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Sally Adams Loses 138 Pounds: Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition


Sally Adams of Washington, DC is featured on season 2 episode 7 of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. The new episode had its broadcast premiere on Sunday, August 12, 2012 on ABC. The next day, August 13 she made an appearance on Good Morning America, as many participants have done, to let viewers know where she is now; that video has been posted below.

The 45-year-old Sally Adams has a starting weight of 335 pounds. Her downfall is a common one; she drinks a lot of soft drinks throughout the day.

You can watch the full episode video below.

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Once she has flown to Los Angeles for her week at boot camp with Chris Powell she learns some astonishing facts about her diet — those soft drinks add up to five pounds of sugar every week. The married mother of a young son now has her first 90 day goal to confront, lose 85 pounds to reach an interim goal of 250 pounds.

She’s given all of the tools and resources that have helped other participants achieve results that are, well, extreme. It’s the increasingly popular carb cycle diet which Chris Powell outlines in detail in a new book, Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution. The workout plan is challenging and takes commitment, it’s not a secret either, as it’s revealed in a DVD, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: The Workout.

Against the backdrop of iconic landmarks of Washington, DC, Sally Adams, a marketing and communications consultant by profession who has a job as a tour bus operator, has her share of ups and downs during the course of the year. For the first time, Chris Powell has his wife, Heidi Powell, assist when Sally spends some time at their Arizona home to regain her focus and commitment.

A year later, at a reveal at the Lincoln Memorial, Sally Adams steps on the scale to a final weight of 197 pounds — a weight loss over the course of 365 days of 138 pounds.

You can see Sally Adams’ before and after weight loss photos by clicking here.

For a detailed, scene-by-scene recap of the full episode click here.

The official Sally Adams biography is here. She was interviewed by local media; you can see that article here.

If you missed this episode, you can see the full replay video on demand for free at the ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Web site, here. Watch a bonus scene — deleted from the broadcast edition — in the video below. And, as noted the GMA interview video will be added as soon as it’s available.

IF nothing else, we get quite a primer on the dangers of developing a soda addiction — the sugar itself, we know from scientific studies, is as toxic as it is addicting. In the case of Sally Adams, the sugar — some five pounds of it a week — had contributed significantly to her weight gain. In the endless debates and talk of “solving the obesity epidemic” the devastating impact of excessive refined sugar — and other unhealthy processed foods that are so pervasive in the “standard American diet” — upon individuals sometimes gets lost. We are more than statistics that put us somewhere on a spectrum according to BMI. Behind the numbers are real-life struggles and challenges.

As season 2 of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition unfolds, let us know what you think. Are programs like these, and chronicles of weight loss journeys like that of Sally Adams’ 138 pound weight loss helpful? Inspiring? Exploitative? Let us know your thoughts!

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