Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, with trainer Chris Powell, debuted on ABC on Monday, May 30, 2011. The first show featured the story of Rachel, a young woman with over 200 pounds to lose. Rachel appeared on Good Morning America on May 31, 2011, to update viewers on her progress.
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition premieres with Rachel
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is unique in the weigh loss genre, in that it follows participants over an entire year. Each episode is about one person, with Chris Powell giving them goals and checking on their progress throughout the year.
At the opening of the show, trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell surprised Rachel in her hometown in Georgia. Amazingly, Rachel, 21, was a physical education teacher, but, at 369 pounds, she was 'super obese.' Powell announced that he had picked her for the program and she squealed with delight.
Rachel wesnt to "boot camp" at California Health & Longevity Institute, where she wnet through extensive medical testing, nutrition classes and intense workouts. Chris then took her back home to Georgia, where he laid out the goals for each of her four, three-month phases of weight loss. With Chris by her side, Rachel pushed hard, hoping to reach her first goal of shedding 80 pounds in three months.
The show is non-competitive, but Powell does set goals. Powell pushed Rachel to the edge, acting as a part brother, part drill sergeant. Anyone expecting unique tips may be disapointed. The program consisted of good nutrition and exercise, hard exercise. The participants must have been healthy, with the exception of their obesity, to be accepted in a program that consisted of grueling exercise.
When Rachel reached one of her goals, Powell took her to Greece as a reward. Rachel enjoyed the history and scenery with her brother. Powell met her in Greece and took her mountain climbing and bungee jumping. Rachel was 239 pounds at this point and just within the weight limit of under 250 pounds to do the bungee jump.
In the next two weigh ins, Rachel came a few pounds short of reaching her goal. Powell was disapointed, but supportive. At one weigh in, Rachel broke down and confessed that she had been eating the wrong foods.
Rachel was challenged by lack of family support. Earlier in the program, when Powell went to the refrigerator and threw out fattening foods, such as sugar, foods containing white flour and foods containing trans-fats. the family watched, aghast, and complained about wasting food.
Even though Rachel was a few pounds short of her goal, Powell took her to a surgeon, who approved surgery to cut away the loose skin left from the weight loss.
At the conclusion of the show, Rachel was applauded by her community as she stepped out for her final weigh in, showing she had lost 161 pounds and she looked great.
Rachel appeared on 'Good Morning America' on the day after the show premiered. The latest update is that she has lost a total of 191 pounds, so she has lost an additional 30 pounds since the show was filmed. Rachel's mother has also gotten on board with the program and is successfully losing weight
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