Heavy – Weight Loss Series Starts

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Heavy TV Show

Heavy TV Show

My wife and I caught a new series on A & E this weekend called Heavy. The show was pretty good but again it called into question an individuals responsibility to themselves as well as those around them. Last night we saw the second episode and again it was great A&E really knows how to put together a good TV Series and Heavy is a TV series well worth seeing.

Here is the way that the TV series Heavy is setup. Each week there is two people and those two people are huge. There are two trainers and over a few months time each of these trainers work with one of the two people to try to help them lose .

Heavy – The TV Series

I have lots of questions. First, were do they find these people, second are we going to have the same trainers every week, and third are there going to be updates later as to how the people are doing?

Well the series has lots of people on it but each week we are introduced to two people that are working as partners. There is no prize money, no champion, and many health problems. Tears, emotions, and anger come and go and the partners help each other out. As you might expect the two people with a lot of can commiserate with their problems and the trainers are the professionals that are helping them along their journey.

First the people – Heavy Season premiere had Jodi, a childcare worker who started at 367 pounds and dropped down to 289 pounds. And Tom who started at 638 pounds and got down to 476 pounds. Both of these people had no real strength and their motivation was lacking compared to the people on a show like Biggest Loser. In fact Tom was living in his bed and had trouble walking to his car in the driveway. Just getting to the gym was terrible for both of these guys so it was great to see them transform into tougher, stronger people.



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Heavy TV Series Trainers – My wife and I were blown away by one of the trainers, David Richardson, the guy was very big and ripped. I wish I could find some pictures for the ladies here for a bit of eye candy but I will have to search some more. The lady trainers name is Britny Fowler and she was great and tried to motivate Jodi but was having trouble getting a bond with her which was too bad.

Is Heavy on A&E worth watching?

In the end Heavy has a great setup. Work out at a gym completely locked out from the world for a few weeks, go home and cope with real life, and if they person falters then they can come back. We see lots of weigh-ins and at the end of 180 days (6 months) we get to see how much they have lost and an update to how much better their life is.

All of this takes place in an hour. I kinda think the Biggest Loser people should look at how this show is setup as it is very satisfying TV with lots of tips and tools for dieters and those looking to help themselves and others. I will be watching this show for sure and hoping that it keeps up the great quality.



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  1. Susan Davidson says

    I have a couple of questions and would love for someone to answer. I was wondering about the food that they eat and how many calories that they eat per day. I know that they mention that lunch is 300 calories and I know that they eat other food as well and are able to exercise and be healthy with the amount of food that they eat. I was also wondering how long they exercise per day. I love the show and find it quite inspiring. The last episode that I watched the woman looked so good after and I’m so happy for her. She did work hard though! She also biked home!

    • says

      Susan, thanks for your support in watching the show! We are so very proud of the accomplishments and changes each individual has made and hope they inspire others to do the same. At Hilton Head Health, the daily caloric intake range is1200-1500, however we do adjust if needed. The calories are broken down as follows:

      Breakfast: 250-300 Calories
      Snack: 100 Calories (Fresh fruit/veggies/yogurt/cottage cheese, etc)
      Lunch: 300-350 Calories
      Snack: 100 Calories
      Dinner: 300-350 Calories
      Snack: 100 Calories

      As far as the fitness component, we offer a wide variety of classes almost every hour on the hour. Thus, an individual can spend up to 5, 6, 7, hours in fitness. We however encourage individuals to attend the educational lectures offered. So on average a person gets in about 3-4 hours of P.A. daily. In those 3-4 hours we highly encourage one strength workout, one or two cardiovascular workouts, and a flexibility class. Realistically they are in a controlled environment making it easy for them to fit everything in. For adherence purposes outside of HHH we follow ACSM guidelines which encourage 45-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 5-7 days a week and 2-3 full body strength workouts. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions, and please feel free to check out http://www.hhhealth.com for a sample schedule and or healthy recipes!

      Healthy Regards,
      Amber Shadwick
      Fitness Specialist

      • Claire Swazey says

        You guys are awesome. You are extremely patient and compassionate.

        I truly enjoy the show.

  2. Amy says

    We need programs like this in Canada. I have been searching for anything to help but keep coming up empty. As a 32 year old mother of two I am desperate to lose . I am 452lbs and never rode a rollercoaster or amusement ride with either of my daughters. I have limited mobility and tire quickly. I can’t stand for more then a few minutes without a shopping cart or something to lean on. If anyone knows of a way or a program for canadiens to get help I am desperate to learn where I can get help. I don’t even qualify for gastric bypass surgery until Iose first!

