WetPaint.com: 4-Foot-5 Sara Discovers Healthy Tex-Mex With Rocco DiSpirito

Originally published on WetPaint.com.


Usually, food that tastes like a fiesta in our mouth makes us mas grade in the waistline, but 39-year-old Sara will discover the healthier side of Tex-Mex cuisine in this week’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss — airing tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

The Owensboro, Kentucky, resident is 4-foot-5 — making her the show’s first little person. She’s also 150 pounds overweight at the start of her transformation, perhaps as a result of being bullied throughout her life and her struggles to fit in with her friends and family.

In the clip you see above, EWL host and mentor Chris Powell helps Sara turn her habits around, starting with her favorite foods. He brings in celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito to show Sara how to make Tex-Mex food delicious and healthy.

“We love our Tex-Mex, right?” Rocco says. “But for some reason, our take of Mexican food in America is not healthy — at all.”

With that in mind, the culinary mastermind whips up some crab tacos for Sara, with a third of the usual calorie count. Check out the dish in the video above, and then make sure to watch all of Sara’s journey tomorrow night!

Sara’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss airs tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


  1. skyla alexandre - December 16, 2015

    I wish that was me I know I’m a kid but I’m 105 pounds and that’s not good at all for me I hope u pick me but I don’t know how to go to your bootcamp

    • Team Powell - December 17, 2015

      Hi Skyla: Unfortunately, you have to be 18 to apply for the show, and while Heidi would love to help everyone, she’s not taking clients right now. But you can develop healthy habits beginning today that will help you achieve your goals! Get some great tips at the end of this post: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. And have you shared your feelings with a parent or adult close to you? They can be a great source of support as you’re working to achieve your goals. As far as a nutrition and exercise program, it’s always a good idea to chat with your healthcare team first, and then follow their recommendations, especially since you’re still growing. You can do this! 🙂

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