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A Powell Packed Weekend

POSTED ON April 8, 2014

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What was the Powell Pack up to this weekend? Family, friends, film, photos, and fun!

First up? A visit by one of our favorite places on earth. Nope, not Disneyland ;). Vemma’s new headquarters for a few video shoots on how our Vemma Family can help enrich and transform the lives of others ☺.

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Bob Brenner, from Extreme Weight Loss Season 3, graced us with his presence this weekend, and hit it hard with me on Saturday morning in hot yoga.
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Great pose, Bob!

While I was doing happy baby, downward dog, and tree pose with my buddy, Bob, Chris was getting muddy at a local 12 miles race…full of walls, ropes, and electrocution. Not my idea of fun, but the boys tore it up and had some great bro bonding time ☺.

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Sunday Funday to finish off the weekend! What did we do? A family photo shoot at an amazing local resort. The best part about this shoot? We got to swim, frolic, and play as a family as the kind photographer snapped away ☺.

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Needless to say, we made a day of it…

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Love my family fun time!

Heidi

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Deadline.com: ABC Unveils Summer Premiere Dates

POSTED ON March 24, 2014

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Originally published on Deadline.com.

ABC‘s summer schedule includes the series premiere of its just-announced spinoff Bachelor In Paradise, which will debut with a two-hour episode Monday, August 4 at 8 PM. It will follow the newest cycle of another Bachelor spinoff, The Bachelorette, which bows Monday, May 19 at 9:30 PM before it moves to its regular time period Monday from 8-10 PM. They join new series The Quest, to bow Thursday, June 19 at 8 PM; Rising Star, the interactive competition show set for Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM; and new drama The Astronaut Wives Club on Thursday, July 24 at PM. ABC will air five original scripted series this summer, the most in a long time if not ever. That includes The Astronaut Wives Club, fellow freshman Black Box, which debuts in late April, as well as returning summer series Mistresses and Canadian imports Motive and Rookie Blue. Among the notable dates: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night will air each night after the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1 on June 5. Here’s the network’s full schedule:

Related: Network and Cable Summer Premiere Dates

Thursday, April 24
10-11 PM – Black Box (Series Premiere)

Sunday, May 18
8-11 PM – The 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 19
9:30-11 PM – The Bachelorette

Wednesday, May 21
10-11 PM – Motive

Monday, May 26
8-10 PM – The Bachelorette (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
8-10 PM – Extreme Weight Loss

Saturday, May 31
8-9 PM – Bet On Your Baby

Monday, June 2
10:01-11 PM – Mistresses

Thursday, June 5
8-8:30 PM – Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night

Thursday, June 19
8-9 PM – The Quest (New Series Premiere)

Sunday, June 22
7-9 PM – Wipeout (Special Two-Hour Premiere)
9-11 PM – Rising Star (Series Premiere)

Tuesday, June 24
10-11 PM – NY Med

Sunday, June 29
8-9 PM – Wipeout (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Thursday, July 17
10-11 PM – Rookie Blue

Thursday, July 24
9-10 PM – The Astronaut Wives Club (New Series Premiere)

Monday, August 4
8-10 PM – Bachelor In Paradise (New Series Premiere)

WeLoveSoaps.com: ABC Announces Summer 2014 Schedule

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“EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 27

Hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” is a unique, non-competitive show about weight-loss transformations that documents the unprecedented 365-day journey of courageous, “super-obese” participants. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants — whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight — will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by “Extreme Weight Loss,” they are afforded a fresh perspective. In addition to having participants continue to work alongside transformation specialists and trainers Chris Powell and his wife, Heidi, the show is taking a unique approach in the upcoming fourth season: each participant will spend the first 90 days of the weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO. Chris & Heidi, with AHWC’s medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, will guide these individuals to safely lose up to half their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by Eyeworks USA. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

Zap2It.com: ABC Announces 2014 Summer Schedule

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Originally published on Zap2It.com.

“EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS” – PREMIERES TUESDAY, MAY 27

Hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” is a unique, non-competitive show about weight-loss transformations that documents the unprecedented 365-day journey of courageous, “super-obese” participants. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants — whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight — will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by “Extreme Weight Loss,” they are afforded a fresh perspective. In addition to having participants continue to work alongside transformation specialists and trainers Chris Powell and his wife, Heidi, the show is taking a unique approach in the upcoming fourth season: each participant will spend the first 90 days of the weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO. Chris & Heidi, with AHWC’s medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt, MD and associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, will guide these individuals to safely lose up to half their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis.  The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight-loss management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by Eyeworks USA.  JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

Variety.com: ABC Summer Sked Takes Flight With Four Original Dramas

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Originally published on Variety.com.

ABC is diving deeper into the scripted pool this summer, with the network on Monday announcing four dramas among its dozen new and returning first run series to premiere in mid-May or later…

On Tuesdays, returning unscripted competition “Extreme Weight Loss” bows May 27 will air from 8 to 10. It will be followed at 10 p.m. (starting June 24) by real-life medical series “NY Med.”

Here are the series that will air this summer on ABC, along with their premiere dates:

Tuesday, May 27
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Extreme Weight Loss”

Read the complete article on Variety.com.

HollywoodReporter.com: ABC Sets Summer Schedule

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Originally published on HollyWoodReporter.com.

ABC has set its summer schedule, announcing premiere dates for four new series and returning favorites….

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Read the complete article on HollyWoodReporter.com.

