Fit2Fat2Fit Book Review

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So a part of me loved this book, while another part of me found it unrealistic. Here is why…….

So what this book is about is a trainer (Drew Manning) decided to do something most trainers would never do, become fat. He spent his entire life surrounded by fitness and having a passion for it so he has always had a “good” physique. Therefore when training his clients, he never really understood that lack of drive to want to exercise nor did he understand the emotional state it can have on a person as well.

With realizing that he had never been there (fat that is) and never experienced what most of his clients experience he decided to spend 6 whole months with no exercise at all and to eat like that average American and gorge himself in the most unhealthy foods he can find leaving him to gain 75 pounds. In return he wanted to prove that is wasn’t as hard as everyone makes it and show himself, America and his clients that’s its possible to loose weight with the proper nutrition, drive, focus and exercise. Little did he know it would be a lot harder than he thought when he first embarked on this journey.

When he first started he created a little blog to hold himself accountable and to just track his progress, he didn’t think it would have blow up into what It did. His website is posted below if you’d like to look at it. Here he tracked his progress, what he ate, did and didn’t do. He also had his viewers pick a “meal” of choice for him to devour. Usually something ridiculous like 12 doughnuts… Just thinking about it gives me a stomachache.

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So on his journey to “fat” he endured the lethargic feeling, the constantly being hungry stage (because he wasn’t getting proper nutrition), the not wanting to do anything, and the one thing I mainly remember is that he was taken back because he couldn’t keep up with his daughter anymore at the park and his wife was no longer ideally attracted to him. Yes she still loved him of course, but when it came time for relations, lets just say she would have rather not it seemed. As a trainer he always thought that “if you wanted something, you go for it” and that was it, he never realized that there may be other aspects to getting fit other than that actual “doing it” part. He didn’t realize how people looked at your when you were unhealthy nor did he particularly enjoy his trips to the grocery store to load up his cart with more and more un healthy foods like Zingers and Pringles. He got stares and some people avoided him all together.

After this 6 months, it was time to loose the weight he had gained. He went into his kitchen and purged every piece of unhealthy food into his garbage can to make it a fresh start. He had hidden foods through out the house as well so as he started purging some of his favorites, things started getting a little hard. So he was torn between his excitement to get back to the “old Drew” he once knew and loved and imagining life without Mountain Dew. So as he began his journey to fit, he made what he normally would have had before for breakfast. With the lack of caffeine and amount of food he was used to consuming he was experiencing hunger pains and headaches throughout the day.

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The gym was intimidating to him now and he was exhausted by the end of his workout, that either he could barely do or barely finish. He mainly focused on food changes at first and then leading to the fitness part of it all. But he did it in the end and then appeared on talk shows and his local news.

Reason why I love it is because it takes a lot of courage to do something like that especially when you have a perfect body, why would you want to let it go. Also I liked his thoughts of finding out what its like to actually go through the whole weight loss journey by getting unfit. I like the fact that he struggled as well, because without struggle, the book would have been a bore and also it would have been very unrealistic.

What I didn’t like is that it was only for 6 months (a person who suffers from obesity has had these habits and emotional problems for probably most of their life) so therefore he didn’t really “grow accustomed to the lifestyle” all the way. Yes he was addicted to sugar and processed foods but the average Joe cant just flip a switch and eat perfect right off the bat. Also average people do not have the resources and knowledge to make those changes so fast and easily.

So all in all, yes I liked the book. At first I thought he came off as a pompous asshole so I was kind of turned off my his “if you want to be healthy just do it that’s all it takes ” approach and not digging deeper but once he started gaining the weight, you could see (or read through his writing) that he was experiencing the emotional aspects of it all. So towards the end when he became “fit” again, he was a little softer and more understanding, which is something every trainer should be.

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Probiotics 101

So if you haven’t notices probiotics are kind of everywhere. They have always been around (mainly in yogurt) but as America grows more health-conscious I’ve noticed them being advertised more. So why are they important? what’s so special about these so called probiotics?

OK so lets start and the basics here, your gut. – Your gut is full of bacteria (don’t worry most of it is good bacteria). Sounds weird right? Well there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Now you don’t necessarily need to take a probiotic or down a shit ton of yogurt to be “healthy”- but it doesn’t hurt to make sure you give your immune system a little boost every now and then. Probiotics can help with digestion for those who have a hard time digesting food, and can also protect the body against the harmful bacteria too. So all in all, I like them.. I make sure I eat a yogurt every no and then… (yes dairy free yogurt still has probiotics in it -YAY)

Its always a good idea to take a probiotic when you’ve been sick or you feel like your coming down with something too because it will help fight off those “bad bugs- bacteria”. Things like stress, poor diet, your pH level being off, taking antibiotics to kill a virus like strep for example… your body needs to re-coup and get thriving again, load it up with a little probiotic love~!! =)

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You can get your probiotics from things like yogurt, pill form, sauerkraut, kefir, Good Belly brand products (dairy free) just to name a few… Id take the food form over a  pill any day, plus if you eat lots of fruits and veggies, it will make a more friendly environment for the “good” bacteria to grove and thrive.

Red Lobster Healthy Options

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LOVE SEAFOOD!!! ok. So what’s the good? what’s the bad?Lets figure it out my friends!!! 🙂

So since America is kind of catching on that we eat kinda crappy.. (sorry but its true).. they have this new Lighthouse Menu that is supposedly healthier options to choose from.

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Oh the delicious signature biscuit they have…….. Yea…. you already know what I’m going to say. One biscuit has 150 calories, 8g fat, and 16 carbs… Nope! resist the urge! (if you  have one, make sure your dinner is healthy- that’s usually what I do, since sometimes I like to enjoy life a little…Then, take the basket away of make sure they aren’t close to you on the table otherwise they will stare at you in the face!)

So any of the grilled or broiled fish are wise choices (including the grills shrimp skewers). Add a nice steamed veggie like the asparagus or broccoli and Voilà!   Types of fish they have is salmon, flounder, rainbow trout, catfish and tilapia.

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The wild rise pilaf is alright, but a plain ol’ backed potato will do just as good too.

Stay clear away from anything fried .. OMG . That goes for all food lol…. common, if you want to loose weight and be healthy, do you honesty think fried food is on that agenda? No!

And as much as I LOVE scampi, its a no-go too since its basically just chilling there in butter with garlic.

Now you’d think that salads wouldn’t be a bad choice right? Wrong! Ha! Seafood Caesar Salad – the thing is DRENCHED in enough creamy dressing to drown a horse. So don’t even bother.

Now the Garden Salad they serve you at the beginning of the meal (before they put the dressing on it… ) is a good choice! So ask for an oil based dressing such as Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing so you don’t have much on your fork and then stab the salad so its not drenched. Works pretty good!

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So in a nutshell… Stick to fresh veggies, avoid the butter laden foods and have a nice piece of grilled fish! , oh yeah and remember to get your dressing on the side 😉