I received an email this morning from Drew Manning. Drew is the owner of a web site called Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit. As you can see from the picture below, Drew was a very fit individual. He is attempting to pack on 50 - 60 pounds of fat in 6 months time in order to lose it again in another 6 months.
What is the Point?
In Drew's own words:
My goal is to inspire people to get fit, teach them how to do it and give them hope that it IS possible to get fit and stay fit. I want to share my comprehensive fitness knowledge with my followers so that they can know how to lose weight successfully, even though for many it’s going to be a struggle. People that are overweight have to overcome both physical and emotional barriers when it comes to losing weight. I hope to have a better understanding of this through my experience over the next year.
Also, I hope to better gain an understanding of how hard it really is to be overweight. I know it's only going to be for 6 months, but at least it'll give me a small window of the physical and emotional issues that come with being overweight.
Beginning photo and 5 weeks later having gained 24.5 lbs.
I can understand why he's doing what he's doing. He has a desire to help people realize what a bunch of processed food can do to the body. He also wants to show how eating healthy and regular exercise can get you into shape.
However, there are some points to consider, which I'm sure he will address if he hasn't already:
1. Some people truly struggle with being overweight - Whether it is physically, emotionally, medically, or all three - being overweight for most of your life is a true struggle. I get that he's becoming overweight to understand a bit of the struggle, but 6-months of being overweight really doesn't compare to someone who has dealt with it for years.
2. He's not really becoming "out of shape" - I believe when it comes time for Drew to shed the weight, it will be easy for him. Although he is not exercising during this transformation, he should be able to shed the surface fat relatively easy. For one, he has a passion for fitness. He knows what it takes to burn fat and it will not be hard for him to get back into his healthy eating and exercise habits. If anything, he will probably feel sluggish and it will be harder to move the extra weight around, however, I'm not convinced it will be a huge struggle.
3. Does the average overweight person eat a dozen donuts in one sitting? - I understand that he is giving himself 6 months to pack on weight but the way he is eating (in my opinion) is not representative of how most overweight people eat. Sure, some people eat more than their fair share of junk, but speaking for myself - I gained weight over years of lack of exercise and eating more calories than I burned. Many people simply lead busy lives and their poor eating habits and not making time for exercise eventually catches up to them leading to weight gain. However, I understand he has to cram that much junk into his body because of time constraints.
Overall, I still give him credit for taking on the challenge. I still believe he will help a lot of people to better understand the impact of food on the body. It will be interesting to follow his journey. You can learn more about Drew at his web site: Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit.
My name is Eartha and I created this blog as a motivational resource for myself to keep up with exercise and eating right. I enjoy reading, learning, and writing about all things fitness related. I hope that as well as motivating myself, others may find motivation to try fitness as well. Learn more.