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Rut Roh!  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition in trouble

An article from Diets in Review landed in my inbox this weekend.

“Anyone who watches reality television knows that it isn’t all real, after all, whether it’s Loser, Housewives, or Hills, they still have a story to tell and a show to produce. But it’s one of those things that no one talks about.  Until now. James Garrison, a participant in Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition‘s first season earlier this year, is calling himself a whistle blower and exposing what he describes as mistreatment of the shows participants.

“You read it here first… The Biggest Extreme Makeover Loser WhistleBlower,” said Garrison at the end of a nearly 2000-word diatribe against Extreme Makeover’s producers and cast, calling out by name JD Roth (the man also behind Biggest Loser) and the show’s trainer Chris Powell.

In our interview with James after his episode aired he described health problems he was having as, he says, a result of his rapid weight loss, which meant losing 313 pounds in 365 days. This month he had another rush to the hospital which resulted in the removal of his gall bladder. It got him thinking.

“Well it took another near death stay in the hospital, my second in a year, to realize exactly what I was promoting. Yes, I lost 313lbs in one year on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, but should you? The answer is no. No one should lose that much weight that fast and if anything I am proof positive as to why its not a good idea. Those are unrealistic expectations that in reality are more harmful than good,” is the statement Garrison wrote in the blog post that started it all.

He says that post was also followed up by personal emails to Roth and Powell, explaining his health problems, the $50,000 in hospital bills from the past year, and asking for help with it all, which he says were ignored.

“I guess what is hard to understand is, after emailing JD. Roth and Chris Powell asking for assistance with my medical and over $50,000 in hospital bills I was ignored.”

The only response he got was a cease and desist from show attorneys, which he posts a copy of on his blog.

“I write a blog about my health and why I don’t think its a good idea to lose 313lbs in one year on a Saturday night because to be honest it was weighing on my conscious that America believes that this is okay and by Sunday morning I have a cease and desist letter and phone calls from show producers and attorneys. They were all threatening calls, and none of which was about helping me. The attorney asked me to take the blog down out of good faith and to see if we can get this resolved but Its been 10 days and still no word back from him other than he is looking into it?”

All of this comes from a blog post Garrison published on October 12, 2011, where he’s also posted images of emails between him and show producers. One such email is from Chris Powell to the show’s participants encouraging them and outlining for them how to do a flush to help them lose up to an extra 30 pounds of water weight before their weigh ins.

Garrison says that the flushes Powell encouraged them to do goes against everything that Powell has taught in his fitness career. He also calls out that they never followed the diet described on the show.

“None of us were on that 2,000 calorie diet that CHLI designed [the Extreme Makeover Diet]. We pretty much were told to eat less and less in email and later just verbally as in their words “your body is fighting back, we need these numbers”. Or what was better “there going to cancel the show, we wont be able to inspire anyone”. We even went without carbs 2-3 days a week,  at their suggestion to get better numbers and better results.”

Other things about the show that Garrison “outs” in his blog post include:

  • “We were made to take diet pills 2-3 times a day
  • “Chris Powell did not live with us for three months each. The fact is I maybe saw him 5 days last year…”
  • “We were made to dehydrate ourselves every single week beginning on Thursday and ending on Saturday morning.”
  • Garrison is certainly not the first weight loss reality star to reveal his experience. Kai Hibbard, a member of Biggest Loser season 3, famously spoke out against that show citing similar unhealthy weight loss tactics to help the contestants lose weight.

    We have reached out to ABC publicity and James Garrison for comment and will update as those are available.

    UPDATED 10/14/11 at 10:20pm:

    We spoke with James by phone and he told his actions are an attempt to right a wrong. “By participating in that show I was wrong.” He also responded to critics saying “If I was out for fortune I wouldn’t be hanging myself right now.” He says some of his fellow castmates have “turned their backs on me” but others have voiced support.

    October 14th, 2011″

When I recaped the show, the question kept popping up about how much time was REALLY spent with each client.  Also, the lack of nutritional information given on the show.  Now it all makes sense…..  What are your thoughts concerning this new revelation?  They are already taping/taped season 2, should they cancel the show?  And by the way, Chris Powell has a book coming out any day now.  Would you buy it?


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This is a CostCo almond bar.  The plain chocolate version is listed at 870 calories.  I have no idea how many calories that thick layer of almonds adds to it but I’m guessing it pretty much straddles the 1,000 line.  This ice cream confection is my nemesis.  It is better than Haagen Das and only costs $1.50+ tax.  Frequently during the summer I will work out an extra hour to offset the damage from eating one of these behemoth monsters.  It is my weakness.

