Four out of five African American women are overweight or obese. But those statistics can be changed, as demonstrated by the July 30 episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” and its focus on a stylish 25-year-old woman determined to win her health battle. Transformation specialist Chris Powell helped Chantell to take control of her life during the one-year journey featured on the show. And in the process, he revealed how holistic changes are needed for success.
At 327 pounds, Chantell faced the facts when she learned that she was in the highest risk category for diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Shocked by her daughter’s weight, her mother also climbed on the scale and resolved to take control of her obesity as well. But as Chris made clear, weight loss requires a holistic commitment to transforming the mind, body and spirit. And to lose weight, you must choose to make that commitment, as Chris explains in his book “Chris Powell’s Choose More, Lose More for Life” (click to order).
A key part of Chantell’s commitment to herself involves her inner strength and resolve to do what it takes for herself, such as breaking up with a boyfriend and pushing herself beyond her self-perceived limits to get fit. In addition to instructing her on the need to exercise, Chris provides her with help on dieting. He’s known for his unique carbohydrate cycling weight loss plan, detailed in “Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution” (click for details). Throughout the phases of her weight loss, Chantell relies on Chris to monitor her progress and help her get back on track when needed.
At the end, when Chantell emerges looking stunning, her success radiates. When the show begin, she describes how she has to hold her clothes together with duct tape. Now, glowing with emotional and physical health, it’s obvious that duct tape is no longer needed at her new weight of 168 pounds. Note: If you want to try the bootcamp-style workouts featured on the show, get “Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition: Bootcamp” by clicking here. As Chris says, “Start moving and get losing!”