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Fit2Fat2Fit Trainer Reveals Results and New Tips for Weight Loss Success

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Actors do it for movie roles all the time, however in this case a very fit personal trainer purposefully gained weight – and then lost it again – to better understand how difficult it is for the almost 70% of Americans who are overweight or obese. Drew Manning revealed his results on ABC’s Good Morning America today and his new book “Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose” will be released tomorrow.

A little more than a year ago, Drew drastically changed his lifestyle, for the worse. He stopped working out (he has had a passion for fitness even as a youngster) and began eating the “Typical American Diet” of fast food, white bread, sugary cereal and soft drinks. His goal was to put on 50-60 pounds in six months, and then take it off again using his own personal fitness and meal plan.

Within the first month, Manning had gained 21 pounds. At the end of the “experiment”, he had gone from an initial weight of 193 pounds to a max of 265 pounds. His waist circumference expanded from 34.5 inches to 48 inches. The National Institutes of Health recommends that men maintain a waist size less than 40 inches for optimal health.

Drew expected the obvious consequences of obesity – increased blood glucose levels and high blood pressure – but what he didn’t anticipate were the emotional issues that come with the excess pounds. As the weeks progressed, his confidence took a downturn. Manning’s wife Lynn described him as “lethargic, lazy.” Manning saw that the changes affected their relationship as well.

And so Drew Manning began the second phase of the experiment – taking off the weight, a task much harder to accomplish than putting it on in the first place. He noted that while he has been a “fitness junkie” his entire life, “it was hard to get back into the exercise routine” and the experience was “humbling.”

Many who are overweight may delay an exercise routine because they fear the gym. Paige Waehner talks about tackling gym fears on About.com’s “Dealing with Gym Intimidation.” There are many options, from the YMCA to exercising at home with DVD exercise programs, so don’t let that stop you from taking the first step toward health and fitness.

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Drew Manning also offered these tips for people trying to lose weight. Many of us make several common mistakes, and Drew helps us to tackle the top 5:

1. Lack of flexibility. There need to be scheduled breaks. When there is no flexibility or detours (where every "bad" decision feels like a loss), it'll be impossible to stick with. We all make bad choices sometimes, so we shouldn't beat ourselves up about it.
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare your meals in advance. When you fail to prepare your meals in advance, it becomes so much easier to give into the temptations that are everywhere (fast food/most convenient food option). When meals are prepared in advance, you won't feel that same temptation.

3. Thinking that just because it's low-fat or fat-free it's good for you. A lot of the foods I ate during my Fit2Fat stage were considered low fat (white bread, white pasta, sugary cereals, granola bars, sodas, juices, SpaghettiOs, Ramen noodles, etc.)

4. Not understanding the psychological battles that come with weight loss (plateaus, food addictions, fear of being judged at the gym, etc.). Understanding the physical side of weight loss (diet and exercise) is one thing, but I learned that the toughest part is overcoming the mental and emotional battles.

5. Focusing too much on weight. Weight is not the best measurement for overall health. You can lose weight in an unhealthy way, so just because you're losing weight doesn't mean you're becoming healthier. People need to focus more on becoming medically healthy first rather than just becoming skinny or weighing less.

Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose” will be available for purchase tomorrow, June 5th. Manning also continues to offer advice at his website www.fit2fat2fit.com.

Source: ABC Good Morning America