With years of fitness expertise and as a former trainer on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels reveals the best ways to get into shape this new year.

The fitness fanatic has answered the questions that many of us think about when considering a winter workout.

Q. I want to work out, but it’s hard to get motivated when it’s cold and grey outside. Can you help?

I recommend making appointments with friends to work out so you are held accountable. Or take a fun class which you enjoy and is social to help boost your mood.

Q. What if I haven’t exercised seriously in a very long time?

Educate yourself on how to work out safely. Hire a trainer for a session or two to familiarise you with the gym. Or take a class so you have the benefit of a fitness expert at a much cheaper price than a personal trainer.

Q. I’m looking to lose weight. Will any sort of exercise help?

Of course. Weight loss is not easy, but it is simple - eat less, move more. Eat the healthier foods 80% of the time and the treat foods 20% of the time. Avoid fake foods and chemicals in foods as often as possible.

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Q. What food do people need to learn to love?

People need to learn to love themselves. And from this place of self-worth they can emotionally attach to the promise of a happier healthier life. This is what allows people to choose the grilled salmon over pizza.

Q. Is training and working out harder in the winter than the summer?

For many, yes. Simply because the lack of sunshine can get people down, depress them and sap their energy.

Q. How does the Maximise Your Life fitness plan work?

Well, it’s actually not a fitness plan, it's a comprehensive plan to build a better life overall, not just a better body. And while health is the platform you build your life on and I do touch upon effective diet and fitness techniques, the overall Maximise Your Life plan works by helping people connect with and cultivate their passions. Discover and subsequently uproot the origins of negative and sabotaging attitudes, actions and behaviours.

Q. Why is this important?

Redefining one’s self-image can dramatically enhance self-worth and self-esteem. Empowering people with the tools to take on informed actions that yield powerful and positive results.

Q. Are days off from the plan allowed?

Maximise Your Life is a way of life. It's about a shift in attitude, perspective, accompanied by a new set of tools with which to tackle problems. So as such I would hope what the programme espouses becomes a constant for all who come to the show.

Between January 18-28, Jillian will be visiting towns up and down the UK as part of her Maximize Your Life motivational tour. Tickets to see her cost from £28 and are available from www.JillianMichaelsLive.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.