By Marcia Neville | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
The program is collaboration between AHWC and Eyeworks USA and is an evidenced-based regimen inspired by the unscripted TV series “Extreme Weight Loss,” produced for ABC by Eyeworks USA. This season, the TV show has participants spending their first three months at AHWC to successfully begin their weight loss journey. The series documents the year-long transformation in 17 people.
The boot camp at AHWC will be available to 120 people in the month of October.
Holly Wyatt, M.D, medical director at AHWC and on ”Extreme Weight Loss,” is a guiding force – alongside series trainers and transformation specialists Chris and Heidi Powell – in helping show participants safely lose weight. In her practice at AHWC, Wyatt also works with individuals and small groups to help them realize weight loss and maintenance goals.
“Many of the changes these people make have nothing to do with diet or exercise,” Wyatt said. “We know the most challenging part of losing weight is keeping it off and developing a new way of thinking to keep it off long-term.”
People who take part in “Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp” will come to AHWC every day for Phase 1, which is the first week of the weight loss boot camp program, and have hotel accommodations near campus.
“We have 20 years of experience and science backing up the principles we will share at ‘Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp’,” Wyatt said. “In addition to looking at nutrition and exercise, we will assess individual metabolic function, sleep and stress levels to give participants a look at what they do well and what they might need to work on.”
While in boot camp, participants will be assigned a transformation coach for daily sessions of physical activity, mental exercises and nutrition education. Each also will receive body composition, personalized nutritional analysis and wellness assessments. The program is based on the weight loss principles outlined in “State of Slim,” written by Wyatt and James O. Hill, Ph.D., AHWC’s executive director.
“State of Slim” principles include identifying your personal reasons for losing weight, focusing on positive aspects of weight loss, creating a supportive environment and developing new habits and rituals to make healthy decisions.
After the first week, boot camps participants will head home and have the option to continue the transformation in Phases 2, 3 and 4. They can take part in 15 weekly online classes with their transformation coach. There will also be an online community for support and guidance throughout the year. At the completion of one year, participants will be invited back to celebrate their success.
For more information on the program call 1-844-404-2008 or go to http://www.ewlbootcamp.com.
“Extreme Weight Loss” airs Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. (ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network.