5 Tips for Healthy Living from Heidi and Chris Powell's "Extreme Weight Loss"
Last night we watched a particularly difficult episode of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. In it, our favorite health and fitness guru couple, Chris and Heidi Powell, pushed a nurse named Trina to the limits of her will and physical strength.
A difficult divorce and challenging relationship with her mother left Trina with extremely low self-esteem and a binge-eating addiction.
In order to reform her unhealthy lifestyle and lose the 145 pounds that Chris demanded, Trina needed a serious emotional safety net. She started by shacking up with Chris and Heidi, and took part in 24/7 buddy workouts. All in all, this episode illuminated the links between mental and physical health and the necessity of facing stressors head on—and not necessarily independently. We hope that, five or so heartfelt breakdowns and many weight fluctuations later, Trina took away these health lessons as well.
1) Keep positive, supportive energy around you: When Trina was at home, her sons would eat fast-food around her, not fully understanding the seriousness of her food addiction. Her mother constantly mocked Trina’s “apron”—the skin around Trina’s abdomen that grew steadily looser as Trina moved closer to her weight loss goal. In that kind of an environment, it’s no surprise she was making beelines for the nearest chili dogs. When Chris and Heidi were around, Trina finally cleaned up her act—just goes to show the importance of positive reinforcement.
2) Sometimes, it’s good to put yourself first: We’re all for altruism, but in certain situations, like when you’re morbidly obese, it’s time to recognize that focusing on yourself isn’t selfish but essential. As guest star Richard Simmons so eloquently put it, healthcare professionals make it a habit of caring for others and often forget to tend to themselves.
3) Team up with your peers: Trina and her colleagues at the hospital embarked on the year-long fitness program together. They hit the gym, the local Y, and of course their one-on-one session with Richard Simmons as a unit. We all have our days when the only reason we wind up dragging ourselves to the gym is our social obligation to our gym buddy. Get one. The larger your support system, the greater your chances of success.
4) Indulging your emotional urges is a slippery slope: If you allow yourself to begin eating unhealthily, regaining control over your impulses is going to be more and more difficult the second or third time around.
5) Don’t make excuses: Trina would complain she was too busy to get to the gym—in her living room. By lying to yourself you chip away at your own confidence and sense of worth and ultimately your mental health. Face your issues head on, keep your standards for yourself high (but realistic) and make your personal goals a priority.
By Cordelia Tai
Want more fitness tips? Catch another episode of Extreme Weight Loss next week on ABC at 8pm EST. In the meantime, check out The Best Butt Exercises You Can Do-In Bed, Heidi Powell's pool exercises for the family and The Best Arm Exercises To Get Michelle Obama's Sculpted Beauties In 10 Minutes A Day!
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