August 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm EST | by Juliette Ebner
Working out an intervention

“Thintervention” is unlike other weight-loss shows on television today, according to Jackie Warner, 42, best known for her other Bravo show, “Work Out.”

“I don’t think this is a weight-loss show. I think it’s a life-changing show,” Warner said in an interview with the Blade this week. “I think people are having to deal with and work on a different level in life, not just to lose the 20- to 60-pound goal.”

“A work out from the inside out,” added Craig Ramsay, the other trainer on the show.

“Thintervention with Jackie Warner” follows Warner as she helps eight clients reach their weight loss goal and change their habits to keep the weight off.

“I’m really interested in dealing with that whole person. I want their life to be happier,” said Warner. “I want them to have a better quality of living.”

Everything Warner teaches her clients in the show comes from her book, “This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever).”

“Every secret, every tip, the culmination of my career, is in this book,” said Warner. “Each and every individual … got a copy of the book. That was their bible. They were to read it cover to cover.”

Warner offered up a few of her best tips.

“Always eat the whole fruit, never juice,” said Warner. “Juice hasn’t touched my lips in like 15 years. It’s loaded with sugar and doesn’t have much nutritional value.”

One of the clients is Jenna Keough, 54, a former Playboy centerfold, best known for starring in another Bravo series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

“I felt like the little ones didn’t give me any respect,” said Keough about being the oldest of the cast. “But that could have just been me being a complainer. I definitely felt my age when I went home.”

There were several factors that led Keough to join the show.

“Andy Cohen from Bravo originally suggested to me,” said Keough. “I tried everything. I needed someone to kick me in the butt.”

“I think I told Jenna in the beginning that she was my favorite housewife,” said Warner in response to a question about how Keough came to the show, “but we did not know each other previously.”

The new show is different from “Work Out” in that it doesn’t follow Warner’s personal life. Warner, a lesbian, allowed Bravo’s cameras to record the ups and downs of previous relationships on the earlier show, but not this time.

“On Work Out, I had to be very vulnerable and I had to be honest and I had to allow that insertion of the cameras,” Warner said, when asked if the new show was easier on her personal life. “I had to be more engaged than ‘Work Out.’ On ‘Work Out’ I had to think of me. In this project, I had to think outside of me. I had to think of [the clients] only.”

There are other differences between the two shows. Warner is now an executive producer.

“‘Work Out’ happened to me,” said Warner. “I made ‘Thintervention’ happen.”

“Thintervention with Jackie Warner” premieres Sept. 6 at 10:15 p.m. on Bravo. It will start at 10 p.m. for the rest of the season.

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