Personal fitness trainer Drew Manning is making headlines for his unusual mission to go “from fit, to fat on purpose and in his six-month journey back to fitness, to show others how they can get fit. He has gained more than 70 pounds since his May 17, 2011 start date. In the video above he outlined his plans to post weekly video and blog updates on his progress, including his weekly weigh-ins, body measurements and photos as well as making note of how he is feeling.
Once he has gained the weight and returns to the losing phase, he plans to document as well, to give people the knowledge of what to eat and why and how and when to workout. Again, he will post blog entries so people can track his progress including his weight-ins, pictures and how he is feeling.
He said he had a lifelong passion for fitness and played sports and thus had no personal understanding of what it is like to be overweight. The journey will help him understand how hard it is both physically and emotionally.
His starting weight on May 17 was 193 pounds; his height is 6’2″ and that gives him a starting BMI of 24.8, within the normal range. In the video, he ends by consuming a plateful of doughnuts as his first step on the journey to becoming obese.
As of week 23, he was up to 263.4 pounds on his October 15, 2011 weigh-in, with a waist measurement of 47.5, and a BMI of 34 which puts him in the obese category. Click here to see the picture. You can see the week 23 video below.
He talked about his progress in an interview with FatFighterTV. Here’s an excerpt in which he talks about the health challenges he is now facing:
DM: Yes, definitely. With a BP reading of 161/113 you can’t NOT be concerned. I haven’t felt in danger yet, but I still have 4 weeks left to go. People tell me all the time to stop now, but I look at it like this…..if others can live years with these unhealthy risk factors, like high BP, glucose levels, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, etc. then I can last another 4 weeks. Plus I want to show people how living a healthy lifestyle can change all of those risk factors.
FFTV: Are you enjoying eating all those unhealthy foods?
DM: Yes and no. To some extent, all of these foods that I’m eating (sugary cereals, granola bars, juices, white breads, white pastas, sodas, crackers, chips, frozen dinners, mac n cheese, etc.) taste delicious. But then I feel like crap later on and I get hungry again and crave those same foods.
FFTV: You’ve gained about 70 pounds now since May – how do you feel?
DM: I’m to the point where I feel lethargic and uncomfortable. I definitely feel “addicted” to these foods. In the beginning, I did not like soda, but now I can’t go a day without, otherwise I’ll get the headaches, bad mood, etc. Emotionally, it’s taken a toll on my confidence level, even in my marriage. I don’t like the way I look in public; nothing fits right; bending over to tie my shoes or clip my toe nails has become so difficult. I’ve definitely taken those things for granted.
Drew Manning will make an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 28, 2011 to discuss his experience. I’ll post the video as soon as it is available.
UPDATE: His appearance on show was rescheduled to Oct. 27; click here to watch video.
I’m impressed with his efforts. It is risky and drastic, but I believe he draws attention not only to the everyday struggles people face when they lose weight, but in showing them that losing weight is not impossible. I appreciate too that he hopes to gain an understanding of what people must struggle with to lose weight, all the many emotional issues and food additions that make weight loss a challenge.
Having been a lifelong yo-yo-dieter since age nine, and struggling with emotional eating and various food addictions, I do know what it’s like. I lost the weight and kept it off for 15 years. I had a 40 pound weight gain relapse but took all of the weight off with vegan diet, comprised of whole, natural plant-based foods, following the McDougall plan guidelines. Not having that experience — especially that recent relapse, which taught me so much — I think it would be harder to be able to relate to those struggles.
Skinny Bliss readers, please let us know what you think of Drew Manning and his mission to go from fit to fat to fit again.
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