'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Trainer Talks Major Weight Loss

05/25/2011 08:01 am ET | Updated Jul 25, 2011
  • Chris Powell Trainer/Transformation Specialist on ABC’s 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition'

We've all seen the statistics.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Just under one-third of Americans are obese. Even scarier is that the numbers are rising exponentially. Childhood obesity alone has tripled in the past 25 years! Check out this slideshow on obesity trends from the CDC to put things in perspective.

The health issues linked to obesity are constantly discussed on TV and the internet: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, many forms of cancer, osteoarthritis and the list goes on.

So what does this mean?

I'm not going to sugarcoat this for you. Millions of Americans may suffer for years and ultimately die from something that can be prevented. Even worse, millions more of our children are going to endure shortened lives riddled with health problems.

I am not going to stand on the sidelines and watch this happen. I believe that my fellow Americans have the right to a better quality of life. I began working with super obese individuals in 2003 and have coached many people through some of the most incredible transformations ever documented.

My goal is big, yet simple: I want to disseminate the knowledge and create the tools needed to reverse the obesity trend in America.

So why do I focus on transforming the super obese (individuals with a BMI over 50 who are typically more than 200 pounds overweight)? The answer is pretty straightforward: Because if they can do it, anyone can do it. There is nothing more inspirational.

Although I have a lot to say about the behavioral (triggers, habits and emotions) and physiological (diet and exercise) aspects of weight loss, I do not want to waste any precious time.

Let's get down to it. If you continue with your current lifestyle and habits, where will you be in one year? Five years? Ten years? Will the quality of your life be better? Will it be worse? Is this the life that you would want your children to live? If you are content with your current quality of life, then more power to you! If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

However, if you are one of the millions who desires more from life -- more strength, more
stamina, more energy, more vitality, more fun -- then join me.

It all comes down to making the choice to change. When your life has reached a point where you cannot fathom another day living in your current condition, you know that you are ready to make a serious lifestyle adjustment. When your situation has become toxic enough, you will make the choice to change yourself and put your transformation goals into action.

The first step in the journey is an assignment. It is more like a commitment; a promise that you are going to make to yourself. Whether you want to lose two pounds or 200 pounds, select one small change that you can make to your current lifestyle that will improve it for the better. It can be anything from removing soda from your diet, to walking continuously for 10 minutes daily, to drinking a gallon of water every day, to eating breakfast every day. Pick one thing to change and commit to fulfilling that promise daily.

NOTE: Do not underestimate this commitment. Take it seriously. In addition, do not try to overachieve with your commitment. Whatever the commitment is, make sure that it is realistic because it is VERY important that you fulfill this promise to yourself. Your integrity is on the line.

I will lay out more of this transformative path over the coming weeks, but this is a true test of whether or not you are ready to commit to this journey. Your ability to fulfill a commitment to yourself is directly linked to your ability to complete this journey.

In each blog moving forward, I will share my thoughts, education and experiences on the transformation journey. For those who wish to embark on the journey, I want to extend my heartfelt welcome to you. Along the way, you will challenge yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. It isn't always easy, but in the end you will have the skills, the knowledge and, most importantly, the integrity, to accomplish anything.

Here we go,

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