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Braver Than I Am

Did any of you see this article on fit 2 fat 2 fit? I already linked to it on facebook, as it intrigued me. Here is the summary:

The concept of Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit, in Manning’s words — see the top video below for his personal introduction to the program — is to go from “fit to fat in six months, to back to fit again in six more months.” Starting May 7, he began the six-month process of letting himself go with an unrestricted diet and no exercise. He then plans to spend the next six months showing people how to get fit again, posting specific meal and workout plans on his website.

He is a far braver person than I am. First, his health is suffering.

Manning, who began his drastic weight-gain regimen on May 7, 2011, now has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a waist measurement of 47.5 inches (up from 34.5 inches).

Then, all the other side effects of an unhealthy diet are apparent to him, and his family:

In addition to physical changes, Drew is suffering from chronic fatigue, moodiness and constant hunger pangs.

I’ve read (and am quoting) this article from several sources, another has a quote from him that this impacting his wife as well. Lets face it, if you are cranky and tired, it doesn’t make you a very good husband.

While I do think this is a rather extreme solution, I think he has a good idea. People do ask me for nutrition or weight loss advice, then follow it up with “It’s easy for you, you’ve never been heavy”. Of course, I could counter with the hundreds of examples of fitness professionals that got into the field after their own weight loss journeys. I know that when people don’t want to change, they will make any and every excuse. However, outside of having people identify with him, he is also making the connection with the struggles of weight loss. Losing weight is hard. Very hard. You have to eat fewer calories than your body thinks it needs. There are all kinds of physiological and psychological hurdles to overcome. For most people, it involves an entire lifestyle change. There is temptation littering the path. It might be hard to see the advantages, especially if the person has a large amount to lose.

This is very similar to “Supersize Me”. The maker of that did a similar thing. I think the benefit of both of these is dramatizing the health risks of obesity. They talk about “fit, overweight” people, but I think that is a dangerous allowance. It is now starting to appear that being large, even if that size is due to muscle, raises your risks of heart disease. Of course, it is hard to determine if the greater risk for bodybuilders is due to their size, or supplements, legal or otherwise.

So what do you think? Would it make a difference if the person helping you lose weight had lost weight themselves? Do you think this is just a dangerous publicity stunt?

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Comments on: "Braver Than I Am" (1)

  1. emilyadamiani said:

    I did see that article! Pretty crazy, right?!

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