"Being fat isn't your fault, but staying fat is," says Jackie Warner, the abs-of-iron Wonder Woman trainer-turned-reality-show-star. Wow, intense! You might remember Jackie from Bravo's show Workout and now she's back to take a group of L.A.-based clients to "Lose It-ville" on Thintervention.
When I first saw previews for the new show, I thought, "Great, just what TV needs ... another Biggest Loser." Meaning, just another reality show where overweight contestants get squawked at by ripped trainers.
That's right. I said yogurt. Jackie claims that although women think it's healthy, yogurt is actually a vile sugar bomb. But come on. That's certainly not the case for all yogurt, like, say, the plain, non-fat Greek kind. (Plus, it's super-filling, because it's got loads of protein.)
Now, as someone who once lost 40 pounds on a balanced diet -- while eating soft-serve on a regular basis! -- I think that Jackie's 100 percent anti-sugar regimen is a wee bit extreme.
Here's the thing: In her book This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever): Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More -- and Keep the Weight Off, Jackie advocates two cheat days a week, because she says deprivation is detrimental to long-term success. I couldn't agree more. (I know that if you ask me to say "never" to chocolate, I'll want it always. Before you know it, I may have eaten my way through a whole bag of pretzel M&Ms! Whoops.)
So maybe Jackie's sage advice in her book means that her Sugar Police act on Thintervention is just for show? I hope so, because I'm rooting for her clients to succeed. And when it comes to lasting weight loss, I think that developing a healthy relationship with food -- including sugar -- is the most reasonable and realistic way to go.
What do you think about Jackie's Thintervention anti-sugar strategy?