Would you want to be trained in the gym, by this man? Don’t answer yet, this is Drew Manning, a physical trainer in Utah, who gained 75lbs on purpose, to understand what his clients go through when trying to lose weight!The personal trainer from Eagle Mountain, Utah was used to being buff and in-shape. But he had just spent six months on an unrestricted diet of sugary and fatty foods and no exercise in a bid to empathize with his overweight clients. He gained 75 pounds in the process, ballooning to 265 pounds. This was his first workout as an overweight person.
“I felt judged at the gym, and it really was a humbling experience,” Manning, 31, told the Star. “No one was mean to me or said anything rude. But you can kind of tell by the way someone looks at you that there’s judgment in their eyes.”
The workout was grim: after a struggle, including some difficult knee pushups, Manning went home physically shaken and mentally defeated.
The gym visit came after the first month of his journey back to fitness saw him lose 19 pounds without lifting a single dumbbell.
“One of the biggest things I learned was how powerful food cravings are and how addictive food can be,” he said. “Before, I would just look at (overeating) as laziness.”
In the end, Manning lost all the weight he had put on, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. With about 20 pounds left to lose after four months of dieting, he hit a plateau. One week he barely lost any weight; another he even gained a pound.
“I was doing everything right, but it was frustrating not to see the numbers change on the scale,” he said. “Overcoming that and seeing that hard work does pay off — and seeing the numbers move again — that was my Eureka moment.”
For Torontonians, Manning’s story may be reminiscent of a similarly public, but less successful weight-loss battle: Mayor Rob Ford’s and brother Doug Ford’s Cut the Waist Challenge, in which the mayor missed his goal by 33 pounds.
Manning lauded the mayor for publicly declaring his weight loss goal of 50 pounds in January. “That’s a good first step … I think a lot of people need that kind of accountability. For (the mayor), it didn’t work, but for a lot of people it does.”
The key, Manning said, is to avoid the “diet mentality.”
“We do these competitions, or we watch ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and we try and lose as much weight as possible,” he said. “I don’t think losing the weight is the biggest trial or the hardest challenge. The biggest challenge is making it a lifestyle and keeping the weight off.”
“My whole philosophy is to get people to get rid of the diet mentality and really embrace the lifestyle change … rather than just saying ‘In six months I’m going to lose 50 pounds.’”
Manning is practically back to his old physical appearance, but he knows he isn’t the same as a year ago. Those fat cells don’t go away; they just get smaller, and Manning knows it’s easier for him to put weight back on.
“I don’t worry too much about letting myself go, but I just have to be conscious of it.”
He also concedes he was only overweight for a few months and muscle memory probably helped him get fit again.
“I’m not going to pretend I know what it’s like for the mayor and all those who have been overweight for years, or decades.”
When Manning started his experiment, he expected might get some regional attention, but his story has gone worldwide via his website, fit2fat2fit.com and Facebook page. He left his job as a medical technician to become a full-time trainer and has written a book called Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs. on Purpose. The exercises and meal plans Manning used to get fit again remain free online, but he’s starting a special section of his website where people can sign up to receive customized plans for a fee. He’s also launching his own line of supplements.
Manning said he has received some 200 emails with weight loss stories and photos from people who had been overweight for years and who got fit along with him. He calls them Team Drew and posts their stories online.
“People can call it crazy, what I did, or idiotic or dumb, I’ve heard it all. But to know there are people who have changed their lifestyle, and showing their success stories, makes all of that worth it.”
Manning’s wife Lynn — who gets her own chapter, “The Ick Factor,” in his book — is happy to have a husband back who’s less lethargic and more useful around the house and caring for their two young daughters.
“She’ll tell you that there’s nothing sexier than confidence, and there’s nothing sexier than a man doing the dishes,” Manning said with a laugh. “The six pack … is just an added bonus.” from: thestar.com
(You may want to change your answer to my initial question, now…lol )