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Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: Nyla Loses It Southern Style

July 15, 2012 11:15 PM by Gina Hall

Nyla is 435 pounds and ready for a change. Mother of two young girls, Nyla was raised in Louisiana and lives in Houston and generally fries just about everything. Can Chris Powell motivate her to change in her Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition challenge? Let’s find out…

In tonight’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, Nyla has a long history of weight-related issues. She started gaining back in the second grade and has been on an upward climb since then. She has an MBA but not the figure she feels she deserves for all her hard work. Is Chris Powell up for the challenge?

Nyla was abandoned at birth by her father, she never was even told about him. So Nyla’s obesity is rooted in emotional eating, which is Chris Powell’s specialty. Nyla is 300 pounds overweight and notes that she has friends who have waists skinnier than her legs.

We begin Nyla journey at a restaurant where she’s ordered 10 pounds of crawfish! But surprise, Chris Powell is there to let her know that’s her last indulgence for a while. Nyla’s initial weigh in comes in at 435 pounds. Nyla returns to her renovated house in Houston where it seems that all of her sitting spots have been replaced with exercise equipment.

Nyla’s Phase One goal is 100 pounds. If she loses, she’ll get lessons from the pros at Dancing With The Stars. But it’s really slow going. Nyla simply despises dieting. She and Chris come to blows over her determination to exercise, both start to snipe at each other.

Chris tells Nyla that he found a hidden box of pizza in the garage and he is doubtful that she’ll lose the 100 pounds. At day 90, Nyla’s lost 74 pounds. No dance lessons for Nyla.


Chris moves out and Nyla sets her own weight loss goal at 70 pounds, which is more than Chris would have given for her to lose. Thanksgving rolls around and Nyla is doing it skinny style. She bakes her turkey and is not tempted by the fats.

At the half-way point, Nyla is 50 pounds short of her own Phase Two goal. Nyla walks out on Chris and he wonders if this is the beginning of the end for her. Chris finally tells her that “breakdowns lead to breakthroughs.” Nyla says she’s broken down and it seems that they agree to move forward.

Chris decided to get to the heart of her emotional eating. He hands her the envelope containing information about her father. She finds out her father’s name  – Charles — and that he died at 54, he had committed suicide. On Day 187 and Nyla meets her dad’s family. She seems to have some closure about the ordeal.

Nyla has lost about 132 pounds. And since she’s accomplished so much Chris allows her to have the dance lesson from Tony Dovolani from Dancing With The Stars.

On Day 278 Nyla finally weighs in the 200′s. But Nyla hurts her back and it will take quite a few weeks to heal. Finally at day 365 she goes for the final weigh in. Her ending weight is 278 pounds for a loss of 157 pounds. It’s pretty far from her ultimate goal, but it’s a dramatic improvement in her life. She insists that she’s now entering Phase 5. Good luck Nyla!

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7 Responses to “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: Nyla Loses It Southern Style”

  1. LoRetta LaNier Says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I am a 50 year old african American female. I reside in East Hartford CT. I weigh close to if no already 400 lbs. Although I don’t currently have any health issues, I want to be around to see my grandchildren. I want so badle to be taken through this year long process. There are a lot of underlying issues that this space would not hold. Please let me know how I can become a contestant. HECreative Thinker, Multi-Tasker and General Lover of Life

  2. Chris Says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I was so frustrated and irritated with this woman on last night’s show! She was given an amazing opportunity and couldn’t let her “attitude” go and get the help that she needed. Sorry to say, but she just confirmed the stereotype of overweight black women -lazy! While I hope she continues to lose weight, I have my doubts that she will and will always find a way to blame others for her shortcomings.

  3. Lisa Says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    This show wasn’t inspiring. It was very painful to watch. Nyla made so many excuses. Thank God for Chris Powell who has the patience of Job. He is a patient man. Nyla had an ugly attitude throughout the show. It clearly shows that she really didn’t push herself like she should. I didn’t like how she treated Chris. You don’t curse the man who is trying to help you. She was very rude to Chris and she never apologized for her bad behavior. She was acting like a little kid throwing tantrums. She should be grateful for everything Chris has done for her. She never apologized and thanked him for finding her father and her extended family. Nyla had a horrible attitude. She seemed very ungrateful. I understand that we have problems in our lives, but it seemed like she took it out on Chris.Chris bent over backwards for Nyla. Chris thank God you are a patient and kind person. You truly are a good person and it shows. Keep up the good work and I hope you find people that will appreciate everything you have done for them.

  4. emma Says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 4:21 am

    How about simply getting on all natural weight loss chewing gum Tonify? It works wonderful for us…….

  5. Elizabeth Says:
    July 17th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    please help!i have been obese my whole life and it’s so hard to lose weight especially with hypothyroidism!im 5’4′ and around 280 pounds.i am desperate please help me!

  6. Lisa Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This was so incredibly painful to watch but these are the types of blocks and issues that real people face. It really made me take a hard and honest look at myself and how I too am so heavily defended when it comes to letting go and embracing new processes.

    I hope that Nyla sees this show and seeks counseling to overcome her issues, the least being her obesity and eating issues.

  7. lori Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    nyla was so funny and inspiring i hope she does great and the girls got moves!!!


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