Winning By Losing

first_imgJanet Jackson is serious about helping to end world hunger, which is why she co-founded NutriBank with Nutrisystem. Heres how it works: in 2012, Nutrisystem will match every pound Americans lose on the eating plan with a dollars worth of Nutrisystem food up to $10 millionto be delivered to hunger-relief agencies for the neediest people. Were taking those pounds and turning them into dollars,?? Janet says, not just here in America, but globally as well.?? Go to to get involved.The idea of someone whos gained and lost weight in this very public way, and also someone whos an emotional eater,?? Janet says. Among the divas triggers are boredom, sadness, frustration, stress, work andwhen she was youngerreacting to her famous brothers calling her pig,?? cow,?? and worse. It didnt help that she loves sweets. Chocolate, cake, caramel applesthere arent many things I dont love,?? Janet says. The stress has also pushed her to the other end of the spectrum: undereating at stressful times. Knowing I have these problems with body image, I ask my friends and family to tell me when Ive lost too much. Because I will continue to pick on myself, like all women do, and say: you need to (lose) more here, more there.?? For Janet, looking good is only part of the equation: Health was always a concern. When I gained weight in 2005, my nutritionist was very worried. I was close to having diabetes. Even when I lost it (and) then gained quite a bit back, there was always the thought of heart disease.?? Thats why exercise is a major part of Janets health regimen. I dont like to work out, and I get bored easily,?? she says. Tony Martinez (her trainer) is great. He comes up with something new all the time. There are times when I dont want to run on the beach, but he knows I love sports, so hell bring a football or Im just like a dog with a tennis ball. When Im getting ready for a tour, Ill work out with the dancers. Hell put us in teams, and well do all sorts of drills and races.?? Her focus on weight control follows her awareness that shes a beacon for young people. I try to be a model for healthy eating, but I let kids know that they are beautiful as god made them,?? Janet says. You dont have to be a size zero to be considered beautiful.?? She knows shes also an example to young people closer to home, like her niece Paris, Michaels 14-year-old daughter, who has already landed her first film role in Lundons Bridge and the Three Keys. Weve spoken about the fact that youre a child only once,?? Jackson says. I think theres a time for everything, and now is not the time (to act in films). I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to collegeor notbut wait till she turns 18. Shes a very tough, smart girl. But its a cut-throat industry. I wouldnt want my child to do it.?? Romance is still very much on Janets personal playlistspecifically, with Wissam Al Mana, a businessman from Qatar. Does she believe in love at first sight? I think its definitely possible,?? she says. Its that energy, when you feel thats your soulmate whos been put on this earth just to connect with you.??advertisementlast_img