  3. joyce watts says

    i want to go on show to get help to lose i tried everything i can i cant lose it i have high sugar and some health problems i weigh 250 im 49 years old and im 5.8 my phone number is 501-628-4828

  4. tina says

    Hi,I am over.everyday of my life I struggle and want to just die bc of my and my pain I go through everyday. I am scared to die and yet funny I want to just end my life. I want to lose so bad and for once in my life to be skinny before I die and be able to do things with my kids so much better ad out going. I need somenes help but I need someone to be with me and to help me and push me and help me what I’m doing wrong. I cry watcing the show heavy on A&E when I wish I was small and can just once achieved to be small and be healthy. I am lucky I have no metal problems but runs in the family. I am just to the lowest point in life and in pain that why live? No one cares about helping me and for free and for how long to help achieve my goal to for once feel like I’m somebody.thanks

  5. Kristal says

    I have to disagree with Julie. I found the Austin group much more caring and engaging than the Hilton Head group. (Side note: When the Hilton Head fitness director was trying to encourage Debbie to work on her social skills, I just cringed. If she’s really that uncomfortable approaching men in general, how is publicly role-playing on a much younger male NOT going to cause her more anxiety? Awkward, awkward! Leave that sort of stuff to the actual therapist, kid.)

    I also preferred the Austin format, since the participants spent most of their time focusing on how to reconcile their new ways of eating/exercising once they were back in familiar surroundings.

    • Linda says

      OMG, I agree with you. I am desperately trying to find out where David Richardson and Britney Fowler were providing their services. I want to go to that facility. The female trainer at Hilton Head Health turned me off completely. No way could I have been motivated with her as a coach. She is a complete turnoff. I found David Richardson’s website but no mention of the place he was working at. If you know where it is located please email me.

  6. Jackie says

    I think the show is great!! It is alot more inspiring than biggest loser because it is focused on the loss and not a competition. I am actually interested in trying to see what I would have to do to be on the show I honestly need help with losing a large amount of .

  7. linda says

    I have a friend. She weighs. 375. Four yrs ago she weighed 750. She has limpadema, diabetus, and now her kidneys are going. She needs to loose wt and change her diet. Anyv help really appreciated

  8. says

    The first few shows wre filmed in TX. The shows from now on were filmed at Hilton Head Health, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The loss program has been around for 35 years. The trainers and counselors there seemed much better & more compassionate than the ones on the first few shows tht were in TX.

  9. Richard Brooks says

    I am Mobidly Obese ande would very much like to see if I can get the help I need. Maybe even get on the show.

  10. Richard Brooks says

    I am Morbidly Obese and would very much need some help. How do I find out how to get on this show

    Richard Brooks

  11. Shamery blair says

    I have a daughter that is in desperate need of your help could you please send me information on how to be on the show she really need your help

    • Draco LaFontaine says

      Hello all,

      I started watching Heavy about 4 weeks ago and since then I have done an exhaustive search to find a reasonably priced program for loss structured after the Heavy program. I haven’t found anything less than $24,000.00 for a 3 month stay. Tonight I just finished watching Heavy again and I see that they have changed the format from a 1 month in residence program to a 6 month program at Hilton Head. This is exactly what most of us need. If I could have done it myself I would have already. I have already e-mailed the producer of the show twice and have asked to be on the program. I have not heard back from them, perhaps it is because I am from Canada.
      For all of us struggling with our food addiction OverEater’s Anonymous is an excellent resource. In terms of the training and excercize we require I am hoping the producer’s of Heavy will do a program for Canadians and in fact a program for others from any other country. If anyone has any information on how to attend a 6 month in residence program for a price that regular folks can afford please post so we can all benefit.
      If the producers read this post can you please contact me, I desperatly need and want to go through the Heavy program at Hilton Head.

      • Tracey S says

        where abouts in canada are you?? i am in canada as well. i am looking for online motivation for myself as i desperiattly need to loose , wondering if we can be online buddies..

  12. sp says

    I watch the show every week. It has made me cry and laugh. Most importantly it has given me hope that I can overcome my addiction to food.

  13. says

    Jessica,
    Contact Hilton Head Health at 800-292-2440. They are the program that is listed on A&E’s home page. I called them and am going next week! I’m way over too and really want to do this!

  14. jessica says

    i will be 33 in august i am 300 pounds i use to be skinny but through my 3 pregnancies i got gestational diabetes and gained a ton.. i gave up on loosing for awhile and now i am to the point i am very self concious and dont go many places because of it.. i keep myself cooped up in the house and i have 3 boys 14,11,and 9 that want me to do things with them and it is hard for me!! i dont know alot about the dieting thing counting calories and all that i need the help on loss and eating right it would be good for me and my family to be able to eat right and for my kids to learn at an early age.. if you could contact me i would love to hear from you.. thanks!!

