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.
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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The ABC reality show “Extreme Weight Loss” (previously known as “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”) is looking for applicants who want to lose at least 50 percent of their body weight over the course of a year.
If you’re interested, there will be a casting call for the show’s fifth season Feb. 22 at Dave & Busters in Chicago from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants must be 18 years or older and are asked to bring a photo of themselves to the audition. And if you can’t make the casting call, you can always audition by submitting a video online at extremeweightlosscasting.com.
The fourth season of “Extreme Weight Loss” will be co-hosted hosted by Chris Powell and his wife Heidi.
“Extreme Makeover’s” Chris Powell has a new co-host in Season 4: wife Heidi, who also is a certified trainer.
Chris Powell announced on Facebook that he’ll have a co-host when Season 4 of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” airs later this spring. It’s his wife, trainer Heidi Powell.
During an interview I had with the uber-trainer last fall, Chris said that it was Heidi who helped him develop the idea for the show when the two were still dating. And viewers of “Extreme Makeover” know that Heidi has shown up on-air a number of times to offer support or specific guidance for different contestants during the previous seasons.
While Heidi shows a real compassion for contestants, I don’t think anyone should mistake that for being a softie, BTW. This is a busy time for the couple; they became parents of daughter Ruby Lane on Nov. 16, upping the number of children in their household to four.
Season 4 will air in the spring. The show follows contestants through a year of trying to lose weight and live more healthfully. It is taking applications for potential contestants for Season 5 already.
“Are you here on holiday?” Everybody here asks…with their dreamy New Zealand accent, I must add.
This isn’t the first country (or state for that matter) that we’ve visited where this question seems to be asked repetitively. If not by the locals, then by friends, family, and our loyal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter friends. Nope. As a matter of fact, so much of our lives is spent on the road in beautiful, breathtaking places that Chris and I had only dreamed of visiting just a few short years ago.
While it might seem like the answer to that burning question should be an easy “yes” or a “no”, it’s slightly more complicated than that.
Yes, Chris and I get to travel the world. And we get to do it with our family in tow. But I must admit, not one single, itty bitty (or huge) trip we’ve taken since we have met has been for the sole purpose of vacation or pleasure. I kid you not!
All of them, every single one, to date has been for the purpose of work. Most of these trips are to visit our peeps or shoot the show, but occasionally our trips are to take business meetings, or visit some of our favorite morning or talk shows. “That’s a LOT of work trips,” you say! Yes, yes it is.
BUT…and this is a huge “but”, this doesn’t mean that we don’t make every trip a holiday ☺. Because we do!! We have learned that since time is precious…and it’s hard for us to take time for ourselves, or ever really travel just for fun, we can make fun wherever we go.
I never in a million years would have thought that I would have the opportunity to see the world like I have been able to. I also never imagined my 4th child would see 6 states and 3 countries just after her 2 month birthday. And that’s just little Ruby’s experiences! If Cash, Matix, and Marley ever write a book…I’ll tell ya, they would have some adventures to share!
How do we do this? We work hard (REALLY hard), nearly all day everyday with a huge smile on our faces. Why smile when we work? Two reasons:
One: We hardly consider this work. We get to inspire and BE inspired by people everywhere, and we get to make best friends with those people transforming their lives. The saying is true…
“Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Two: Because we know in the midst of these extremely long days we put in (on the phone coaching from afar, on the computer writing or tweaking programs, shooting the show, developing tools to help millions…not just those on the show), that when our work day wraps, a new adventure in a foreign location awaits the Powell Pack ☺.
The perfect example – Today we were lucky enough to get to spend half of our work day on one of the most beautiful, black sand beaches of New Zealand. Knowing this was the location of the shoot, we brought the family along to play between shoots. Cash had the time of his life (going on a scavenger hunt today) while Ruby smiled at everyone and everything ☺. And for us? What’s better than being able to sneak kisses and hugs from some of our bundles of joy during our work day? Dream come true.
So, whenever you wonder if “we are here on holiday,” you now have your answer.
Well, I am about a month into my New Year’s Resolutions, FINALLY 2 months post partum, and feeling like myself again. You know what that means….time to have some fun!!
I am making a belated New Years Resolution this year. I can thank the thrill of the New Zealand SkyJump, and the accomplishment I felt from the runDisney half marathon for this one. My belated resolution is this: to try stepping outside of my comfort zone as much as possible this year by attempting things I would have never attempted before.
Chris and I spend our lives challenging others to step outside of their comfort zones to achieve a level of living that they’ve never experienced. I think it’s time I take my own advice and do the same.
People so often think that because we help others accomplish great things, Chris and I have no fear in doing these things ourselves. I am here to correct those individual’s way of thinking. We DO get scared! We DO need people to push us to jump outside of our comfort zones too.
Me! I’m the dot way up there, falling from the SkyTower!
Who does this for us? None other than our show participants ☺. I’m spending time in New Zealand with one person in particular that reminds me how important it is to live my own life the way that I am teaching her to live.
Melissa, because of you, I am spending this year being UNcomfortable ☺. Like you have made it your mantra, I am making mine the same:
I’m replacing “I can’t” with “I’ll try”. Once I try, I’ll realize I CAN!!
Thrilling, a little scary (because I’m such a competitor), exciting and incredibly fulfilling. The biggest reminder I’m giving myself as I prepare for this race is it’s not about competing, it’s about completing. ANYONE can do a Spartan Race!!!
Time to complete yet another amazing bucket list item!
Who’s going to join me in February?? Check out the info below, and use the code ” c6h75sf2 ” for a discounted registration fee of 15% off applicable upcoming races in Arizona and Las Vegas: