Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit

on Nov 07, 2011 @ 02:22 pm

Hey chicks, 

So I came across this blog made by a personal trainer where he basically blogs about his journey from being FIT to FAT and back to being FIT again.  He started this journey in May2011 and spent the first 6months gaining weight by eating everyday unhealthy foods we all are guilty of.  I think he gained a total of 76 lbs in 6 months!!  He will spend the next 6 months losing the weight and (hopefully!) going back to his uber fit self.  He's doing this because a) he wants to motivate others to realize that they can achieve fitness regardless of their current weight, b) to show by example that the everyday unhealthy choices is what's making us fat and c) he wanted to experience first hand what it felt like emotionally and physically to struggle through weightloss.

Here's the site:
He even has a youtube channel where he posts weekly weigh ins, foods and updates of his Fit to Fat journey:

I caught him right on the tail end of his unhealthy journey, now he's actually going from Fat back to Fit again.  Again he'll be documenting his every food intake and exercise regimes, moods, etc. 

I'm reading all of his blogs, and I'm also reading the comments of each blog.  A lot are positive but there a ton of negative comments too!  A lot of people are complaining how this guy will never truly know what it feels like to struggle with weight, he'll never understand the obsession / addiction some people have with food, etc. 

I passed this blog to a coworker of mine who I know is trying to get in better shape thinking he might feel motivated by it.  He didn't appreciate it at all (eeks!) and actually said this was fake.  I showed him the youtube videos, let him know that this guy, Drew, was on Jay Leno and Good Morning America, so I highly doubt this is fake.  My coworker insists the 'before' picture was taken way before May because according to him it takes longer to gain so much weight.  Huh... him, plus the other negative comments this guy received just goes to show that you can never please everyone.  I'm no where near "fit".  Not even the same postal code as "fit".  But I'd hate to be at a stage in my life where I'm looking at someone who's at least trying to make a positive impact or give a positive message, and I manage to find something negative to say about it.  That just sucks!  Listening to him and reading the other comments made me think that some people, no matter what, just refuse to accept that they can make a change.  Making the sacrifice is so hard, that they refuse to even acknowledge it's possible.  They'd rather spend their time inventing excuses and finding faults.  Incredible.

I think it's pretty amazing of him to be doing this for complete strangers.  We can watch him and gain motivation and ideas through his journey - for free!! 

Anyways sorry for the long post! I wanted to share this 'cuz I figure a lot of you ladies might enjoy following this guy in his journey back to fit.

15 Replies

I don't think it's fake on Nov 07, 2011 @ 02:43 pm

I have heard of this guy too. I don't think it's fake, but I do think some of the critique may be justified.

This person, as a former fitness coach has all the tools and support he needs to succeed. He may have gained all this weight, but he is much better equipped than many overweight people to reach his goals. Just a year ago he was in peak condition - this is different than a lifetime of struggles.

Some overweight people are able to succeed to astonishing levels, but others have barriers that cannot be overcome easily like a genetic propensity to store fat in certain ways. I suppose if someone had access to world class trainers and dietary support, anything could be possible, but it's important to keep things realistic too.

Does this guy have all the same struggles as some of his clients/followers? I doubt it. But I do commend him for trying to walk in another's shoes... even if it's a bit of an eyebrow-raising way to go about it.

Health? on Nov 07, 2011 @ 02:55 pm

I do feel like this could be exaggerated- I think 6 months is a surprisingly short time.

However, it does happen so I don't necessary think it is fake. I have to wonder how healthy this is though.

Ali de Bold
Interesting on Nov 07, 2011 @ 02:59 pm

That is a really short time to gain so much weight. He must have been binging. Especially if he was fit before. The pounds wouldn't come on that easily. He's certainly getting attention though and I guess that was the goal.

Been There on Nov 08, 2011 @ 06:13 pm

I don't think this is an exaggeration at all. Last year I went from 147lbs to 190lbs in 6 weeks. This is the 2nd time in my life that I have done that in such a short period of time (in '07 I went from 160lbs to 196lbs in less than 3 months). Stressful moves triggered the weight gain. Both times I have managed to lose the weight. Nuts, I know, but it happened.

true on Nov 09, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

@mamaluv: i totally agree with you about being overweight and having barriers (primarily emotional) that keep us from succeeding in losing weight. It's such a struggle, I remember in the past when I've tried to lost huge amounts of weight, lots of tears accompanied the pounds. Hey, puts a new meaning to losing 'water weight' eh? hehe..kk bad joke :-p So for sure he won't know what a real overweight person feels like. He actually might feel the hunger pangs and cravings, but the unhealthy emotions that promote overeating probably isn't something he's a victim to.

Despite that though, I still think him doing this is giving hope to those of us that label ourselves as hopeless. He's doing it, so it CAN be done, type of thing, you know? You guys know I've been struggling to lose some weight since last year, and the struggle continues. I can't blame plateaux or what not on not losing weight. I'm not losing simply because I'm not trying hard enough. That's my biggest problem with weightloss: staying motivated. The girls I talk to seem to struggle mostly with that as well. It feels hopeless, you get the feeling of "whats the point, it's not gonna work anyways" type of mentality. Let's not even talk about the punch in the gut cravings for food! Icing on the top: you ever notice how much more available and cheaper bad food is compared to good?

