Week 5 of Purposely Gaining 60 Pounds – See Where Drew is at!

Photo credit: Drew Manning

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago, we began to follow the journey of Dunn Pellier Media client Drew Manning, who has embarked on another challenge to gain 60 pounds in 4 months and to lose that same amount of weight in another 4 months. Drew is currently 5 weeks into his weight gain journey and will begin his weight loss journey on the first Monday in 2021, just a few days after his 40th birthday.

You might recall that Drew has already done this before. In 2013, he gained 75 pounds on purpose in an effort to try to feel more empathy toward his clients who were trying to lose weight. It worked. As a personal trainer who had never been overweight in his life, gaining that weight helped him understand not just the physical toll being overweight can have on your body, but also and probably more importantly, the emotional one. Suddenly, he understood his clients’ struggles from the most intimate level, and he finally saw through the myth of the fitness industry: that being fit makes you happy. Turns out, it’s not being fit that makes you happy. It’s loving yourself first, no matter your weight, and choosing to love your body from that place. Choosing to lose weight out of love for your body instead of hate for your body is the most effective way to maintain health.

Drew is turning 40 at the end of December, and he wants to turn the myth on its head that you can’t get fit after 40. Please note that he wants to do it from a knowing place. He understands that hormones change and your body changes in ways that it might make it hard to lose weight after 40, so he’s embarked on a journey to gain weight and lose it after 40.

The reason why so many Americans give up on a fitness journey is not that they aren’t trying, but because sustainable health cannot be distilled to just eating less and exercising more.

No one believes in this more than Drew because he found himself becoming so obsessed with how he looked on the outside, instead of focusing on how he felt on the inside.

After successfully completing the challenge and losing the weight the first time, he felt so much stronger — physically and mentally — because he challenged his core motivations. He now believes that one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is,

  • Why am I trying to lose weight?
  • Is it for myself, or because society is telling me I have to look a certain way?

Drew also recognizes the lack of empathy in the fitness industry: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care first.” He cares SO much about truly understanding the helplessness and frustration that his clients feel when pursuing a healthier lifestyle that he’s doing it all over again.

Drew’s journey began 5 weeks ago. Let’s check in to see where he’s at:

Photo Courtesy: Drew Manning Instagram
Week 1 Stats:

Weight – 181.6 lbs
Body Fat – 8.4%
Waist Size – 33.5″

Week 5 Stats:

Weight – 211.0 lbs
Body Fat – 15.5%
Waist – 38.5″

In his own words:

“This journey is way harder than people think y’all…Physically, yes, it’s hard, but it’s way harder mentally and emotionally. Not being able to exercise, the physical exhaustion, the sleep deprivation, and how all of that affects my brain and my ability to deal with stress is no joke. I’m surviving, but it’s getting harder and harder each day. ’ll get through this though and so will we! Let’s do this!!!”

Keep it up, Drew! You’re doing great!

If you’d like to follow Drew’s journey, check him out on fit2fat2fit.com and follow him on Instagram for up to date posts on his progress, food challenges, weight gain, when diets go bad, and more.

Photo Courtesy: Drew Manning TikTok

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