggest contributor.
Beef jerky – dried, lean meat – is a great protein hit. I invested in a really cool company called Krave and snack on their jerky all the time. That and fruit.
How much water should we all be drinking?
It varies from person to person but you should drink until your pee starts to look like lemonade. If it looks like apple juice, drink more. I’m terrible at doing this myself, though. I still don’t drink enough water.
Can we still eat chocolate?
Yes – I eat some every single day. Just make sure it’s good quality with a high cocoa percentage. And only have a little bit – don’t go crazy!
What are your general food rules to live by?
The 80:20 rule. If you eat clean 80% of the time, you can have a little bit of what you fancy, chocolate or alcohol, for the rest. For me, that’s a glass of wine in the evening, or today, two slices of pizza for lunch!
How much weight should someone aim to lose every week?
1-2lb. Any more than this is unrealistic in the long term.
Gym or walk 10,000 steps a day?
The gym. General activity is great but not at the expense of working out. By all means, walk up escalators, walk an extra mile or whatever, but challenge your heart rate too.
And your final tip?
Sleep. Eight hours a night.
- To see Jillian’s tour, go to jillianmichaelslive.com/uktour .
6 Keys to Living Longer, According to Fitness Guru Jillian Michaels
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At 44 years old, renowned fitness and nutrition expert Jillian Michaels defines aging gracefully.
To some, she even makes the process look easy.
In fact, she took for granted the healthy lifestyle choices she makes daily until she started listening to others’ views on getting older.
“It was conversations with my peers that confused me,” Michaels tells Healthline. “A woman recently said to me, ‘I’m 40 and I started waking up with aches and pains.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m 44 and I had to break into my house the other day. I had to jump over things, climb onto the roof, jump off the roof, and slide into the window. It felt like parkour training, yet I had zero issues with it.’”
Conversations like these prompted Michaels to contemplate the reasons why she (and others) age well, and why some people don’t.
“I’m not a genetic outlier,” Michaels says. “I look at someone 80 years old running a marathon and someone dropping dead of a heart attack at 42. It’s not as straightforward as it seems. So I wondered, what are the massive discrepancies in how people age? That’s when I began studying what it is that literally makes us age.”
Michaels’ findings are detailed in her latest book, “The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty.”
Based on interviews with leading geroscientists and more than a thousand studies on longevity, genetics, and more, Michaels outlines a lifestyle to reverse aging and add years of vitality and optimal health.
“There’s nothing in our genetics that tells us to age or die,” she explains. “There are six body processes that can work for you or against you, and how you live affects those six keys.”
The 6 keys explained
The first part of Michaels’ book details each of the six factors that scientists and doctors have identified as major age inciters.
“These are the six body processes that either make us old or help keep us young,” Michaels says. “They all work in unison like a symphony. When all the different instruments play in unison, it’s a beautiful song. If one is out of whack, they are .”
Strong-arming your stress
While many people think stress is bad, Michaels says stress is actually good when managed correctly.
“Stress is what makes people stronger physically and emotionally when you look at something called the stress adaptation response,” she explains.
For example, lifting weights is recommended for people who have osteoporosis or osteopenia because exercise stresses bones, which causes the bones to have an inflammatory response. The inflammation initiates bone cells to remodel the bone, which in turn makes the bone denser.
“But when stress becomes chronic, be it emotional, psychological, sociological, physical, and so on, that’s when stress literally becomes counterintuitive and a killer… if you aren’t giving your body the opportunity to adapt and rebuild and repair the damage the stress has done, it impacts the other five keys in a negative fashion,” Michaels says.
As Michaels points out with stress, inflammation can have a positive role too, particularly to fight conditions like the common cold and repair injury.
“You work out, you get swollen, your muscles rebuild and repair. Now when your inflammation becomes chronic, it can cause a host of things, including chronic stress. When the inflammation gets out of control, your army of immune cells — little white blood cells that are meant to go after the bad guys — start to go after the ,” she says.
When this occurs, autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can develop.
The book discusses how inflammation works for and against you and how you can turn inflammation in the right direction versus the wrong.
