You guys can probably tell that most of the month of May I spent in LA talking to all kinds of different people in the Entertainment business. One of the people I talked to is in addition to being a creative writer is also a health guru, and that combination helped him come up with ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss which happens to be entering it’s 4th season. This show prides itself of inspiring Americans to get off the couch and healthy. This is an important topic to me, as I’ve been struggling with it since January, actually if I was completely honest with myself, I’ve been stuck at my current weight for an entire year now. And if I’m honest with myself, it’s because I haven’t, I STILL, haven’t made that choice to make the changes I need to make to be healthier and more active. We spent all of Memorial Day Weekend on the couch watching TV. I NEED a WAKE UP CALL!
Extreme Weight Loss is a unique undertaking that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen TV. The show documents the amazing makeover of eight courageous, obese individuals who set out to safely lose half of their body weight over the course of a year. The metamorphosis is truly amazing. Trainer/transformation specialist Chris Powell (The 650-Pound Virgin) guides each of the eight participants through the process after moving into their homes. He’s there to make sure the participants get the proper nourishment and exercise movement. Chris provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight.
The new season starts tonight and for you to start getting into shape along with the show, all you have to do is eat less and move more.
“The first step to changing some systemic problem in society is awareness and I think (weight) awareness is at an all-time high,” that is how J.D. believes in the success of this show by proving it is possible for anyone to get healthy.
Well that and find the reason why you might be overweight. Is it emotional, situational, what is that choice or part of your life that is keeping you from taking action. Me, I honestly haven’t cared enough too. I KNOW I can do better, but I like to relax and do nothing. But maybe you are depressed, maybe you are angry, maybe you just honestly haven’t decided to care, maybe you need to see a doctor, but you can get into shape. Anyone can. And here is the link up of people that are going to be taking that challenge on in front of America. (THAT TAKES GUTS PEOPLE)
Here are the 17 remarkable participants whose one-year weight loss journey will be documented (their full bios are at ABC.com):
- Charita & Ty (Colorado Springs, CO; Oklahoma City, OK) – Charita/310 lbs., a mother of three who wants to be able to dance again, & Ty/480 lbs., a baseball prospect who could get a professional contract if he can get under 300 lbs. (This will be the first time in the show’s history that the participants go head-to-head, with only one in this episode making it to the final weigh-in.)
Kathie & Josh (Charlotte, NC) – Single mother/255 lbs. & her 21-year-old son/345 lbs., who lives at home.
- Bruce (Salt Lake City, UT) – Football coach/382 lbs., who wants to confront his imprisoned father, a convicted child molester, for what he says happened to him during his childhood.
- Jeff & Juliana (Denver, CO) – Father/423 lbs. & his 15-year-old daughter/265 lbs., who have a strained relationship.
- Jayce (Nashville, TN) – Country songwriter/417 lbs., who wants to be a performer.
- Melissa (Shadyside, OH) – Widow/301 lbs. who was married to an Afghanistan war veteran until he committed suicide as a result of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
- David (St. Louis, MO) – Gourmet chef/413 lbs. who can’t overcome the guilt he feels about his brother & sister’s deaths.
- Brandi (Atlanta, GA) – Former Pageant Queen/329 lbs. who wants to be pretty again.
- Georgeanna (Tulsa, OK) – Pastor’s wife/315 lbs. who was a former gymnast & cheerleader, but stopped pursuing both to become a mom.
- Sara (Owensboro, KY) – The first “little person”/245 lbs. ever on the show.
- Cassie (Milwaukee, WI) – Mother/347 lbs. who wants to get healthy to meet the son she gave up for adoption 18 years ago.
- Rod (Tallahassee, FL) – Drama teacher/448 lbs., who wants to come out as being gay and then pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
- Christy & Kenny (Las Vegas, NV; Oklahoma City, OK) – Christy/380 lbs., who tried to commit suicide after experiencing teenage bullying, & Kenny/410 lbs., a former Marine who wants to make his kids proud. (Their head-to-head episode is not to be missed; only one of them will make it to the final weigh-in, while the other is the first participant ever to be kicked off the show for bad behavior.)
So do you have what it takes to start living healthy?
Tune into the Season 4 Premiere of Extreme Weight Loss at 8 PM ET on Tuesday, May 27th!
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