Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit

Carolee - posted on 10/18/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




Since May, Drew Manning has gained about 70 pounds on purpose. And he’s not done yet.
Drew is a personal trainer and has always been the “fit guy.” He’s now on a journey he calls Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit where he spends six months (he has about 4 weeks left) eating unhealthy food and not exercising, then he will take six more months to get fit again. Why? To experience for himself what it’s like to be overweight, how tough it is to lose weight, and ultimately show others how to get fit. But this is sooo extreme! And I hate that Drew is deliberately making himself unhealthy. I asked him all about it…

FatFighterTV: As someone who has always been fit, how can you stand doing this to yourself?

Drew Manning: It’s been very tough physically, mentally and emotionally to let myself go like this. The first couple of months were the hardest. I felt like I was going through withdrawals, just like any other addiction. I was jealous seeing people running, going to the gym, and being in shape.

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FFTV: Are you concerned about your health?

DM: Yes, definitely. With a BP reading of 161/113 you can’t NOT be concerned. I haven’t felt in danger yet, but I still have 4 weeks left to go. People tell me all the time to stop now, but I look at it like this…..if others can live years with these unhealthy risk factors, like high BP, glucose levels, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, etc. then I can last another 4 weeks. Plus I want to show people how living a healthy lifestyle can change all of those risk factors.

FFTV: Are you enjoying eating all those unhealthy foods?

DM: Yes and no. To some extent, all of these foods that I’m eating (sugary cereals, granola bars, juices, white breads, white pastas, sodas, crackers, chips, frozen dinners, mac n cheese, etc.) taste delicious. But then I feel like crap later on and I get hungry again and crave those same foods.

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FFTV: You’ve gained about 70 pounds now since May – how do you feel?

DM: I’m to the point where I feel lethargic and uncomfortable. I definitely feel “addicted” to these foods. In the beginning, I did not like soda, but now I can’t go a day without, otherwise I’ll get the headaches, bad mood, etc. Emotionally, it’s taken a toll on my confidence level, even in my marriage. I don’t like the way I look in public; nothing fits right; bending over to tie my shoes or clip my toe nails has become so difficult. I’ve definitely taken those things for granted.

FFTV: You mentioned that you want to gain an understanding of how hard it is to be overweight – what have you learned so far?

DM: I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is how intense and how real these food cravings are. I think a lot of people associate the word “addiction” with drugs and alcohol, but I do believe this addiction (to America’s processed foods) is real and very similar. I know I’ll never know exactly what it’s like for every person that’s overweight and I don’t claim to, but at least I understand better than I did before when I never had to struggle with this. I hope to learn a lot more in the second half of my journey, from fat 2 fit.




~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/19/2011




I am glad he has done this, but 6 months to gain that much....and then to start losing it? I think he really should have taken more time being overweight. To feel how society actually views people. Having to constantly buy cloths, and how difficult it is to feel good about yourself in your shiny new cloths. So many emotions go with being overweight, he is only glimpsing it in the short duration he is doing it. I mean, it took time for him to get there, so really it was not enough time IMO to fully grasp the overweight self esteem issues, and perceptions of every day life. BUT I am sure it helped him gain a very serious perception on the addiction to over eating. This in turn will make him more empathetic to those of us battling the bulge.

Kate CP - posted on 10/19/2011




I think it's good that he finally understands the addiction to the processed foods that many people have. I didn't get it either until I kicked the it's a tough addiction to get over. :/

Starfish - posted on 10/19/2011




Mm. I guess it's better than having no idea at all, but the thing is, if he's always been fit, it's not going to be the same. It's never going to be the same.

A person who has always been fit and healthy and what-have-you is not going to struggle as much getting back to that as someone who has always been unhealthy.

I'm glad he's trying to put himself in those shoes, though. It's better than just being mercilessly unsympathic like a lot of life-long fit people are.

But personally, it wouldn't inspire me, not even remotely. Okay, he can do it, good for him, but I'm not him, and I've got a slew of other factors coming into play that isn't going to be fixed by jogging and wheat bread.

Still, if it does help someone, then that's good at least.

Karla - posted on 10/18/2011




Even though I really respect what he's doing, it also makes me sad. It is quite a sacrifice to put your body through that. I'll be very interested in hearing his perspective when he's fit again. I already find his points about food addiction helpful.
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Lacy - posted on 05/19/2014




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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/19/2011




Food is everywhere. IMO, it is the worst addiction of all. You can survive without alcohol, cigarettes, street drugs....but you cannot survive without eating. It is part of daily life. You have to confront it every time you go to the grocery store, or even drive with all the smells of food from restaurants nearby, commercials dedicating millions in advertising to keep us fat.. It is so tempting, and for many, temptation wins.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/19/2011




Tracey, i was gonna say the same thing. The guy has permanent liver damage from that I think.

Tracey - posted on 10/19/2011




Reminds me of the guy who ate nothing but McDonalds for months to see what damage it did to his body.

Stifler's - posted on 10/18/2011




Good on him and also it would be an inspiration to people wanting to lose weight. Also a good marketing tool for him to attract business as the guy who has been fat and gotten fit.

Denikka - posted on 10/18/2011




This is really old. And I have a HUGE amount of respect for this guy, especially in his line of work.
If you've never been there, you DON'T know what it's like. You can't.
A lot of people who are fit, specifically those who have always been fit/thin etc have very little empathy for people who are over weight and struggling.
So not only does this let him put himself in his clients shoes, but it also gives his clients something to emulate. Instead of him saying suck it up, he can look at them and say *yea, it's hard. It's HORRIBLE. But you CAN do it. I DID do it, you just have to push through. It does get easier*

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