The Biggest Loser Scandal: Jillian Michaels Gives Contestants Caffeine Pills

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I wondered why my past posts on Jillian Michaels were getting so much traffic. In the last two days, lots of people were searching for Jillian Michaels + diet pills and ended up reading what I had written about Jillian Michaels, with the original post back in 2009:

The Biggest Trainer is Selling Some Losers: Why, Oh Why, is Jillian Michaels Pushing Diet Pills?

Jillian Michaels Sued Over Diet Pills

Update: Jillian Michaels Faces Third Lawsuit Over Her Fat-Burning Pills

Turns out, all the interest was due to what happened on last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser.  It had nothing to do with the lawsuit over the diet pills she’s peddling (on jillianweightloss.com) that I had written about — it was about the rules she broke on the show.  Jillian gave each of the contestants on her team a “caffeine supplement”  (which may likely be her own supplements since caffeine is a major ingredient), and her team was penalized for it with a 4-pound disadvantage.   It was a clear violation of the rules.   She defended her actions because in her “professional opinion” these caffeine pills were a significantly better option than unlimited amounts of coffee.  She didn’t even apologize, as you can see in this video.  Her only regret was that she got caught and her team was penalized for it.  You can read more about here in the LA Times.

It’s just so ironic to me that Jillian touts the benefits of healthy eating and exercise on the show, yet she’s selling supplements on the side.  Now it looks like her worlds are colliding.  I just wish people didn’t value her “professional opinion” when it comes to nutrition.  Her diet pills have now faced four lawsuits from people claiming they didn’t work or were unsafe.

I hope the attention this episode is getting will draw attention to the problem of diet pills — and why you can’t make up your own rules.


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