Information Diet: Jillian Michaels

The 'Biggest Loser' trainer spends time with 'Dexter' and Jay-Z


Age 38

Accomplishments Health and fitness expert on NBC’s The Biggest Loser (season premiere is January 2013) and Losing It With Jillian; author; investor in popchips brand

Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

I read a little paper on my iPad called The Daily. It’s the perfect mix of news and pop culture.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

We listen to a lot of music at home—indie artists, classical. But now that I have a 2-year-old daughter, I have to listen to “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson on repeat.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?

I go through a mental rundown of my to-do list. I also listen to my iPod because that’s the time I can actually listen to my music. As the day progresses, I get into heavier stuff like Skrillex and Avicii or Jay-Z.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do have shows that I live and die for. I’m obsessed with Breaking Bad and The Newsroom. I also love Dexter, Homeland, Nurse Jackie, and my all-time favorite was Six Feet Under. I DVR all my shows, and after the kids go to bed, I’ll watch them while I snack on popchips—the BBQ Potato and Tortilla Ranch ones are heaven.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?

I listen to books on tape a lot. It’s like a bedtime story. I love quantum physics, so I’ll listen to a lot of Michio Kaku books like Physics of the Future or Parallel Worlds—even if I only understand about 10 percent of it.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

I try to be green by doing everything on the iPad, so whenever I can get audiobooks or e-books instead of paper books, or if I can read a magazine on the Apple Newsstand instead of buying it in print, I try to do that instead.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

Shazam. I use it at least five times a day. And I travel a lot, so I use Zagat to look up different restaurants. And I use the currency converter because I can’t do math to save my life.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

YouTube videos of horses for my 2-year-old. I never thought I’d want my child to watch TV, but there are some times where you’re just like, “Dear god, please sit here quietly for 20 minutes.”

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

I’m not really big on the news. I can only digest it in very limited quantities. Luckily, I have good friends who know this about me, so when something major happens in the world, they’ll text me.

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