How to Help Friends or Family Members Who Need to Lose Weight

We understand how difficult it is to watch friends or family members struggle with their obesity or health challenges. Remember that ultimately the transformation has to come from within. You cannot do this for them—they truly have to want it for themselves.

One thing you might try, and this is the first step we take with every single client we work with, is to have them make and keep a small daily promise to themselves. This promise doesn’t even have to be weight loss-related—the important thing is to build their confidence and personal integrity.

When they are ready to start their own transformations, have them check out our carb cycling program in our books, Choose More, Lose More for Life, and Extreme Transformation. Our carb cycling program is a complete mind, body, and food program, and it’s the same program we use on Extreme Weight Loss and with every client we work with. It works!

In addition to these tools, we have recently created the Powell Metabolic Program, where our Arizona team members can provide not only clinical one-on-one coaching through their health insurance providers, but distance coaching as well. We are so excited to offer this new, more personal component to our transformation program!

We are so excited you have chosen to help your friends or family members embark upon this transformation journey! All of you will be challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally along the way, and while it won’t be easy, in the end they will have the skills, the knowledge, and most importantly, the integrity and dignity to accomplish anything!


155 Comments

  1. frankie - May 12, 2017

    hi
    my name is frankie and my parents mostly my mum is overweight.
    we cant afford the gym and it is getting really tough at home. I have tryed to help as much as i can but because im a dancer im never at home.
    my mum suffers with depresion.
    could you please give me some thing that may help them out.

    • Team Powell - May 12, 2017

      Hi Frankie: Thank you for telling us about your mom. There are some great steps she can take in this post, so you might want to share it with her! And she is so lucky to have you!

  2. Heather - March 20, 2017

    Hey hedi i want to know if u could help me and my sis lose weight we r both moms to little kids and we r ready to change r life for r kids and want ur help to do it

    • Team Powell - March 21, 2017

      Hi Heather: Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us! You both can learn about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. And Chris and Heidi’s amazing new Transform app will be released on the 27th, and you can learn more about it here: http://thetransformapp.com. You both can totally do this! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Hooper - March 20, 2017

    My sister is only 18 but, she is hating herself because she is overweight. She is constantly putting herself down, and its even affecting those around her. Ever since my grandmothers passing in 2013 she has been eating nonstop, and became super lazy. I hate seeing her like this. What do I do??

    • Team Powell - March 21, 2017

      Hi Elizabeth: Thank you for telling us about your sister. She needs to choose to begin her transformation journey, and that’s a huge first step to her success. She can learn about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And Chris and Heidi’s amazing new Transform app will be released on the 27th, and she can learn more about it here: http://thetransformapp.com. She can totally do this! 🙂

  4. Jim Young - March 3, 2017

    I’m not looking to get my beautiful wife some training, just some suggestions about some exercise she can do with her limitations. My wife, Lisa, has been loosing weight slowly over the past 3 years, she has gone from 334 to 254. She knows she can lose faster if she moves as her metabolism is shot. Quick history: Lisa has Complex PTSD with all the horrible symptoms of depression, anxiety, discociation, agoraphobia, etc. She lived through horrible abuse her whole childhood from adoptive parentso who were extremely narcissistic. She tried to escape the abuse by getting married, unfortunately he was a sociopath who beat her regularly, raped her frequently and sold her for drugs where she was gang raped. She has no self esteem and apologizes for everything, she truly believes everything that happens around her is her fault. For her health she has adopted a vegan diet. When she was 9 years old till she was 11 her mother put her on a 900 calorie a day diet because they thought she was chubby. As an adult she noticed she had a lot of trouble losing weight. Forward to 2002 she has a severe gallb ladder attack. To check if she had any stones still blocking they sent her for a scan in Nuclear Medicine they said would take about an hour. We were there for over 6 hours while she walked the hall to get the dye through her digestive system and into the gallbladder. Her Dr. told her that she had practically no metabolism. He said the limited calorie diet during childhood growth had done some damage as did the stomach stapling she had done in 1989 (her parents said they could probably live her if she wasn’t so fat) . Today she is a beautiful woman in and out, but she has back injuries resulting in nerve damage and needs a knee replacement on her right knee but refuses to get it until she weighs less. We live in the mountains about 50 miles from Lake Tahoe. She has limited mobility and a lot of swelling in the knee when she walks. I just want to help her and be there for her. I don’t want to lose her because she thinks she’s worthless and damaged. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Team Powell - March 4, 2017

      Hi Jim: Thank you for your comment, and I’m so sorry for all your wife has had to go through. I can’t imagine how difficult this all has been for her (and for you too). With her medical issues, I’d discuss the exercise part of Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program with her healthcare team and then have them help her put an exercise program in place that will help her achieve her goals and not negatively affect her issues. They are the best ones to help her since they understand her issues and can work with her on a one-on-one basis. We’d hate to recommend something that would make things worse. Here’s a link to Chris and Heidi’s book: http://amzn.to/2eTGrVy. We wish you both the best, and please congratulate her on losing 80 pounds! That’s amazing!!!

  5. hernrya - February 26, 2017

    HI MI NOMBRE ES henry y soy de peru QUIERO pierde peso NECESITO AYUDA porfavor

  6. stephen barrell - February 15, 2017

    My name is Stephen Barrell. I am a 34 year old male that has battled extreme obesity most of my life. There was brief period of time between 17 and 21 where I lost a significant amount of weight and got down to about 220 pounds. Due to alot of things that have happened in my life I am literally at the end of my rope. Im 6 foot 3 and probably the heaviest i have ever been. No doctors scales will weigh me and I have got to be around 600 pounds at least. This is my last chance to either lose the weight or become permenatly disabled or worse die. The depression is unreal and I have no where to turn. I don’t even know if you will get this but I pray with all my heart you do.

    God bless the work you do and I pray this reaches you because im running out of time.

    • Team Powell - February 16, 2017

      Hi Stephen: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your story with us. You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. Many, many people have achieved their transformation goals using their program, and we know you can too! As with any nutrition and exercise program, please discuss this program with your healthcare team first and then follow any modifications they may recommend. You can take your first step today by making and keeping that first small, simple promise to yourself (link in the post). These small promises are truly the #1 key to transformation, so if it would help, reply back with your promise, then let me know how you did tomorrow! You can do this!

  7. Marie - February 5, 2017

    Dear Heidi, I recently came across your television show Extreme Weight Loss on youtube. I enjoy watching the show and seeing the joy you give to the participants in their transformation, as well as the nutritional and exercise facts you share with the watching community. I am concerned about a family member who is on diet, and was hoping to get some expert advice. Another family member came across the 5-2 diet and recommended it to a family member who is now on this diet. I am concerned that fasting two days is not good for the body and then eating normally for five days. This family member is in the late 50s and slightly overweight (BMI<30). I would think eating normally 1600-1800 kcal with modest exercise would be a better option. I am afraid that this diet will further fatigue the body and mind instead of increasing physical activity and energy levels. Do you have any recommendations?
    Thank you for your time. It is much appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Marie

  8. moniKA ROOKS - January 22, 2017

    Hey chris an Heidi my name is monika rooks i live in memphis tennessee i weight 309 i want to lose weight so bad please can u in chris help me

    • Team Powell - January 22, 2017

      Hi MoniKA: You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they us on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. You can totally do this! 🙂

  9. Jemma Steel - January 22, 2017

    Hi Chris and Heidi
    My name is Jemma and I am one part of a same sex couple. Stephanie and I have been in a relationship for 9 years and married for 6. We are both very much in love as we were when we first met. However for the past 7 years we have dreamed of having our own family. We do not have the means to pay for fertility treatment. I donated eggs to 4 times. And 4 years ago our clinic allowed us 1 free treatment providing I egg shared. We were so over the moon. Unfortunately it would seem that when donating eggs my tubes may have been a little damaged and the treatment ended in a tubal miscarriage. After a grieving period we decided that Stephanie would be the one to carry. Our doctor has advised we are eligible for one free cycle of IVF but our BMI need to hit 30. Unfortunately during the past 5 years we have had would you would call a run of bad luck suffering many family losses and illnesses from both sides of our family including my mother. Stephanie current weight is 260lb. We have tried many diets going to the gym and country pursuits all of which seem for one reason or another come to a standstill. We are both at rock bottom in terms mood. Even though we know what we could achieve if we could just loose 6-7 stone ( 1 free try of IVF ) unfortunately our motivation just seems to slip. We watch your show all the time and dream we could find that motivation for ourselves. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind regards
    Jemma and Stephanie

    • Team Powell - January 22, 2017

      Hi Jemma and Stephanie: Thank you for sharing your story with us! You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too, especially the one about promises. These are truly their #1 transformation tool, so begin your journeys today by making and keeping that first small, simple promise today! You both can totally do this! 🙂

  10. Gloria - January 19, 2017

    Hey Chris and Heidi my name is Gloria i leave in jax, fl and im worry about my daugther she is 26 yrs old, weight 350 pound and she is only 5′ feet tall …i wish ya’ll can tell me how i can help her to lose weight, we try almost everythin and nuthing look like is working

    • Team Powell - January 20, 2017

      Hi Gloria: It’s so difficult when a family member is struggling with their health. There are some great steps your daughter can take to begin her transformation journey today, and I’d have her start with making and keeping that first small, simple promise to herself. I know it sounds way too simple, but it is definitely Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool! A transformation is achieved one promise at a time – it works!

  11. Doris Munoz - January 12, 2017

    I am a single mom of 4. My 22 year old daughter is over 400 pounds and she has been suffering from extreme obesity for the past 8 years. She is a sweet, beautiful, and intelligent young lady and I have tried everything to help her lose weight with what I have and can afford. I just watched your show for the first time with Bruce and I am so touched and for the first time I believe that someone can help my daughter at a second chance at a healthy and happy life. She does so much for so many people and she deserves to be free! Can you PLEASE consider taking my daughter on your show……Sincerely, Doris Munoz

    • Team Powell - January 13, 2017

      Hi Doris: Casting for “Extreme Weight Loss” is currently closed, but you can find some great tools to help your daughter begin her transformation journey in this post. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. Help her make and keep that first promise to herself, choose a cycle, and go! And Chris and Heidi’s exercise program requires no equipment or gym membership, which is awesome! She can totally do this!

  12. Jennifer Drinkard - January 10, 2017

    Hello Chris and Heidi,

    I am writing for myself, but my mother as well. I have been big pretty much my whole life. My mother hasn’t. She has pretty much given up. We can’t afford a gym or the better of foods. It has always amazed me at the price of food. We don’t know how to encourage each other. We both give up. We want it more than anything, but we don’t know how to support each other. She doesn’t want to walk: 1. Because she bad ankles. 2. I don’t know how to motivate her to do any exercise because I don’t know how to motivate myself.
    I want to get to a healthy point for both of us, because I want to show my kids that I can do it but they can too. This is also a big part of my reason is my grandmother is a huge part of my life, she has always wanted to see me at a healthy weight but after several attempts, I fall. Please if you have any suggestions or thoughts on how we can get fit and healthy without breaking us.
    We have sat and binged watched Extreme Weight Loss and I see the want written all over her, but I have an almost heart wrenching desire to see both of us on the tv. I realize we aren’t that lucky, but I would love some advice for us both. With the most love I can muster up and express, thank you for reading this. You both are an inspiration to so many, and definitely us.

