Fitness trainer gains and loses 70 pounds in 1 year -- on purpose

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Fitness trainer gains and loses 70 pounds in 1 year -- on purpose

By Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 11:06 AM EDT, Wed June 6, 2012


Fitness trainer Drew Manning gained 70 pounds in six months, then lost it all before a year was up.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fitness trainer Drew Manning wanted to better understand his clients' struggles
  • Manning gained 70 pounds on purpose so that he could lose it
  • Back at normal weight, he says the psychological aspect to dropping pounds is important


(CNN) -- When Drew Manning stepped out from behind the cardboard cutout of his former fat self on Monday, the audience of "Good Morning America" was appropriately shocked.
The fitness trainer's journey had come to an end after successfully losing more than 70 pounds -- six months after he purposely gained the same amount. "Like it never happened," host George Stephanopoulos said.
"Kind of," Manning said. Both Manning and his wife, Lynn, can attest that a lot actually has changed in the past year. While Manning's body may have returned to its six-pack heydays, his mind, in many ways, has not.
Always a fitness junkie, staying in shape comes naturally for Manning. He's that guy at the gym the rest of us love to hate, the one who likes to use his biceps for pumping iron instead of changing channels, and who prefers sucking down a spinach shake to indulging in a brownie sundae.


Because of that, Manning was a "judgmental" trainer, his wife says. "He would look at someone who was overweight and say, 'They must really be lazy.'
"I was convinced people used genetics or similar excuses as a crutch," Manning writes in his new book, "Fit2Fat2Fit." "You either wanted to be healthy or you didn't."


That point of view wasn't helping Manning help his clients. When he failed yet again to push someone over to the light side, he knew something was wrong. In order to better understand the struggles his clients were facing, he had to face them himself.
He gave up the gym and started consuming junk food, fast food and soda. In just six months, he went from 193 pounds with a 34-inch waist to 265 pounds with a 48-inch waist.
Lynn saw the difference in her husband in less time than that. He became lethargic, stopped helping around the house and was less than eager to play with their 2-year-old daughter.
"He was so insecure -- saying 'I'm so fat. I look so horrible,' constantly complaining about how he looks," she said.
Manning says he didn't realize the effects of his weight gain would be more than physical. It altered his relationships and his self-confidence. Returning to the gym after the Fit2Fat portion of his journey made him nervous. The fact that he had to do push-ups on his knees was almost humiliating.
"The biggest thing [I learned] is that it's not just about the physical. It's not just about the meal plan and the workouts and those things. The key is the mental and the emotional issues. I realized those issues are real."
Of course, Manning had his critics. Experts said that his stunt was dangerous. His blood pressure and cholesterol shot up with such dramatic weight gain. But Manning has no regrets. The followers on his website have encouraged him with their own tales of weight loss.
Overheard on CNN.com: Do Americans take enough personal responsibility?
"We see the success stories of people losing all this weight, but it's more common now," he says. "To see someone do it in reverse on purpose -- it's mind blowing. A balance of craziness and inspiration."
Manning suffered through soda deprivation headaches and food cravings on his way back to fit. The journey was easier for him than for most, he'll admit, but he's eager now to provide tips for others to follow in his footsteps.
Lynn is just glad to have her husband back, maybe a bit better than he was before. Before Fit2Fat2Fit, the self-described foodie wife would make treats, and Manning wouldn't even look at them.
"Now he craves them," she says with a laugh. "It might be cruel, but I like that. I like that he's humanized."
Overheard on CNN.com: Fitness trainer's intentional weight rollercoaster
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/05/health/drew-manning-fit2fat2fit-lessons/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
 

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If he had kept the weight for a couple of years it would have been interesting... but 6 months is really nothing for someone who has been in shape for most of his life. The weight loss isn't all that impressive, but I guess his goal was mostly to get into the mindset of a fat fuck.

Theres a guy at my gym who started off at about 300+ a few years ago and dropped to about 185. He lifts and does cardio like a mad man 5x week... but no matter what he can't get rid of the gut and just chalks it up to having been a fatty for most of his adult life.
 

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This was posted in the weight loss thread. Good story. Gotta appreciate that he did it to be better at his job. It can be so easy for a shredder trainer to not understand his fatty clients.
 

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I think more than anything this experiment showed that people who can't lose the weight are weak minded lazy fucks.
 

