How A Fit Trainer Got Fat

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I’ve got a podcast interview coming up in less than an hour, so time is short tonight, but I wanted to share this:

A personal trainer is making himself obese – on purpose.  (And to think most obese people sort of stumble into it … sheesh.)  As an online article explains:

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.

I admire Mr. Manning for making the effort to understand what his clients go through, but I’m not sure making himself fat for six months will do the trick.  He may, unlike many of his clients, still lose weight easily once the experiment is over.  It’ll be interesting to see if there are any follow-up stories once he starts trying to shed the pounds.  Maybe Jimmy Moore can get him to talk about it on a future podcast.

The most interesting part to me, of course, is how Mr. Manning is making himself fat.  Here’s what he had to say:

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.

What, no bacon?  No sausage?  No cream?  Replace the sodas with 1% chocolate milk, and the diet that put 70 pounds on this guy could pass for the lunch menu at your local public school.

I wonder if Michelle Obama and the other obesity experts are following this story …


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116 thoughts on “How A Fit Trainer Got Fat

  1. Barry

    I think there is a high correlation between obesity and body hair on men. I’ve seen lots of anecdotal evidence that as men lose weight and become more fit they lose their body hair. This story seems to prove that. Guy is fit, nice abs and pecs- no body hair. Starts to gain weight and sure enough- BODY HAIR!

    What we have to do is come up with a drug that reduces male body hair and we will cure obesity. Either a drug or a way re-engineer the gene for male body hair so there is less of it and we will have less obesity. Get to work scientists.

    No fair … I was born with very little body hair, but that didn’t keep me lean.

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  2. Barry

    I think there is a high correlation between obesity and body hair on men. I’ve seen lots of anecdotal evidence that as men lose weight and become more fit they lose their body hair. This story seems to prove that. Guy is fit, nice abs and pecs- no body hair. Starts to gain weight and sure enough- BODY HAIR!

    What we have to do is come up with a drug that reduces male body hair and we will cure obesity. Either a drug or a way re-engineer the gene for male body hair so there is less of it and we will have less obesity. Get to work scientists.

    No fair … I was born with very little body hair, but that didn’t keep me lean.

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  3. Drew @ Willpower Is For Fat Pe

    Well, of course the “before” picture included a little man-scaping.

    But seriously … I saw a study once saying male pattern baldness is strongly correlated with higher levels of testosterone. So anyone seeing my hairline can tell how manly I am.

    That’s what I tell myself, anyway.

    In that case, I became quite manly during my late 30s.

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  4. Drew @ Willpower Is For Fat People

    Well, of course the “before” picture included a little man-scaping.

    But seriously … I saw a study once saying male pattern baldness is strongly correlated with higher levels of testosterone. So anyone seeing my hairline can tell how manly I am.

    That’s what I tell myself, anyway.

    In that case, I became quite manly during my late 30s.

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  5. Elaine DiRico

    Might check out the diet for sumo wrestlers- as athletes, and endurance athletes at that, they need a lot of nutrition and get it with a chicken and vegetable stew called chanko-nobe. Fresh cabbage, carrots, greens, onions and garlic in abundance, followed by several large bowls of rice. Add a few beers and 10,000 calories a day is quite obtainable. but it is the rice and beer that create the fat….

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  6. Elaine DiRico

    Might check out the diet for sumo wrestlers- as athletes, and endurance athletes at that, they need a lot of nutrition and get it with a chicken and vegetable stew called chanko-nobe. Fresh cabbage, carrots, greens, onions and garlic in abundance, followed by several large bowls of rice. Add a few beers and 10,000 calories a day is quite obtainable. but it is the rice and beer that create the fat….

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  7. Hunter Copeland

    Tom-
    We have had great response from our interview with you. Thanks again for doing that.

    We got to talk with Drew Manning this pat weekend and really enjoyed his show.

    You can hear his story here: http://www.huntingforhealth.com

    I found it interesting, to say the least.

    I enjoyed the interview very much — happened to be listening to it for the first time in my care this morning on the way to work. I’ll download the Drew Manning episode for tomorrow’s trip. I’m anxious to hear what he has to say.

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  8. Hunter Copeland

    Tom-
    We have had great response from our interview with you. Thanks again for doing that.

    We got to talk with Drew Manning this pat weekend and really enjoyed his show.

    You can hear his story here: http://www.huntingforhealth.com

    I found it interesting, to say the least.

    I enjoyed the interview very much — happened to be listening to it for the first time in my care this morning on the way to work. I’ll download the Drew Manning episode for tomorrow’s trip. I’m anxious to hear what he has to say.

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  9. David

    “I wonder if Michelle Obama and the other obesity experts are following this story” ..

    Doubtful .. She’s too busy planning the last of her vacations that she’ll be able to take on the American Taxpayer’s dime.

    Let’s hope … although the Prez will still get a taxpayer-funded pension.

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  10. David

    “I wonder if Michelle Obama and the other obesity experts are following this story” ..

    Doubtful .. She’s too busy planning the last of her vacations that she’ll be able to take on the American Taxpayer’s dime.

    Let’s hope … although the Prez will still get a taxpayer-funded pension.

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  11. Chris Sadowski

    Thank you for the documentary, the YouTube links to your presentations and research links (you know, because I guess you like to support your statements with facts for some reason). I am a reformed vegetarian because of the your work and the research I did on my own based off of this information. I am in my late 30’s and struggled to lose weight (I had about 60 pounds to lose). I made 2 changes – quit smoking and started eating meat again (and cut out carbs, of course) and it was amazing. I lost like 5 pounds the first week by doing nothing but changing my food intake. I’m down about 30 or so with about 30 more to go. Oh, and my blood pressure, cholesterol numbers and, for some reason, pulse rate, are a ton better than 3 months ago. Please keep up the good fight and getting the word out about how this dietary change over the last 40 years has been killing us. Thank you sir.

    Outstanding, and congratulations on giving up smoking.

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  12. Chris Sadowski

    Thank you for the documentary, the YouTube links to your presentations and research links (you know, because I guess you like to support your statements with facts for some reason). I am a reformed vegetarian because of the your work and the research I did on my own based off of this information. I am in my late 30’s and struggled to lose weight (I had about 60 pounds to lose). I made 2 changes – quit smoking and started eating meat again (and cut out carbs, of course) and it was amazing. I lost like 5 pounds the first week by doing nothing but changing my food intake. I’m down about 30 or so with about 30 more to go. Oh, and my blood pressure, cholesterol numbers and, for some reason, pulse rate, are a ton better than 3 months ago. Please keep up the good fight and getting the word out about how this dietary change over the last 40 years has been killing us. Thank you sir.

    Outstanding, and congratulations on giving up smoking.

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  13. steve

    I live an unhealthy lifestyle and about every other year I find myself 30 pounds overweight. When my clothes stop fitting I go vegan for about two months and the 30 pounds are gone. Then it takes another 2 years of fast food and junk for it to come back. I’ve been through this cycle 4 or 5 times. I’ve often wondered if, instead of eating vegan for 2 out of every 24 months, if I did it like 2 out of every 24 days if the weight would never come back. That would be an interesting study, but eating vegan sucks. I’d rather do it for a few months every other year than a few days every month. If this guy has got so fat so fast, he is not just eating unhealthy, he has to be shoving food into his gut extremely fast.

    Have you ever tried going paleo to lose weight instead?

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