    • Team Powell - January 10, 2017

      Hi Jennifer: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your story with us. Here’s a post that outlines Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – and it talks about everything you need to know and do to help you both achieve your goals! http://heidipowell.net/9060. Be sure and follow all the links within the post, and it’s always best to discuss any nutrition and exercise program with your healthcare teams first and then follow any modifications they might recommend. Remember to take those baby steps one after the other, and you can do this! 🙂

  13. quint - July 21, 2016

    Hello dear Chris and heidi. Excuse me for my ba d english but i write to you both from France. I m 33 years Old and three months ago, i weighted 105 kilos. Not much in comparaison to those you take care of usually. But three months ago, while seeing your show on french tv i decided to change and lost 25 kilos in three months. My Daugher is five years Old and is overweighted but since then you changed my life it opened my eyes and i helped her loosing the few kilos she needed to loose. You helped us me and my daughter, motivated us without knowing it and i just wanted to thank you. Still have ten kilos to loose but i ‘ ll make it and i thank you again and again. I decided to do everything i always wanted to but stopped me from doing. It’s a question of will and you helped me beyond a point you couldn’t imagine. Thanks again. Love. OQ

  14. Ana C. - July 8, 2016

    HI Chris and Heidi,
    My brother recently had his 18th birthday and u fortunately he is 400+ probably 500+ pounds. My family and I do not know what to do for him anymore. We are desperately asking for help or seeking any help we can getalk for him. He has his full life ahead of him and the way he us going, he won’t have a long fulfilling life. My mom’s biggest fear is him getting diabetes at such a young age. We don’t know what to do anymore. Please help

    Thank you

    • Team Powell - July 9, 2016

      Hi Ana: Thank you for sharing a bit of your brother’s story with us. You can get some tips to help him begin his journey right in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. Help him make and keep that first promise to himself, then he can choose a cycle and go! He can do this – it’s all about taking those baby steps and making and keeping those promises right after the other.

  15. Lin - June 27, 2016

    Hi Chris Powell, I have been watching ur show now for a cpl of mos n it really excited me on how how well u work clients n ppl of diff ethnicities all around the world. my biggest question is my husband is overcoming leg surgery from having cellulitis in his left leg n went into his right leg. My question is, he became diabetic back in 2009 it’s type 2 the doct gave him a steroid yrs ago supposedly to help with his being diabetic n it bloomed him up to like 400lbs. He’s down a lil but he’s back in hosp wirh cellulitis in his other leg, I wanted to know cause he’s 60 now with type 2 diabetic cause it’s something in his fam unfort. I bleve he weighs in @ 350 or something like that, I just want to know if u would b able to help him with getting his weight back down to 180lbs, that was weight he was @ when we met back 2000 n got married. He has high blood pressure n etc, he’s changed his diet or tried to. I’m Asian 100% I have always eaten healthy salads, hardly any junk food, we both love being outdoors, hiking, climbing, running but cause of what this doct did to him, n now he’s fighting this cellulitis infection in the other leg. Is there is anything u can do for him??? I’m out of options n out of ideas. Please lmk thru email [email protected] his weight really concerns me n our 6yr old daughter

    • Team Powell - June 28, 2016

      Hi Lin: I’d discuss Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program (http://heidipwell.net/9060) with his healthcare team and then follow any modifications they might recommend. They are the best ones to help him since they understand the exact nature of his issues and can work with him personally now and in the future. We wish you all the best – he can do this!

  16. Vanessa Delgado - June 27, 2016

    Hi Chris, one thing for sure I love your show. It just took me a while to figure out how to contact you. My name is Vanessa L. Delgado, I’m asking you to please, please, PLEASE help my mother. She is 300+ lbs and she keeps saying that she is going to loose weight by eating better and hitting the gym. I have been trying to help her and with her working graveyard almost everynight, getting fast foods on some days, it’s not helping her. She clams that she eats when she’s upset, angry, hungry, etc. She already went to so many doctors to see if they can do a certain surgery on her but every doctor has turned her down. She don’t know that I’m doing this but I figured that hopefully you can help her. I’m willing to do anything that I could have a chance to help her in anyway as possible. Including my boyfriend, a future U.S. Army, had a plan of what to do at the gym with her, but she never took a chance by going back to the gym. And all of my mom’s side of the family is over weight and has past away a bit to early. So, please try to help out, give her a chance. Hopefully she’ll listen to you because she stopped listening to me long time ago.

    • Team Powell - June 28, 2016

      Hi Vanessa: Thank you for sharing your mom’s story with us. I’d show your mom the tools in this post and help her make and keep that first promise to herself. Then when she’s ready, have her check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program. She can do this!

  17. shirley myer - June 23, 2016

    hey Chris, i need to be chose for the show. not for me. but for my daughter. oh, im sure youve heard this all before. but sit back and listen. i have a 31 yr old daughter that is more than anyone deserved of this challenge. she lives in chicago. and she does stand up comedy. she is awesome. yes, all daughters are awesome. but wait….there’s my jennifer. i feel a little guilty in her weight struggle. what a life i created for her. and i want to help, but can’t do it by myself. what do i need to say to you to get you to choose her? i, too struggle with weight loss. but recently ive lost 40 lbs. look at me! but look at her! she’s beautiful, and has done it before. she deserves the help. im too far away to be an inspiration to her. but my spirit is with her. she has a beautiful soul. please help her. work has been her enemy in the fast food devil. but, she likes the healthy food. she needs guidance. please guide her. for me. i see your shows and she is the person in your shows. she is strong. and determined. watch her. she will show you. her family is behind her. and she needs you. please.

    • Team Powell - June 24, 2016

      Hi Shirley: Casting for “Extreme Weight Loss” is currently closed, but Jennifer can begin her transformation journey today with the same program Chris and Heidi use on the show! She can learn about their carb cycling program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060, and be sure she follows all the links within the post too. She can do this – we believe in her!

  18. Maria - June 22, 2016

    Dear Chris and Heidi,
    I’m Maria , I live in Sicily (Italy). I study Humanities at university and I write for “FilodirettoNews”, a newspaper of my town.
    I’m writing to you for a desire that I have in my heart.
    I have a great friend, her name is Eva, she’s a sister for me. She’s always with me, in good and bad life moments. Her parents are separated since she was very young and this gave to her a long sadness that vent on food. Her weight increased so much, more than 100 kilograms…
    Her mum tried so many diets and doctors, but the situation is the same. The separation from her dad, was a pain too much strong for her great sensitivity! She’s a girl with a big heart!
    Eva is your great fan and follow your TV program on REAL TIME. She dream to become thin again, as she was . She needs your help , Chris and Heidi… I’d want to make her a gift ( her birthday is on 24 August ) : Can you choose her , in your Tv program, so she can have your guide?? It would be a DREAM so BIIIIG for her, and for me, because I want with all my heart her HAPPINESS !!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for listening to me.
    I wait your reply dear Chris and Heidi! You’re GREAT =D =D !!!!!
    A hug
    Maria

    • Team Powell - June 22, 2016

      Hi Maria: Thank you for sharing Eva’s story with us. Casting for “Extreme Weight Loss” is currently closed, and you do have to be a resident of the US to apply for the show. But there are some great tools in this post that Eva can use to begin her transformation journey! We wish her the best, she can do this!

  19. Margaret TenElshof - June 10, 2016

    Hello Team Powell!!!

    I have been home recouping from foot surgery, and saw the show for the first time. I am glad I did. My older sister (10 yrs older) has had a weight problem as long as she can remember. I love her so very much, and now at her age of 60 she is about 300lbs. I can tell it is really hard on her, so I am writing to you to see if there is anyway you can somehow personally motivate her. She has done the weight watchers, and even gone to a class (I went as her accountability person for gastric bypass surgery) but they said she was not a good candidate. She is a wonderful sister, had issues at a younger age and I feel this is the result. She does not feel good about herself. I love her so much, and do not want to see her die early, both our parents are gone, in fact she wanted to adopt me when I was young, age 10. My parents were older when they had me. Thank you for reading this. Have a blessed day!

  20. Anne Davis - June 7, 2016

    I’m just a regular person, a mom,a wife, and a grandmother. I’m 42 and I am the heaviest I have ever been at 180. I recently started college and going to school and working full-time is very hard and trying to figure out, on how to workout and lose weight, when your working from 7-4 and then going you school from 5-10 it’s very hard to figure out when and how to workout. Can I get some advice on how and what works to do to lose weight to get to my target weight of 125.

    • Team Powell - June 7, 2016

      Hi Anne: You can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. You can do this!

  21. Catherine Alamo - May 23, 2016

    Hi Heidi and Chris:

    I am Cathy and writing because my boyfriend James he is very over weight he have back problem he did have surgery to replace his hips he have diabetics and other health problem I love him so much I am scare to lose him he have our kids a grandson and other in the way I hope one day soon we get married but he does need help professional like Heidi and Chris He is scared to die and I am terrified of losing him I cant see my life with out him because he is my everything together with our kids and grand children so please Chris help us you are our only hope

    • Team Powell - May 23, 2016

      Hi Catherine: While Chris and Heidi truly wish they could personally help everyone, they’re not able to take on clients at this time. I’d have your boyfriend take the steps outlined in this post, and he can begin his own transformation journey today! He can do this!

  22. Daniela - April 25, 2016

    È possibile partecipare al vostro programma extreme makeover diet edition?o almeno vorrei lo faceste per mio fratello

    • Team Powell - April 25, 2016

      (Convertite utilizzando Google Translate) Mi dispiace, ma non deve essere un residente degli Stati Uniti di applicare per lo spettacolo. Ma il tuo fratello possa iniziare il suo percorso di trasformazione oggi con lo stesso programma Chris e Heidi utilizzano nello show. Egli può conoscere qui: http://heidipowell.net/9060. Si può fare questo!

  23. patricia magliochetti - April 21, 2016

    hello chris and heidi:my name is patty im 54 years old and i suffer from ms,and im a breast cancer survior,two years ago my husband walked out on me after 23 years of marriage,durning my marriage he always made me feel fat and ugly and worthless because i couldnt work.i am 160 pounds and im 5feet 5inches,ihave put on weight because of my steriod treatments for ms,i would really love to loose weight and get healthy agin and maybe i will feel good about myself,can you help me please,thank you .patricia magliochetti

    • Team Powell - April 21, 2016

      Hi Patricia: You have been through a lot! You can begin your transformation journey today with the tools in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And please discuss this program with your healthcare team first and then follow any modifications they might recommend. You can do this!

  24. Daniela - April 18, 2016

    Ciao sono Daniela..ti scrivo perché ho bisogno di urgente aiuto..mio fratello ha perso la strada della sua vita..si è appena separato e non ha più stimolo di vita..ingrassa mangia e beve e nulla lo può aiutare se non voi..il suo corpo non regge più il pancreas scoppia la pressione è alta ma ciò che è peggio non riusciamo a scuotendo perché si sente fallito..scegliete lui..aiutatemi la sua vita è appesa a un filo e serve che qualcuno gli faccia capire che vale la pena provare..

