Have you ever watched "Extreme Weight Loss" and longed to have the expert guidance of transformation specialist Chris Powell? In an interview on September 19 with the Chicago Sun Times, Chris revealed what he seeks in choosing his participants and what they go through.
Although the show currently isn't on air, Chris is guiding 16 people who will appear during the fourth season of the show, scheduled for spring 2014. And those 16 people were carefully chosen from the thousands who contacted him pleading to appear on the series.
Despite the tough training time and dedicated diet guidance that Chris provides, he views actually selecting the lucky contestants as the "hardest part" of his job. Pleas come to him via email, snail mail, Twitter and Facebook.
What the show's participants have in common: They are food addicts.
“They have an unhealthy attachment to food,” Chris says. “They are literally spending the day planning what they are going to eat, how they are going to reward themselves with food.”
During the year-long transformation provided to his clients, Chris gives them specific diet guidelines:
- The women eat between 1,600 to 1,700 calories a day; the men consume 2,250 to 2,300 daily calories.
- Chris tells them to eat five meals a day, the first beginning within 30 minutes of waking up and every three hours after that.
And here's the unexpected news: “You may be surprised to hear this, but when they switch [their food choices], they have the toughest time getting all their meals in,” Chris reveals. “It’s tough for them to get their volume in, and that is a huge, eye-opening experience for them.” He offers additional details on his approach in "Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life."
Although the show contestants get to have an extra 1,000 calories on Sundays, there's a strict rule: That treat must be eaten outside the house.
“If it’s in the house, they’re going to break their promise,” to change their eating patterns, says Chris. Moreover, “We want them to see home as the environment for success,” he says.
In contrast to "The Biggest Loser" show, Chris keeps contestants in their homes where he works with them. "That’s when they can see, when the cameras are off, I’m the same person and then they can open up. They can see they can trust me."
And that trust has resulted in some truly incredibly transformations, with both men and women losing half their body weight despite obstacles. Read about some of the most recent transformations by using the links below:
- Chris helped a police officer lose more than 250 pounds.
- Chris enlisted Chef Rocco DiSpirito to help 364-pound Cassandra eat right.
- From obesity to eating disorder, Chris and Heidi Powell transform 414-lb Alyssa.