Ok, did I call this one, or what? I’ve been talking about the troubling supplements from Jillian Michaels for quite awhile. In my original post, I wrote about my concerns — as well as my disappointment that “America’s Toughest Trainer” is now telling you to pop a pill to burn that fat. Now it’s coming back to bite her in a major way.
If you’re keeping score at home, this is the third time that Jillian has been sued over her diet pills. This time there are allegations that they contain a “potentially lethal” blend of ingredients. I know when I wrote about the first time Jillian was sued, some people left comments that the lawsuit was crazy — maybe so. It does all come down to personal responsibility. But I do think this lawsuit helps raise awareness of the problems with these diet pills — especially these so-called fat burners.
In the class action lawsuit filed earlier this week in L.A. County Superior Court, Kathy Hensley claims “The Biggest Loser” trainer “sold her proverbial soul to the devil” by teaming up with the companies that created her fat burner.
Hensley claims Jillian and those companies (Thin Care and Basic Research) failed to disclose that the main ingredients of the “Jillian Michael Maximum Strength Fat Burner” allegedly combine to make a “toxic cocktail.” In the lawsuit, Hensley claims one of the pill’s ingredients — citrus aurantium — is “potentially lethal” and known to cause high blood pressure and serious cardiac problems in certain individuals.
The pills also contain coffee bean extract, guarana and synephrine — so they could definitely keep you jittery all day (but certainly not enough to melt away fat).
Hensley filed the class action lawsuit against Jillian and the pills’ makers, and is suing for less than $5,000. Two lawsuits ago, Jillian issued a statement that claims her pills were vetted by experts and she’s confident she’ll prevail in court.