    • Team Powell - April 18, 2016

      Hi Daniela: (Tradotto con Google Traduttore) Grazie per dirci un po ‘di tuo fratello. Non sono sicuro di capire il vostro commento in modo corretto attraverso la traduzione, ma con i suoi problemi di salute, sarebbe meglio se si lavora con il suo team di assistenza sanitaria in qualsiasi programma di nutrizione e l’esercizio fisico e poi segue le loro raccomandazioni. Noi con tutti e due il meglio!

    • Daniela - April 22, 2016

      Grazie tantissimo..vorrei trovare la strada giusta per aiutarlo..qualcuno come voi nel vostro programma che uscisse il meglio di sé..

  25. Teresa botticelli - March 25, 2016

    Hello. My name is Teresa. I’m deaf. With. Good lip reading and talking. Myself. Also. Mother of three. And I love to watch yr show. I pray. U could help my two. Daughters who re over weights they tried. To lose weights. But couldn’t. It’s hard. My. Biggest concern of my girls s early prediabite,thyroid problems. To cause weights to gain I pray. For their need help from u. u helped lots of people. Who. We’re over weights to turn out to be healthy. Bless you. Hope to meet u. Please. P.s. My oldest girl was born to chubby to now .. Thank u sincerely teresa

    • Team Powell - March 25, 2016

      Hi Teresa: Thank you for your comment! Chris and Heidi truly wish they could personally help everyone, but since they can’t, they’ve made all their transformation tools available for everyone to use to achieve their transformation goals. You can learn about their carb cycling program here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And it would be best if your daughters discuss this program, or any nutrition and exercise program, with their healthcare teams first and then follow any modifications they recommend. We wish them the best – they can do this!

  26. Iliana ventura - March 24, 2016

    Hi am puertorriquen i Live in San Antonio 3 years and i would like to be part of your Challenge i am over weight. I pray e ver y day so i can lose wieght. Please choose me. Love what you guys do. Thank you.

    • Team Powell - March 25, 2016

      Hi Iliana: Casting for EWL is currently closed, but you can begin your own transformation journey today with the same program Chris and Heidi use on the show. Learn about their carb cycling program here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. Make that first promise, choose a cycle, and go! You can do this!

  27. Cheyenne Daugherty - March 11, 2016

    Hello Heidi and Chris.

    I am writing you because my dad is obese and not healthy he has a hard time breath I try to talk to him about it I want him to be able to be there to walk me down the isle and be there for when I have grandchildren. AND I’m trying to eat healthy and exercise more but it’s so hard eating healthy all I eat is junk food 🙁 can you help me eat more fruits and vegetables and less junk food 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Cheyenne

    • Team Powell - March 11, 2016

      Hi Cheyenne: Here’s a post that outlines Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program, and you and your dad can both use these tools to achieve your transformation goals: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. You both can do this!

  28. Lisa - March 10, 2016

    Dear Heidi and Chris,

    I understand you guys live I. The USA and I love watching your show. I am writing this because just recently my mom had a mini heart attack and is now a full blown diabetic. She is asthmatic and also has sever fibromyalgia. She is 65 yrs old and only 4’11”. She now weighs almost 200 lbs.

    I am worried about her because as much as I know she is trying I’m afraid if she keeps going the way she is I’m gonna lose my mother and my sons their grandmother. So if you have any advice or tips I could give her to help her or know of any where in Barrie Ontario Canada that offers help it would be very appreciated because I’m not ready to say good bye to my mom anytime soon.

    Thank you,
    Lisa

    • Team Powell - March 11, 2016

      Hi Lisa: Thank you for your post and for telling us about your mom. She can get all the steps she needs to begin her transformation journey in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And it would be best if she discusses this program (or any nutrition and exercise program) with her healthcare team first and then follows any modifications they might recommend. She can do this!

  29. Greg Moore - March 9, 2016

    To whom it may concern,

    My niece Brienne is 26 years old and currently teaches Special Education Children for a elementary School she has been battling weight issues all her life and is very beautiful inside and out. She is very unhappy with her weight and has recently told her family that she is going to get the gastric sleeve performed in Tijuana Mexico on March 24, 2016 (2 weeks from today). She has put down a five hundred dollar deposit and has taken a loan for her and her mother to fly down to Mexico to get this operation during her spring break. I feel this operation is not as easy as she thinks it is going to be and could possibly lead to her death. Can you help? She does not know that I am emailing asking for help. I just feel that extreme makeover could possibly help without her taking drastic steps that could lead to a bad outcome.

    • Team Powell - March 9, 2016

      Hi Greg: Thank you for sharing your niece’s story with us. Unfortunately, casting for “Extreme Weight Loss” is currently closed. Here’s a link to Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program, and it’s the same program they use on the show: http://heidipowell.net/9060. It has helped many people achieve their transformation goals, and it might be an option for your niece if she is interested. She’s so blessed to have such a caring uncle!

  30. J. Penrose - February 14, 2016

    Wanted to say me and the wife are huge fans of the show and the both of you. We live in Peoria ,AZ and I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. I am 39 years old and last weighed in at 308, I have been a police officer for 18 years now and have three kids two of them being twins of 4 years old. I was wondering if there was anything local you guys put on to help out with weight loss. I know the show Is not taking apps but did not know if locally if there was anything to get your guys help in losing this weight. I don’t want my kids to grow up with out a dad. In 2012 I was involved in a on duty police involved shooting, my life has never been the same since that day and I think going from 240 to 308 the shooting changed things for the worse.
    Please if their is anything locally et me know, I gotta get this weight off soon before it puts me in the hospital or takes my life.

    • Team Powell - February 14, 2016

      Thank you for your comment! Chris and Heidi have recently created the Powell Metabolic Program, where their Arizona team members provide not only clinical one-on-one coaching through your health insurance provider, but distance coaching as well. For more information, please visit http://www.powellmetabolics.com or call 480.378.3522. Chris and Heidi are so excited to offer this new, more personal component to their transformation program! You can do this!

  31. Angi - February 2, 2016

    Hi, this is pretty much a last ditch effort to help my daughter. I am extremely worried about her. It began when she was in second grade. She used to be active and play softball, but a softball hit her in the ankle and that’s where my worry begins. See because of her injury I had to take her to a ortho dr. He in turn told me she had seavers disease. I also went to another ortho and he told me the same thing. But also told me that she has a bone disease where she breaks bones easily, so for the next two years plus after that she pretty much stayed in casts, and her dr told her she wasn’t allowed to do any exercise because she would break a bone, so she was scared. Well in doing so she put on a lot of weight. I ended up taking her to the shriners hospital to see better specialists. They did x rays and ran a bunch of tests and then referred me to Vanderbilt University , where they ran tests. My daughter ended up being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was told that she never broke a bone. When at one point she had all 4 extremities in casts at the same time. But not to get off subject she now is in eighth grade, getting ready to go into high school. She is 13 years old and weighs 262 pounds. I am scared for her . I know that if she just had someone to help her out knowing her medical condition and she was able to lose weight that once it started to happen she would be able to do it. I had an accident at work two years ago and have a torn disc in my back and it is flattened pushing on two nerves, I myself can’t do much I ended up gaining so much weight myself. I weighed in at 296 pounds and my legs kept swelling so much i couldn’t walk , went to the dr and she helped me lose weight. I couldn’t work out but I ended up losing almost 100 pounds since June. My daughter isn’t able to lose the weight like I did because I did so using medication , I am actually still paying for it , I have high blood pressure now and irregular heatbeat. But I lost the weight without surgery. I am still working on myself trying to lose weight but it’s hard. we recently got a gym membership , But my daughter needs more. she need someone to help her and to push her but also be aware of her medical condition and help her out. Please if you can help her I would be in debted to you forever . I really want to help her out , she’s an amazing kid with a lot of health problems I just feel that if she loses the weight it will help out so much with her medical issues. please help.

    • Team Powell - February 2, 2016

      Hi Angi: Thank you for sharing your daughter’s story with us, and she sounds like an amazing young woman! Chris and Heidi truly wish they could personally help everyone, but they’re not taking on clients right now. And with your daughter’s health issues, and since she is still growing and developing, it is so important that she work with her healthcare team on any nutrition and exercise programs and then follow their recommendations. On the show, Chris and Heidi work with a complete team of medical professionals who help them put together the appropriate programs for their contestants who have medical issues. Just like on the show, your daughter’s healthcare team are the best ones to help her since they know her exact issues and can work with her on a one-on-one basis. We truly wish you both the best!

  32. Trina - January 22, 2016

    Hi Heidi,

    I have a IBS-C & I was wondering if you have you’ve ever worked with clients with the same problem? and whether or not they were successful following your carb cycle program. I just bought your latest book and I’ve yet to read it but your feedback would be most appreciated.

    P.S You and Chris are aaaaamazing!

    • Team Powell - January 23, 2016

      Hi Trina: With any medical issue, it’s always best to discuss any nutrition and exercise program with your healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they might recommend. And they have had clients with many different health issues and have worked with their healthcare teams during their transformation journeys. I hope this helps!

  33. Corina - January 16, 2016

    Hy Chris and Heidi ! I bought the book Choose to lose and I think is wonderful. I want to start this diet with my husband and I have some questions. Please if you can answer me. I want to know if at 170 cm and 60 kg can I follow this diet and if it will help me to get rid of unsightly fat on my body. Could you recommend me other exercises for muscle definition or the exercices from the book are enough ? I do fitness but my efforts do not work and I need exercises that work the thigh muscles. My husband needs to lose weight 35 kg, he has 188cm and 130 kg, and I want to know more about this diet. I read the book but is in english and maybei did not understand everything so well . I want to know if we’re allowed to eat protein powder several times a day? Are we allowed to drink mineral water? I read that the enzymes and the substituents are recommended, where could i bye them? could you recommend me some? Protein bars are suitable for snacks? Thank you for your work i hope i will come very soon with good news about our diet 😉
    PS: sorry for the mistakes !

    • Team Powell - January 16, 2016

      Hi Corina: Everything you need to know and do is in the book, and there’s a list of approved foods you can use also, which outlines all your options. As far as supplements go, it’s always best to discuss any supplements with your healthcare team first, and then follow their recommendations. You both can do this!

  34. Stephone baldwin - January 15, 2016

    Hey heidi and chris, my name is stephone baldwin and I wanted to ask if you can give any tips or ways to help get started making my name in the fitness industry. Ivery been training for about 3.5 years and want to get more out there and become successfully as a full time trainer helping change lives.

    Also tips on how to motivate the obese that are STUBBORN because we have one (JAMES) at our studio that is a big gamer that is 5′ 8″ over 420lbs and needs to loose weight. He’s been there for over 2 years and still that heavy. I’ve been there for a half year and when he was handed to me, after 2 sessions he wanted a different trainer because I was “to hard on him”. He NEEDS to lpose the weight bad and even though he’s not too find of me, I care and want to help and you seem to can get it on their heads and get that weight off. Any help I would appreciate it.

    Thanks you.
    Stephone baldwin NASM CES CPT

    • Team Powell - January 15, 2016

      Hi Stephanie: As far as getting your name out more, keep doing what you’re doing, and your results will speak for themselves! People will refer friends, family, and acquaintances to you, and that’s the way to grow your client base. As far as motivating clients, they truly have to want to change. Here’s Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool, and it might help you as you work with your clients also: http://heidipowell.net/8679. We wish you the best!