I have personally put on (on more than one occasion) 40 - 60 lbs in the same amount of time he has. I obviously wasn't trying to gain weight, but for *enter-lame-assed-excuses-here* reason, I made unhealthy choices in food and activity, so ended up packing on the pounds. The few times I've actually cried tears of blood and sincerely tried to lose weight, I was able to lose the same amount in the same amount of time. So for him to gain 76lbs in 6months is totally believable to me, I've personally done it so I know it can be done. I'm really looking forward to seeing him shed the weight and get back to his hot, errr, healthy self.


ps. on Nov 09, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

A good friend of mine put himself on the "Insanity" 60days workout challenge where he does the Insanity workout everyday and eats according to their plan (very healthy, few meals a day, no food after 6pm, etc). He just posted before and after pics of himself .... and girls I gotta say it was inspiring!!! Huge huge difference in just 60 days!!! And he's real, not a gimmick, he's a real live person, a real live friend, someone I know personally. I was really motivated looking at his pics.

I'm actually on the verge of getting the Insanity workout and doing it myself. To keep myself motivated I'll keep a sticky note booklet in my purse and label each sticky with "Day 1" .. "Day 2" .. "Day 3" ..etc. Each day I'll throw away one sticky. Anytime emotion kicks in and I want to eat unhealthy crap, I'll just remember that I only have x amount of days to go, after that I can gorge. Hopefully though once I'm done the 60 days I'll actually not crave the uhealthy crap anymore and it'll become a lifestyle. Hmm, now that's a plan :-)

interesting on Nov 12, 2011 @ 05:47 pm

I agree with mamaluv in that this guy has all of the tools, knowledge and support networks needed to lose the weight fast in comparison to overweight individuals who have had a weight problem their whole lives. It is pretty interesting though to keep track of his journey and see his results being posted.

@becky- as a girl who has tried the Insanity workout (not the nutrition plan) I just want to send out a work of caution! This workout is INTENSE... excruciating, and will definitely test your physical and mental strength and endurance. I was on the workout plan for not even a month and I lost 5 lbs... but also my period (lack of body fat will do this). I was so scared that I just stopped the program and went back to jogging and doing weights. The workout was too high of an intensity for my body. I'm not saying this will happen to all women but just my personal experience. Good luck to you on your fitness journey!!

Interesting.... on Nov 12, 2011 @ 07:49 pm

Interesting story!

health on Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:36 am

Actually, I think the debate about whether or not this process is healthy is one of the huge points he's trying to make! If you watch Biggest Loser or have friends who've gone from extremely fit to extremely unfit, you know that it can happen over a lifetime of bad choices, or really rapidly for a variety of reasons. It's insanely unhealthy but it does happen to a lot of people.

In my circle of acquaintances there are a lot of moms who gained a lot of weight during pregnancy. Yes - most pregnant women are ravenously hungry (and if you nurse, you continue to be ravenously hungry post partum!), and yes, your biology is working against you to pack on a certain amount of weight... but while the average recommended weight gain is 25-35 lbs (and that depends on your starting weight/health), many moms gain 70, 80, even 100 lbs during pregnancy. Much of that doesn't really start until after the 1st trimester, so they're gaining 60 lbs above the recommended weight in 2 trimesters- roughly 6 months.

If you read this guy's blog, you can learn about his journey to weight gain. He took eating challenges from readers that were supposed to mimic some of their eating issues, as well as switched to a very sedentary lifestyle overall. Imagine participating in hotdog eating contests, or polishing off an extra large Dominos Pizza with a huge cup of soda and followed by dessert and passing out on the couch: that'll do it in no time flat!

Actually, I think it's probably unhealthy to lose so much weight that quickly too. On Biggest Loser, they have doctors monitoring contestants' health continuously. I believe this guy also has a doc overseeing his transformation. It is hard on a body to work out intensely when you're already reasonably fit - imagine adding 70 lbs, high blood pressure, diabetes, and whatever other health conditions people in these situations have going on.

For another really interesting unhealthy life choices experiment (same idea, but not with the intention of gaining weight as the primary objective), watch Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super Size Me. Crazy stuff!

loved supersize me! on Jan 05, 2012 @ 11:35 am

I couldn't look at McDonalds for a long time after that! There's another one like it called Super Slim Me which is a documentary about a girl who goes to extremes to become a size zero.

There are other shows on youtube like Big Meets Bigger where you get to follow around really immense people and not only see how difficult their lives are due to being so morbidly obese, but also the health hazards they're facing.

@mamaluv: exactly! I forgot to mention that. He ate according to the 'challenges' his supporters gave him and apparently what they gave him was taken out of stuff they eat in their own lives.

Girl, anyone who doesn't believe you can pack on all that weight in that short amount of time should stick with me! :-(

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