Michael is a 36-year-old morbidly obese pastry chef from Long Island with a dangerous fast food addiction. As he hovers around 500 pounds, his life and health are in dire straits. Meanwhile Harlem soul food maven Melba is a single mom wrestling with obesity of her own, as she deprives herself during the day and binges at night. Both blame their extreme weight on long hours, stress, and constant temptation synonymous with the food industry. Their weight is putting their lives in serious danger. Now they are doing something about it - following them over sixteen weeks, Michael and Melba attempt to reassess their relationships to food. With the help of Robert Brace working with Michael and Christine Avanti working with Melba, these chefs will try to lose 25% of their body weight and regain control of their lives.
Cleveland-based chef Rocco weighs over 300 pounds and can't seem to put the brakes on his nonstop eating, while fellow overweight Cleveland caterer Kimberly samples her decadent dishes all day and binges on takeout at night. Both blame their obesity on having no time to cook for themselves or exercise, and they need help to take back control of their health. With the goal of losing 25% of their body weight in sixteen weeks, Rocco and Kimberly will work under the guidance of Brett Hoebel. But can they conquer their cravings and learn time management, or will their jobs continue to destroy their bodies and lives?
Ally is a New York City caterer who is addicted to the delectable party food she serves every day. Mike is a line cook at a Chicago bistro who can't get enough of the mouth-watering burgers and fries he churns out every night. Both chefs weigh over 300 pounds and can't control themselves around their own food. The food industry is killing them but they are determined to lose over 75 pounds each over sixteen weeks without jeopardizing the careers they love. With the help of Christine Avanti working with Ally and Brett Hoebel working with Mike, they will attempt to relearn everything they know about food and exercise in order to transform their bodies and save their lives.
In a fight for his life, Greek restaurateur Dimitri struggles to manage three Brooklyn restaurants while carrying around over 320 pounds. The stress of running a family business drives him to emotional eating. Meanwhile, Times Square BBQ Line Cook Chelsie fights temptation to overeat on the job and at home, as her weight balloons to close to 300 pounds. Her addiction to unhealthy eating needs to be confronted. Over a 16-week period, both Dimitri and Chelsie will attempt to stop their deadly march toward obesity. Under the guidance of health and fitness consultants, they will reassess their abusive relationships with food and attempt to lose 25% of their body weight.
Jeff is a Senior Sous Chef at a Newark, NJ airport hotel whose inability to curb his appetite has pushed his weight to over 350 pounds. Maggie is a 29-year-old pastry chef in Chicago who binges at night and has seen her weight push to over 270 pounds. Both blame their obesity on the stresses of the food industry, yet are determined to stop this path to an early grave. Over a 16 week period, both Jeff and Maggie will attempt to confront their abusive relationships to food and, with the help of health and fitness consultants, try to lose 25% of their body weight.
John is a 33-year-old obese pizza shop owner from Brooklyn with a bad habit of binge eating the greasy, fattening food he makes every day. Jennifer is a severely overweight culinary instructor and cookbook author whose problem with portion control and emotional eating has wreaked havoc on her body. Both chefs are ready to take back control of their health and lose 25 percent of their weight in 16 weeks. But can they relearn their relationships with food, or will old habits die hard?