"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" Celeb Trainer TipsPosted on May 13th 2011 1:00PM by Neha Prakash
His powers, though, aren't as magical as they are motivational. The trainer's claim to fame is his ability to inspire "super obese" people -- those who are 200 pounds or more overweight -- to lose it all and change the life path they are on.
In ABC's newest reality TV show, they have taken seasoned favorite "Extreme Makeover," and revamped it. Now, homes won't be the vessel through which peoples' lives are changed -- instead, Powell works to transform bodies.
"We need this now more than ever. Look at the trends -- one-third of America is obese. We've seen levels of childhood obesity triple in the last 30 years," Powell said. "It's horrendous to see this happening."
Unlike hit weight loss shows like "The Biggest Loser," Powell and his team are creating a more true-to-life environment for people to lose weight. Executive producer JD Roth says the show is not set up in a competition format, with people weighing in on scales against each other. And more notably -- it isn't set on a weight loss ranch, away from the temptations and triggers of daily life.
"They are driving past the same fast food restaurants they always do," Roth said, adding, "they have to commit to something for 365 days of change, not just a few months."
You won't see Powell depending on scare tactics alone to motivate and energize the people he helps. Powell said he is by far more of an educator, helping the show's participants find integrity and stop being terrified of feeling uncomfortable. What you will see is how dedicated he was -- Powell said there were nights he slept on the floor in the people's houses to really bond with them.
"I am working with eight individuals who don't believe in themselves yet. I have to prove it to them a little at a time. Through little challenges and commitments, and once they embrace our relationship and commit to all these challenges, we create a freight train of momentum."
Roth said one of his favorite moments was when a participant said they "tried even when their trainer wasn't looking." It's that attitude adjustment and momentum that Roth and Powell believe is the key to truly being able to change.
Powell says a healthy lifestyle is similar no matter how much weight you need to lose. Whether its 30 or 300 pounds, he says there are certain rules to always live your life by.
Here are Powell's diet, exercise and motivational must-follow tips:
Cut sugar, flour and fried foods
Always eat breakfast
Drink a gallon of water a day
Make a daily appointment with yourself to work out
Walk as much as you can
Do some kind of resistance training 2 times a week
Be open, honest and vulnerable with yourself -- approach weight loss from an authentic standpoint
Confess about where you feel short in the past while trying to lose weight and clear yourself of those excuses
Recommit to your goal
Roth adds full disclosure is also the key to becoming healthy -- it's what stops us from falling off the cliff of life.
Watch Chris Powell work his magic Monday, May 30 on ABC Television Network at 10 p.m. ET.