April 16: Extreme Weight Loss Season 5 – Couples Casting Due

POSTED ON March 16, 2014

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We’re getting ready for Season 5 of Extreme Weight Loss. Open Casting Calls for couples is happening now and applications due on April 16th.  Note: If you were married but only went before a judge without a formal wedding, due to your weight, you can apply too!

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KLKNtv.com: ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ comes to Omaha

POSTED ON February 28, 2014

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Originally published on KLKNtv.com.

ABC’s ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ takes someone who needs to lose 50 percent of their body weight and helps them get in shape. This is an experience someone from Nebraska could have.

“We’re looking for people who have the burning desire to change, losing weight is hard and we want people who are committed, who are ready to work out 365 days with Chris and Heidi Powell,” casting director Vanessa Bond said.

They’re also looking for someone with a story to tell.

“Why they’re ready to lose the weight, how they gained the weight, whether they’ve always been heavy or if something impacted their weight–gain, we want to hear their story,” Bond said.

Hundreds of people will be lining up at the Mrs. B’s Clearance Center in Omaha, Saturday, for their chance to be on the show. It all starts at 10 a.m.

This weight loss show isn’t like some of the others. Participants aren’t competing with one another and the casting call is more like a group discussion rather than an audition.

“We want them to have a positive experience, there’s no mean judges saying anything, it’s a very fun and exciting time for everyone,” Bond said.

Casting directors said they plan to see everyone by 4 p.m.

You must be 18 or older to be on the show, but you can bring any loved ones or friends who are younger.

You must bring:
Photo I.D.
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Non-returnable photo

For information about the show, go to www.extremeweightlosscasting.com

ABC15.com: Chris, Heidi Powell Talk About Extreme Weight Loss Casting Call

POSTED ON February 20, 2014

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Originally published on ABC15.com.

ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” is having an open call casting in Peoria on Feb. 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill located at 9824 W. Northern Avenue.

Contestants will meet with the casting directors in small groups (5 to 10 people), and have an open table discussion. You should bring a non-returnable photo and your personality!

“There is not one specific thing we look for,” said casting director Vanessa Bond. “But in general we are looking for people who have a burning desire to CHANGE. Losing weight is hard, and we want people who are committed to changing their lives.”

Trainers and transformation specialists, Chris and Heidi Powell, explained what makes “Extreme Weight Loss” different from other shows is that you are losing weight over the course of an entire year.

“We set you up for success by transforming your body physically, changing your eating habits, and most importantly preparing you to lose the weight and keep it off!” Chris explained.

Examiner.com: ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Chris Powell Talks Family Fitness and Show’s First Teen

POSTED ON February 17, 2014

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Originally published on Examiner.com.

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Known as the celebrity trainer of “Extreme Weight Loss,” Chris Powell has become famed for transforming lives. In an exclusive interview, Chris told us about his views on dieting, weight and family fitness. Plus: Get a sneak peek of the upcoming season.

In addition to his starring role on “Extreme Weight Loss,” Chris has authored several best sellers, including “Chris Powell’s Choose More, Lose More for Life” and “Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution.”

But of all his roles, it’s his personal responsibility as proud father that he finds most challenging – and most rewarding.

“As a father, I’ve been on the biggest learning curve of my life…and it’s still going! The most important lesson I’ve learned is that first and foremost your children will want to mimic what you do,” Chris told us.

“If you drink protein shakes, they want to drink protein shakes (or at least a hybrid version of them for their nutritional needs.) If you kick a soccer ball around in the backyard, they want to kick a soccer ball around in the back yard,” he added.

Bottom line: It’s up to parents to model healthy behavior, says Chris:

If you do push-ups during commercial breaks, they do push-ups during commercial breaks. Basically, it all boils down to what WE do as parents that creates the culture of the family. If you spend most of the weekend lying on the couch watching TV, that’s what they will want to do!
For parents trying to shed pounds, Chris advises a slow, steady approach, using these steps:

Make a plan to implement “small and gradual changes in your lifestyle.”
Celebrate successes as a family.
Start with one step that can benefit the entire family, such as switching soda with naturally flavored water.
Educate your children on the benefits.
And exercise progress can follow the same model, says Chris. Try doing push-ups during commercials, or walking in place.

Watching a family-friendly movie such as the charming “Free Birds” can be a joyful bonding experience. Just make sure to have smart snacks available, cautions Chris. He and his wife Heidi have developed the following tactics:

View fruit as nature’s dessert. “It comes in hundreds of flavors and colors, and can be made into some AWESOME shapes.”
Get an assortment of delicious fresh fruit in the house for family movie nights.
“Have the kids participate in making fruit or veggie trays and creating their own designs. When they take ownership in the creation, it makes eating it that much more fun.”
If your children are accustomed to snacking on candy, cookies and ice cream, don’t try to make the change instantly, says Chris.

“If they have difficulty with fruit alone, a little whipped cream sweetened with monk fruit makes for a perfect compliment to the fruit starting out and makes it feel like a real dessert,” he suggests. Then gradually reduce the whipped cream.

And a clever trick that can please adults as well as kids: “For strawberries, try cutting them up and pouring balsamic vinegar over them. It brings out the natural sugars and makes them extra sweet.”

Chris’ popular show “Extreme Weight Loss” has always featured adults. We asked if he had any plans to include a child or young teen in the future, and if so, how the focus would change.

“We are working with a teenage girl this year!” revealed Chris. “She is 16 years old and doing AMAZING. Be sure to check out season 4 this summer.”

However, he noted that when he’s working with young people, he keeps the focus on “being healthy and fit – not on weight loss. Health, fitness, and a better quality of life are what we are ultimately striving to achieve.”

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