Q&A w/ The Powells: The Low-Down on Skin Removal Surgery

During each season of Extreme Weight Loss, we get a ton of questions regarding the skin removal surgery that many of our contestants undergo at the end of their journeys. In many ways, it is a symbolic act of taking that final step of their transformations—removing the last reminder of their old selves.  So this often begs the question: Why not do their final weigh ins shirtless to show off their new hot bods?  For the behind-the-scenes answers, check out my latest video!

Have a question? Not to fear, help is here. This is far from the last time we will share “Q&A with the Powells” videos, and would love to answer YOUR questions! Tell us what you want to know in the comments below.

Xoxo,

Heidi

Related videos:

Q&A With The Powells: EWL Behind The Scenes

Q&A With The Powells: Why Do Contestants Weigh-in Shirtless?

 


30 Comments

  1. kimberly m rogers - March 26, 2017

    I know u don’t have time to answer everyones questions. I have lost weight with weight loss surgery and need to loose a little more to get my skin removal surgery. Would love some advice or input. 😊 thanks. Kimmy

  2. Connie B. - January 1, 2016

    Hi! I just had a couple of questions. I’ve been following the Turbo plan in your first two books. I lost 27 lbs. since Oct. 1st. After looking thru the 3rd book, it looks like “Slingshot” is now optional every 4th week… is it still mandatory?, it sounds like a necessity. If I remain on Turbo, should I adopt the “Reset” day? I am cutting out carbs on the last meals of the day, & I am thoroughly reading the book. I like the lessons & workouts though I need to kick those up a few notches!), & new recipes.

    Thank you!!!

    • Team Powell - January 1, 2016

      Hi Connie: Yes, the Slingshot week is optional, but you can incorporate it if you’d like to every 4th week. The Reset Day is your Reward Day like in the Turbo Cycle. Good luck! ?

  3. Victoria - November 23, 2015

    Hey Heidi,

    I’m interested in the self improvement seminar yall spoke of, I am wondering if maybe this is something I need for myself. Which one did yall go to? Or which would yall recommend?
    Thanks 🙂

    P.s yall are awesome! <3

    • Victoria - November 23, 2015

      I know yall didn’t talk about that in this video, it’s from the video of how yall met. Accidentally clicked the wrong video to comment on! Oh well! Hopefully you still get these comments! Lol

    • Team Powell - November 23, 2015

      Hi Victoria: I’m so sorry, but I don’t have the information on which seminar Chris and Heidi met at. 🙁

  4. Suzanne - October 9, 2015

    Hi! I’m writing to you because I have a homeschooled daughter in trouble! She is 14 and over 250! I have tried to help her to the point that she almost hates me ! I have lost over 100 and I have tried everything to help her ! I am scared for her health? I am lost ?please help her! ?

    • Team Powell - October 9, 2015

      Hi Suzanne: It’s so tough for teens these days, and it’s also tough to be a mom of a teen who is struggling with weight and body image. Check out this post where Heidi shares some insights and tips for teens and those with teens in their lives: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. I hope you can find some things that can help your daughter develop healthy habits that will benefit her throughout her life. We wish you both the best!

  5. Abbey - September 26, 2015

    Is there an app that will help keep track of my carb cycling ..etc?

    • Team Powell - September 26, 2015

      Hi Abbey: Not at this time, so sorry!

    • Sabrena Swain - October 16, 2016

      My Fitness Pal has almost all of the Extreme Transformation recipes already loaded into it so that’s a way to track, as well as track your water and exercise.

  6. Lori - September 17, 2015

    My name is Lori and I am trying to find out information on Extreme Weight Loss casting. I am a Morbidly Obese Identical Twin and my sister and I are both interested in participating in Chris and Heidi’s weight loss program. We both were over 450 pounds 2 years ago and had bariatric surgery. We are both around 300 pounds, give or take 20 pounds and need this program to achieve our goals and ultimately have excess skin removal. I can provide video or pictures upon request.

    Can you please provide season 5 or 6 casting information as my searches on the Internet have come up empty.

    Thanking you in advance for your prompt response.

  7. Kerri - September 16, 2015

    I’m curious about workout restrictions post-surgery. How long until someone can work out again?
    It’s so tough to get into a good routine, then to have to stop and start again from scratch must be so tough.

    • Team Powell - September 16, 2015

      Hi Kerri: Great question! That’s considered on an individual basis by the healthcare team, but they do have to take quite a while off from exercising.

  8. Melissa - September 15, 2015

    I’ve always wondered.. what do you tell the contestants at the beginnning of the episode why they are being filmed, right before they are suprised by Chris and told that they have been chosen to participate in the show?

  9. Linda - September 14, 2015

    Heidi, can you change your print from blue to black so that people with eyesight difficulties can read it?

    Thanks!

