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Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 Lbs on Purpose | [Drew Manning]

Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 Lbs on Purpose

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 the typical American diet.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Drew Mannin (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Joan Green Bay, WI, United States 07-02-12
    Joan Green Bay, WI, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful and Sensitive"
    Would you listen to Fit2Fat2Fit again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Drew Manning bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personal experience with the issue, knowledge of the benefit of exercising, and sensitivity toward his clients


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 07-18-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009

    caffeinated

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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mikko Espoo, Finland 04-18-15
    mikko Espoo, Finland 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Newsjunkie Philadelphia, PA, US 02-15-15
    Newsjunkie Philadelphia, PA, US 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 01-18-13
    Melissa 01-18-13
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    "Such a good book!"
    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Drew & his wife, Lynn, did a great job!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaVerna Claremore, OK, United States 08-13-12
    LaVerna Claremore, OK, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very informative an real"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this book. If you have ever struggled with your weight this book is very informative


    What other book might you compare Fit2Fat2Fit to and why?

    Dr Oz. You On A Diet


    Which character – as performed by Drew Manning – was your favorite?

    His wife


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Before an after


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this over an over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 09-17-12
    Sandy Great Falls, MT, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2013

    My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think what the guy did was a very good experience but gaining 75 pounds and then losing it = not much there.


    What was most disappointing about Drew Manning’s story?

    Everything was spelled out predictable.


    What does Drew Manning bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice


    Do you think Fit2Fat2Fit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    lucky it did not take to long to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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