The premiere of “Extreme Weight Loss” aired Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. and featured David and Rebecca, a pair of fraternal twins weighing a combined 868 pounds. Coach Chris Powell accepted their request for help and swooped in during their 23rd birthday celebration to whisk them off to Los Angeles for their assessment.
The pair was brought out to a loading dock to be weighed on a freight scale in nothing but their underwear. David weighed in at whopping 470 pounds while his sister weighed in at 398 pounds.
During the first week, the siblings revealed things to one another about their own personal pain and suffering over the course of their life. David admitted trying to purposely overdose during college because he couldn’t take the pain anymore. His father happened to call that night to tell David he loved him. David credits him with unwittingly saving his life as he gave up the drugs and alcohol the next day.
The family life was scrutinized and it was revealed that David and his father had a rocky relationship. In David’s mind it was because he was overweight and didn’t measure up to his dad’s standards.
Powell realized the siblings were actually a detriment to one another and enabled the wrong behaviors in each other. He separated them for the first 90 days and gave them a goal of losing 200 pounds between them.
David returned home to find a newly decorated and outfitted workout room waiting for him. The motto “Be the man you want to be, not the one others wish to see” was painted on the wall. David and his dad grew closer during the 90 day Phase I. Chris encouraged David to tell his father about the suicide attempt but David isn’t ready.
Rebecca went to Arizona to work out with Chris’s wife. By day 58 she was able to complete one lap around the track, run the bleachers and complete a round of MMA training by 10 a.m.
At the 90 day point, David weighed in at 358, having lost 112 pounds. Rebecca weighed in at 306, having lost 92 pounds. They met their first goal. For the next 90 days, David was given the goal of losing 75 pounds and Rebecca, 57. Rebecca was allowed to return home.
At the 6 month weigh in, Rebecca had lost another 58 pounds, bringing her weight to 248. David missed his goal, losing only 62 pounds. His weight was 296.
For Phase 3, the siblings needed to lose a combined 76 pounds. During this phase, the twins found they were still at odds with one another. They argued over the differences in their programs and their approaches to them. It took them some time to figure out how to work their programs while living together.
At the 9 month weigh in, they had lost a combined 48 pounds. They were next taken to see a doctor for evaluation for excess skin removal surgery. David, who had lost over 200 pounds, had 18 vertical inches of excess skin and was approved for the surgery. Rebecca had lost a total of 170 pounds still had too much fat and wasn’t approved. David cried when he learned his twin wasn’t approved for the surgery because he felt she had worked harder and she deserved it as much if not more than he did.
Before going into surgery, David finally tells his dad about his suicide attempt and the two share an emotional moment as they discuss their feelings for each other.
The show wrapped up at the one year mark. David and Rebecca were brought out, standing next to their ‘before’ photographs. Here are their final weight stats:
David Started at 470 lbs. Lost 212 lbs. Final Weight 258 lbs.
Rebecca Started at 398 lbs. Lost 206 lbs. Final Weight 192 lbs.
Rebecca was approved for the skin removal surgery. The twins were each given bikes and a $25,000 gift card from Wal-Mart to help them continue buying food and anything they needed to continue on their healthier lifestyles.
“Extreme Weight Loss” returns Tuesday, June 4 with another yearlong study.
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