  10. April Love - September 14, 2015

    Hi. I LOVE the show and have a question about diet. I’m actually searching for the ideal eating plan for myself. I’ve been vegetarian for 20+ years now (vegan for the last 13 or so) and I was eating for my blood type, which seemed awesome for a while. But now, at age 50 and after some stress-inducing life events, I’m finding that I’m having some joint issues, hair loss, and trouble maintaining my weight (I’m not gaining, I’m losing). I also started eating salmon on occasion for the good Omega-3s and have heard of the paleo diet, but I really cannot stomach the idea of eating MEAT! I’ve also read recently that even whole grains and legumes (my staples) like brown rice, lentils and seeds have harmful phyto nutrients. I’m confused and I don’t know what to do for my body. Do you have any good options for optimum protein or a meal plan that might help me get protein and balanced nutrition to refuel and heal my body? One of my jobs is as a performer for children’s parties and I want to continue that for many years to come. I don’t want pain in my elbows, shoulders and hands to prevent me from doing the balloon twisting and face painting that I love (and the kids adore). Please help, April a.k.a. Miss Pickles

    • Team Powell - September 15, 2015

      Hi April: Thank you for your comment! You might be interested in checking out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – it does have some protein options other than meat. You can learn more about the nutrition basics here: http://heidipowell.net/2713. Hopefully it can give you some ideas you can use to achieve your transformation goals!

  11. Amalia - September 14, 2015

    With such a long recovery time post surgery, do EWL participants struggle with time away from the gym? I would imagine it’s really hard to go through a years worth of changing your life with exercise and diet and then for that to come to a halt while recovering from surgery.

  12. cheryl Rhoades - September 14, 2015

    I have watched your show for a Long time.I have met Chris here in Mesa while he was filming a az rehap one time with Richard. I would like to know how much do you have to weigh to be on the program an the skin removal I heard is very painful is that true

  13. Angela - September 14, 2015

    Debbie,

    I can answer that question for you. It depends. I was overweight, literally my entire life. Highest being 385 at the time I had gastric bypass in 2006 @ age 32. I lost over 215 lbs and so I had A LOT of extra skin, to the point where I had a hard time working out, sitting in an office chair etc. without some level of pinching/pain. I am still roughly 40lbs from goal, but started the skin removal process 2 years ago. WHAT a difference! I had 4 surgeries overall, approx 50 lbs of skin. I am still flabby in areas but no longer am I in any pain so I can workout freely now and finish the goal.

    Think of skin like a rubber band. It can handle temporary stretches, but hold it out long enough and it will loose it’s elasticity.

  14. Erin - September 14, 2015

    Hi Heidi.
    I love the show. You and Chris are so compassionate and understanding to the struggles that each of the contestants go through. My question is why don’t they show more of the food side during the show? There is a little of Rocco but not the food they contestants eat, how they prepare their food, the kinds of healthy food they now eat, etc. I would love to see some of the ways they make food healthier (eating this instead of that).

    I love the 2 hour episodes. I think so much is missed when it is just an hour. I can’t wait until the show comes back for a new season. 🙂

    Take care.

    • Amber - September 14, 2015

      I agree with you. I love to work out but I struggle with healthy food ideas. I wish they showed more meal ideas and prepping in the show.

  15. Michelle Bell - September 14, 2015

    You recently had a female client on the show (your season finale I think) that after her transformation couldn’t wait to get pregnant. I was shocked that the Dr approved her for skin removal surgery, because everything I’ve ever read about skin removal or tummy tucks is you should be done having kids. Why remove skin, only to get pregnant and stretch out the skin left behind again. Doesn’t seem healthy. Why aren’t your Doctors taking this into consideration?

    • Chelsea - September 14, 2015

      I have been wondering the exact same thing. I’ve had two kids so my skin isn’t all it should be. I would want to have kids before a tummy tuck in my opinion.

  16. terrel delaney - September 14, 2015

    Hi…I have read chris’ book but really struggle with how to take the approved foods list and make meals that me and my family will eat…do you have a good resource for all kinds of recipes for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks?

  17. Debbie Keltz-Wolk - September 14, 2015

    Hi Heidi,
    I was curious about the skin removal surgery. Why do the contents need it? Why wouldn’t the skin go back into shape once the weight is lost? I know as we age skin isn’t as resilient as it once was, but most of the contestants are young.

    By the way, I think you and Chris are so inspirational. Thank you for doing what you do.

    • Amy - September 14, 2015

      Skin definitely is elastic to a certain extent. When you lose a large amount of weight, it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can most definitely still have excess skin. It can be pretty rough when you’ve worked so hard to lose the weight and you still have many many pounds of extra skin! I’ve lost 170 lbs and still have more to lose – but I know I will have a lot of excess skin, and I’m 26.

      Check him out as well, he’s younger than I am: http://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/news/obese-beast-guy-bravely-strips-down-show-what-extreme-weight-loss-does

    • Jess - September 14, 2015

      When someone loses that much body fat in that amount of time, it’s pretty unlikely that the skin will bounce back to normal. I remember at least one contestant off the top of my head that her skin DID bounce back and she didn’t need surgery. But when someone that big loses half their body weight, it definitely is a common thing to have excess skin.

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