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Extreme Weight Loss

Extreme Weight Loss

Photo Credit:  Todd Wawrychuk / ABC
  • Premiered: 
    May 30, 2011
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of Extreme Makeover 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: weight loss

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Plot Synopsis

Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell helps participants change their lives by moving into their homes to assure that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement. Each one-hour episode chronicles one year in the life of a single participant as they transform their bodies and minds. Chris helps the following people in Season 1: Alex, a 23-year-old All-American kid who, at 459 pounds, wants to get healthy to set a good example for his brothers; Dana, a 44-year-old bachelor who weighs 497 pounds and prays for the day he will have a family to share his life; James, a 26-year-old former football star whose weight ballooned to 651 pounds and who now wonders if he'll never have a career in sports; Krista, a 34-year-old devoted mother whose care for her developmentally disabled daughter has taken a tremendous toll on her 445-pound body; LaRhonda, a 24-year-old young woman who weighs 433 pounds and remembers being put on her first diet at age 8; Rachel, a 21-year-old first grade teacher and former homecoming queen who weighs 369 pounds; Staci, a 30-year-old married mom who cares for her husband and young children while doing her best to keep a positive outlook despite weighing 456 pounds; and Wally, a 26-year-old young father who weighs 490 pounds and whose wife is uncertain if he will be around to see their daughter grow up. In Season 2, these people seek help: Tony, 49, who wants to undo all the years of unhealthy living that have led him to weigh 408 lbs; Jacqui, 29, who works at a health & wellness company and whose current weight of 360 lbs. is jeopardizing her ability to start a family with her supportive husband; Mike, 28, a bachelor weighing 493 lbs. who looks forward to the day he will have a family to share his life; Ashley, 19, a fashion conscious, Hollywood-adoring cosmetology student who is at a harmful weight of 323 lbs; Nyla, 27, an MBA graduate and former high school state champion weightlifter who weighs 435 lbs; Jonathan, 30, a devoted husband and father who weighs 545 lbs. and wants help to find a balance between maintaining his health and spending time with his family; Sally, 44, who hopes to return to an active lifestyle and lose enough of her 335 lbs. to better take care of her husband and three-year-old son; and Jarvez, 28, a newlywed whose weight of 547 lbs. got in the way of his dream to become a professional football player. Season 3, which premiered on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT with a double episode featuring twins David (470 pounds) and Rebecca (398 pounds), who Chris decides to help on their 23rd birthday. EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS returned for its fourth season on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC. In Season 4 each participant spent the first 90 days of the weight-loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO, where Chris & Heidi -- with AHWC's medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado -- guided these individuals to safely lose up to half their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The AHWC offers some of the country's most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services. The 17 participants featured in 13 two-hour episodes of Season 4 are: Charita, a 310-lb mother of three from Colorado Springs, CO & Ty, a 480-lb baseball prospect from Oklahoma City, OK; Kathie & Josh, a 225-lb single mother and her 345-lb 21-year old son from Charlotte, NC; Bruce, a 382-lb football coach from Salt Lake City, UT; Jeff & Juliana, a 423-lb father and his 265-lb 15-year-old daughter from Denver, CO; Jayce, a 417-lb country songwriter from Nashville, TN; Melissa, a 301-lb widow from Shadyside, OH; David, a 413-lb gourmet chef from St. Louis, MO; Brandi, a 329-lb former pageant queen from Atlanta, GA; Georgeanna, a 315-lb pastor's wife from Tulsa, OK; Sara, a 245-lb little person from Owensboro, KY; Cassie, a 347-lb mother from Milwaukee, WI; Rod, a 448-lb drama teacher from Tallahassee, FL; and Christy & Kenny, a 380-lb woman who tried to commit suicide after being bullied as a teen and a 410-lb former Marine. On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 9-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the 10-episode fifth season of EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS, as NBA greats Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Byron Scott and James Worthy guest star in the season opener. Late in Season 5, these celebrities make guest appearances: Ne-Yo, Chris Bosh, LeSean McCoy, Amy Van Dyken, Mia Hamm, Holly Robinson Peete and Mario Andretti. Participants or the new season are: Robert & Raymond (Monett, MO), twin brothers, 381 and 378 pounds, who are former high school basketball players -- and huge Los Angeles Lakers fans; Panda & John (Grand Rapids, MI; Baltimore, MD), a 313-pound camp counselor and 531-pound football player and Army veteran; Kim (Honolulu, HI), a 279-pound up-and-coming fashion designer who doesn't feel she's taken seriously in her industry because of her weight; Rachel (Santa Monica, CA), a 309-pound former UCLA cheerleader who put on more than 100 pounds after finding out the man of her dreams was cheating on her; Jennifer (Cody, WY), a 342-pound wife and mother of two who has learned her husband's illness has become terminal; Hannah (Austin, TX), a 310-pound successful career woman who's gotten too heavy to have children; Mitzi (Dallas, TX), a 262-pound 53-year-old woman who takes care of everyone but herself; Jackie (Denver, CO), a 266-pound former high-school athlete, who put on more than 100 pounds after her newborn baby suffered brain damage, the result of Shaken Baby Syndrome; Josh & Kelli (Omaha, NE; Kansas City, MO), a 399-pound gay firefighter and a 311-pound former college basketball player; and Pearls (Wichita Falls, TX), a 296-pound woman who was given her nickname because she is always seen wearing pearls -- and has different pearls for every situation.
ABC premiered the Season 5 finale of EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. The season ender features the transformation of Hannah (Austin, TX), a successful career woman who seemingly has it all together. But after being told by doctors that she's gotten too heavy (310 pounds) to have children, she reached out to Chris Powell to help her get healthier and lose the weight in order to complete her family.


Other Titles

  • Title for Seasons 1 & 2: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 3 Ball Productions (as 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA in 2011 & 2012)
  • Produced by Eyeworks USA (2013 & 2014)
  • Produced by 3 Ball Productions (as 3 Ball Entertainment)