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Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose Paperback – June 4, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Reinventing the Way to Weight Loss
Fast and Effective Workout Routines Thirty Foundational Exercises Three Month-Long Meal Plans
Now Includes Even More Healthy, Delicious Recipes, Before-and-After Photos, and Incredible Success Stories
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.
- Publisher : HarperOne (June 4, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062194216
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062194213
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.58 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1)I bought it on Kindle and didn't realise half the book was diet and exercise. The diet is ludicrous - 2 meals a day are protein shakes for the most part - and the exercises are ones any gym goer will know.
2)I hadn't thought fully about the implications of Drew having got fat on purpose and thought that, while his journey from Fit to Fat was bound to a be a nonsense, ultimately he'd end up in the same place as anyone else needing to lose weight. But he doesn't. Let me explain why.
In conducting a well intentioned experiment to gain weight over 6 months, Drew had the admirable aim of better understanding his clients. But most of us didn't gain weight in such an extreme way. If you gained a few stone over the years and barely realised it was happening, if you carried on your normal exercise routine and don't have trouble climbing stairs etc, you have a very different experience than Drew. The average overweight person was not drinking a litre of sugary soda daily to get that way. In a way that's good news; you won't feel as bad as he did trying to lose weight.
But here's the bad news - Drew was originally a health nut who thought carrots were too high carb for him to eat. I doubt that the majority of us - overweight or not! - were ever that extreme; that alone makes him representative of a tiny minority of the population. So when he goes back to being fit, he has a natural affinity with a diet that relies heavily on protein shakes; he enjoyed it to begin with! I would hazard a guess that most of us wouldn't survive the boredom of such a regime for long, but Drew actively enjoyed it for several years before becoming overweight.
What Drew has done is gone from being a less sympathetic trainer to a more sympathetic one, who understands when encouragement is more likely to be useful. There is an argument that many trainers would have been just like that in the first place, without needing to become fat themselves. I think he was lacking a lot of empathy initially and his "carrot" story underlines this. (To summarise: some friends brought him carrot sticks in lieu of popcorn on movie night and instead of thanking them, he said "Those are too high carb for me". He admits he completely ignored their thoughtfulness).
The overweight Drew has very little in common with anyone else looking to lose weight. He was eating tons of food on purpose and being miserable, not having a bit too big a portion at each meal, or eating out with clients and finding it hard to resist nice restaurant food. I commend his efforts to understand his clients better but as a real world theory, it has very little to offer. The inspirational stories offered in a slimming magazine would be much more help than this.
Drew writes very well, but his ingrained stereotypes don't help the book. There's a lot of bizarre and pointless "man/woman" talk in here and it's very annoying - not talk that relates to weight loss, just bizarre gender stereotypes about marriage.
Only plus of the book - well written, and re-established in my mind the importance of diet over exercise. I've exercised continually over the years; it's a set habit for me and I enjoy it. It's the diet I find it hard to get to grips with. But there are nicer meals you can have for your calories than a spinach shake. And better books you can buy with your money.