  35. Jon - January 10, 2016

    Chris,

    I need your help, i am an overweight husband of a fabulous military member wife, she has just deployed to Kuwait and I want nothing more then to surprise her with a man that she is worthy of. I may not be the heaviest person you have helped but I have tried time and time again to loose weight and have only maintained my weight at an overweight person. i want to make my wife proud and i want to be the man she deserves. i want to be thee person she wants sexually as well as mentally which caused her to marry me. i know the reason I have gained the weight have since high school is because I have not been as active, the reason I have not been as active, I want to change that, but I need the help finding the changes that are required to keep healthy and affordable but also mobile as required in a life style of a military spouse (aka the “dependapotamous”) I want my wife to be happy to show me off as her husband and want to do things like military fun runs and dances on base with me instead of making reasons why she cant go to this event because deep down i know she doesn’t want to say she doesn’t think i can do the run. Please help me change my life.

    • Team Powell - January 11, 2016

      Hi Jon: Thank you for your post and for sharing a bit of your story with us. What an awesome goal! While Chris would love to personally help everyone, it’s just not possible at this time. That’s why he and Heidi have made all their best carb cycling tips and tools available for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals. You can find all of these tools in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. Make that first promise, choose a cycle, and go! You can do this!

  36. Jeff Sockwell - January 4, 2016

    Dear Powell family,

    Let me tell you about my wife of 22 years, Lisa.

    She is 41, almost 42, just under 400lbs and miserable. She’s got two moods: angry and

    weepy. Her job is in accounting, entirely deskbound. She comes home and watches

    television, having been raised on it. She generally doesn’t do chores around the house.

    She complains about her weight while consuming Taco Bell – with no sense of irony

    whatsoever. We have a 6 1/2 year old son who is socially and emotionally delayed, and

    most likely has ASD. It’s hard to get school board psychs to commit to a diagnosis, so

    we’re enlisting an independent one. The practial upshot of this is that he challenges

    both of us and she finds it exhausting. So do I, honestly.

    Childbirth messed her up a bit. She recently had a hernia repaired that had been left

    alone since the delivery out of fear her weight would reopen any repair. Her gallbladder

    was removed in 2013, also thought to be an issue caused by childbirth. She has had

    scoliosis her entire life, but was able to perform in marching band throughout

    elementary and high school despite this. She has sleep apnea and uses a CPAP.

    Over the years she has bought into every fad out there: workout videos, fitness books

    (including yours), Jenny Craig food, Deal-a-Meal cards, Susan Powter videos, the whole

    nine yards. None of it has worked, because she lacks the one thing that matters.

    Willpower.

    She has seen every episode of Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss. The few times I

    have pointed out to her that nobody ever lost weight watching other people do it, I

    caught the verbal equivalent of a bag of rabid weasels being closed over my head. I was

    in the Navy for twenty years, so fitness was important – but what I don’t know how to do

    is instill that imperative in her. She doesn’t react well to any sort of military

    motivation. In fact she has reacted negatively to everything I have tried.

    I retired almost ten years ago. These days I have a sedentary job, two blown knees, and

    hormonal issues that have caused me to gain weight and become soft around the middle. I

    no longer feel like the example for her to follow. This is where you come in. She hangs

    on your every word but can’t summon the will to actually DO anything. I confess to being

    sceptical about your program because television is so formulaic. Specifically, I wonder

    if people are cherry-picked for the show because the odds of them succeeding are high.

    Add some drama in the middle and you have a typical play: an introduction, hightened

    tension in the middle, and finally resolution. Call me jaded, but I’m willing to take a

    shot at this anyway. She isn’t going to see her son graduate from high school if

    something doesn’t change. I know it. She knows it.

    Lisa would be your magnum opus.

    Are you real?

    Jeff
    Phoenix, AZ

    • Team Powell - January 4, 2016

      Hi Jeff: Thank you for your post and for sharing Lisa’s story with us. Chris and Heidi would love to help her personally, but they’re not taking on clients right now. Believe me, they truly wish they could help everyone! And yes, they are for real. I know it must be so difficult to watch a loved one struggle with her obesity or health challenges. Remember that ultimately the transformation has to come from within. You cannot do this for Lisa—she truly has to want it for herself. One thing you might try, and this is the first step Chris and Heidi take with every single client they work with, is to have her make and keep a small daily promise to herself. This promise doesn’t even have to be health related – the important thing is to build her confidence and personal integrity. Read about the process here: http://heidipowell.net/8679. It really works, and it’s been the game-changer for thousands of people! When she is ready to start her own transformation, have her revisit Heidi and Chris’ books. And she can learn about the program basics here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. In addition to these tools, Chris and Heidi have recently created the Powell Metabolic Program, where their Arizona team members can provide not only clinical one-on-one coaching through her health insurance provider, but distance coaching as well. For more information, please visit http://www.powellmetabolics.com or call 480.378.3522. I hope one of these options might work for Lisa, and we wish her the best as she works to achieve her own transformation goals. She can do this!

  37. Darlene - November 21, 2015

    Self-sabotage

    I need help in understanding why I self sabotage… I work out 5-6 times a week, but usually once a week, I have a moment where I eat anything and anything in my house… and can’t stop.

    Help me to understand why I do this and how I can stop it. I am a 52 year old woman who has been struggling with my weight for over 20 years.
    I have been around the 195 mark ( up and down 15lbs) for the last 10 years.. I want to stop yo you dieting and find the way to help myself lose this weight once and for all.

    Thank you

    Darlene

    • Team Powell - November 21, 2015

      Hi Darlene: First of all, you might find Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool helpful for those times when you’re tempted to self-sabotage. You can learn all about this tool here: http://heidipowell.net/8679. Second of all, you might find some things you can add to what you’re already doing in their carb cycling program, and you can learn about the basics here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. They build reward meals and days into their program (depending on which cycle you choose), which allows you to eat those favorite “treat”-type foods while still losing weight. Give it a try?! You can do this!

  38. Mesenda Swan - September 27, 2015

    Dear Chris and Heidi, My name is Mesenda i am write because my husband Harold is 40 years old and he is a veteran, he is over weight which is taking a major toll on his body. We have been married just a little over 3 years and all together we have 7 kids, it is very difficult for him to do anything with the kids without being in alot of pain. When he was in the Marines he tore the ligaments from the bone in his ankle which has caused knee and hip problems. He has been going to our local ymca and working out but i really think he could use some more incouragpement.
    He has 3 kids his oldest son Alex has a form of autism called aspergers he is 17, unforentally he isnt liveing with us at the moment he is in a pema placement to get help copeing and dealing with his anger and feelings he is also adhd. His daughter is 15 she lives with us she also is adhd, she has a mood disorder and anxiety, Harold has raised Alex and Skai mostly on his own all of there life there mother has never really been there for them. The claim me as there mother cause i am always there for them and always keep my promises to them. The his youngest son Caleb is 11 days older then my oldest he is 11, he lives in Arizona with his mom but comes to Iowa during the summer. My kids, Carle is 11, Kollin is 10, Dominick 8 and Brennden is 5 but only my oldest 3 live with us.
    We had moved into the house that my husband grew up in to help his mom out after she had had 2 seizures. We had also moved my mom up here to Newton so we can help her to.
    But back to Harold, sorry i get distracted i have adhd and some other mental health problems. My husband is wanting to lose this weight because he doesnt want to end up weighting 350 pounds like his dad. And the kids and I also want to see his lose the weight and get healthy so he stays around longer and is able to do more things with them.
    And i also would like him to be around long to enjoy our marrige, we were married May 12, 2012.
    Thank You
    Mesenda and the childern
    ps. hope to hear back from you soon

    • Team Powell - September 27, 2015

      Hi Mesenda: Thank you for sharing Harold’s story with us. You guys have a lot going on! Chris and Heidi aren’t taking on clients right now, and casting for EWL is currently closed, but Harold can begin his own transformation journey today with all the tools Chris and Heidi have provided for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals. You can learn about all these tools in this post: heidipowell.net/9060. Be sure he follows all the links in the post, and that he talks with his healthcare team first so he can follow any recommendations they might have. He can do this!

  39. Amanda - September 9, 2015

    Hello Heidi and Chris,
    I am reaching out because I have a much younger sister (she’s 10) who is overweight and no matter how much I try to tell my parents they need to take action, nothing is done about it. My sister weighs more than me (as a 7 month pregnant 27 year old) and it scares me. I know she is at risk for all sorts of health problems, if she doesn’t have some already, and I don’t want that for her. As a 10 year old just starting middle school, she should be enjoying her childhood and not worry about any health risks or getting picked on by peers. Any help you can provide as far as getting my parents to realize the path she is going down and ways to start fixing it would be greatly appreciated! Living across the country from my family makes it hard for me to help the way I’d like to.

    Thank you,
    Amanda
    Phoenix, Arizona

    • Team Powell - September 9, 2015

      Hi Amanda: Thank you for sharing your sister’s story with us. Your situation has got to be so frustrating, especially since you live so far away from your sister. I’m not sure if this will help, but here’s a blog post that you could share with your parents and hopefully help them to understand your concerns for your little sister: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. And have you spoken with your sister’s healthcare team? If not, that might also be an option you could take. We wish you and your little sister the best, and hope you can find the best ways to help her.

  40. Melody Ann - September 9, 2015

    Hi, Heidi and Chris, I love watching your show. I get very inspired to exercise after seeing your show. I am 30 years old. I am trying to lose weight. I struggled with my weight almost all of my life. I wanting to get down to ideal weight for my height. Its about 118 to 154. I am a little over 170 right now. I don’t have too much to lose. I hate that I am always tired and always sick. I don’t like how I look right now. I am Vegetarian. I don’t know how to do carb cycling being a VEGETARIAN?

    • Team Powell - September 9, 2015

      Hi Melody Ann: Carb cycling as a vegetarian can be a bit tricky, but there are some vegetarian options in the program. You can get the complete approved foods list in “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” http://amzn.to/1rhkPaQ. We wish you the best!

  41. Aubrey Kyle Hall - September 2, 2015

    Hi! I’m Kyle. Me and my wife watch and love your show! We live in Phoenix, AZ and at the moment my wife works as a dog groomer at Pet Co and I’m a stay at home dad. My wife has brought into this world 9 amazing children. Most are now out on their own but we still have a 4 month old boy named Kristopher and his older sister 2 and a half year old Katy, also the eldest boy still stays with us Anthony. We are quite busy keeping track of the kids including the older ones so much that, she really doesn’t have the time to get where she wants to be physically. She is 4’10 and weighs 202 lbs and 42 years old. She told me she wishes to weigh 120 lbs. She works so much and I got her the Bullet blender and we stay clear of foods that are bad for her blood pressure and my cholesterol, but she just stays above 200. We went to planet fitness for a few months then we were blessed with Kristopher and now she and I haven’t been going since then. I want her to be able to be where she wants physically, I love her no matter what, but I know how she is now bothers her. I don’t know what to do for her with our current situation. If you could help anyway please respond or e-mail me :D. I’m not to um computer knowledgeable, so if you could also link to whatever you suggest for me and her to read or something like that so I don’t have to look for it that would be nice. My wife has no idea I posted this, and it would be neat if y’all could give her a call personally just to advise her and support her or even see her in person she’d freak with excitement. She works so hard and just can’t get her body where she wants it, please help in anyway you can. Thanks.