  15. Natalie says

    This show makes me cry everytime. My name is Natalie I’m 21 years old and i weigh 320 pounds on a good day. I have overcome many obstacles in my life by eating food and sitting on my butt but I really haven’t overcom anything thing at all cause i’m sad. Recently my boyfriends mom passed away from lung cancer and we took care of her in her last months. I am now a full time worker at ross because we took in my 14 year old future brother in law and it has made responsiblity my main priorty but I have never worked on myself is there any hope for someone who cant just go away for a month to beat obesity cause i cry and pray everyday to get back to my once soccer playing self. My boyfriend and brother in law are skinny and the food in my house haunts me. I grew up with a fater in prison and tons of abuse by a step father im lost in all this fat and I want out but I dont know where to start any ideas im kinda desprite. my family has already lost there mother at the young age of 55 and I cant let them lose me to

  16. Asia says

    I’m so happy to know their is a show with people like me. I am a 25 year old female from Denver colorado. I’ve been over from a little kid. Now i weigh over 400 pounds I have a little two year old boy and also having a baby in june I need help really bad I want to see my kids grow up. I dont want to live life like this anymore. Growning up I got beat up twice for being big once by some people I didnt really know and not to long ago by a guy at the bus stop .Its to a point I dont go outside anymore i dont have any friends please if anyone can tell me how to get on this show or anything please call me at 720-412-8916

  17. Ann says

    go on the A&E website for the show and look around for the link to sign up you send a short Bio and a picture . It is easy to find. This show makes me cry each time I watch . I think its a great show different tha Biggest Loser

  18. Jonathan says

    How do I get in touch with the writer of this article?
    I have great pictures of David and Britny for you. Us Texans couldn’t be more proud that they were the ones chosen to represent our fine state for the health and fitness world. They truly care about these people, and I hope they get to continue on for more seasons. Their compassion and dedication that they have for the people they got to help this past year is real. A&E must be proud to have such a great, heartwarming and uplifting show up against the network giants. I won’t ever watch the biggest loser again. Kudos to all involved with this project, I know it’s going to change life, on, and off the show!!

    • Linda says

      I live in Texas and really liked the show when David and Britney were the trainers. My problem is I can’t find out where they provided these services. I do not want to go to Hilton Head Health. I want to go to the place David and Britney were. Please send me any information you might have.

  19. ERIC EKSTROM says

    THIS COMMONT IS FOR TRAINER DAVID RICHARDSON. I WATCHED THE SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME
    AND ENJOYED IT.I AM NOT OVERWEIGHT BUT DO WORKOUT CONSISTANTLY. I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS AND GAINED 25 POUNDS IN MUSCLE WEIGHT,THATS GOOD I GUESS. MY QUESTION IS HOW DID YOU GET THAT BIG AND WHAT ROUTINE DO YOU USE.
    IF POSSIBLE CAN YOU CONTACT ME WITH YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE FOR MYSELF AND MY SON.
    YOUR SIZE AND DEFINITION IS INCREDIBLE AND I AM USING YOU AS MY GOAL LOOK THANKS FOR THE DRIVE IT REALLY HELPS.

    THANK YOU ERIC EKSTROM.

  20. GIOVANNI says

    HELLO, MY NAME IS GIOVANNI, I LIVE IN CARACAS VENEZUELA… I JUST WHATCH AN EPISODE OF HEAVY AND I WAS WONDERED IF IS THERE ANY CHANCE DAVID FOR A GUY LIKE ME, LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE FACILITY ON THE PROGRAM, BECOSE IM OVERWEIGHT 370 LBS AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, IF THERE IS A WAY TO INSCRIBE IN A PROGRAM IN THAT FACYLITI , YOU KNOW LIKE A FAT CAMP OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT… BECOSE I REALLY NEED IT, HERE IN VENEZUELA WE DONT HAVE PLACES LIKE THAT AND IM SEEKING FOR YOUR HELP DAVID, BECOSE IM 41 YEARS OLD, I HAD TRY EVERY DIET, EVERY EXERCISE AND STILL GAINING WEIGHT! I KNOW IM KILLING MY SELF AND I NEED HELP CHANGING MY HABITS AND I WOULD LIKE TO TRY A PROGRAM LIKE THE ONE IN HEAVY SERIES. IF YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME TO MY EMAIL I REALLY APPRICIATE IT. PLEASE FORGET ME IF MY ENGLISH IS NOT SO GOOD… JE JE JE! MY EMAIL IS gordobello69@hotmail.com I WILL BE WAITING YOUR FEEDBACK, AND FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART THANKS IN ADVANCE DAVID. GIOVANNI BOIDI, CARACAS, VENEZUELA.

  21. KIMBERLY THOMPSON says

    I HAVE WATCHED THIS SHOW FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS AND WAS EFFECTED PROFOUNDLY BY THE SUPPORT,AND LOVE. I NEED HELP….IF THIS SHOW IS TRULEY LOOKING TO HELP CHANGE THE LIFES OF THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST THEN I’M YOUR GIRL…I JUST TURNED 43 AND HAD A STROKE 2 YEARS AGO AND MADE A COMPLETE RECOVERY. BETWEEN THE MEDICATIONS,HEALTH PROBLEMS I CAN’T DO THIS ALONE….I DONT WANT TO DIE. I WEIGHT355 POUNDS AND I WANT IT TO STOP….PLEASE HELP ME….IF THIS SHOW AND PLACE IS REAL WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BE A PART OF THIS…THANK YOU KIMBERLY

  22. jacqueline brew says

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN IF YOUR SHOW CALLED HEAVY ON A@E IS TRUELY REAL I WANT LIKE INFORMATION ON BEING ON THE SHOW IF SOMEONE WOULD CONTACT ME I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.JACQUELINE BREW 615-318-0892

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