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I think more than anything this experiment showed that people who can't lose the weight are weak minded lazy fucks.
Read the post 2 above yours, you negative twat. Not ever human being has the physical capacity to look like Mr. Universe regardless of their mindset or even physical training.
 

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Read the post 2 above yours, you negative twat. Not ever human being has the physical capacity to look like Mr. Universe regardless of their mindset or even physical training.
Why don't I just let you suck my dick and get it over with?

Are you a fat slob?
 

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Why don't I just let you suck my dick and get it over with?

Are you a fat slob?
Because if you cant find a suitable guy to do it by now why the hell would I be willing? And no.

Seriously, every single post of yours is how shitty everything is. Go find something you enjoy doing and try to be happy you miserable fuck.
 

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This was posted in the weight loss thread. Good story. Gotta appreciate that he did it to be better at his job. It can be so easy for a shredder trainer to not understand his fatty clients.
He did it to get on the teeeveee, but it's still an interesting story.
He gave up the gym and started consuming junk food, fast food and soda. In just six months, he went from 193 pounds with a 34-inch waist to 265 pounds with a 48-inch waist.
That'll do it. Especially the sugary drinks, it's ridiculous how many calories a person can consume without ever eating anything, with that shit.
 

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but no matter what he can't get rid of the gut and just chalks it up to having been a fatty for most of his adult life.
It's even worse if he was also a fatty as a kid. Parents who don't make sure their kids eat healthy pretty much fuck them for life.
 

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I think more than anything this experiment showed that people who can't lose the weight are weak minded lazy fucks.
The guy was in shape and let himself go for 6 months. Its easy to rebound in that situation. For someone thats been a chronic fatty and never done a lick of exercise it would take about a year just to get fit enough to workout properly, build passable cardio, and clean out the internal gunk buildup from years of self-abuse. Another year to pile on fat burning muscle, and yet another year to shred.
 

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The guy was in shape and let himself go for 6 months. Its easy to rebound in that situation. For someone thats been a chronic fatty and never done a lick of exercise it would take about a year just to get fit enough to workout properly, build passable cardio, and clean out the internal gunk buildup from years of self-abuse. Another year to pile on fat burning muscle, and yet another year to shred.
Weigh loss (genetics and body chemistry aside) has almost nothing to do with cardio, though. It's mostly about diet, and a little bit about muscle mass and an overall active lifestyle.
 

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The guy was in shape and let himself go for 6 months. Its easy to rebound in that situation. For someone thats been a chronic fatty and never done a lick of exercise it would take about a year just to get fit enough to workout properly, build passable cardio, and clean out the internal gunk buildup from years of self-abuse. Another year to pile on fat burning muscle, and yet another year to shred.
I was around 270 at my heaviest and now I'm around 190 and going to the gym 4-5 times a week. Been on a workout regiment for a little over 4 months now. While way way better than I've ever been, I can tell it takes some times to erase years of being shitty.
 

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Weigh loss (genetics and body chemistry aside) has almost nothing to do with cardio, though. It's mostly about diet, and a little bit about muscle mass and an overall active lifestyle.
My belief is cardio helps all around fitness... their are plenty of bodybuilders that do zero cardio and are of course ripped. Its just a preference in personal fitness goals. But yes I'd agree.. diet is at least 50% of the solution, and by that I mean avoidance of bad carbs.. not necessarily calorie counting.
 

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Because if you cant find a suitable guy to do it by now why the hell would I be willing? And no.

Seriously, every single post of yours is how shitty everything is. Go find something you enjoy doing and try to be happy you miserable fuck.
Yeah, you're a fatty alright.
 

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i call bullshit, you cant stretch your skin out like that then expect it to bounce back that fast, he should have some serous stretch marks and the skin shouldn't conform to his muscles like that, im "skinny fat" i have NEVER been able to have definition like that because my entire childhood i was a fatty. ive tried everything to get rid of "the flab" its genetics
 

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i call bullshit, you cant stretch your skin out like that then expect it to bounce back that fast, he should have some serous stretch marks and the skin shouldn't conform to his muscles like that, im "skinny fat" i have NEVER been able to have definition like that because my entire childhood i was a fatty. ive tried everything to get rid of "the flab" its genetics
Nah, it's real. i remember the stories from when he was fat. It's just easy to bounce back when you are not fat for very long. Actors do that shit all the time.