Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life

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Few things in life are simple and straightforward, and losing weight is no different—it's not easy, and anyone who says otherwise is trying to pull a fast one. Winning by Losing is a comprehensive, inspirational, and real solution to your weight problems. Taking a triple-threat approach, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels identifies and illuminates the three keys to health and lasting weight loss so that you can become a winner in mind, body, spirit, and life. Focusing on both the psychological aspects of being overweight as well as nutrition and fitness, Jillian's program is designed to help you safely shed weight fast.

So, are you ready to chuck the excuses and the quick-fix fantasies and get real about what it takes to change your life for the better? If so, this is the book for you. Come on. Losing has never felt so good!

Customer Reviews:

  • Great book!
    First off I'm a big fan of Jillian Michaels. I love her on the Biggest Loser, and find her "tough love' style incredibly motivating. This book is just great. It cuts through all of the BS of fad diets, and does a great job of helping you determine exactly how and what you should be eating for great results. She combines science in her method which helps the reader to completely understand his/her body, and what, why, and how someone gains/loses weight. I'm a student pursuing a degree in Dietetics and kinesiology, and this book reinforces what I'm learning throughout my education. I've had a weight problem my whole life, and recently ( 2 years ago) have lost and maintained a loss of 65 pounds. I am battling those last 10 pounds, and I feel that this book will really help me get to my ultimate goal. Whether you have 200 or 20 pounds to lose, this book, with its startling facts and figures, will help you reach your goal!...more info
  • A great companion to The Biggest Loser book and show- written by one of the fitness coaches for the show
    Watching the show and reading this book helped me to lose a very stubborn 27 pounds. With a "Take No Prisoners" approach Jilliam Micheaels lays it on the line, motivating readers to "tweak" their program, taking it to the next level (or getting couch potatos to get off their rears and into action).

    This is an edgy, honest book. It doesn't soft pedal the truth. To lose weight, to be healthy, you have to sweat and work. There isn't a way around that. But there ARE ways to adapt fitness to your SPECIFIC body type and this is what I found to be most helpful about this book.

    MOst importantly, Michaels has been there. She was overweight. She was unhappy. SHe was out of shape. This lends a lot of credence to her book.

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  • Wow!! So very informative and MoTiVaTIOnAL!
    With in the first chapter, I quickly grabbed a highlighter and began highlighting ALL of the great information Jillian provides. I really thought I was pretty savvy on "burning calories, etc" but I quickly learned that I was NOT! Jillian is so very knowledgable and she provides the information in a very basic, down to earth way. Now as far as the motiviation.... WOW! She's just as amazing in the motivation department as she is on the Biggest Loser! I feel like she's right there talking to me- motivating me!

    You MUST read this book- it's SO motivational and life changing! It's definentely not a "Fad Diet" or a "Strictly Exercise" book. It's so informative and motivating!

    Thank you Jillian! ...more info
  • Excellent
    Great book, easy to read and understand and doesn't bore you to tears. Great advice that anyone can follow! I recommend this book to everyone!...more info
  • Very informational and...
    ...motivational. I love how Jillian breaks weight loss down to 3 sections and initially starts with the area most needed-- which is why we are having problems with our weight in the first place. I did not even know who Jillian was until this year when a coworker started watching The Biggest Loser and I was forced to watch along with her. However, I soon got hooked on the show and it wasn't long after that I realized this lady knew her stuff!
    Her 3 pronged approach to weight loss, health and fitness is basic, yet well written and thought out and very easy to understand and follow. ...more info
  • Common sense for dieters
    All good sound advice. Jillian just repeats what has already been written and stated for the dieters of the world. ...more info
  • Exactly as described!
    This item arrived promptly as promised - the book was new as described. I have never had a problem purchasing from Amazon or it's contibutors. Great book - my daughter loves it! ...more info
  • No more of this "exercise comfortably" nonsense...
    Overview: the self (behavior, pysch) stuff is excellent, the workout stuff is beyond excellent, the diet stuff is meh.

