In a fitting conclusion to a season of life-changing transformations, the September 3 episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" featured one of celebrity trainer Chris Powell's toughest challenges: A police officer who weighed almost 450 pounds and had severe knee problems limiting his ability to exercise.
It was a show that highlighted the emotional and physical pain of morbid obesity as Bob faced the camera and confessed that his weight had caused him to risk his family, his police career, his future as a football coach and, above all, his life. From the fast food drive-ins that Bob and his family frequented to the argument with his daughter about her own fondness for fast food, the finale revealed why obesity has become an epidemic.
However, this episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" also proved that just how essential it is to believe in yourself when it comes to weight loss. For Bob, it took the compassion, knowledge and passion of Chris Powell to lead the way. In every episode, Chris has shown his sincere empathy for his clients and his determination to truly transform them in every way: Mind, body and spirit.
Even though Bob damaged his knees and couldn't run, Chris showed him that by using the pool and low-impact equipment, he could succeed with his weight loss goals. In addition to guiding Bob through an intense fitness program during the year of transformation, Chris utilized a nutrition expert to teach Bob the importance of diet.
Chris has documented his rules for exercise and diet in his book "Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life" (click for details). He also has a new fitness DVD that provides the bootcamp style exercises shown on the show: "Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition: Bootcamp."
At the end of the show, Bob lost more than half of his body weight, beaming as he learned that he weighed 195 pounds. Along with that achievement, he passed the 'Fit For Duty' test required to maintain his job as a detective. As his family grins and applauds, it's clear that he also has achieved his goal of serving as an inspiration and role model for them.