Last week my wallet was stolen. On top of an already stressful week, the theft of my wallet was truly a crushing blow.  It happened at the gym of all places.  Someone managed to cut the locks off of two lockers, find my purse underneath all the crap I jam into those lockers, and stole my wallet.  And this occurred during the morning rush.  But nobody noticed a thing….  They didn’t steal my BB or my ATM card (thank god!) but I did have a lot of membership cards to replace.

Guess what’s right down the street from my gym?  You guessed it, CostCo.  And that almond  bar was calling my name.  Offering to sooth my frayed nerves and make everything alright.  Visions of crunching that chocolatey almond crust, slurping that creamy vanilla cream center, and falling into a food coma afterwards danced in my head.  But guess what?  I didn’t do it!  Yeah, I won!  I didn’t give in and self medicate with junk food like I usually do.  I was so proud of myself :-D.  Definitely a step in the right direction…

And then came the setback.  After several days of not hearing from the management at the gym, I stopped by to ask if by chance they had recovered my wallet.  When I originally reported it to the gym, the shift manager took a report and all the front desk people swore they would search high and low for my wallet.  We all assumed the thief would dump it in the nearest trashcan after removing any cash and credit cards.  The General Manager was on duty and he informed me he had no idea there had been a theft that week.  During our conversation he informed me that there would be no increased security measures taken and actually told me it was “None of my concern, it’s a police matter now.”  Excuse me, someone is cutting off locks and ripping off your club members, you should be concerned.  He also made several other glib comments , showing his lack of professionalism.

I have since contacted corporate and lodged a complaint concerning this  incident and the theft leading to it.  But now I don’t have a gym to go to.  And I took a class every day.  I’m going thru workout withdrawal.  I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day Shed DVD, but I feel like a crack addict jonesing for a fix.  I’m trying to use this time as an opportunity to explore different options but it’s hard.  Cross your fingers for me and send out a prayer or two while you’re at it.  I need to get back in the gym soon… Peace and Blessings, Diva 😀


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Yet again we are starting another week.  How did you do last week?  What are you plans for this week?

Mondays are interesting; at least they are for me.  For some reason I look at Mondays as a new start.  Over weekend I take a look at my upcoming week and plan my goals accordingly.  If I’ve had a great week the week before I tend to be very motivated to keep that positive trend going, and if I didn’t have a great week the week before I look at Monday’s as my Mulligan; the beginning of my chance for a “do over”.

While I didn’t do badly last week, looking back I am not very happy for my effort level and this week is going to be a challenge for me.  My boyfriend is gone for the week for a training seminar for work.  This means that there is NO time at all to get to the gym as I will be picking up our son every day from pre-school at 4.  To compensate I have adjusted both my eating goals and my “to do” list around the house.  This weekend I made my dinner menu for the whole week to ensure I stayed on track with my eating.  In addition I set aside time in my workday to do some more yard work.   One of the great things about my job is that even though I am “at work” I can usually multi-task to be both physically active and working at the same time.  Last week for example I spent 2-3 hours listening in on conference calls while weeding the garden and spreading mulch.   This week I’ve already identified one 2-hour call during which I plan on raking an area of my lawn, tilling in new seeding soil, and putting down grass seed.  While it may not be a trip to the gym I will definitely be getting my heart rate up, working my muscles, and getting something accomplished (which for me is a big plus).

I have to say; lately in general I have been a little complacent.  I am finding myself falling back into some old bad habits and if I continue down this path I can find myself is some serious trouble.   I starting skipping breakfast again and I have been eating some things that I know are not good for me.   I think it because I am feeling pretty damn good about how I look right now.  I went shopping last week for the first time in a while I got the cutest size 8 Capri pants and they fit great!  I was really happy!  BTW they are Levi’s 515 Capri and they have a great cut if you have an athletic build.  Of course then I starting to think about it more and move…  Am I know really a size 8 or with the “vanity sizing” is this really an old 10?   Friends I haven’t seen for a while are raving about how good I look and that gets me thinking “hey I can eat normal again”…  but for me that is a slippery slope.  Do you know what my wake-up call with this feeling was?  I saw my reflection in a mirror while I was sitting down!  As stupid as this sounds, I really looked different (at least in my own eyes) sitting down then I do when standing!  It reinforced the idea in brain that while my weight is pretty good, I still have a way to go to really feeling and looking like I want to.

When you are close to your over all goal, how do you stay motived?  What do you do to fight the urge to fall back into your old habits!  I thought before I had really changed my mindset as to what was “normal” for me to be doign and eating but now I am not so sure.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  If you had a bad week last week, consider today your Mulligan Monday!

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