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Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose [Kindle Edition]

Drew Manning , Bradley Ryan Pierce
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Book Description

Drawing from the lessons and insights of his breakout website,, personal trainer Drew Manning delivers the story of his quest to go from fit to fat to fit again in one year in order to better understand the weight-loss struggles of his clients and the online community. Drew embarked on this journey to prove to clients, website followers, and people across the country that it is possible to get back into shape—and his bottomless desire to kindle a new hope for his readers comes through on every page of Fit2Fat2Fit. With before and after (and after...) photos to that tell their own striking story, and intimate reflections from Drew’s wife Lynn, Fit2Fat2Fit is more than a spectacle or a gimmick; it’s an inspiring story, and sound proof that anyone can reach the level of fitness they desire to make themselves happy.

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From the Back Cover

Drew Manning, a natural fitness junkie and devoted personal trainer, had never been overweight in his life. He never craved junk food or missed an opportunity to work out. Yet despite his obsession with fitness, he failed to help his clients reach their goals. Something had to give. Manning needed to understand what it was like to be on the other side—spend a few months in his clients' shoes or, rather, size.

For six months, Manning radically let himself go. He stopped exercising and ate nothing but the typical American diet of fast and processed foods. Not surprisingly, he started to gain weight. Manning made national news when he posted a blog revealing that he had gained more than 60 pounds (he ended up gaining 75). In only half a year, the out-of-shape trainer-turned-blogger had gained more than he ever expected—and not just in pounds.

Manning devoted the next six months to losing the weight as quickly as he had gained it. The lessons he learned were priceless, as he had now experienced both sides of the weight-loss battle. What started as a physical challenge became an emotional and mental wake-up call. In Fit2Fat2Fit, Manning reveals the practical takeaways and profound in- sights of his yearlong journey. With startlingly honest stories, concrete easy-to-implement strategies, recipes, exercises, workout routines, meal plans, and much more, the reader is fully equipped to achieve any weight-loss goal.

About the Author

Drew Manning is a personal trainer, blogger, and former medical technician. Manning has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Tonight Show. He lives with his wife, Lynn, and two children just outside Salt Lake City, Utah.

Product Details

  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062194208
  • Publisher: HarperOne (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XFCG2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Do This! June 7, 2012
By Angelea
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I first saw Drew featured on CNN's website, I looked at his Fit photo and made a snap judgement. Washboard abs, shaved chest, whiter than white teeth...this guy thought he was something special, right? He had to be a boneheaded gym rat and I was not going to like him. Nuh uh. Then I went to his website and read his blog and watched the video posts. And I realized that he really is a likeable guy with a sweet family, who wasn't perfect (and doesn't think he's perfect) and was struggling to work through his own problems with making snap judgements about people.

I was intrigued and wanted to know more, so I ordered the book. The book is the perfect compliment to his website. There are more personal details about the rollercoaster of emotions that he went through and the lessons he learned as he went from fit to fat and back. Plus, one of the best parts, is that you get an entire chapter from his wife's perspective. What would it be like if your Greek Adonis turned into Bluto from the famous Animal House frat, Delta Tau Chi? Read and discover!

The book is an easy read and outlines a straightforward plan for everyone to go from fat to fit, with a strong emphasis that this is NOT a diet. Instead, it's a lifestyle change. He provides meal plans, recipes, exercises, advice and a big dose of encouragement.

I didn't want to like him, but I really do. And thanks to him in just a few weeks of following his plan, I weigh less than I have in 5 years. As Drew says, "Let's do this!"
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but it's overpriced. November 30, 2012
I borrowed the book from a friend, who paid the full price for the hardcover book ($25.99). She LOVED the book. I liked it well enough, but I did find some flaws. First the good: I think Drew and his wife Lynn are nice people. Maybe a hint on the shallow-ish yuppie side, but nice, decent family people. I give Drew credit for wanting to truly understand what a fat person goes through (emotionally and physically) that makes them sometimes resistant to following a diet and exercise regimen. Part of his motivation was that he had tried to help a family member but was unable to reach the guy, and felt disappointed and frustrated by that experience, and wanted to know what he was doing wrong (even though he admits at the time, he didn't think the fault was his).

