At 30 years old and 355 pounds, West Palm Beach Florida woman, Jacqui McCoy was the definition of morbidly obese. Despite the other obvious health risks that being so overweight presented to Jacqui, she desperately wanted to be a mom.
When she was informed that her inability to conceive was linked to her obesity, it was finally the catalyst that brought Jacqui to lose half of her body weight. According to the Daily Mail, she became a slim and healthy 149 pounds as the result of the TV show, Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss Edition.
At the start of the show in 2012, Jacqui was depressed, embarrassed and very insecure and weighed in at 355 pounds. She told producers of the show that she wanted to have a baby, but was too embarrassed for her husband even to see her naked.
One year later, after participating in the program, Jacqui has lost 53% of her body weight – a record for any television weight loss show – and stands as a trim inspiration and testament to healthy weight loss.
If you are a fan of the show, then you know that Jacqui achieved her remarkable results the “old fashioned way” with diet, exercise – and a lot of hard work!
A Painful Past
Like a lot of people that struggle with weight, Jacqui turned to food to deal with trauma and depression. At 14 years of age, Jacqui was a bright and attractive teenager with a remarkable voice and talent for singing.
She had hoped to be a professional entertainer when her life took a twisted turn for the worse. One night at a party, she was sexually attacked. Driven by guilt and blaming herself for the assault, she kept it secret, and turned to food as her solace, putting her on a path towards obesity and a downward spiral into deep depression.
Jacqui’s path to becoming half of what she was — but all that she could be — began with the conversion of her living room into an exercise room to rival any gym, by Makeover’s trainer Chris Powell.
Powell set very high expectations for Jacqui. He insisted that right off the bat she drop an astounding 90lbs within the first 90 days of the program. The carrot he held out? A lifelong dream trip for her and her husband to Ireland if she made the goal. She did, and she and her husband, Shawn, were rewarded with their long-overdue honeymoon trip by the Network.
How She Did It
Jacqui was introduced to a new lifestyle regimen of 1500-calories a day in healthy meals and 2-4 hour workouts six times a week. Now not everybody can or needs to do that kind of a diet and workout regimen.
But then again not every reader of these pages needs to lose HALF of his or her total body weight. The point is we can all take inspiration from Jacqui’s story and see the value of reduced caloric intake coupled with fat burning and muscle building exercise – for fast, safe and effective weight loss.
With the help of Chris Powell and the California Health & Longevity Institute, it took Jacqui some getting used to the idea that a cup of pasta could be a meal, and that what is a considered a “serving” in most restaurants is usually 3 to 4 cups, which alone could pack on an extra 40 –50lbs a year! Gaining a clue as to what real serving sizes should be, was just one of the many eye-opening experiences for Jacqui on her path to her new self.
Jacqui is now healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Says she, “I found the biggest hurdle to weight loss is not your body but your brain. It was only when I changed my mind about who I am, what I am worth, and what I am capable of doing that I finally found my strength to fight and lose the weight.”
Dreams Do Come True
As far as Jacqui’s dream of becoming a mom that pushed her onto the program, to begin with? Well, you can see pictures of a still svelte Jacqui, her husband, and her two beautiful young daughters on her Facebook page, where she just announced that she is expecting another baby girl in April 2019!