Personal fitness trainer Drew Manning has received international notoriety for his unusual mission to gain weight during the course of six months, and in the following six months lose it all, in a bold and daring effort to empathize with what people who are overweight or obese and struggling to lose weight, and to show what it is possible to achieve. His journey is documented at Fit2Fat2Fit, with photos and videos and blog postings documenting physical and emotional changes.
He made an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, along with his wife, Lynn, and discussed the impact his 70 pound weight gain has had and to outline his diet and fitness plan for weight loss. He told the audience that he wants to better understand what it’s like to be overweight, and to create an create awareness of just how unhealthy we eat in America.
Drew Manning (before and after weight gain pictures above).
Dr. Oz conceded that he declined to do 30 days on the typical American diet, knowing all too well the health risks and consequences. Drew Manning described a typical day’s menu on the Fit to Fat stages. He would start with breakfast of a sugary cereal such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch. His morning snack would be juice, soda, granola bars. Lunch was a couple of peanut butter sandwiches on white bread followed by an afternoon snack might consist of chips or cookies. His typical dinner fare would include processed foods such as macaroni and cheese or hot pockets. His late night snack was another bowl of sugary cereal or a piece of cake.
He talked about the emotional toll the diet took on him, the difficulties it created in his home life, from not having the energy to keep up with his two-year-old daughter to not being about to help his wife around the house because he was too tired and lethargic. His wife spoke out, noting that he was not the same person he used to be, and that he was emotionally depressed and insecure, and this had created a totally different dynamic in the house.
Dr. Oz then noted the physical costs of a diet like this. Drew Manning’s BMI had gone from 24.8 to 34, which indicates obesity. He was already developing complications in liver function. His liver enzymes had shot up to 66 when they should be below 40, indicating that the liver is inflamed and headed towards cirrhosis. His kidney numbers were abnormal, with the GFR at 72, when it should be above 80.
Noting that Drew Manning had risked his life to make a point, Dr. Oz asked him about what he had learned. He said that he had learned how real the addictions and cravings are for food. He then talked about the diet plan, saying, it’s about lifestyle, it’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change.
He discussed his diet tips and demonstrated one of the exercises in his workout routine, a hands step up with plank. In brief, the three rules are as follows:
1. Get Your Carbs From Veggies
2. Eat 5 Small Meals Throughout the Day
3. Use Your Weekend to “Splurge”
Check out the resources at the DoctorOz.com Web site: Drew Manning’s Fat to Fit Plan to see the rationale behind the rules and to check out the recipe for the spinach shake.
He shares some of his thoughts on the Fat to Fit to Fat journey in a behind the scenes video. Check back for more videos from the Dr. Oz Show appearance.
For a vast array of news, updates, as well as detailed meal plans, shopping list, workout plans, and a large and active online forum, check out his official Web site Fit2Fat2Fit and Facebook fan page.
I am so appreciative of what he’s doing in bringing attention to the severe consequences of consuming the standard American diet, and revealing that it is not impossible to make crucial lifestyle changes — of healthy foods and exercise — for the sake of restoring health and reversing the progression of disease. The severe impact of gaining 70+ pounds on Drew Manning’s health was discussed in more detail in a video conversation with his doctor, Dr. Warren Willey and an accompanying article; click here to see it.
He started his “Fat to Fit” journey on November 5 and lost more than 10 pounds in just the first week. A quick visit to the Web site or the Facebook page and you will see an active and supportive community who are following along with the diet and fitness plan.