    • Aubrey Kyle Hall - September 2, 2015

      And BTW she was in a car accident, so she is limited with what she can do with her legs, one of them has a metal rod and screws so she is unable to run long distances and bend it too a certain extent. Another obstacle for her to overcome. Again, thanks for anything that would help.

    • Team Powell - September 2, 2015

      HI Kyle: I’m going to respond to both of your posts here, if that’s okay. Thank you for sharing your wife’s story with us! She’s an amazing woman – it’s not hard to tell that. And 9 children? You both are amazing! Chris and Heidi have put their carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show – into their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” and you can get the basics of their program here: http://heidipowell.net/9060 (be sure she follows all the links in this post). And with her health issues, please have her discuss this program with her healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they might recommend. And please also remind her, since her movement/activity might be a bit limited, that a huge key to achieving her transformation goals is good nutrition, so she can still do this! Here’s another option that might be awesome for her, especially since you live in Phoenix: Chris and Heidi have recently created the Powell Metabolic Program, where their Arizona team members provide not only clinical one-on-one coaching through her health insurance provider, but distance coaching as well. For more information, please visit http://www.powellmetabolics.com or call 480.378.3522. Another key to her achieving her goals is a great support system, which she already has in you. We wish her the best – she can do this! If you have any other questions, please post another comment.

  42. Baylee Z. - September 1, 2015

    Dear Heidi, my mother has gone through so many tragic things in her life and she is overweight and Being a teenager I still live with her and see her struggle everyday and she never wants to look in the mirror it just makes me sad to see my mom, my hero, be so upset with herself everyday. I have gone with her and tried the Powell metabolic program and she tries so hard but she just needs that extra push she’s tried everything and I need your help or advice on how to make my mom happy again I love her so much and I want her to see herself through my eyes and understand hoaImg she is but I need your help or advice what should I do?

    • Team Powell - September 2, 2015

      Hi Baylee: I know it must be so hard to watch your mom having such a difficult time. But like this post said, the decision to transform her life really has to come from her. It sounds like you’re being such an awesome support for her, so one thing you can do to continue to help her is to help her make and keep those small, simple promises to herself. Here’s a link to the post about the promise process: http://heidipowell.net/8679. This is definitely Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool, and it works! We wish you both the best!

  43. Ednei Y. - August 25, 2015

    Hi Heidi, my name is Ednei. I have a brother who is 10 years older then me, he is overweight. He has some disabilities and the doctor called me today and told him that he needs to exercise more because he is on line for diabetes. So how can we help him lose weight? He’s a little slow and he doesn’t get how to diet properly and if I tell him how to do it then he gets confused… Do you have any advice on this?? (He can’t read also)

    • Team Powell - August 26, 2015

      Hi Ednei: Chris and Heidi have an amazing nutrition and exercise program – carb cycling – and it could totally work for your brother. You can find information about the basics of their program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. I would suggest you discuss this program with his healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they might recommend. Everything he’ll need to do is outlined in their program, including pictures that go with the strength training exercises, so I hope it is something you could help him learn how to do. There’s a great graphic in this post (as well as some other helpful information) that shows how to put together all his carb cycling meals, so that should help make things simpler too: http://heidipowell.net/4514. As for cardio, walking can be a great form of exercise, so that would be a good place for him to start. I hope this helps – we wish both of you the best. And please keep us updated on his progress!

  44. Kerri French - August 23, 2015

    Dear Heidi, I’m writing to on behave of a really good friend of mine, she is a very awesome lady with a heart of gold. it hurts me to see what she has been going through, she is 5″2 and weighs 300 pounds. It’s hard for her to hold down jobs because of her weight and also most people will not hire her. She has lived in Government housing for a long time and the only work she can get is sitting with people that are very ill, or with children with disabilities. I know that you receive tons of letters asking for help, but I’m begging you to help my friend Vickie. I’m in fear of her health.

    • Team Powell - August 23, 2015

      Hi Kerri: Thank you so much for commenting and telling us about Vickie. While Heidi truly wishes she could personally help everyone who needs her help, unfortunately, she’s not taking on clients right now. However, because she’s not able to help everyone, she and Chris have made all the tools they use on EWL available for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals. Vickie can learn all about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in this post: http://heidipowell.net/9060. Their program will teach her everything she needs to know and do to achieve her goals, and we know she can do it. Many people have had great success using their program – it works!

  45. Nancy Small - August 18, 2015

    I desparately need some help! My granddaughter is 10 years old. Each year she gains more and more. She has zero self esteem! Her mother and dad have been divorced since she was three. Her dad doesn’t have much to do with her! She’s seen him maybe 3 times this past year. Her mother has been dating someone for about 2 1/2 years. My granddaughter is slowing losing interest in everything! She hates being overweight yet can’t put forth the effort to lose. She use to be very active in sports but doesn’t want to do anything now, but eat! Please help! I’m afraid it’s going to get so out of hand ………….. I need you help on what to do!

    • Team Powell - August 19, 2015

      Hi Nancy: Thank you for sharing your granddaughter’s story with us. We understand that it is so difficult to be a tween these days! They are constantly bombarded with images and advice on how and what they should do and be and look like, and most are very unrealistic. Heidi has addressed the tweens (and teens) and body image issue in this amazing post on this blog: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. In this post, she offers lots of helpful suggestions for both tweens and those with tweens in their lives, and I hope you can find some ideas that will help you help her develop healthy habits that will benefit her throughout her life. We wish you both the best!

  46. Dianne VanKirk - August 16, 2015

    Dear Chris and Heidi.
    I am looking for some suggestion on how i can lose the last 50 lbs that I would like to lose.I am at
    a stand still in my life. My husband filed for divorce after 38 yrs of marriage and all these years I have been taking care of him our children and grandchildren and leaving me for the end of the rope. The one thing I have done Is I went and had the lap band done though it has helped me I now face the issue of paying for the fills. I started at 265 lbs and I am sitting at about 185. I have never been one for exercise but I am active in playing sports> I started walking as well. But doesn’t seem to help much . I am 56 years old and wondered if maybe you could give me some suggestions. Or
    maybe meet you for an appointment if you have an office in Phoenix,Az> I know you are busy people with the show and your family but any help would be appreciated . And God Bless

    • Team Powell - August 17, 2015

      Hi Diane: I’m so sorry to hear about all you’ve been going through and can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you. Chris and Heidi have recently created the Powell Metabolic Program, where their Arizona team members provide not only clinical one-on-one coaching through your health insurance provider, but distance coaching as well. For more information, please visit http://www.powellmetabolics.com or call 480.378.3522. This might be a great option for you! And here’s another option: Check out their carb cycling program – the same one they use on EWL – and use these tools to finish your transformation journey. Just be sure and discuss their program with your healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they recommend. You can do this!

  47. Ronny johnson - August 15, 2015

    Hey Powells!

    I’m in need of help. I’m a 37 year old father of 4. My youngest being 3mo.
    I struggle with my weight horribly.
    I’ve been as high as 385 as low as 220. Right now I’m around 320. I cannot seem to find a balance to my diet. I try to stay balanced with carbs and fat. I have some medical issues that I battle with as well. Being a family of 6, I cannot afford to hire professional help to work out with. I am a full time employee and a Fullntime father also my wife is full time at work and at home. I’m looking for your help to make sure I’m alive to see my kids grow up.

    Heidi, Chris, I hope you have time to read this and can find it in your hearts to reach out to us.

    Sincerely ,
    Ronny Johnson.
    A father in need.

    • Team Powell - August 15, 2015

      Hi Ronny: Thank you so much for your post. You can begin your transformation journey today with the same program (carb cycling) that Chris and Heidi use on the show. Learn the basics of their program here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And the exercise part of their program requires no equipment and no gym membership, so that should work very well for you! Their program will teach you everything you need to know and do to achieve your transformation goals. You can do this!

  48. Shari - August 13, 2015

    Good morning…could you please tell me the different between low carb plan and Carb cycling? And what are the health benefits between them or which one is best and why. You & Chris are awesome and I love to read your Facebook post (you are so down to earth) and info on your website. I also listen to you & Chris each morning on Vemma bod-e transformation app. Thank you in advance for taking time to read this. You are the best!

    • Team Powell - August 13, 2015

      Hi Shari: There are many different low carb plans out there, so there’s really not a set answer to explain them. Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program alternates low and high carb days throughout the week. You can learn more in these posts: heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/ and http://heidipowell.net/4514/carb-confusion/. Hope that helps!

  49. Tonya Collins - August 10, 2015

    I need help. My boyfriend is 21 and he only has about 50 pounds to lose. He is trying to eat better, less carbs, and he is doing basketball like 1-2 hours per day, walking 1 hour per date, and sometimes doing T25 videos and he is just not losing weight. He lost 2 pounds the first week and then nothing the second week and then .08 pounds the third week. What can I do to help him, he is getting discouraged fast.

    • Team Powell - August 10, 2015

      Hi Tonya: He might be interested in checking out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on the show. It can work no matter how many pounds he wants to lose, and he can learn more about their program here: http://heidipowell.net/9060. We wish him the best – he can do this!

  50. Emi - August 5, 2015

    How do you save some one who doesn’t believe they are worth saving? I am well aware I can not fight this battle for someone else but i don’t even know how to get through to this family member who would rather eat themselves into the grave then to make any attempt at saving themselves. With Everything I say comes a retort that I can’t possibly know what i’m talking about….. yet i’m 117 and he’s 401 but i don’t know what i’m talking about. I don’t know what to do or who to hire to at least come talk to him.

    i know you have more then you can hande but can either of you maybe refer me to someone who will actually talk to him?

    Thanks

    • Team Powell - August 6, 2015

      Hi Emi: I’m so sorry for what you’re going through – it must be so frustrating! If you haven’t already tried this, his doctor might be a good place to start. He/she should be able to talk to him about the medical/health dangers associated with being 401 pounds, and this could be a wake up call for him. A doctor specializing in Bariatrics could also be a good tool for you, since he/she would have some tools over and above what a primary care physician would have and could treat him and his issues with obesity specifically. You might also contact the Powell Metabolics program (link is in the post), and they could also be a resource and/or point you to other resources. We wish you the best, and hope you can make some progress with him.

  51. Jaison - August 1, 2015

    Hello Team Powell,

    My name is Jaison and I am from NC. It’s currently 3:30 am and I find myself sitting in tears outside of a hotel during a vacation with my mother. I am extremely concerned with the health of my mother.

    She is 53 yrs old and has a weight issue. She has been a smoker most of her life and has recently in the past 6 months finally accomplished the goal of stopping smoking. Which I am very proud of.

    I myself come from a small family. It’s basically only my mother and step father. So obviously it’s very important to me for my mother to be healthy.

    She struggles with her weight and tries to diet properly, but she really lacks the excerise and ability to be mobile and active due to her weight and that worries me tremendously. On our vacation you can’t enjoy a walk with family friends due to shortness of breath and issues with legs and feet due to weight.

