‘Dr. Holly’ touts the mental side to reality show’s ‘extreme’…

first_img Holly Wyatt, MD, is the medical director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and for the ABC hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Season 5 is the second season filmed on the Anschutz campus and premiered last Tuesday. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel) Wyatt, known affectionately by most ABC viewers simply as “Dr. Holly,” returned last year to film the fifth season of the fitness program, which premiered its first episode on May 26. This is the second year Wyatt served as the show’s medical director, and the second time the program’s 19 cast members were filmed at the Anschutz Medical Campus — something Wyatt helped facilitate after speaking with an executive producer who was visiting a family member at University Hospital two-and-a-half years ago and began asking about her work at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.“The first season I was a little nervous — I mean, here I’d agreed to do reality TV, and there were colleagues here who thought I was crazy, because when you think reality TV, you don’t think that mixes with an academic institution,” she said. “But it’s been inspiring for me, my staff, and it just fits so nicely with what we do.” “It was one of those things that was kind of meant to happen,” said Wyatt, the medical director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.Originally filmed in Los Angeles, “Extreme Weight Loss” follows a different cast member each episode, depicting their physical and mental transformation over an entire year, 90 days of which are spent living on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.“Our experience working with the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has been absolutely stellar,” executive producer Matt Assmus said in a statement. “Holly and the center’s staff provide unrivaled guidance and expertise, and the cast members love the supportive environment.”Since joining the show, Wyatt launched Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp, a program for overweight people not featured on the program who are interested in slimming down.With participants from around the world, the intensive six-day program gives participants a taste of the 90-day session shown on TV, as well as nutritional, exercise and mental health information to help them diet and work out after they leave the program. The groups meet virtually for 16 weeks after the in-person, six-day session.Wyatt said the mental aspect of the weight-loss journeys the show’s participants go through has surprised her the most, and that it has bolstered her work at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. “Getting the mind right is just as important as changing your body, and if you don’t work on your mental muscle, you’re not going to be as successful,” she said. “There are a lot of things we do to facilitate that mind set shift and help people become more emotionally resilient where they can bend and not break.” AURORA | Holly Wyatt claims that it was some sort of serendipity that thrust her onto TV and streaming screens across the country last year. But a passion for healthcare and a camera-ready smile probably offer a more accurate explanation.“It was one of those things that was kind of meant to happen,” said Wyatt, the medical director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.That faithful trust in the powers that be is how the trained endocrinologist describes her path to becoming a central figure on ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss,” a reality TV show that features the grueling journeys of obese Americans working to shed pounds.center_img Holly Wyatt, MD, is the medical director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and for the ABC hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Season 5 is the second season filmed on the Anschutz campus and premiered last Tuesday. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)last_img

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