Extreme Weight Loss: Our ‘Pay It Forward’ Pro – Kenny


So I know many of you have questions and concerns after last night’s episode. To answer frankly, some people just aren’t ready for this process. Most often, people come to us thinking we have some kind of magic pixie dust…we sprinkle it on, and bam…they’re skinny and all of their problems are solved. Even if they think it takes work, and they realize we aren’t magic, many also have this thing I call “lottery syndrome.”…”when I win (or hit my goal weight), I’ll be happy. All problems solved.”

WRONG. The process takes a ton of hard work that Chris and I just cannot do for ANY of them…no matter how badly we wish we could sometimes. The individuals that succeed may get our guidance, but gosh darn…they are the ones that choose to wake up every morning and put the effort in. They are also the ones that choose what to put in their mouths each day…we cannot control them. And we wouldn’t want to!! Permanent change, AKA, transformation, can ONLY happen when somebody wants it bad enough to do what they need to do whether we are there or not!!!

Kenny was ready. Christy was not. It’s as simple as that.

Regarding Christy, I really do wish her well. I know how much effort Chris and I (as well as the production and ABC team) put into trying to help her transform. I know how badly we wanted this for her…and I know she is battling things that I can’t help or fix…although I wish I could.

What you didn’t see in this episode, was that Kenny was originally not chosen by us. He went as far as he could go in the casting process, and was flat out denied…and totally heartbroken. He begged us for the plan…for the roadmap to his success, so we gave it to him. ON HIS OWN, Kenny started the journey. Week after week, we watched from afar as he did this for HIM, not for the show…asking for our guidance occasionally.

As luck would have it, a spot opened up for Kenny. We KNEW he deserved this opportunity more than anyone in the world. Not a day went by after we chose him that he didn’t prove he was deserving of the opportunity.

Now Kenny and his family are lifelong friends, and huge examples for the world. Since his year with us ended, Kenny has devoted his life to helping people transform their lives just like he did.  With the launch of his website KennyOneal.com, as well as a new career in motivational speaking/health coaching, Kenny sure is “paying it forward” and making us (and his family!) proud :). This guy is the epitome of transformation!!!

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  1. A.leS - January 12, 2015

    hey Heidi,
    I’m a huge fan from Italy. I’d like to tell you that Christy is writing stuff about the show and about how much she dislikes you. She was full of excuses from the very beginning, but I’m so sad to read things about you while she uses Chris’s pictures as her profile pic. expecially in the last post, she says things about you. so sad about it, you have all my support. XOXO

  2. Doug - August 24, 2014

    The show has been an inspiration for me, albeit second to my new grandson. I am 51 years old and at my known highest weight I was 314lbs. I am sure it was closer to 325 at one point. Since my grandson was born in March I have lost over 60 of those pounds. I started watching what I was eating and exercising. I am not dieting because I have not cut out anything from my diet. I just eat less and eat better. Dieting only makes me want what I stopped eating more. I have another 50lbs to go by February to hit my goal if 200lbs and I am finding it harder to do, mentally and physically. I walk, can’t run because of my knees, 5 miles a day 5 to 6 days a week. I also swap that out for a 10 mile bike ride at least once a week. In addition I have started pushups, leg lifts and light weight training 2 or 3 times a week. Idon’t have gym equipment or the money to buy it, or join one. I eat between 1500 and 2000 calories a day. What is your advice to keep going in order to surpass my goal.

    • Team Powell - August 24, 2014

      It sounds like you’re doing all the right things! And congrats on those 60 pounds lost – that’s awesome! You might check into the nutrition part of Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program (their complete program is in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” Here are the nutrition basics: http://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/. In their plan you alternate low and high carb days, with 1200 calories/day on a low carb day and 1500 calories/day on a high carb day. Even if you’re not interested in their nutrition plan, if you could cut additional calories every day, that should help speed up your weight loss a bit. The exercise part of their program also requires no equipment, and you might find some ideas of other things you could do to add some variety to your exercise routine. You can do this! 🙂

  3. Melanie - August 22, 2014

    I love the show and love chris and Heidi both. They absolute amaze me at what they are able to do for their contestants. I want to order a book and try carb cycling to help me lose about 50 lbs. Which book is best for beginners?

