How to lose weight, get in shape in just 30 days

Have you always been looking to shed those stubborn last pounds? Wish to make it as quick and painless as can be before you hit the beach this season? In "Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You," fitness guru Jillian Michaels outlines a unique, fast and intense program to get you dramatic and jaw-dropping results. Below are Michaels' recipes and a workout regimen:

Curried Baby Carrots
Servings:

Serves 2

Ingredients

    • 1⁄2 pound (4-inch) baby carrots
    • 2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon nonfat sour cream
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon curry powder
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon skim milk
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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Fancy Fish Sticks
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 11⁄2 pounds grouper or other white fish fillets
    • cooking spray
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
    • 1⁄8 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1⁄2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
    • 11⁄2 tablespoons melted Smart Start
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Jillian’s Reuben
Servings:

Serves 1

Ingredients

    • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
    • 2 ounces lean corned beef (2 slices)
    • 2 slices whole-grain rye bread
    • 1 ounce low-fat Swiss cheese (1 slice)
    • 1 tablespoon low-fat Thousand Island dressing
    • sauerkraut to taste

Preparation

Baking Directions:

DAY 11 circuit training
CIRCUIT 1 Scorpion Push-ups

Perform 20 repetitions

Dumbbell Flys on Body Ball with Crunches

Perform 10 repetitions

Leg Extensions (pyramid up with weight)

First set 20 reps; second set 12 reps; third set 6–8 reps

Jump Squats

Perform repetitions to muscle failure

CIRCUIT 2 Decline Dumbbell Press

10 repetitions on each arm (20 repetitions total)

V Cable Flys

Perform 15 repetitions

Squat Thrusts

Perform 20 repetitions

Side Lunges

Perform 20 repetitions on alternating legs (10 on each leg)

CIRCUIT 3 Close-Grip Push-ups

Perform as many as you can to muscle failure

Plank-ups

Perform as many as you can to muscle failure

Jump Squats

Perform repetitions to muscle failure

One-Leg Squats

Perform 10 repetitions on each leg (20 repetitions total)

Jumping jacks for 1 minute

CIRCUIT 4 Military Shoulder Press

Perform 8 repetitions

Wood Choppers

Perform 15 repetitions on each side of the body

Knee Tuck Jumps

Perform 10 repetitions

Static Lunges with Lateral Shoulder Raise

Perform 10 repetitions on each leg

Reverse Crunches

Perform 5 repetitions

Hanging Abs with a Twist

Perform 10 repetitions (20 total)

CIRCUIT 5 30-second sprints (perform 5 over 5 minutes)

(do circuit only once) Perform 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, 9 mph (women) or 12 mph (men)

Copyright © 2007 by Jillian Michaels. Excerpted from “Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from Random House.

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