    Jillian's workouts are brutal and effective. They just are. And, really, the only effective workouts are brutal, so suck it up: you want to get lean, right? Rather than prescribing the usual "3 days cardio, 2 days strength" stuff, she has you doing four days of circuit, one day of cardio (keeping your heart rate at 85% of max for 50 minutes!) "to rest your muscles,"(ha) and two days of nuthin. The circuit, for those of you who aren't familiar, is what you see those poor Biggest Loser contestants doing on TV when they're redfaced and sweating heavily: it's a way of getting your heart rate WAY up there by doing, for example, 15 pushups then 15 squats then 15 pushups then 15 squats then 15 pushups then 15 squats NEXT CIRCUIT QUIT WHINING 15 tricep dips 15 crunches etc etc. A circuit is typically made up of an upper body exercise and a lower body one: J says doing this causes your heart rate to shoot up because you're pushing the blood to the upper body, then the lower, over and over again. You do each circuit 3 times without resting, then move to the next one.

    So it's brutal, like I said. But it makes you strong and lean. And it makes you feel like you can do anything.

    The "self" section is also effective. Figuring out why we do what we do (mindlessly snack, overeat) is an important tool in changing our behavior. So is the positive thinking stuff, something that doesn't come naturally to this reviewer.

    Why the four stars? After all the explanation of how many calories you should be taking in daily and what your metabolic "type" is, there is very little guidance on how to put a meal together. Okay, I should be eating 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein. Now how do I do that? Do I eat a bunch of veggies and an egg or two? You can always refer to "the Zone" books for advice on this if you're a balanced oxidizer because that's the dietary model followed (40/30/30). But apart from a few recipes (many using fake stuff like Splenda, sweetened whey powder, etc.), you're on your own. ...more info
  • Jillian is the best!
    Follow Jillian's plan and you'll lose weight! Includes a formula to determine how many calories you can eat and still lose weight....more info
  • It's Like She's Talking Directly To Me
    I LOVED this book! How it is written is like Jillian is talking directly to me. It's very conversational. It's an easy read and really hit home to me. She broke things down, kept it simple, but still got into detail. If you've struggled with weight loss, this is a must read!...more info
  • Raving fan
    This book has completely changed my outlook on life and it made me realize that yo-yo dieting just doesn't work. If you have the dedication and just need to know how to accomplish your weight loss goals, I would highly reccommend this book...more info
  • Jillian Tells it like it is
    One of the Biggest Loser Coaches debuts with her own novel. In this book Jillian gives you the basics about loosing weight and she doesn't lie to you like other authors of dieting books do. She gives you the facts. She tells you how to loose weight without going through extreme measures - such as surgery and dieting pills. I finished this book in two weeks and it was a great read. I learned a lot. One thing I enjoyed about this book is that Jillian teaches you how to read nutrition labels on the back of food packages. She also teaches you how to take the first steps to your life change. Since reading this book and exercising regularly I've lost a total of eleven pounds in six weeks. It Really Works! You must be the one to make the change and you cannot give up if you didn't loose as much weight one week than you did the week before. When you do start this plan keep it in mind all of the time. I created my own weight loss chart from the example in the book and I keep it on my refrigerator. Good luck!! ...more info
  • Good Common Sense!
    The book was very informative and made alot of just have to take the time to take the 'tests' in the book and figure out what foods work best for your body type. I liked the food groups as the eating plan was fairly broad and not restrictive to a point that you feel unsatisfied. ...more info
  • Good information.
    Jillian Michaels, a personal trainer by trade address reader's weight loss goals on a one on one approach with the author sharing her own weight lose issues followed by actual exercises to tailor the reader's workout and diet to reach their goals. Good information....more info
  • Winning by Losing
    Jillian Michaels has a wonderful way of telling it like it is! Read this book and understand that it is not a quick fix. You must work for it and want it. I enjoyed the whole book. Now I have to but the book into action. Thanks Jullian, we all need the honest truth about diet and exercising....more info
  • Comprehensive Weight Loss
    The great thing about this book is that it addresses weight loss from many different angles. It starts with the emotional issues involved. Jillian seems to be able to cut through everything and get to the root of why you became overweight. I've read a lot about weight loss, but this is the first book that seems to touch on everything I needed....more info
  • So much information
    This is one of the best fitness books I have ever read. Jillian Michaels explains everything in simplified manor. I've been reading this book and following her plan and I have never felt better. I lost 12lbs in one month. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Most informative book!!
    Very informative. This is the first book I have found that helps me to understand how my body works, how to eat and how to exercise. Her tips and her 12 week challenge is making me a much stronger person. Jilian Michaels is very knowledgeable. She taps into the mental and physical aspects of loosing weight and being an overall healthier person living a healthier lifestyle. No cheating, no diets, and no easy ways out. She is living proof herself and shares it in her book. I cant stress enought, this is a MUST read for ANYONE trying to loose weight and wanting to be a winner!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Great Guide for Health and Wellness