    • Team Powell - August 22, 2014

      Get “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Giovanna - August 22, 2014

    Ciao Heidi ,
    Vi seguo dal Italia , come forse sapete qui trasmettono EXTREME MAKEOVER DIET editon con Chris . Da poco ho iniziato a seguire il programma , perché anche io sono come le persone che partecipano : obesa .
    Attualmente peso 120 kg 1.60 m non faccio sport , faccio una vita sedentaria …lavoro da casa. E di nervoso mangio , quando devo piangere mangio . Attualmente ho iniziato a diminuire pane zuccheri … e mi sento meglio … infatti ho perso 2 kg.
    Vi scrivo perché mi piacerebbe sapere se sul vostro sito c’è un programma di come mangiare e come fare per perdere peso.

  5. Jeanette - August 21, 2014

    Hello Chris and Heidi
    I can’t do carb cycling as I’m sensitive to gluten grain whey soy and dairy I gave not tracked calories in 2 years I only have about 38 more too lose your plan seems nice yet with my sensitivities I need to stick to what works

  6. Dale - August 21, 2014

    I am 58 years old, have just been diagnosed with borderline Diabetes 2, am not overweight but am trying to get my carbs under control and start an exercise program, do you think this book would help me?

  7. Erika - August 21, 2014

    I think I need to get the book, although it would be great to have a shorter program for someone like me, or to have you guys just magically appear and walk me through! I see myself getting bigger as the years go by. Not too much, but a few pounds here and there. I am now 40 pounds over where I was when my my husband and I met almost 14 years ago. I still have my post-pregnancy weight from my last child, well over 10 years ago. My husband has gained considerably more, at about 75 pounds. I’m in that gray area, where I’m not huge, but I feel so overwhelmed by my weight and lack of healthy lifestyle so much so that I don’t know where to begin. It’s rough….

    • Team Powell - August 21, 2014

      Get the book! Chris and Heidi’s program can work no matter how many pounds you want to lose, and with four cycles to choose from, there’s one that will work for you! It will teach you everything you need to know and do to reach your goals. 🙂

  8. Tiffany - August 21, 2014

    Hi Team Powell! I am a faithful follower of the show, but not of subscription television, haha! When I went to purchase this episode from Amazon Instant Video, I found that it is not available. I contacted Amazon a few hours ago and it has still not been resolved. I’m wondering where the issue is coming from, but surely someone (or many someone’s 😉 ) is losing some money somewhere because it has been two days now since it aired?

    Anyway, thank you all so much for dedicating almost every single aspect of your lives to truly helping others.

  9. Andrea - August 20, 2014

    I’m excited there is a book now available to explain the plan! I tried to delve into the plan last October on your choose 2 lose website and was very confused at his it worked. Looking forward to purchasing the book! I do have one question though in regards to the carb cycling I will soon be welcoming a baby girl into the world and was wondering is there any modifications I would have to make to the cycling plan if I plan to breastfeed?

  10. Jason Alderson - August 20, 2014

    I posted a reply earlier on my phone but it didn’t seem to take. Let me just say the wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night, it was amazing. It showed the two sides of human nature – one part that will succeed through sheer will and determination and the other side that is simply not ready to embark on such a journey. However we all reach our peak at our own stride. We here at Living Inspired Now are huge fans of the show because it is the true embodiement of motivation and determination. You both exhibit strength, support and perseverance and then through your various techniques you help others see it within themselves. Take care and keep up the wonderful work that you’re doing.

    • Jason Alderson - August 20, 2014

      I am soooo sorry for the duplicate entry – it was honestly not showing up. My apologies, not trying to spam.

  11. Guissy - August 20, 2014

    Wonderful!!! Heidi, have you consider start to make an addition of the kind of weight loss but not too extreme? I mean, include a short session in your program with people that pare obese but not at level to consider an extreme transformation or one that it could be done in short period of time….. I probable do have about 40 pounds to lose, so I would Ike to get a real perspective how this kind of transformation happens…. It could not be extreme for you ( compare with other cases presented ) but per sure for me it’s!…. #EWL fan!

