"Extreme Weight Loss" Former Cast Member Finds New Calling at University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center After Emotional Transformation

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Bruce Pitcher, a fan-favorite with viewers, is now a motivational coach for the brand new Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp program designed for anyone with 20 pounds or more to lose. This first-time boot camp was inspired by the TV show and teaches attendees the same weight loss secrets the cast members learn.

Bruce Pitcher coaching "Extreme Weight Loss" TV show cast members at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Bruce Pitcher, cast member from season four of the ABC series “Extreme Weight Loss,” is now taking on the role of motivational coach for Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp at the renowned University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo. “Extreme Weight Loss” is produced for ABC by Eyeworks USA.

“I’m thrilled to serve these brave individuals as they embark on their transformational journey,” says Pitcher. “To adopt a new mindset and new habits isn’t easy, but Holly Wyatt, MD and James O. Hill from the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center will guide them through this journey with the best practices for a lifetime of success. I feel I can contribute in a meaningful way as a former obese person. I am just part of a much bigger team.”

Pitcher, who lost 201 pounds during his 365-day transformation in 2013, is a native of Utah and a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of his father. Regardless of his life struggles, Pitcher is no stranger to being a positive influence on others. When he graduated from Orem high school in Provo, Utah in 2002, he was recognized for his motivational skills and positive influence, and was hired as an assistant football coach at neighboring Timpview High School. Despite being surrounded by athletes, Pitcher continued to gain weight through the years due to the unresolved issues in his life.

“Each person I meet with weight issues has a life-story of struggle that has put them where they are today: fighting negativity, insecurity, self-loathing and other internal issues that keep them from realizing their true potential,” says Chris Powell, transformation specialist from the ABC television show, “Extreme Weight Loss.” “It’s about cutting through all of that and finding the real person inside who is waiting to emerge. No one can help do that better than Bruce, who has lived it and came through a hero!”

Today, Pitcher, perceived by many as a leader not only in weight loss, but also in transformation, has quickly gained thousands of fans and followers on social media. His life journey as a survivor of abuse struck a chord with many viewers when it was shared on his episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” that aired June 24, 2014.Follow Bruce on Twitter and Facebook.

Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp will be under the direction of Holly Wyatt, MD. Wyatt is the medical director for the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and for the “Extreme Weight Loss” television show. She is a guiding force, along with series trainers and transformation specialists Chris and Heidi Powell, in helping the show’s participants safely lose weight and change their mindsets.

“Many of the changes these people make have nothing to do with diet or exercise,” said Wyatt. “We know the most challenging part is developing a new way of thinking so you are successful at keeping the weight off long-term.”

Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp attendees will participate in daily sessions of physical activity, self-discovery exercises and nutrition education. Each also will receive body composition, personalized nutritional analysis and comprehensive wellness assessments. The program is based on principles outlined in State of Slim, a book written by Wyatt and James O. Hill, PhD, executive director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

“We have 20 years of experience and science backing up the principles we share,” said Wyatt. “In addition to looking at nutrition and fitness, we will assess body composition, individual metabolic fitness, as well as sleep and stress levels to give participants a look at what they already do well and what they might need to work on.”

Dr. Holly Wyatt and Bruce Pitcher are available for interviews on request.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and consumer care facility located on the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center's mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities both locally and nationally through science-based wellness strategies. Our research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through our Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center. We provide programs, in partnership with schools, worksites and community organizations throughout Colorado. Our vision is a world empowered by wellness. Learn more at http://www.anschutzwellness.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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