Book Review: “Fit2Fat2Fit”

Jul 3rd
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In the beginning of June, I blogged about a man who was making a point by… getting fat. That’s right, personal trainer Drew Manning decided that the way to better understand what his overweight clients were going through was to gain 70 pounds in six months and then return to his former fit self in just six more months. Not only did he create a blog for this adventure, but he also wrote a book.

Well, I’m proud to announce that I just recently finished reading it, and I’m already recommending it to my friends. It’s an easy read (I wouldn’t consider Drew nearly as good at writing as he is at motivating), but the message is spot on in my opinion. He doesn’t talk about cutting out carbs. He doesn’t preach about particular workout routines. Sure, he loves his spinach smoothies more than anyone should love a smoothie with spinach, but he’s not making a list of rules. If you’re looking for boxes to check, this isn’t your book.

But that’s exactly why it’s so great.

Make rules, and you’ll make excuses to break them. You can’t live a “normal” life if you’re constantly avoiding this or that. Drew, on the other hand, provides a unique perspective to an industry driven by fad diets and miracle workout machines. He talks about portion control. And making good choices about the types of food you put on your plate. And making the time to work out. Is a bad-for-you snack or missed workout going to ruin everything? Of course not. Drew’s perspective is motivational, and most importantly, attainable. Sensible.

As I was reading this book, I found myself nodding my head a lot. “Yup, that’s the right way to think about it.” So if you’re looking for an easy read that’ll motivate you to hit the gym more often, or if you’re looking for a more radical lifestyle change (for a healthier life!), definitely pick up this book. The story is great, plus you get a bunch of recipes and workout plans at the end. Win, win, win!

Image from Drew’s blog,