    I woke up tonight at 1 am to the sound of her snoring and struggling to breath. Breathing for about 30 seconds and then silence and no breathing for 30 seconds. When she starts breathing again it’s almost as if her body is struggling and fighting for air. After laying in bed for over 2 hrs listening to the most important person in my life struggle to breathe properly while sleeping I found myself googling and searching the Web for anything or anyone that could help.

    I see where other people have posted stories and comments all being replied to with directions to a book or website as the Powells are currently not taking on any clients. And I don’t know if they will ever read this post, but it’s just the efforts of a only son reaching out for help for the one they love the most.

    I don’t know how to help my mother make the change she so desperately needs. I know change must come from within the person them selves. But I feel she is hampered by other issues like fibro milage, she is currently on blood thinners.I could advise her to see her doctor, but she goes in for routine check ups and blood work on a weekly basis and with the medical field seeming more about dollars versus actual help and health. It’s always some new pill or drug that a doctor wants to prescribe.

    I’m really and truly lost and don’t know what to do. If the Powells do take on new clients please contact me as I would be willing to do whatever it takes to have someone like Chris or Heidi help my mother live a happier, longer, and more active lifestyle free of pain and struggle.

    She constantly pushes me to meet a nice girl and make some grand babies. And my biggest fear is that time will run out before I can provide that kind of happiness to her.

    The sound of someone struggling for breathe as they sleep at night is horrifying and I pray that this email will be the start of changing all of that.

    Thank you for the time and I will pray that one day the Powells can help push my mother in the direction she needs to go with the proper motivation. I know they have both changed so many lives of people living with the same issues as my mother. And I would love nothing more than to see her be one of the thousands of success stories behind Chris and Heidi

    Kindest regards
    Jaison Bibbey
    Greensboro NC

    • Team Powell - August 1, 2015

      Hi Jaison: Thank you so much for posting and telling us about your mother. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you – I can only guess from reading your comment. Unfortunately, Chris and Heidi are not taking on clients at this time; however, there are a few helpful suggestions in this post, so I would start with helping her make and keep that first promise to herself. This is truly the key to achieving any goal, when you think about it. Then have her discuss Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program with a healthcare team who will work with her to get healthy and will help her make any necessary modifications for her health issues. They are best to help her since they know her exact issues and can work with her on a one-on-one basis to make sure she’s staying safe while working to reach her goals. There are links to their carb cycling program, a post about the promises process, as well as to their program – Powell Metabolics – which can work through her health insurance provider. And you’re right – any changes have to be her decision, and that’s why Chris and Heidi always have their clients learn to make and keep promises as their first step. One last thing: You mentioned your mother’s sleep issues – has she seen a sleep specialist? If not, that might also be a good idea as good sleep is so important to not only good health, but losing weight as well. We truly wish you both the best, and please keep us updated on her progress. She is so fortunate to have such a caring and loving son!

  52. Melissa Fisher - July 28, 2015

    Dearest Chris and Heidi Powell,

    My name is April Melissa Fisher. I am 47 years old and I live in South Carolina. I watch your program time from time and like so many others I have fallen to the “weight gain”. It all began when I was 18 years old. I weighed 125 pounds this is where I started going down. I quit high school in my 11th year. to get married only to be abused by my spouse. I as kicked with steel toe shoes on my inner thigh by him and I knew then I HAD to leave but he would threaten me if I ever did. While shopping for grocery one afternoon we began to get into it over a head of lettuce, yes you read that right a head of lettuce. One thing came to another and I just threw the lettuce at him and started running. I ran out side and hid until I could get someone to call my Mother to come get me. While she did and we started to our home he was threatening me. Police were called and I was able to go inside to get my belongings and my pet cat. He had throw-ed my cat against the wall and tore up all my clothes and sugared my make up etc. I really had NOTHING left. But I moved back home to my mother’s and I quickly started trying to rebuild my life back.
    With depression and bad eating habits not really paying attention and actually letting food be my confront on everyday life. I began to gain more and more not really knowing it, you don’t realize that your on a decline until you hit the grown and at this time I haven’t hit the ground.
    I managed to get my life back in order and was doing a lot of activity’s with friends, working going to the lakes enjoying what I missed getting married so young. That’s when I met husband # 2.
    I met him walking home from work one after noon but told him I wasn’t interested and kept walking. I later met him out one night and we began to talk and hit it off. That next morning was father’s day and my mother said we had company coming over. and that they had a son my age. Oh great I thought, I am not staying around here. lol.
    before I could get out of the house the door bell rang and I answered it. Behold it was HIM….. yes, my parents knew his parents and before we knew it we were dating. Things were going good for a while. I weighed about 160 still thin for my height so you couldn’t really tell I was putting on much weight but within that following year I began to get pregnant. I gained 75 pounds during that pregnant. and gave birth to a healthy Son. within a couple of years our relationship started to turn ugly. He wouldn’t marry me to give the baby a name. until he was 5 years old. and by then I had given birth to another son. Only with Jessie I gained about 65 pounds. by this time I was at 225 pounds. I knew I had to do something but the pressure of trying to keep everything going was very hard on my personally. We both was not faithful during our marriage and it dissolved. but not without a lot of slapping, hair pulling. calling each other names him ramming his car into mine etc. Was a terrible marriage but I loved him he was the father of my Son’s. I did everything I could to hold it together for my family. He would call me names ugly names. which only made me eat more and more daily. I ate to hide my pain, I ate to often. I was on a roller coaster and just wanted OFF!
    I tried everything. diet pills after diet pills nothing worked. by this time I was up to 275 pounds. I finally got out of that marriage and started trying to lose and I did for a while it didn’t last long though. I was a single mother trying to keep my boys a home. it became to much for me to handle and I began to eat more and more by this time I was ballooning up to 300. I ended up marrying a man that he knew I didn’t love but cared for but to give my boys a home I married him. He was very good to me. But I wasn’t happy. so I kept on eating. I was so out of control no one could help me. I decided I would check into Gastric bypass. I decided to have it done a Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass in 2001 But before I could have it done I had lost a good friend to death. That hit me real hard. More mental pressure on me because I should of been at her house at the time but choose to stay home and she ended up having an asthma attack which ended her life. I was lost. Mentally lost. I had lost my best friend and didn’t know what I was going to do. by this time, I was up to 500 pounds. I ended up going through with the surgery and I started losing. I was down to 300 pounds when I finally met the “right man” for me. He and I moved from Arkansas to South Carolina in 2005. Things were going good for a while. and I don’t know what happened. I just fell off. started gaining again and this time nothing I could do would help me to lose this weight. I later ended up going back under the knife in 2010 to have a revision done. I explained to the Doctor what I was going though and what was happening and told him something wasn’t right. I was gaining and I shouldn’t be able to eat the things I was eating. NOTHING got me full. I could eat and within minutes I could eat again and that kept on and on . After surgery that next morning he came to my bedside and said. he couldn’t find anything wrong and all he done was move my intestine so that the food would stay longer in my pouch. I knew, I knew right then I had went through everything for nothing.. I was heart broken but he assured me I would lose.. well, I didn’t. fact is. I have gain intonational 150 pounds SINCE that year. My knee’s are so bad that I cant hardly walk now, my feet hurt to where when I go somewhere I need a motor cart to shop etc. March 18th 2012 I lost my youngest son to a motorcycle wreck and I just didn’t care. Didn’t care if I lived or died. Since then I had to wake up and realize I have another Son, to take care of. I have a mother that’s 71 going on 72 probably by the time you get this letter and both has there issues too. My son is going through pain of his own. ( long story ) but he has NO life. he’s 28 years old and hasn’t worked enough in his life to ever have a tax income. I cant get him seen by a doctor due to money issues. I have tried many times by saving but keeps saying there is no problem but there IS a problem. He is in pain 24/7. that keeps me upset. not knowing where he’ll be if something happens to me. My mother is at the age she wont be around either and my husband, well, he’s NOT his father so he would move on with his life I’m sure. and my son would be put on the streets. That’s pressure and you know a food addict we turn to food to hide our pain.
    I am sorry that my letter is so long but I wanted you to see what mess I am in. I REALLY need some help. and I have no one to turn too. I hurt all over Please. if you find it in your heart to read my letter and can help me would you ??
    I am begging for help. I am the cook in our home and not everyone likes what I cook and then complains which makes me eat more.. I am just LOST ! please help me.

    Thank you taken the time to read and if you decide or would help me please let me know.. my address is

    Melissa Fisher
    703 Caldwell Street
    Newberry, Sc 29108
    (803)944-2858
    message ( 870) 310-4873

    Ps. I watched Rachel’s story and I could relate to her in SOO many ways.. Kudo’s to her and for her weight loss. she looked amazing.. Thank you again~

    • Team Powell - July 29, 2015

      Hi Melissa: I’m so sorry to hear about all you’ve had to deal with, and I can’t imagine how difficult this all has been for you. Heidi would love to help you personally, but unfortunately, she is not taking on new clients due to her heavy filming schedule, other obligations, and young family. I do hope you understand. But please don’t put your life on hold waiting for Heidi before beginning your own transformation. You can start today with the tools she and Chris have provided for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals, and you can find all of these tools in this post on this blog: http://heidipowell.net/9060. And please discuss Heidi and Chris’ program with your healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they recommend. Take one baby step at a time, and you can do this!

  53. Donna - July 21, 2015

    Hi Chris and Heidi,
    I have a best friend she is the best she brings the sun out with it’s cloudy outside, she is 32 years old and she has went to the doctors and they told her that they wont do anything with her weight because she is healthy but in her family there are health risks and she wants help she needs it she weights 375 pounds she has done diets juices diet nothing is working she even goes to the gym but I think she needs a push. I want her to feel good about herself because she makes me happy I want her happy healthy, she has a low self esteem and but she hides it.

    Can you help my friend please

    • Team Powell - July 22, 2015

      Hi Donna: Chris and Heidi aren’t taking on clients due to their heavy filming schedules, other obligations, and young family, so that’s why they’ve made all the tools they use available for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals. Check out the info and links in this post and in this one also: http://heidipowell.net/9060. These are all the tools your friend needs to begin her transformation journey. And please have her discuss this program with her healthcare team first, and then follow their recommendations. We wish her the best!

  54. carolyn wilson - July 14, 2015

    Hi! I watch your show often, and i wonder if you have ever considered working with someone who is disabled. I have a good friend who struggles with fibro myalgia, back issues and knee pain. Losing a significant amount of weight would help her soooo much. Do you ever put people like that on your show?

    Thanks!!!

    • Team Powell - July 15, 2015

      Hi Carolyn: ABC initially handles all applications for the show, and you can find more info about future castings at http://www.extremeweightlosscasting.com. But your friend doesn’t need to wait for the show – she can begin her transformation today! Learn more about Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program – the same program they use on EWL – here: htttp://heidipowell.net/9060. And as with any nutrition and exercise program, please have her discuss this program with her healthcare team first, and then follow any modifications they might recommend. She can do this!