Managing your metabolism
As we age, Michaels says our metabolism changes, and when we eat — and what we don’t eat — begins to matter more.
“ the timing of the foods you’re eating — when to do intermittent fasting so it’s effective and how it can be counterintuitive,” Michaels explains.
While your metabolism slows with age, eating fewer calories isn’t necessarily the answer. As Healthline previously reported, “Older adults also tend to have a lower appetite, which may decrease calorie intake and slow metabolism.”
In addition to managing your diet with more protein-rich foods and making sure you eat enough food, resistance training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are also helpful in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Engineering your epigenetics
Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression.
“The epigene’s job is to be a really overbearing parent for your DNA,” Michaels says. “Your cells all share the same genetic material, but how a cell knows to become a bone cell and another to become hair or skin cells . When we make claims in the back of the book about how you can help your children fight cancer in the future with their genetics, it’s with epigenetics.”
While there’s still a great deal of research being done in this area, some level of evidence has linked certain diseases and behaviors to epigenetic mechanisms. These include many cancers, thinking ability, and various health conditions, ranging from respiratory and cardiovascular disease to reproductive and mental health issues.
Mastering your macromolecules
Macromolecules are cells that consist of fat, carbs, protein, and nucleic acid.
Understanding macromolecules can help keep your cells healthy, says Michaels.
“The way your cells communicate, the way your cells are being reproduced, etc., all of this is about keeping the cells healthy top to bottom,” she says.
Tackling your telomeres
Telomeres are a compound structure at the end of a chromosome. Michaels compares their role to that of the plastic cap at the end of a shoelace. The cap’s purpose is to keep the laces from unraveling.
“Every time your cells divide, you shave off a tiny bit of those telomeres, which is a pretty big deal,” she says. “When the telomere is gone, that’s when your DNA is exposed and a host of bad things can happen.”
For instance, she says that depression is linked to shorter telomeres.
“We want to maintain the length and health of our telomeres to protect our DNA,” Michaels explains.
Putting the keys into action
While conducting research for the book, Michaels says two themes jumped out at her.
“One was a holistic approach and appreciating how everything is interconnected,” she explains. “The second thing is balance. If you have too much or too little of anything (sleep, vitamins, etc.,) that’s bad.”
With those two principals in mind, Michaels addresses the following five areas to tackle for anti-aging purposes:
1. Lifestyle. From your relationships to the way you manage your stress (physically and emotionally), lifestyle choices can impact the six keys.
2. Mind-body intervention. The way we live, think, and feel changes the chemistry and shape of certain parts of our brain. Michaels says, “Something as simple as five minutes of meditation a day can literally add years of quality to your life.”
3. Eating. Determining what you eat and how much of it you should eat in order to get the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, probiotics and more is key.
4. Exercise. Examining how often you train, how intense you train, and what techniques you use to train is an essential part of anti-aging.
5. Environment. Consider how the environment you live in provides toxicity (from UV rays and air quality to products you put on your body and the cookware you use). “Having houseplants and opening windows and having an air purifier can make a massive difference,” Michaels says.
Creating your version of aging
So, is it ever too late to start crafting a longer life? Michaels clearly thinks not. She says “The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty” is for everyone, at any age.
“Most scientists believe that the first person to live to 200 is alive right now. Now, that’s probably not you or me,” she laughs. “But the sooner we turn things around, the less damage we do over the decade, and the better we’re going to be. Plus, the sooner you jump on , the better and easier it will be to maintain. With that said, it’s never too late to make changes.”
That said, Michaels also encourages everyone to use the book’s insights in a way that suits their own lifestyle and personal goals.
“This can be as skin deep as you want it to be. It can be that you want to look good at 50, or it can be that you want to live to 100 and meet your great-grandchildren. The reality is both will happen, but in order for that, you have to take the necessary steps, because anything worth having does require work and sacrifice,” she says.
“This is a book to help you live your best life, be it looking your best, feeling your best, or living your longest.”
Cathy Cassata is a freelance writer who specializes in stories around health, mental health, and human behavior. She has a knack for writing with emotion and connecting with readers in an insightful and engaging way. Read more of her work here.