Jillian Michaels’ Plan for Getting (and Staying) Lean

09/19/2013 at 10:51 AM ET

Jillian Michaels Stay Lean Tips

If you’ve been doing more sitting than sweating lately (yeah, same here), it’s time to start working out.

The Biggest Loser star and personal trainer—who will be leading workout sessions at Sweat AC, a health and fitness event in Atlantic City, N.J. this weekend—tells how to psych yourself into good shape. And stay there!

How can someone who really wants to get in shape take that first step?
“Start with identifying the reasons that you want to be fit and how your life will improve. This is the lasting motivation that will drive you toward the finish line of any goal.”

What motivates you?
“It ranges from skinny jeans to meeting my future grandchildren.”

Is it okay to rely on a workout buddy or trainer for inspiration?
“A workout buddy or trainer is a great tool in any fitness regimen, but ultimately lasting motivation comes from within.”

What do you say to people who insist they have no time to exercise?
“If I have the time with two kids, a company to run and a TV show, anyone can find the time to work out!”

What can you do if exercise boredom sets in?
“Again, it comes down to goals. Being healthy improves every facet of your life from your sex life to your family life. Put things in perspective and remind yourself: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

Is there a link between being physically fit and having more self-confidence?
“A person who is fit and strong physically tends to be stronger in every facet of their lives—fitness improves body image, supplies a sense of accomplishment and gives people a better resilience to tolerate the failures and setbacks.”

Why do exercise and eating right go hand in hand?
“To burn fat, you have to eat less energy (a.k.a. calories) than you consume in a day. Read labels and get a calorie counting app.”

You’ve been called “America’s toughest trainer.” Do you agree?
“I don’t know that I am ‘the toughest trainer.’ I’m a trainer that simply cares about people getting results. Sometimes it requires tough and sometimes it requires love. I do whatever it takes!”

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Jillian, Have been watching the show since the beginning. I’m 67 yrs of age, have rheumatoid arthritis, heart problems, tremors and suffer from depression lastly last year I broke my foot in two places got use to being a couch potato and adding on the pounds. Would appreciate any input to get my brain to get me move.
Thank you