“Extreme Weight Loss” Video Blog: After a Successful Transformation that Began at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Shane and Marissa Called off the Wedding

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The pain of transformation is something Dr. Holly often sees in her clients at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. She advises fans of the TV show to face their own pain in order to attain the fully energized life of their dreams.

Dr. Holly with Marissa and Shane after a transformation that began at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Dr. Holly was completely surprised when the wedding was called off. She says this was a difficult episode for her to watch and she struggled with what to say in this video blog.

On this week's Love Can't Weight edition of "Extreme Weight Loss" Shane and Marissa called the wedding off. In this week's video blog, the show's medical director, Holly Wyatt, MD, says watching the pain in this episode was difficult but adds that there are lessons to be learned.

Every episode of the hit ABC series “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 begins at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. Holly Wyatt, MD is associate director of the center and medical director for the TV show. She is affectionately known as “Dr. Holly” to the show’s cast members and her patients.

For three weeks this summer, “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5 offers a new twist on the series with three special companion piece editions -- "Love Can't Weight" -- in which three obese couples get in shape, both physically and emotionally, for each of their weddings. Like the cast members on “Extreme Weight Loss”, the couples spend the first part of their transformation journey at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center getting guidance from Dr. Holly.

Each week, Dr. Holly watches the show then records a video blog about the episode offering fans her insight plus advice on how to begin, or continue, their own weight loss transformation journeys.

In this episode, Shane and Marissa work to break free of their sedentary lifestyles with the goal of actually being able to wrap their arms around each other for the first dance at their wedding. But, the wedding never happened.

Dr. Holly and the others involved with the show were completely surprised when the wedding was called off. She says this was a difficult episode for her to watch because it’s always hard to see people you know go through something painful. And, she struggled with what to say in this video blog.

The pain of transformation is something Dr. Holly often sees in her clients at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. As the transformation process continues, things change outside of the individual which can bring pain along with it. She says it’s a pain that must be faced in order for the individual to attain the fully energized life of their dreams.

Watch Dr. Holly as she reflects on this painful episode.

Dr. Holly’s advice:

  •     Learn from the lessons in this episode and don’t be afraid to change.
  •     Look at your life and identify the changes you’ve been hesitating to make.
  •     Be courageous. Be prepared to experience pain.
  •     Take off your armor and go through the negative feelings.
  •     The payoff will be your new positive feelings of joy and happiness as you begin living the life you’ve always wanted to live.

Dr. Holly’s participation in the TV show inspired her to create the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s first destination weight loss program. The weeklong Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp is designed to provide participants with the tools they need to complete their own successful weight loss transformations— without the TV cameras! Limited space is available in upcoming boot camps and weight loss seekers are encouraged to learn more and register now.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is recognized as a global leader in the fight against obesity. It offers some of the country’s most advanced research and science-based expertise, focusing on a comprehensive weight loss and weight management approach, including fitness, nutrition and wellness services. Follow AnschutzWell on Facebook and Twitter.

“Extreme Weight Loss” is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic are the executive producers.

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