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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Personal Trainer Purposly Making Himself Obese

Why a personal trainer is making himself obese… on purpose (click to view article)

For six months Drew Manning is living the typical United States' lifestyle. He is becoming obese and out of shape by sitting on his butt and eating a bunch of crap. Then he is going to spend six months getting back in shape

This guy is one of three things. An idiot. A marketing genius. Or a guy who really cares about the health of his clients and wants to understand what they are going through. I really hope it's the latter. That is why I was drawn to this story and why I want to write about it.

It is easy to say this guy is an idiot. Why in the world would he subject himself to this type of unhealthy behavior? It seems he really cares about his clients. He wants to understand exactly what they go through on a daily basis. The addicting nature of certain foods (sugar, bread, pasta...). Feeling lethargic and irritable. Having little to no energy and having to take a nap every day. Being uncomfortable performing simple tasks, like tying your shoes. These are all traits of being over weight and unhealthy. These are traits people would not understand unless they live with these feelings every day.

As many of you know, I had some weight issues in the past. This is one of the reasons I became a personal trainer. I wanted to help people overcome the obstacles I was trying to overcome. I believe this helps me connect with certain people because I understand the struggles they are dealing with. How hard it is to change your diet. How tough it is to stop eating foods you are addicted to (pasta).

By the way, notice what foods he is eating to get fat and out of shape...

"sugary cereals, granola bars, juices, white breads, white pastas, sodas, crackers, chips, frozen dinners, mac n cheese, etc."
Looks a lot like the typical diet in the United States. Does this look similar to what you eat on a daily basis? Or what you feed your kids on a daily basis? If it does, then it might be time to re-think what you put on your grocery list next time you go to the store. Start by shopping in the produce section. Buy a lot of fruits and vegetables. Instead of buying chicken nuggets, try buying some fresh chicken. Eat a steak with a side of broccoli and asparagus for dinner instead of pasta or mac 'n cheese. Try some eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. Stop drinking juice (it's all sugar!!) and drink water.  If you need a bit of flavor, fresh lemon or lime slices are great in ice water.

It is not easy changing your habits. In fact, it is very hard. This trainer is going to realize this pretty quick. I would say it takes a good 20 to 30 days to fully relieve yourself of food addiction. I have no scientific evidence to back this, only my personal experience. I had to weigh and measure my food and prepare 90% of my meals a day ahead of time for about a month just to hold myself accountable. If I didn't have a meal ready to eat (made a day earlier stored in Tupperware) when I got home from work, I would have went for the box of pasta, or prepared some Ramen noodles.

I hope Drew didn't bite off more than he can chew (pun intended!). I hope he is able to change his habits back to where they were before this experiment, and have a better understanding of what his clients are going through. Hopefully his clients will see this and understand that it is possible to change their lives.

I'm cheering for you Drew. I respect what you are doing and why you are doing it. This is not an easy quest, but a quest well worth taking.


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