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Originally published on B95.fm.
(NEW YORK) — David and Rebecca have always struggled with being overweight. The fraternal twins from North Prairie, Wis., had a tough time growing up and they turned to food.
On their 23rd birthday, fitness trainer and Extreme Weight Loss host Chris Powell decided to help them lose weight. David tipped the scales at 470 pounds, and his sister weighed 398.
Powell brought David and Rebecca to Los Angeles to begin their transformation. First, they had to go to a loading dock, where their initial weigh-in was done on a freight scale.
What followed was a full night boot camp with a Navy SEAL team, followed by grueling workouts.
In an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday, Powell explained how he approached helping the twins. He said he realized that they had a history of enabling each other’s poor decisions — especially about their weight — so he separated them for the first 90 days of the program.
During that time, Powell trained with David, while his wife, Heidi, trained with Rebecca.
The twins’ weight loss journey, and their final weight loss totals, will be revealed during the show’s season premiere 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.
Originally published on HollywoodReporter.com.
A new season of Extreme Weight Loss (1.2 adults) kicked off on ABC, coming in three-tenths of a point shy of last year’s opener. At 10 p.m., the network aired the series finale of Body of Proof (1.2 adults), which tied its series low. The network averaged a 1.2 rating in the demo with 5.3 million viewers.
Originally published on WKOW.com.
MADISON (WKOW) — ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss trainer, Chris Powell, joined us to talk about healthy snacks and the local show participants.
Powell says it’s important to eat every 3 hours and there are simple snacks that can curve your appetite.
Watch the video to hear what snacks can help you get through the day, plus he tells us about the season this year and how we can expect more of Wisconsin to pop up.
Mlive.com: ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ premiere: What Did You Think of David & Rebecca’s Episode?
Originally published on Mlive.com.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Divorce. Substance abuse. Separation. Sabotage. Pain. Healing.
Those are just some of the hot-button words associated with the Season 3 premiere of ABC’s”Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” that followed Kalamazoo natives David and Rebecca Nielsen on their yearlong weight loss journey.
The 23-year-old twins, who now live in Milwaukee, Wisc., weighed more than 850 pounds combined. The episode delves into the twins’ dependence on each other, the effect their parents divorce had on their psyche, substance abuse, over eating and disappointment.
Trainer Chris Powell decided to split the twins up for a 90-day training regimen where the goal was to drop 200 pounds combined. It proved to be an emotional challenge for the nearly inseparable twins.
One of the most poignant moments occurred when David admitted he planned to overdose when his father called — the first time they had talked in years — and told David he loved him.
David said the phone call saved his life.
What did you think of the two-hour episode? What were your favorite parts? Tell us in the comment section below.
Also, please join us at 7 p.m. EST today for a live chat with David and Rebecca.
Originally published on Shape.com.
Last night the third season of the hit ABC show Extreme Weight Loss (formerly Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) premiered, and trainer Chris Powell took on the double challenge of helping fraternal twins David and Rebecca lose a combined 418 pounds in an emotional two hours of TV.
The brother-sister duo embarked on a year-long fitness journey after Chris surprised the twins on their 23rd birthday, when David weighed in at a massive 470 pounds and Rebecca at 398 pounds.
Although very close, the siblings’ tough childhood led them to turn to food for comfort and to each other in a dangerous co-dependency that led to their morbid obesity.
David even admitted that he tried to take his own life after becoming so depressed and unhappy.
For the first 90 days of the show’s intervention, Chris separated the twins and enlisted the help of his fitness expert wife Heidi to help Rebecca in Arizona, while David returned home to North Prairie, WI.
Overcoming mental barriers and physical challenges, the pair accomplished things that they never thought they would, such as taking part in a punishing night of Navy SEAL training.
By month nine in their year-long journey, some animosity had grown between the twins. Rebecca felt that her brother was sabotaging their weight-loss efforts and not being as dedicated as she was. It was tough seeing their relationship disintegrate.
When the twins weighed in on day 270, it turned out that David was a candidate for skin removal surgery…and Rebecca wasn’t, which left her brother devastated. He felt guilty that he wasn’t more supportive in helping his sister be as committed as she wanted to be.
So Chris made the tough but wise decision to separate the twosome again so they could just focus on themselves.
In a scene that was simply heartbreaking, David tearfully confessed to his father just before going under the knife that he was once addicted to alcohol and painkillers. Seeing David release all the shame and guilt he had been carrying before his surgery was a real tear-jerker.
The best part of the show, of course, was the big “after” reveal in front of their family and friends, and the final weigh-in. David lost a massive 212 pounds, bringing him down to 258, and Rebecca dropped 206 pounds to weigh in at 192, down from her original weight of 398 pounds. And she finally qualified for skin removal surgery.
It’s so hard not to be inspired by the participants of this show and watching their incredible transformations! Did you watch? What did you think of the twins’ weight loss journey? Share below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!
You can watch Extreme Weight Loss on ABC on Tuesdays at 8/7c.
Video Bonus: We sat down with Chris and Heidi Powell behind the scenes at our June fitness shoot to get their top advice for staying fit, watch the video below to see what they said.