Jillian Michaels' Tips to Stay Slim for Life

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels shares her tips for weight loss and health success.

Jillian Michaels' Tips to Stay Slim for Life

To help you win your battle with weight, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels cut through all the confusing weight-loss info to provide you with practical tips from her new book Slim For Life. Here she shares easy tips to stay motivated and curb your appetite. Plus, her aisle-by-aisle shopping list!

Make a Date

With your scale, that is! Weigh yourself only once a week. Keep it consistent: Use the same scale on the same day at the same time. Your weight shifts throughout the day, so what may be perceived as weight gain can be discouraging. Consistency gives you a more accurate read. Also, waiting a week allows time for the scale to actually show your weight loss.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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