Drew Manning, a natural fitness junkie and devoted personal trainer, had never been overweight in his life. He never craved junk food or missed an opportunity to work out. Yet despite his obsession with fitness, he failed to help his clients reach their goals. Something had to give. Manning needed to understand what it was like to be on the other side; he had to spend a few months in his clients' shoes - or rather, size.
For six months, Manning radically let himself go. He stopped exercising and ate nothing but the typical American diet of fast and processed foods. Not surprisingly, he started to gain weight. Manning made national news when he posted a blog revealing that he had gained more than 60 pounds. (He ended up gaining 75.) In only half a year, the out-of-shape trainer-turned-blogger had gained more than he ever expected - and not just in pounds.
Manning devoted the next six months to losing the weight as quickly as he had gained it. The lessons he learned were priceless, as he had now experienced both sides of the weight-loss battle. What started as a physical challenge became an emotional and mental wake-up call.
In Fit2Fat2Fit, Manning reveals the practical takeaways and profound insights of his yearlong journey. With startlingly honest stories, concrete easy-to-implement strategies, recipes, exercises, workout routines, meal plans, and much more, listeners will be fully equipped to achieve any weight-loss goal.
©2012 Drew Mannin (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Yes. I was hoping that there would be much more detail and relatable stuff in the part of the book that covered his journey from being fat to fit again. I was looking for a book that could be my companion on my weight loss journey, because I don't seem to get results in the short term and I find it hard to stay motivated if I'm not getting results after about a month. Unfortunately he really glossed over what it took to get back into shape. Apart from a couple of mentions on how he was humiliated by having to do push ups on his knees (which is all I can do on my best day) it seemed like he just easily slipped back into his old perfect fitness and diet habits.
To not look to people who have been super fit their whole lives to find someone I can relate to on my fitness journey.
He was a good narrator.
"Insightful and Sensitive"
Yes. It a compelling story as well as chock full of helpful info about the difficulties in coping with obesity. It helps me appreciate the struggle I and other compulsive over-eaters are engaged in daily. I will return to this book time and again as I continue my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
Drew. He does a good job sharing what he learned in his Fit2Fat2Fit experience. He gained a lot of insight by actually putting himself through the paces of over-eating, then struggling with weight loss.
Personal experience with the issue, knowledge of the benefit of exercising, and sensitivity toward his clients
Drew's lapse into lethargy as he piled on the excess weight. Also, his anxiety about whether he would be able to lose it now that he has gained 60 unwanted pounds.
Very good book full of insights. Drew's wife also does a great job describing her concerns and experience as her husband embarked on this adventure. Very honest sharing of her own experience.
"It's not as easy as it looks, eh?"
The first-person perspective of this book is priceless, and the tips for powering through weight loss without losing your mind (like all battles, weight loss is partly mental) are also quite valuable. Thanks for being the human Guinea pig, Drew.
First, let me say that I love the TV show and find every episode inspirational. Sadly, the same isn't true for Drew's book. I found the audio numbing as he lacks necessary changes in intonation for engaging delivery. Admittedly, I've taught stage performance, so I'm picky. I found his delivery to be largely monotone, his enunciation inconsistent and often sloppy, and the actual writing to be choppy and horribly poor. I wish he'd had a skilled ghostwriter (or, a better editor) and had taken lessons on stage / vocal presence before recording the audiobook. I couldn't finish it...just too boring and painful to hear. I'll stick with the TV show.
"Not much there, could have been so much more"
The overall feel that I got from this was "OK, that is done, now it is time to write a book".
the one chapter with his wife was very interesting, but it only talked about the beginning / mid part of the journey. Why not have some other chapters with her as well, say after he came back or during it? I find it hard to believe that there was not a lot more that could have been put in here. Do I regret buying it? No, worth the money for me - but know ahead of time that it will end early and leave you wishing there was more there.
"Motivational but brief"
Pretty good. I appreciate the honesty of the story. Some metaphors are a bit far fetched and the story seems to be over before it begins. Motivational nevertheless.
"Could have been so much more"
This left me flat. I love to pick up something in this genre from time to time as a motivation, but this story just left me feeling like this guy was saying, "I did it, so can you". He does a great service by emphasizing a healthy diet in the way he does, but doesn't give any reference to emotional eating or the science of sugar's effect on the body. He actually did not do any outside research with scientists or nutritionists. I know, there are zillions of books out there that cover that. But it is always good to be reminded of how your body is going to respond to that cookie or piece of bread. Some of the advise offered, finding a weight-loss buddy or sharing your goals with others, are gems we have all heard before. Ugh. The author is an absolute master of healthy eating and willpower, but despite taking this quite dramatic journey to understand what it feels like to be overweight, he does not address the problem most of us have completely eliminating bad foods from our diets as he does. It would have been interesting for him to experiment with his weight loss by incorporating cheat days and seeing what happens. The ever-present debate over whether it is about the goal or the journey? Do I swear off wine and scones forever? What do you say to your host when they serve lasagna and garlic bread at their dinner party? This story could have been so much more had the author expanded the story beyond his own narrow view. If you check out the author's website, you can probably find out if this book is for you. The mindset is 110% dedication and micro-managing of your diet and exercise. For those who are willing to be dedicated, but whose brains go hyper-focused on food when on this type of plan, this book doesn't give any answers.
"Such a good book!"
Drew & his wife, Lynn, did a great job!
I purchased this book in an attempt to find some kind of motivation to work out and loose baby weight from my 4th baby who is 3 months old. I'd been so tired and getting motivated had been harder than ever. Fit to Fat to Fit was so endearing and insightful about the challenges I'm facing and helped me decide how and that it is possible to face them. The hope and humor Drew's story provided was priceless. I will probabley listen to it many times to remember the support and wisdom it provided as I go through my own jouney.
"Very informative an real"
Definitely would recommend this book. If you have ever struggled with your weight this book is very informative
Dr Oz. You On A Diet
Before an after
I listen to this over an over
It's okay, really if your into fitness this is an interesting book. If you wondering how to lose weight, not the best book out there
"Not much to it"
I think what the guy did was a very good experience but gaining 75 pounds and then losing it = not much there.
Everything was spelled out predictable.
lucky it did not take to long to listen to.
"Interesting story but terrible narration"
If you are currently trying to diet or interested in diet/eating habits then it's an interesting story, if you aren't then it'd probably bore you to tears!
Drew Manning is excellent at what he does i.e. training but he is an awful narrator (even though he's telling his own story!!). From the start the narration is littered with awkward pauses and errors with inflection and emphasis. His delivery is stilted and quite excruciating to listen to. It's a shame as I was interested in the story but it was a case of enduring the narration to get through it rather than the narration adding to the story.
"Not as motivational as I was hoping for"
I expected more focus on Drew's training and diet, but the book instead was filled with analogies regards his feelings to overweight clients. This gets a bit tiring.
His results are motivating in themselves, but this book unfortunately is less so.
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