  55. Antoinette Canada - July 5, 2015

    Hi I’m Antoinette (Toni)
    I am 32, a single mother of 3 , and I am 700 lbs. I could give you a play by play of how my life is a living hell but I’m sure you could imagine. At this point I don’t know what to do. I can barely stand and not even my family and friends can really help me at this point. All I want to do is live but things aren’t looking so bright for me. It hurts me more to see my children suffer in behind it all. I haven’t been to the doctor because I cant find transportation to get to and from. Without a doctor I have no help. On top of that I have Lymphedema in my lower extremities. I’ve been tucked away in my home for years. I have missed my kids middle school graduations, and never met teachers. I have missed life in my twenties and I just fear the same will be for my thirties. I have so much I want to give my kids but this wall is way to high for me to climb alone. Any advice that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

    Antoinette Canada
    [email protected]

    • Team Powell - July 6, 2015

      Hi Toni: Thank you for sharing your story with us, and I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you. I’d suggest you check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” The book contains their complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s the same one they use on the show. It will teach you everything you need to know and do to achieve your own transformation! Learn all about it here: http://heidipowell.net/9060/how-to-begin-your-transformation-journey-step-by-step/. And as with any nutrition and exercise program, it’s best to discuss their program with your healthcare team, and then follow their recommendations. I know you said you haven’t been to see a doctor yet, but it is important that you work with one to make sure you’re kept as safe as possible while you’re working to achieve your transformation goals. Some doctors are making house calls, and perhaps there is a physician in your area who is doing this. We sincerely wish you the best!

  56. Jenny - July 5, 2015

    Hi I’m writing for my daughter Kelly she is 36 and she is close to 200 pounds over weight. And I have tried since she was about the age of 12 to get her to watch her weight or to lose. About a year ago I thought just maybe she might have a chance we join this gym and I paid for her to work with a trainer she just loved him lost 60lbs but she lost her job about three years ago and I don’t have the money so keep paying for him but for some reason I can’t get her to work it’s like something is holding her back she keeps finding things wrong with her I just want her to love her self to get another job to get out there lose weight find a life she’s always wanted but she holds in a lot of pain and she’s letting that hold her back .We can’t seem to say anything to her to help her. I’m so lost everyday I watch her and her pain and how she over looks what ever we say. I feel I have failed her that I haven’t been able to give her we she needs to have a life.
    Thank you
    Jenny Coto
    Hammond,Ind

    • Team Powell - July 5, 2015

      Hi Jenny: I’m so sorry – it’s easy to see how frustrated and worried you are. Kelly really needs to decide to make these changes for herself; unfortunately, you can’t do it for her. Keep encouraging her, help her make and keep those promises to herself (the link to the promise keeping process is in this post), and hopefully she’ll be ready to begin her transformation journey. We wish you both the best!

  57. Tony Ortiz - June 30, 2015

    Hello Heidi & Chris,

    My name is Tony. I am writing this for my girlfriend Rachel who has been challenging weight loss her entire life. Since she was a child she always had complications with weight. She watches your show religiously and hopes to someday meet you guys whether its to help her combat her weight. A little about her.. she is a vegetarian and manages to never have enough energy and courage to succeed her goals. There have been many things that have been a road block in her life with the loss of her dog and her beloved friend from her sorority. I would love for her to meet you guys so y’all can help her loss the demon she faces every day. Its really tough for a vegetarian to find things to eat and always maintain the courage of losing weight. Its a small request to help give her a diet or a schedule to keep her motivated to lose weight because its hard for her and you would honestly be heaven sent. She doesn’t know I am writing this… but I feel it would lift her spirits just to get any response.

    Best & Always,

    Tony

  58. Rachel Simpson - June 26, 2015

    Hi! My husband recently approached me about wanting to lose weight and get healthier, he’s even already started to set his goals. He’s 6’4″ and weighs around 400 pounds. Since I’m a stay-at-home mom, all of the meal planning and cooking falls to me, so I’ve been trying to research and find enjoyable healthy meals, that hopefully our kids would love as well. I just feel completely at a loss, there’s just so many different diets and diet programs out there. What would you recommend, also keeping in mind that one of my children is very picky and pretty much only eats chicken nuggets, french fries, pastas, cookies, cakes, etc… The only way I’ve successfully gotten him to eat veggies is by blending them up and hiding them in muffins and such. If he sees green of any sorts the fight is on.

    Sincerely,
    Rachel Simpson

  59. Anya - June 24, 2015

    Hello Heidi, I’m looking for advice for my 9 year of son. We live in Vegas. He is gaining weight and does not have much drive for fitness. I’m so worried about him. We try to get him involved in swimming and soccer, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. When we eat, he goes for seconds and thirds because he says he is hungry. We try and help him as much as we can but it is so difficult. I don’t allow any soda or other sugary drinks in our house. Our other children don’t have that problem. Do you have any advice on how to battle obesity in young children? How do I motivate him? What is the most effective workout for him? Diet? What is an appropriate calorie intake for a 9 year old child? I understand the proper diet and exercise for adults, but I am lost at what to do when it comes to a child. I really need help, I want to help him now, before it gets worse. I would so appreciate any advice. Thank you!!

    • Team Powell - June 25, 2015

      Hi Anya: Thank you for sharing your son’s story with us. Here’s a post from this blog that will hopefully give you some good ideas on how to help him: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. I’d also recommend you discuss your concerns with his healthcare team if you haven’t already, as they are the best equipped to help you figure out how to help him, what his ideal weight range is, and any other questions you have, as they can work with you both on a one-on-one basis. We wish you both the best!

  60. Sherri Watkins - June 24, 2015

    I have an autistic daughter. She is 30 years old and very overweight. She also has mild cerebral palsy so walking hurts her feet and leaves blisters. Worried about any kind of heavy exercise with her because of her communications issues. If she is hurt or sore somewhere, she might not be able to tell me well enough. I do have her doing mild exercises with a dvd I bought: Helping Hands Move With Us. She enjoys it but I don’t know for sure if it is enough. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Team Powell - June 24, 2015

      Hi Sherri: With your daughter’s health issues, it would be best to work with her healthcare team and have them help you put a program together that will meet her needs and keep her safe. They are best equipped to help you since they know her exact issues and can work with her on a one-on-one basis. We wish you both the best!

  61. Rita - June 6, 2015

    Hi Heidi and Chris
    first of all sorry for disturbing you and for my English
    I know that it’s not perfect 🙂
    I’m Rita from Italy and following your program extreme weight loss I’ve found the strength to make exercises every day and eat healthy to love myself and life
    so the problem it’s not me..
    I’m writing to you for my father
    he is 64 years old and 220 pounds overweight actually
    he is conscious that something it’s wrong
    and I know the reason why he decided to don’t take care of himself anymore
    because of my mother s death..
    I mean obviously I miss her but life has to go on
    we must looking forward!

    I’ve tried to take him to the gym with me but he gave up and know he just thinks to go to work,and make houseworks

    can you help me somehow
    I just ask you if you have time to make an encouraging video for him

    he knows who you are because I’ve made see you on TV during my treadmill sessions

    so..I hope that this may help him to take his life back and reborning not for me but for him

    he has to understand that he has to improve his life and if gap got the power to do it and not waiting for someone new in his life to make something happen

    I’m sure that my mother would be glad too to see his happiness

    thank you very much guys
    Love you both
    Rita

    • Team Powell - June 6, 2015

      Congratulations on the great changes you’re making in your own life, and thank you for sharing your dad’s story with us. The first step he needs to take, and it’s the first thing Chris and Heidi do with everyone they work with, is to help him make and keep that first promise. (There’s a link in the post to information about the promise process). Once he makes and keeps that first promise, and then another one he’ll be on his way. We wish you both the best – we know you can both do this!

  62. Rabi - June 4, 2015

    Hi chiris my name is rabeaa sudheer and I am 17 years old I really worried about my lose weight please help me

    • Team Powell - June 5, 2015

      Hi Rabeaa: It is so difficult to be a teen these days! You are constantly bombarded with images and advice on how and what you should do and be and look like, and most are very unrealistic. Heidi has addressed the teens and body image issue in this amazing post on this blog: http://heidipowell.net/7201/teens-and-healthy-body-image-its-not-just-about-the-pounds/. In this post, she offers lots of helpful suggestions for both teens and those with teens in their lives, and I hope you can find some ideas that will help you develop healthy habits that will benefit you your entire life! And please discuss your health-related concerns with a parent or an adult close to you – a support system can be such an awesome resource as you’re working to achieve your health and fitness goals.

      Here’s another thing that might help you on your journey to get and stay healthy: One awesome tool Chris and Heidi use with every client is to make and keep a small, simple promise to yourself every day. This is truly a key to achieving any goal! Learn about the process here: http://heidipowell.net/8679/it-really-is-all-about-promises-2/. What will your first promise be today? Make and keep that one, then make and keep one tomorrow, and so on. It works! We wish you the best – keep us updated on your progress. You can do this!

  63. Mary Point - June 3, 2015

    Hello! My name is Mary, i’m 32 years old and extremely obese. I’ve been overweight most of my life and I need help. I fear what my days will look like if I do not get weight under control. I can’t do it alone, I’ve tried countless times. Hope I could get some help…

    • Team Powell - June 4, 2015

      Hi Mary! Check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” The book contains their complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s the same one they use on the show. It will teach you everything you need to know and do to achieve your own transformation! Learn all about it here: http://heidipowell.net/9060/how-to-begin-your-transformation-journey-step-by-step/. And hang out with Chris and Heidi on their social media channels – they have a great community of support. Give it a try – you can do this!

  64. Kevin Ryon - June 2, 2015

    Dear Chris and Heidi,
    My name is Kevin Ryon and I come from a family of 7 kids. One of my little twin sisters, Kathy who is in her 40’s and is over weight. I convinced her several years ago to join my firm Booz Allen Hamilton and move away from her twin sister and our mom and dad in Traverse City, Michigan out to Colorado Springs. We both live here in Colorado Springs along with another one of our brothers. The difference between us is that my brother and I are both married and have families to come home to every day. Kathy is single and has been her entire life. She was in love with someone when she was younger and he broke her heart and she has never found anyone else. She plays tennis and golf but she has gained a lot of weight the past 6 months. I don’t know how to help her get on track. I invite her to play golf and walk instead of riding in a cart but can’t get her out very often. I know she sits around and watches a lot of TV and eats unhealthy food. How do I get her to change? I love her very much and think she is beautiful but I know she feels bad about the weight as well. Please help give me some ideas to help her. She has arthritis in her knees so I know running a lot hurts her. Please help me to help her. Thanks

    • Team Powell - June 2, 2015

      Hi Kevin: Thank you for sharing your sister’s story with us. All the steps she needs to achieve her own transformation are in this post and this post: http://heidipowell.net. Help her begin with that first, small promise, then another one, and she’ll be on her way. We wish you both the best – and you are an awesome brother!

  65. angel - June 2, 2015

    Hi I am 36 and have alot of health issues and industrial to loose 50 lbs I am 5 3 221. I have to weigh myself every day because I have Congestive heart failure and diabetes plus pacemaker and difublator. I was wondering what information do you think you could help me. I don’t love myself

    • Team Powell - June 2, 2015

      Hi Angel: I’d discuss Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program with your healthcare team and then follow any recommendations they suggest. Here’s a quick link to their program: http://heidipowell.net/9060. You can do this – we know you can!

