Weight loss shows are quite popular, The Biggest Loser being one of the most popular on television. Although I think the transformations are amazing, I don’t make an effort to watch that show much. However, there is a new show that has started that has caught my interest. It is Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Unlike The Biggest Loser, I find this show to be much more heartfelt and inspiring.
About the Show
The show focuses on morbidly obese individuals who have struggled most of their lives with obesity. You watch as they transform themselves in one year, losing hundreds of pounds and taking back control of their lives. The personal trainer helping them on their journey is Chris Powell.
I first heard of Chris on a weight loss documentary about one of his clients, David Smith. Chris helped David lose 401 lbs in 26 months. That is truly amazing and the similar transformations on the show are just as amazing.
How Participants Lose Weight
Chris arrives at the participant’s home and announces that they have been chosen to receive help with their weight loss. Since the show captures what happens within an entire year, everything is condensed into the span of an hour. However, they do a good job of capturing the important events. Chris starts out by setting a weight loss goal for the first weigh-in (after the initial weigh-in – I think within a month.) He offers a prize as an incentive for meeting the first goal, typically something the person enjoys a lot (hobby, passion, etc.)
Then they head to a nutritionist who goes over healthier food choices and demonstrates by preparing a favorite meal using healthy ingredients. Next, the participant’s home is transformed into a personal home gym where they do their workouts after Chris has left them. I think on average, he trains them for 3 months and then leaves.
The rest of the show focuses on the ups and downs of the person. It doesn’t all go smoothly as some begin eating junk food again or slack on their exercise. It all comes out each time Chris comes back to weigh them. If they fall short of their goal, then deeper issues are explored in which the person often admits to an emotional issue that has been holding them back. In the end, each person has lost a significant amount of weight and are much happier.
What I like most about the show is that Chris is not with them physically for the entire year. He offers support and watches over them, but the person loses weight on their own. This may be a huge help for others who feel they cannot do it themselves. The show itself is very uplifting and inspirational.