A Knoxville trainer will get his chance to transform a former high school student from Seymour in MTV’s reality series “I Used To Be Fat” (10 p.m. Tuesday).
Almost a year ago, Knoxville trainer Chris O’Hearn was paired for two months with a Knoxville Catholic graduate, referred to as “Holly.” MTV would not release the last name of the student.
Filming took place over two months.
“I Used To Be Fat” has high school seniors, longing for a change, to drop weight and gain confidence before entering college.
To be expected, the relationship between O’Hearn and Holly was contentious.
During an interview earlier this year, O’Hearn talked of the relationship between he and Holly and why problems sprang up.
“There was a resistance,” O’Hearn said. “With any change (and in a) new program, there’s usually going to be some resistance.
“Because of our habits, our brain wants to stick with what we are comfortable with. That was mostly the resistance I was seeing with her.”
At the time of the production, Holly was 17 years ago.
O’Hearn said of the experience: “The most difficult part for me was how I specifically do my training. I am a life coach as well, and I believe in working with the spirit and the mind before the body. The hardest part of that was to help someone see something in a different light.”
The series tries to reflect what O’Hearn believes about weight loss. It’s not about the physical part of the process. It’s also the attitude.
“It’s never about just weight loss,” he said. “If you’re looking at a scale, you’re always going to be chasing the weight, and you’re never going to be happy. (They) can’t (define their) happiness (by) what somebody else does.
“It’s about someone reaching for their best. I saw a lot of changes with Holly.”
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