  66. Daniel Hixon - June 1, 2015

    Hello im a Husband and a father of 2 beautiful girls. We live in Az as well. I’m here because I want to help my wife lose weight and I don’t know how anymore. My wife wants to lose weight but hates exercising. She is eating a lot healthier now but still needs to learn a little more with that. She had a gym membership with a personal trainer and failed to go all the time and then she tried kick boxing classes and gave up on that too. Sometimes she blames it on the kids that she can’t workout . We even tried working out together and even excise videos and games. She even worked out with her sister and mom but same results goes back to her same bad habits. She is a amazing woman raising my two little girls pretty much on her own as well working 2 part time Jobs. As a truck driver it’s hard to be home and help out if anyone can help me help her please contact me at [email protected] or a way to nominate her for your show I would really appreciate it Thank you

    • Team Powell - June 1, 2015

      Hi Daniel: Thank you for contacting us! Casting for EWL is closed right now, and you can get info about future castings by going to http://www.extremeweightlosscasting.com. In the meantime, the first step she can take is to make and keep that first small promise to herself. It doesn’t even have to be weight loss related – anything she can do will help to build her confidence in herself. There’s a link to the promise process in this post. And have her check out the link to the nutrition part of Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in this post – that might give her some good ideas too. We know she can do this when she’s ready! And she’s so lucky to have such a caring and supportive husband.

  67. gail castle - May 26, 2015

    Hi, I have cancer and the one thing I would like to see before I’m gone is for my daughter to lose weight. She is close to 400#. Its hard for her to work her feet can’t handle the weight. She has limited income so can’t afford surgery or hipnoses.

    • Team Powell - May 27, 2015

      Hi Gail: So sorry to hear about your cancer. In addition to the tools in this post, here’s a post that outlines Chris and Heidi’s complete carb cycling program (the same program they use on EWL): http://heidipowell.net/9060/how-to-begin-your-transformation-journey-step-by-step/. Have her begin with a simple promise, and go from there. And she won’t need any equipment or gym membership for the exercise part of the program. It would also be a good idea for her to discuss Chris and Heidi’s program with her healthcare team, and then follow their recommendations. She can do this!

  68. Joshua - May 26, 2015

    Hi my names josh I live in Illinois and I have an aunt that is over weight! I want to get her help and get her weight lower! She’s a real nice loving lady and she has been obeis for a while she lives in an apartment and she can’t even go any where besides her apartment cuz she can’t get around cuz she’s too big! I just really really wanted ur help to get her to where she can not be stuck at home and not be able to do anything! I really want ur help to help her it would mean the world to me! Please help me get her in better shape and get her help she needs ur my only hope! Please reply back to me! Thank you josh!

    • Team Powell - May 27, 2015

      Hi Josh: Thank you for sharing your aunt’s story with us. Unfortunately, Chris and Heidi aren’t taking on new clients due to their heavy filming schedule, other obligations, and young family. I do hope you understand. That’s why they’ve made the same program they use on EWL available for all of us to use to reach our transformation goals. Have your aunt start with making and keeping that first small, simple promise, and then go from there. The links to the promise process and Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program are in this post. And with you to help her, she’s got a great support system too. She can do this!

  69. Monia - April 23, 2015

    Hello Heidi, I am Monia I write for my mom, because seeing your program extreme make over of real time have given me a bit of hope. My mom tried to do so many diets without success, we would be willing to come on you too just to be able to have some results! We are Italian and if you could help us would our hero! Look your answers, hello and thank you!

    • Team Powell - April 24, 2015

      Hi Monia: Because Heidi and Chris aren’t taking on new clients at this time, they’ve made all the tools they use on the show available for all of us to use to achieve our transformation goals. In addition to the information in this post, here’s another post that outlines their program, and it will teach your mom everything she needs to know and do to begin her transformation journey: http://heidipowell.net/9060. We wish you and your mom the best – she can do this!

  70. Michelle - April 15, 2015

    You and Chris are such an inspiration to the world and to me. For this reason, I am reaching out to you for advice. My husband, age 50, is so close to having to use insulin it’s not funny. He has had open heart surgery and has a mechanical valve, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and could stand to loose 100 pounds. My question is, how do I help him? He gets bored with “diets” and I try so hard to make his transformation different everyday. We walk about a mile day at this point, but he needs more. We watch what we eat, and I am a healthy cook. I am about 20 lbs over weight, so I am doing this with him, but can not lose too much to quickly as I don’t want him to give up. We have some equipment at home, treadmill, ab lounger, etc. and use it daily, but it doesn’t seem to be working quick enough to keep him going. Can you please let me know some different things I can show him? Please, we were just married on 1/1/2015 and I am scared for him. I am desperate at this point to save my husband.

    Also, Heidi, do you know of an exercise that will help me with underarm fat? I have it and it drives me insane.

    Thank you so much for considering answering my questions.

    A huge fan
    Michelle

    • Team Powell - April 15, 2015

      Hi Michelle: Besides the information in this post, here’s another post that will help you both get started on your transformation journey: http://heidipowell.net/9060/how-to-begin-your-transformation-journey-step-by-step/. And for your arms – you really can’t spot reduce, but if you’re following a complete body workout program (like the exercise parts of carb cycling in the links in the post), they should help to reduce this for you. Every body loses fat differently, so it’s hard to say where any extra fat will come off of first. You both can do this!

  71. Yvonne Richmond - March 3, 2015

    Dear Heidi I am currently in a college comp class her in Ohio. I am doing a research project on Food and Obesity was hoping for some help.

  72. Debbie Rickey - January 14, 2015

    Hello, this isn’t really a reply, but I have a 13 yr old grandson who I am so worried about. He weighs over 200lbs. His mom (my daughter) is obese also. She can’t afford a gym membership, so I paid for one, she didn’t use it. What can I do for him? It hurts to see his self esteem go down more and more. He wants to exercise. When I got them a membership for the local YMCA he was so excited then she (my daughter) just stopped making time to go. Thank you for all you do… Both of you are beautiful people! Sad Nana in Adrian, Michigan

  73. Ali Granger - December 12, 2014

    Hi Heidi!

    I just wanted to say I think you’re the bees knees and I truly admire your strength, courage, and compassion. I know you’re very busy taking care of your cute little rugrats and I just wanted to say I really appreciate you making the time to create your blog and continuing to help people better their lives.

    I just moved from St. Paul, MN to Houston, TX for work for 6 months. While I’m down here I plan on making the most of my time and I want to lose weight and surprise all my friends and family when I return. I plan on incorporating a lot of your techiniques like the carb cycling to help increase my weightloss but to be honest I’m really struggling with the exercise. It’s really frustrating when I go to the gym twice a day and see minimal results. (8lbs in one month) I’m 23 years old, currently I’m 247lbs, 4’11 “tall”, and eating a 1500 calories a day.

    If you or anyone could tell me what I’m doing wrong, or should be doing differently I would really appreciate it! Thank you so much and happy holidays! 😀

    Sincerely, Ali

    • Team Powell - December 13, 2014

      With carb cycling, you’ll eat 1200 calories on low carb days and 1500 calories on high carb days, and what and when to eat will be outlined for you in the program (get the complete program in Chris and Heidi’s book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life”). There’s also an awesome exercise program in their book, and it will teach you when and what to do to help you reach your weight loss goal. You want to make sure you’re working out at the correct intensity, and incorporating strength training into your workouts, and everything is outlined in the book. It’s an awesome program! And it’s true – to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you’re consuming. You can do this!

  74. Kirstie - December 10, 2014

    Dear Powell Pack,
    My name is Kirstie and my mom has had issues with her weight since my little sister was born. She has had one surgery already a few years ago, and now she is scheduled to have the gastric sleeve at the end of the month. I firmly believe that this is a BIG mistake and do not want her to have the surgery. Everyone that I have talked to who has had the surgery has said that it was a mistake and wish that they had never done it. She is convinced that this is her only option to losing weight. I am 22 and no longer at home, so I am not able to help her as much with meal prep or working out. What can I do to help her?

    Signed,
    Kirstie

    • Team Powell - December 11, 2014

      So sorry to hear about this, and I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. There are some great suggestions in this post – do you think she’d be willing to even try the promise making and keeping tool? Maybe if she can even make and keep one small promise, that might lead to others, and this could help her begin her transformation journey. You might also want to share the other tools discussed in this post with her – carb cycling has been proven time and time again to be an effective way to achieve a transformation, no matter how much weight someone wants to lose. We wish you and your mom the best! And she is so fortunate to have such a loving and caring daughter. 🙂

  75. Ann Anderson - November 30, 2014

    Dear Heidi, I have a brother that is 51 and weighs probably over 500 pounds. I know he is going to die if he doesn’t do something drastic soon to lose weight. He has custody of his 8 year old daughter and she is overweight as well, but adores her Daddy. Please help, I don’t know what to do. He needs help from someone that can teach him how to change his life and live! I am so nervous and scared of losing him.

    • Team Powell - November 30, 2014

      Hi Ann: Chris and Heidi so wish they could help everyone who needs their help, they truly do. Unfortunately, they’re not able to due to their heavy filming schedule, other obligations, and young family. I do hope you understand. This is why they’ve made all their tools available – the same tools they use on the show – for all of us to use. Help your brother follow the steps in this post, beginning with that small, simple daily promise, and he will be on his way to achieving his own transformation. We wish you both the best – he can do this!

  76. Lisa Cornelius - November 14, 2014

    Would love to request a favor for the Holidays!
    My husband and I turned 50 last year, and workout on a daily basis, but fall short of getting where we want to be physically.
    My son is in the Military and also works out, but seems to quite get there either.
    We have had a tough year with the loss of my mother & and a dear family friend within 1 month of each other. And as hard as it is for us, it is especially hard for my son who could not be home for either. He is coming home for the Holidays, and as much as it should be a very happy time to celebrate, as we have missed out on the last 2 Christmas’s with him, it will be bitter sweet as we have closer of two people for him to deal with.
    For the Holidays I would love to give something more than gifts to my husband and son for the Holidays, the gift of Health and happiness is all I wish for them. It would mean the world to me if some how we could get some one- on- one training or to meet you in person and have personal training.
    My son also advised us he invested in a company called “Vemma” as to which my husband and I both new nothing about, so afraid for him that he has spent money on something and potentially could lose it all, we were leery, but he convinced us to try it, and we are now using the Bod.e Shake and Vemma vitamin drink.
    So long story short for the Holidays I would love to give to my husband and son an opportunity while he is home on leave from Dec 15- Jan 8th a chance to make a change for the better in all of our lives.
    I love how you guys make exercise and healthy eating a daily part of your lives, and hope that someday my son carries on the same healthy life style for he and his family.

    Sincerely,
    Lisa Cornelius
    Kent, Washington

    • Team Powell - November 14, 2014

      We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and friend, and we can’t imagine how difficult this has been for all of you. Unfortunately, Chris and Heidi aren’t taking on new clients right now due to their heavy filming schedule, other obligations, and young family. We’re so sorry, and we do hope you understand. As for Vemma, Chris and Heidi are affiliated with Vemma, and Vemma teamed up with them for the Bode line of products. They’re awesome! We wish you all the best!

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