“Extreme Weight Loss”: Former UCLA Dance Team Member Rachel Begins a Transformation Journey to "Get Her Groove Back" at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

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Rachel is a high school dance team coach whose weight has become a big obstacle in her career. When she reached her early twenties the former UCLA Dance Team member discovered the man she expected to marry had been cheating on her and food became her emotional support.

Former UCLA Dance Team Member Rachel begins her transformation journey at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Rachel is 35 years old and her passion for dance has sparked her desire to regain her winning spirit and her healthy athletic body.

In the upcoming episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” Season 5, Rachel (309 pounds, Santa Monica, CA) is a high school dance team coach whose weight has become a big obstacle in her career. A former member of the UCLA Dance Team, Rachel turned to food for comfort when the marriage she expected for herself didn’t happen.

Rachel’s 365-day journey to “get her groove back” is an inspiration and will be chronicled on “Extreme Weight Loss” on TUESDAY, JULY 28 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.

Dancing was Rachel’s passion from the time she was 3 years old. She was always active and fit. However, when she reached her early twenties and discovered the man she expected to marry had been cheating on her, food became Rachel’s emotional support. The larger she grew, the more embarrassed she became coaching her dancers.

Now, Rachel is 35 years old and her passion for dance has sparked her desire to regain her winning spirit and her healthy athletic body.

“Extreme Weight Loss” returns to the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center for Season 5. This is where cast members will again spend the first 90 days of their weight loss journeys. Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director for the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, also serves as medical director for the television program. She’s affectionately known as “Dr. Holly” to the cast members and is seen on the show each week helping participants safely lose up to half of their body weight.

At the end of this episode, Rachel will continue the tradition of “paying it forward” by giving a friend or family member the opportunity to transform his or her life. The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center will provide the designee a place at the one-week, evidence-based Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp transformation program.

Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp was inspired by Wyatt’s participation in the TV show. She designed the boot camp 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 CU 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 us 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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