I liked that he did seem to eventually "get" what it feels like to be fat... the poor body image, low self-esteem, the worrying about what people think of you, the clothes that never seem to fit, and always feeling physically bad and lacking in energy. He admitted that after he was fat, it was hard to even get himself to the gym, because you know you'll be surrounded by the so-called beautiful people with perfect bodies, and feel like you're being judged. And the sore muscles, etc. He also mentions the headaches associated with caffeine withdrawal. It's really hard to break poor eating habits, and especially when those habits have a physiologically addictive component (sugar, caffeine, etc.). Some helpful hints for that would have been nice.

His wife did seem to be supportive, but also seemed to reach her breaking point when he was near the peak of his fat mode. I understand her perspective (doing ALL the work around the house, taking care of the kids by herself, etc.), but it did seem a tad shallow to me.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Your Expectations June 5, 2012
At first blush, you may think the author's transformation was purely physical. When I first picked up the book, I thought the same - "he's going to gain a bunch of weight, lose it, then be right back where he started from." Boy were there a lot of unexpected lessons during his one year journey that were beyond just physical. The author takes the reader through what it feels like to struggle with self-esteem, endure incredible cravings, and suffer from fatigue and lethargy.

Great read, especially for those looking to find their way back "2fit."
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, in a good way. June 5, 2012
By Chris
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book. More insights into weight loss and weight gain than I would've imagined. Very easy to read and very easy to relate too. I've already recommended it to several others. But I'm keeping mine for the meal plans and workouts.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story and a plan July 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
So I am a bit of a fatty. Maybe even more than a bit of a fatty. It was a couple of years ago that I finally surpassed the 300lb mark and abandoned all hope. I grew a beard to hid the second chin and wallowed in... well... whatever you wallow in when you resign yourself to something you hate about yourself but don't feel as if you can make a meaningful dent in. Every glance at myself in the mirror each morning was a painful experience that I thought I just had to live with.

I came to this book after realizing on my own that I needed to get control of my weight. If not for me, then for my three sons. I was lucky. After over a decade of being overweight, I was not suffering from any of the illnesses associated with obesity. I started on my own by changing my diet and adding a little exercise to my routine. By little, I mean taking the dog to the dog park for a long walk a few times a week. Nothing dramatic. I lost about ten pounds and found myself just under 300 pounds. I was jazzed but not sure how to keep up the momentum. That is when I came across this book.

The author delivers on a process that is informed by his personal experience with weight. Maybe that is what you need when you are trying to lose weight. I understood when he mentioned simple things that us fatties know. Trying to get your shoes and socks on, etc. Simple things that become hard when you get too fat.

In all honesty, I have not taken "The Plan" presented in the book and put it to work. I think it is the authors experience that has made my problem seem more manageable than I had imagined before. That made a big difference for me. I think that is where this book excels tho. No matter what you "need" to start getting results, this book is an excellent place to start.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was fascinating. For those struggling with weight it was incredible that a fit person would gain weight and then loose it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by S. Hoben
1.0 out of 5 stars ridiculous ... a negative star
this person had never been fat. he STARTED thin n fit. he got himself fat n then surprise, was able to get himself fit again. Read more
Published 24 days ago by helene
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read... wish there was more story than recipes...
It was quite a transformation. I did like the fact that the book detailed his transformation, but I would have liked more of that story than half a book being full of recipes.
Published 2 months ago by Derek Daisey
4.0 out of 5 stars good for what it is
A person who reads this book has to know what it is in order to get anything out of it and it's mainly

1) a compact distillation of a year long process that is amply... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Weiwei Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Great learning experience about fitness and it's difficulties
First let me say that I did not purchase this book on Amazon. I found it at my local Books A Million on clearance for $3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin J Grimm
4.0 out of 5 stars Gracious and Inspiring Story
I listened to the audio version of this, then bought the book on Kindle, so I haven't seen the recipes yet, but I found his story very inspiring on two counts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing concept, poorly delivered
When I first heard that a personal trainer was going to spend six months deliberately getting out of shape and another six repairing the damage, I was intrigued. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel C Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
Good book
Published 4 months ago by J. Galasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game plan!
Thank you drew for stepping into our shoes to understand us better. I can now go forward using your strategy and finally lose this weight. If you can do it so can I!
Published 4 months ago by Tony Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good, good, good
Published 6 months ago by Jeanette Lewis
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Drew Manning is a personal trainer and fitness addict. He lives with his wife, Lynn and two children just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.


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