Last season on "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" trainer Chris Powell helped eight super obese people transform not only their bodies, but their lives, as well. And he's at it again every Sunday night on ABC, helping people like the 355-pound Jacqui and 400-pound Tony on their journeys.
In a recent exclusive interview, Powell talked about his unusual path to prime-time TV stardom and what he hopes fans take away from "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition."
Chris Powell Says People Need to Set Realistic Goals.
Powell says that a crucial mistake many people make is setting goals that are too ambitious. He explained, "The most important piece of advice I can give is to start small. I see so many people over reach and make these commitments that are totally unattainable and unsustainable -- an hour of exercise a day or restrictive dieting. That's not realistic, and it will never last."
As a result, Powell disclosed, when people feel disappointed in themselves they are likely to give up on their goals. He continued, "Unfortunately when we make those promises to ourselves, and we don't fulfill them, it does far more harm than good because it's when we make these promises we fail. We make the promise, and we fail. We make these promise, and we fail -- over and over and over again. That destroys our confidence. It destroys are belief in ourselves."
Instead he recommends that people who want to lose weight manage their own expectations of themselves. He advised, "Stop making these overblown promises. Shrink it down to something so tiny and attainable that you know you can achieve it every day, and you grow your dignity and your love for yourself from there."
Chris Powell Hopes 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Inspires People at Home.
That's how he works with his "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" clients, who he conceded have the biggest battles to fight. He remarked that he hopes people at home view them as examples, "More than anything I want them to see the journey that my people go through because they've got the longest journey of anybody. They're categorized as super obese. They're over 200 pounds overweight. They've got a BMI of over 50. And they've got the longest journey."
Powell believes that the inspirational stories that unfold on "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" can help transform people in real life all over the world. "I want the people watching to see them go through that journey victorious and to know that if they can do it, you can do it, too. That's the message that we want to share. That's the message we want to get out."
And according to Powell, that's what the people who participate in "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" want viewers to know, too. He noted, "Ultimately the people that are going through this process, they want to share their stories with millions of people. Because right now after they're finished, they feel so incredible, and they want everybody to know that they're capable of that, too, and that everybody has extraordinary within them."
Watch "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on ABC.
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