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ADVENTURES AWAIT THE NEWLY SINGLE CASSANDRA AS SHE PUSHES HERSELF
OUT OF HER COMFORT ZONE, ON ABC'S "EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS"
Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito Takes Cassandra Grocery Shopping and
Shows Her How to Make Quick and Healthy Meals
"Cassandra" -- Once a four-time All American athlete, Cassandra no longer plays any sports and now weighs 364 pounds. After a messy divorce, the heartbroken 45-year-old from Quartz Hill, CA turned to food to bury her sorrows. A high school guidance counselor and coach for the track and field team, she tells her students they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Yet when it comes to losing weight, she is unable to follow her own advice. To help Cassandra with her diet and nutrition, trainer Chris Powell brings in celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito to show her how to make quick and healthy meals. But during her journey, her unhealthy food habits start to creep back in. To help her, Chris breaks precedent and gives Cassandra weekly goals, as opposed to 90-day goals. He hopes to bring out the athlete she once was and, for one of her milestones, to reward her with a singles adventure, whitewater rafting trip to Costa Rica. However Cassandra is reluctant since she fears falling out of the boat and not being able to pull herself back in. As her confidence builds, Cassandra discovers she can push herself out of her comfort zone by trying new things, including speed dating, on "Extreme Weight Loss," TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
"Extreme Weight Loss" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2015) The hit show "Extreme Weight Loss," a uniquely riveting, docu-series about weight loss that takes you on unprecedented 365-day journeys of courageous and resilient "super-obese" people, will premiere Season 5 on TUESDAY, MAY 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. Chris and Heidi Powell return as the transformation specialists and trainers for EWL, plus NBA greats Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Byron Scott and James Worthy will guest star in the episode. Other notable guest stars in Season 5 will include three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo, two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), NFL star LeSean McCoy (previously with the Philadelphia Eagles/currently on the Buffalo Bills), swimming champion Amy Van Dyken (six Olympic Gold medals), soccer great Mia Hamm (two-time Women's World Cup champion + four-time Olympic Gold medal winner), actress and Autism advocator Holly Robinson Peete, and Mario Andretti (one of the most successful Americans in the history of auto racing). In each of the 10 stand-alone, two-hour episodes of EWL, the participants -- whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight -- will undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. With the proper nourishment, exercise and guidance assured by EWL, they will be afforded a fresh perspective.