Anschutz doc weighs in on ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ series

May 30, 2014

The fourth season of ABC’s reality series “Extreme Weight Loss” debuted Tuesday night with a red-carpet reception at The United Artists Denver Pavilions Theatre downtown.

Charita, the Colorado Springs contestant, was guided on her year-long weight loss journey by Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s Dr. Holly Wyatt along with other participants who spent the first three months’ of their quest at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora.

Wyatt, alongside fitness specialist Chris Powell, was the guiding force behind steering participants toward their yearlong goal of safely losing up to half their body weight. ABC will air 13 two-hour episodes of the hit show locally from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Channel 7.

Charita, who is featured with Oklahoma resident Ty in the first episode, and Wyatt attended the red carpet premiere along with more than 200 community and Anschutz medical campus leaders and CEO and executive producer JD Roth.

During the run of the show, Wyatt is writing a blog at

Here’s a snippet from her first blog entry:

– Watching the show –

Watching this first episode of EWL with my friends and colleagues up on the big screen at The United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15 Theatre in downtown Denver, I couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated and disappointed in the final outcome.

Of course, I knew what had happened with Ty already, but seeing it play out from start to finish was hard.

When I signed on as the medical director for EWL I believed everyone could succeed in the transformation process. I like the fact that EWL is not a competition. The goal is for everyone to transform their life in their own unique way.  No one ever gets voted out, no one competes for a spot and everyone CAN BE the hero in their own life story.

I hated seeing Ty fail. It is hard watching someone give back a life preserver when they are in a very big ocean and you know they can’t swim.

“Taking this journey as their doctor, cheerleader and biggest fan is one of the most memorable and meaningful aspects of my career,” Wyatt said. “I also struggled with weight in my teens and twenties so I can empathize with the physical and emotional challenges they face.”

Other Colorado participants are father and daughter team Jeff and Juliana of Denver. Jeff, 423 pounds, and 15-year-old Juliana, 265 pounds, “have a strained relationship”, according to the “Extreme Weight Loss” press release.

“It was incredible. In just one year with Holly and her team, we learned so many new things about weight loss, scientifically – as well as psychologically and emotionally,” said Matt Assmus, executive producer of “Extreme Weight Loss.” “The most amazing thing is that even though Holly’s team consists of the foremost obesity experts in the world, they wanted to learn from our experience. It’s that desire to keep learning that will help Holly and her team lead the field of health and wellness.”

Learn more about the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Extreme Weight Loss programs at

Charita poses with a cutout of her former self. (University of Colorado Hospital photo)

Charita poses with a cutout of her former self. (University of Colorado Hospital photo)

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