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Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 5, 2012
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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. Visit the author at www.fit2fat2fit.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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!"
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best "diet" books our there. The recipes that are included are amazing. By following this simple plan I lost over 40 lbs.Published 1 month ago by John
I purchased Fit2Fat2Fit a week ago after following the A&E TV series. The show is totally awesome so I decided to buy the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BigDaddy13