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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.

©2012 Drew Mannin (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Carryn
  • Philadelphia, PA, US
  • 02-15-15

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.

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  • Gina
  • Texas
  • 03-10-17

Very insightful!

I can't imagine being fit your whole lifestyle from and deciding to gain an excess of weight. In my opinion only a person who truly wants to change lives would take such drastic measures.

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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.

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  • Grant
  • NANTUCKET, MA, United States
  • 07-18-13

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.

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Story of his weight loss NOT about Keto at all

My apologies I had been under the impression with everything I had seen about Drew (who I love and is inspiring) it was a nice book about his journey but was hoping it was more about Keto. His conclusions were impressive and it seems he learned a lot

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Good read!

It was a great book. wished I could have seen the workouts and meal plans!

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An eye-opener...

a unique book with some surprising insight. I was inspired by this story and I do recommend listening to it more than once.

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Very Interesting Listen!

As a big man and chubby chaser myself, I have to admit that it was very interesting to hear Mr. Manning put into words what it felt like to lose the body he worked so hard to maintain and what it felt like to gain weight. As weird as this might sound, I actually enjoyed hearing him talk about his man-boobs. I laughed a little when his wife Lynn spoke about him having a belly that would "make Santa Claus jealous" and hearing about how his "XXL butt" as he put it, ripped a pair of scrubs as he bent over at work one day! Either way, it was a good book and a decent listen and is worth every penny.

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  • mikko
  • Espoo, Finland
  • 04-18-15

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.

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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.

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  • Chris
  • 02-14-17

Great Book

Loved it!! Drew Manning speaks so much sense, enjoyed every minute. Definitely will be recommending.

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  • C. R. Mabey
  • 05-08-16

Interesting story but terrible narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

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  • D
  • 01-15-16

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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  • SheSells
  • 12-27-15

Super athlete proves he is super athlete?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

Did Fit2Fat2Fit inspire you to do anything?

To not look to people who have been super fit their whole lives to find someone I can relate to on my fitness journey.

Any additional comments?

He was a good narrator.

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