Fitness guru and star of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels, joins The Doctors to show you how to stay healthy and avoid packing on the pounds with The Doctors' Holiday Survival Guide!
Holiday Weight Gain
Eating turkey, stuffing and pies, the average American consumes 3,439 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Within eight hours of consumption, the excess calories enter your fat cells, causing weight gain. It doesn't stop there; the average American eats an extra 619 calories every day throughout the holiday season!
"The holidays should be about enjoying friends and family," Jillian says, "not binging!"
Pull up a seat at the Thanksgiving table, as Jillian and The Doctors demonstrate just how the holiday calories and pounds add up. Learn healthy substitutions for your favorite holiday foods, so you can enjoy the feast without all the calories.
"Make healthier choices," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. "You want to get your fresh vegetables? Better than a casserole is [eating] the fresh, natural green beans."
A good way to burn excess calories is to sign up for a Turkey Trot. "Find a 5K or a 10K in your town," Dr. Travis says. "It will motivate you to train. You'll burn 350 to 750 calories, depending upon how far and how fast you run. It doesn't matter if it's a walk or if it's a run, the whole point is to just get moving. You don't want that pumpkin pie you enjoyed during the holiday season to haunt you come beach season."
Lisa from Inglewood, California asks if an organic turkey is worth the extra money.
"Organic is beyond worth it," Jillian says. "Going organic is the difference between making food your medicine or making it your poison. And the reality is, if you are concerned about cost, you need to cut costs in other areas of your life. Get rid of the [expensive coffee], get rid of the gossip magazines, because co-pays for your medical bills [will be expensive] from the diseases you will get from food that has pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, arsenic -- you name it. It's night and day."
In addition to being raised healthier, organic turkeys have 21 percent less total fat, 30 percent less saturated fat, 28 percent fewer calories and 50 percent more vitamins than regular turkeys.
"It's not [only] about calories and fat," Jillian continues. "It's about health."
Organic turkey may be better for your health, but how does it taste? Find out in The Doctors' Turkey Taste Test!
Healthiest Body in America
Health Magazine named Jillian Michaels "America's Healthiest Body." Before becoming a fitness guru, however, Jillian struggled with her weight and self-esteem. When Jillian was 12 years old, she weighed 175 pounds, but got in shape by enrolling in martial arts.
"As a kid, my mom got me into martial arts, and it inspired me to not just be physically strong, but be strong in every other area of my life," Jillian says. "That's why I think that health is an entry point for you to build a life, personally and professionally, and for me, it was martial arts."
Watch Jillian demonstrate on pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears how martial arts can burn calories and keep you safe!