    • Team Powell - August 21, 2014

      Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the program they use on the show – can work no matter how many pounds you want to lose. They’ve put their entire program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” so that we can all use the same tools they use on the show. Their book will teach you all you need to know and do to reach your goals, including daily nutrition and exercise plans. Learn about the nutrition basics here: http://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/.

  12. barby - August 20, 2014

    Hey heidi and Chris Powell
    I am a huge fan of ur show. I have been watching since the 3rd season. I can’t get enough. I am 41 yes old, I am 5 ft and 4 1/2″ tall. My weight is 160. My main problem is the food I eat. I can’t go a day without neutella. I got to have it. Fruits and veggies is something I really don’t do. But I am trying. For the last few weeks. I have been having subway for lunch. I normally get 6″ flat bread. I rollate between oven roasted chicken, turkey and ham. Veggies are luttuse, tomatoes, green pepper, red onions and spinach. On sunday I keep with the same diet like during the week. But at dinner I will eat unhealthy. What should be my calorie intake. That’s my main question. Plus do u have a cook book with easy to follow directions.

    • Team Powell - August 21, 2014

      Check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” It’s a complete nutrition and exercise program, and it will teach you everything you need to know and do to reach your weight loss goals, including daily calories counts and lots of yummy, healthy, and easy recipes. Learn about the nutrition basics here: http://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/. Check it out!

  13. pam - August 20, 2014

    Hey can you pass this around this was my niece and need to raise all they money we can for her 2yrs old son

    So if you can donate even 5-10 would be great or more and post to you wall and all other social media you have the family would greatly appreciate it

    She was killed in a car accident where she was a passenger she was 21 and left behind a 2yrs old son. Please pass on to all you know ‘m raising money for Shanna Renee Rurup Fund. Click to Donate: http:/www.gofundme.com/d9gbxg #gofundme

  14. Micol - August 20, 2014

    Love the show last night. As it was sad to see Christy not being ready, it was awesome watch Kenny succeed. Great work Powell Family!

    If I have a question to ask directly to Heidi, where can I write it at?

  15. Margo J. Kipps - August 20, 2014

    I like the challenge of showing older people and adapting things to those withhealth/joint issues. It might be nice to see real people with real jobs and having some actual info on the food plan, the carb cycling, etc. Watching others sweat and grunt is only so helpful in knowing what you thinks work– explaining WHY things work and how to adapt the plan to those who are raising families, have to cook, work, go to meetings with junk food. Rather than screaming at folks who have lapsed, maybe some tips for getting back to plan. If we want to see coaches yell, make clients feel bad, and lose their tempers, we can watch Biggest Loser.

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      Hi Margo: Chris and Heidi have made their carb cycling program available for all of us to use in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” The book outlines and explains everything you’ll need to know and do, there are lots of yummy and easy recipes, as well as detailed instructions and charts to help you all along the way.

  16. melissa - August 20, 2014

    You are absolutely right if a person has not mentally committed to change no diet or exercise will keep the weight off. You will fall right back into steps that put in that situation. I love the work you and Chris do..keep it up and thank you for inspiration I get each week from you and people you help… myself included. .

  17. Krista - August 20, 2014

    Hi Heidi, was wondering if on your low carb days you can eat fruit? Isn’t fruit a carb?

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      Since every breakfast is a high carb meal (protein, carb, veggies), you can have fruit for breakfast on a low carb day. But only for breakfast. The rest of your low carb meals for the day will be made up of a protein, a healthy fat, and veggies.

  18. meg - August 20, 2014

    Any chance you have a tone-ing work out for the park/ play ground. Hopefully for beginners. I saw your workout caring you sweet Ruby, but I am out of that stage. Any ideas would be great! Thanks for your inspiration.

  19. Susan Hirro - August 20, 2014

    I am so proud of Kenny!! I know personally my self how hard the jouney is but yes it can be done on your own. I lost 125 on my own by eating right and exercise and what a change it has made. How i wish someone could pay for me to have weight loss surgery. wont happen since i am a single parent. I wish kristy could get how important it is and it takes lots of hard work to and life changes to lose weight.

