Jillian Michaels Sued Over Diet Pills

jm-calorie-controlOK, so you know how I feel about Jillian Michaels getting into the diet pills business.

Now maybe she’s regretting that decision.  The Associated Press is reporting that the “Biggest Loser” trainer has been sued for alleged false advertising by a woman who claims she was duped into buying her diet supplements.

Christine Christensen of Lake Elsinore, Calif., is seeking a class-action lawsuit that claims she bought a product called “Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control” last month and that it has failed to lessen her appetite or cause her to lose weight as advertised.

Michaels’ picture and endorsement appear on the packaging, touting her as “America’s Toughest Trainer.”  The product and Web site advertising include the claim:  “Two Capsules Before Main Meals and You Lose weight….That’s It!”

I do think it’s irresponsible to make anyone believe that this is all you need to do to lose weight.  Really, that’s it?  She goes on to say “…when you take this compound before main meals, you eat less…but the best part is, you won’t even know it.  What could be simpler!”

And what is it about the $39.99 bottle of pills that will really do the trick?  The pills include a “proprietary blend” of :

  • yerba mate (leaf) extract
  • guarana (seed) extract, standardized to 10% caffeine
  • damiana (leaf) extract
  • coffee (bean) extract – standardized to 70% natural caffeine
  • ginger (root) powder
  • kola nut (seed) extract – standardized to 12% caffeine
  • white willow (bark) powder
  • cocoa (seed) extract – standardized to 4% theobromine
  • jujube (seed) extract
  • shisandra (fruit) extract
  • Chinese skullcap (root) extract – standardized to 30% flavones as baicalin

To me, this is simply a massive dose of caffeine with a bunch of stuff that may sound good.

“Ms. Michaels knows better — taking two pills before eating does not miraculously cause weight loss,” the lawsuit states.  Christensen’s suit seeks unspecified damages that are not expected to total more than $5 million, according to AP.  Her filing states she has “struggled with weight loss her entire life” and bought “Calorie Control” because of Michaels’ endorsement.

You may debate the merits of class action lawsuits like this, but it is troubling that a lot of people are taking the advice of Jillian Michaels because they trust her — and they’re being mislead.  Of course, nothing you pop in your mouth is going to melt away pounds without any effort.   And nothing in these pills will likely even curb your appetite. 

It’s a shame that these pills can make these claims — put it’s a double shame that “America’s Toughest Trainer” is trying to convince people that these claims are true.

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