    This book is fantastic. Jillian talks about diet and metabolism, and explains the scientific reasoning behind her ideas. But, what I love the best is the section on exercise. She explains why circuit training burns more fat and why certain muscle groups should be worked together and in what order. I find myself repeatedly refering back to that section when I plan out my work out routines. There is a fantastic guide to exercises for each muscle group, with photos to illustrate and very clear instructions. I'm so glad I bought this book....more info
  • My sister likes it...
    My sister likes it! She reads it alot so it must be good....more info
  • motivational, great way to start a diet
    I really have to rave about this book. It is very motivational. It has really helped me jump start me into dieting. I have boughten several weightloss books and I very rarely read those books from cover to cover.. this is one book I did read cover to cover.. Its worth the reading and the weightloss....more info
  • Jillian Michaels: Winning By Losing
    This book is great for people who have tried "everything" to lose weight and don't seem to be able to get to their goal. Jillian gives examples that ordinary people can relate to and tells the reader right from the beginning there are no gimmicks. It is just diet, exercise and having the right attitude, setting goals and meeting them. There are some of the recipes from The Biggest Loser TV show included, and a good explanition as well as pictures of how to do the exercises. I really enjoyed this book. ...more info
  • Highly Motivating Loser
    Jillian Michaels is the "Dr. Phil" of weight loss. Inspirational but tough when it's necessary. It's a no excuses, kick in the butt look at yourself. I highly recommend to all who have come up with a million reasons not to lose weight. It's like Jillian is with you every step of the way....more info
  • It's been done before
    If you've never read a health and fitness book before, this would be just as good as many out there because it gives you all of the basics. But if you are looking for new information, don't waste your money. Everything in this book has been written by others before....more info
  • Great Book
    Great, straight forward book. I am following her diet based on the theory of whether you are a balanced, fast or slow oxidzer and I think she is on to something...I have lost weight, feel better and feel fuller longer following her suggestions. I also liked that workout section of the book because she included pictures and advanced moves for some the exercises. Would totally recommend....more info
  • Average
    I expected it to be more lke Jillian is
    on the biggest loser. I was a little
    disappointed/...more info
  • good read
    this is a very educational book on learning to live a better life style. It is very easy to read. I like the way she write's it sounds like her when you are reading....more info
  • Carbs?
    I could not find too many carbs.... but if you can deal without some carbs, go for it....more info
  • good no nonsense advice
    Jillian offers excellent advice about diet and exercise. There are good photos demonstrating the simple workout moves. This book is useful for people who need a primer to get started and also for more experienced people who need a friendly but firm shove to get going. ...more info
  • Winning By Losing...Jillian Michaels
    I was compelled to buy three of her books...have not had time to read them yet...but can tell by skimming through that I will benefit from them....more info
  • Fantastic Motivational Book for those who have failed other workout and diet programs
    She gets down to the nitty gritty.... and makes it the most simple diet and workout program- she gets back to basics and simple math of losing weight, and motivates you like crazy! Buy it and change your life!...more info
  • Understanding how to lose weight properly
    I really liked the book. It teaches you how to read food labels and understand them. It also teaches you what you need to do in order to lose the weight and eat propely. It works with your body style once you figure out what it is suppose to be and how it will work for you personally. Also makes you aware of what you are eating and how it effects you. I enjoyed the book and some things I need to go over more than once to understand but once you do that it becomes easier....more info
  • No More Excuses!
    This is a very motivational book on how to lose the weight and keep it off! Jillian Michaels is very inspirational in how she approaches the problem of weight loss. Just DO IT is the way to go..Good book!...more info
  • No more... "I don't know where to start". Now you do!
    This is by far the best informational upright health and fitness book I've read so far, and I've read a lot. Jillian is right there talking to you, strait and to the point. No fooling around. Problems and solutions. She explains things so simply. You either do or don't. It's really like she's talking directly to you. So easy and user friendly. She really knows her stuff. First health & nutrition, what works what doesn't. Then exercise and exactly how to do each and every one (with pictures) whether at home or when you get to the gym, so you look like you know what you're doing. I highly recommend this book and Jillian for the novice and for those who have drifted way away (me) and want to get their body back. Thanks Jillian. Wish you were my personal trainer!...more info
  • Great workout section!
    I only used this book for the exercise portion, so I can't comment on the diet portion. But this book is well worth the price for the workouts alone! Once I really followed the workouts schedule as prescribed, I dropped a size in about 6 weeks after a really long plateau.