  20. MamaAndWife - August 20, 2014

    I was moved by the episode. I had hoped that there would be some more emphasis on the teachings in the kitchen etc. I would like to know what I can do to beg for the plan. I can not leave my family for three months. We cannot go without my income. I am so ready to begin my journey. So very ready!! Amazing work with Kenny!!!

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      You are in luck! The complete plan (nutrition and exercise) that they use on the show is in Chris and Heidi’s book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” You can learn about the nutrition basics here: http://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/. Choose a cycle, and get going! 😉

  21. Juliet - August 20, 2014

    How touching it is to know Kenny started this on his own after the heartbreak of being turned down. You have once again managed to make me cry! Does that mean that he had already lost weight before his initial weigh in we saw on television?

  22. SLK - August 20, 2014


    I purchased the Choose More book but wanted to know if I could have a fiber bar as my carb for my high carb days. It is this specific brand http://www.fiberlovebar.com/nutrition. I’ve been having a hard time getting enough fiber into my diet, especially on my low carb days.

    Thanks for your help. You guys are seriously my favorite TV couple!

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      Yes, you can have a fiber bar as the carb part of a high carb meal. 🙂

  23. Judy - August 20, 2014

    When will we see a show with an older person maybe with health issues? Or are we just left by the wayside because we’re too old ? Maybe a new show idea?
    I’m 60, 226 lb with BMI over 30. High blood pressure (on meds), bad knees (no doubt weight loss would help), Mitral cardio valve prolapse. There’s your challenge.
    I’ve ordered the book and do stationary cycling for now. I’m on my way. But seriously, there are a whole lot of viewers out there over 50 physically but mentally we’re still in our 20’s.
    Love the show……

    • Cindy Davis - August 20, 2014

      I’m right there with you! 55, 5’0″ tall, 265, mitral valve prolapse, Hashimoto’s, and AS! Because of my spine I have limitations on exercises but worse is the fear of having heart attack while exercising. I’ve gone from a 2 Petite to a 2X Plus since my mid-30’s!! I used to dance, Jazzercise, Zumba and keep up with people in their 20’s! I need help!!!!

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      Hi Cindy: Chris and Heidi have made their carb cycling program, the same one they use on the show, available for all of us to use in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” It’s their complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s awesome! As with any nutrition and exercise program, I’d suggest discussing it with your healthcare team first so any necessary modifications can be made to keep you safe and help you reach your goals!

    • Dano - August 20, 2014

      Kenny looked 20 years younger after his year! I also wanted to know if he was over 410 when he started since he started on his own and also what weight he is maintaining. He looks great! I think Judy (comment posted 8/20/14) had a great idea about selecting someone who is over 50 for the transformation and has some health issues. True challenge there!

      I would also like to see more on the show about the nutrition part. Nutrition is my struggle and even though I’m only 30 or so pounds overweight, I don’t eat enough. I work from home and still have a hard time eating right, although I eat “clean” 80% of the time if not more, I don’t eat often enough to keep my metabolism burning. I see a lot of people who post they would also like to see more of the nutrition portion of the show. (Maybe it is because of Rocco but I’ll never admit it. 😉 )

    • Team Powell - August 20, 2014

      The nutrition program Chris and Heidi use on the show is part of their carb cycling program, which they’ve made available for everyone to use in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” Their book will teach you everything you need to know and do (motivation, nutrition, and exercise) to reach your weight loss goals!

  24. Steph - August 20, 2014

    I’ve said it on FB and I’ll say it on here. Kenny is amazing. The way he carried the guy during the marine challenge, it just shows his heart. I’m glad he’s continuing to do well.

  25. Lushandra - August 20, 2014

    I wish the show aired in South Africa. Bit I am so happy that I can still be updated via IG and your blog Heidi.
    I actually am on a weightloss journey my IG is lushyjourney. I have just started but I aim at having my reveal a year from now…all the best wished and blessing to you and your husband and children. God has truly put you guys on this earth to touch and help transform lives.

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