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The Big Fat Truth
Behind-the-Scenes Secrets to Losing Weight and Gaining the Inner Strength to Transform Your Life
By JD Roth
Hardcover | 288 pages | 6 1/4 X 9 1/4
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
THE TOUGH LOVE YOU NEED TO FIX YOUR HEAD, DEAL WITH YOUR ISSUES, AND FINALLY LOSE THE WEIGHT
No one knows that better than JD Roth, who as the number one producer of TV weight loss shows has helped countless overweight people change their bodies—and lives—for the better. Viewers of Extreme Weight Loss, The Biggest Loser, The Revolution and other transformational shows have seen the "technicians"—the trainers, the nutritionists, the doctors, and other health pros who appear on-screen—but they've never seen the heart and soul behind these amazing makeovers. That would be JD, whose production company not only created weight loss television, but who has produced more episodes in the genre than all other producers combined. He's the behind-the-scenes wizard who gets inside the heads of the shows' participants, encouraging, persuading, prodding, and inspiring them to succeed. Intimately involved in casting the shows' contestants, then seeing them through the weight loss process, he's the guy whose picture they tape onto their elliptical trainers and angrily scream at each night—then hug out of gratitude the next morning. He's the guy who holds them when they cry and the one who tells them they need to get back on the treadmill even though they're crying. JD is the shows' tough-love dad—love being the operative word. Because it's not just TV to JD; he's on a mission to change people's lives.
Every fat person (yes, "fat person"—there'll be no sugarcoating here) knows that you need to move more and eat less to shed pounds. Not exactly rocket science. Yet that simple formula doesn't get to the root of what makes someone top out at 500 pounds, or sometimes just carry an extra fifty. The missing link in transformative weight loss is mental and emotional fortitude. Mining the same problem-solving and motivational skills JD has used so successfully with reality show contestants, The Big Fat Truth gets readers to address the real reasons they're overweight (and nobody gets away with saying it's because they love food). With his combination of enthusiasm, empathy, no-holds-barred style, and master story-telling abilities, JD helps them unearth and tackle the unresolved issues they've buried under the French fries and chocolate chip cookie.
Presented in three parts, The Big Fat Truth includes short straight-to-the-point chapters that help readers identify their real issues, create their own reality show, and then shake up their lives to do the impossible. Included throughout are inspiring stories, advice, and before-and-after photos from people JD has helped to lose weight (both on camera and off), along with quick tips for how to stay accountable and a 30-day plan for putting this advice into action.
JD Roth is one of television's most prolific and compelling producers of transformational reality TV. As cofounder of 3Ball Entertainment, JD is creator and executive producer of ABC's hit series Extreme Weight Loss (formerly titled Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition), as well as The Revolution, and I Used to Be Fat, among many other reality television series. He is also executive producer of The Biggest Loser and was the host of Fun House, Endurance, and many other shows. He lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan Beach, California.