    I disagree with the posters who complain this is too basic, or there is nothing new to learn. The exercises may not be complicated, but that does not mean they are not effective. I had spent over 2 years with a trainer doing weight workouts, but this workout on my own helped me drop another size after I stopped working out with him.

    The magic is in the way she composes the workouts. The workouts are amazingly effective if followed the way she lays them out. The combination of lifting with short bursts of cardio really firms up your muscles while burning fat. This type of workout produces more of a leaner/sculpted look, it's not intended for building mass or bulk.
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  • Winning by Losing, A No Nonsense Guide
    I liked the book Winning by Losing because it was very straight forward and down to earth. Ms.Michaels tells it like it is and assists the reader in their journey towards weight loss....more info
  • winning by losing drop the weight change your life
    I have found the book very helpfull but with regard to the recipes I have had some trouble finding simular ingredients in Australia, apart from that the book is excellent....more info
  • Oustanding
    Great book! Would recommend to anyone. Has a lot of good information as well as recipes and 12 week workout plan. ...more info
  • Great Book!
    Jillian tells it like it is. She doesn't promise you anything and is very straight forward about her program. I enjoyed reading this book and I am about to start the program. It also gives a few recipes as well. ...more info
    This book is fantastic! It is divided into 3 categories, Self, Science, and Sweat.

    In Self, she teaches you how to build a support groups and revamp your negative self image and filter out those individuals in your life that are harmful to your health.

    In Science, she teaches you how to calculate your BMR and AMR so that you can create a weekly caloric regiment specifically gear towards your bodies unique. She also helps you to determine what type of oxiderizer you are (slow, balanced, or fast) so that you can determine the ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats your body needs. Then she gives you a list of foods that are optimal for your body type and weight loss goals.

    In Sweat she gives a detailed 12 week fitness workout along with an index of specific workouts and with alterations for various fitness levels.

    I bought this book a month ago, and so far, I have lost 8 lbs (2 pounds a week). This book restored my faith in myself and my ability to lose the weight and keep it off.

    She also gives tips on how to measure foods with your hands to maintain proper portion control.

    THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!!...more info
  • She's the best
    Jillian Michaels is a breath of fresh air in the world of fitness. As so many build gyms and develop new machines and distribute more pills, Jillian gets down to the basics that work. No pie in the sky, no gaining muscle while you take a nap claims, she goes to the heart of the matter. If you want to be fit and you want to stay fit, start working and start changing.

    I have read many of her outputs and this is one more in a long line of valuable documents with her name on it. I recommend this book and anything else she writes....more info
  • Winning by Losing
    This book kick major butt. So if don't want to be kicked into gear, than don't get this book. Very hard....more info
  • Jillian is hilarious and informative
    If you are a fan of the Biggest Loser then you will get Jillian's humor in the book and also that she is a hard core trainer who will drill knowledge into your head for your own sake. This book is informative and gives you a good approach to starting weight loss and will keep you smart about choices....more info
  • Good Book
    I have a BS in health and fitness and am always looking for good material. I think those of us in health and fitness can always learn from each other even if we don't always agree.
    I really like this book beacause it was easy to understand and it gets to the point. It is a good guide for people who need some good solid information about how to change their lives....more info
  • Great Advice and Help
    This book is awesome! Jillian gets right to the point and teaches you all you need to know about the "right way to lose weight". In just one month I was able to drop 12 lbs and I can feel my muscles shaping. Would recomend to anyone!...more info