Ashley Johnson is featured in the season 2 episode 4 of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, first broadcast on Sunday, July 8, 2012 on ABC. Her 365 day journey begins on her 20th birthday, when she meets transformation specialist and trainer Chris Powell, who has picked her to participate.
Ashley Alise Johnson is from Rancho Cucamonga, California (near Los Angeles), a cosmetology student. Without a driver’s license or a car, she lives at home with her mother and sisters; her parents divorced when she was just a year old and she rarely sees her father. Her starting weight is 323 pounds; she is 185 pounds overweight and 60 percent body fat. She says her goals are to lose weight, graduate cosmetology school and get a job.
Watch a video clip from the show below.
Her diet plan and exercise plan was structured according to Chris Powell’s carb cycle diet and workout routine; she was working out, cardio and/or strength training some four hours a day, six days a week. The diet plan, complete with meal plans and recipes is detailed in Powell’s book Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution. The workout plan is also available in a DVD; Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: The Workout..
Thus armed with the blueprint and tools that have worked for so many others, Ashley embarks on the weight loss journey. As the episode unfolds, her mother and family continue to stock the kitchen with rich foods that are for her trigger foods. They tell her that she should have the willpower not to eat the foods. She understands that she has an addiction to food and struggles with it.
Chris Powell gets the family together for a discussion about the food in the house. Ashley voices her concerns as well. “I want to believe my family,” she says, “but actions speak louder than words.”
With the tensions at home she did not meet the 80 pound goal for her first weigh-in; she was to have lost 80 pounds but fell 12 pounds short. She did not make the second goal at 180 days. But as her circumstances improved; moving out of her family’s home and living elsewhere, she was able to make more progress. Undergoing some therapy and reconnecting with her estranged father also helps her in her transformation as she resolves underlying issues. By her third weigh in she was to be at 190 pounds and she succeeded; her total weight loss was 144 pounds at 9 months. She was approved for and underwent skin removal surgery.
Her final weigh in and reveal scene was also a celebration of her 21st birthday, and took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stepping out on stage, beautifully attired and radiant, she had a final weight of 167 pounds.
You can see Ashley Johnson’s before and after weight loss photos via the ‘Where Are They Now’ video posted below.
As seen in the video, since the show she has gone on to become a personal fitness trainer by profession and continues to motivate and inspire clients. Overeaters Anonymous has helped her in dealing with her food addiction. The official biography is here. You can also learn more at her official Facebook fan page.
Missed the episode? You can watch it free on demand at the ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Web site, which is here. It will be available a day or so after the broadcast premiere.
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