Drew Manning is the NY Times Best Selling Author of the book, Fit2Fat2Fit and is best known for his Fit2Fat2Fit.com experiment that went viral online. He’s been featured on shows like Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The View and many more. His experiment has since become a hit TV show, called Fit to Fat to Fit, airing on A&E and Lifetime. Drew Manning also has a very successful podcast called The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience and has recently reached over 1 Million downloads. Since his self-experiment went viral, Drew Manning has helped thousands of people learn to live a healthy lifestyle and completely transform their lives.
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- Drew Manning grew up in a family of of 11 brothers and sisters.
- He grew up playing sports all year long.
- Drew Manning had the “You either do it or you don’t” mentality instilled in him at a young age.
- He never really struggled with his weight or food carvings his whole life.
- In 2009 Drew Manning became a personal trainer after spending time as a financial analyst and in the medical field.
- The habit that has led to Drew Manning’s success has been never giving up.
- He hasn’t always know “How” but he has had his goals and knew his “why”
- “If you have goals and your ‘why’ then your ‘how’ will figure itself out.”
- Drew Manning’s journey:
- He grew up in shape and then finally decided to become a personal trainer.
- Drew Manning would always get frustrated when his clients wouldn’t follow the meal plans and were not 100% consistent.
- He just did not understand why it was so hard for them.
- So he took that to heart and asked, “What if you got fat on purpose?”
- He did not know the how but just got started and tried to post as much as he could and ended up going viral.
- Drew Manning purposely put on 76 pounds and here is how:
- For 6 months he would not exercise
- He did not just focus on fast food but instead on the everyday American foods that we grew up on in the 70s and 80s that most people still do not realize are bad for us.
- Examples: white pasta, white bread, soda, juice, granola bars, chips, cookies, crackers, mac n’ cheese, hot pockets, and Spaghetti O’s.
- A lot of people around him doubted that he could gain the weight.
- He felt so sick from all the foods.
- It turned into more about the mental and emotional side rather than the physical side.
- Emotional Side of weight loss
- Through this experiment he understood how strong the emotional connection to food really is.
- As a trainer Drew Manning used to think of it as a lack of willpower and people being lazy.
- Food is way more addictive than people think and it is not out of people’s reach.
- To overcome the emotional connection with food you have to look at your perception of what fitness really is.
- It is more than just meal plans and workouts
- It is about the emotional challenge that they need help to overcome
- You have to have empathy
- It takes empathetic people that are willing to come and help people that are struggling.
- It is about about creating habits then letting the results take care of themselves and focusing on the process.
- Drew Manning used to think it was more about the physical side of things but now he focuses a lot more on the mental and emotional side.
- If people feel understood then they are more likely to stick with it.
- Drew Mannings big takeaways from the Fit2Fat2Fit experience:
- Going from 6 month of eating whatever he wanted to stopping cold turkey, was a shock to his system, it was misery for two weeks; headaches, grumpy and moody (that’s what his clients were telling him). Your body fights back.
- Going back into the gym eventually as a overweight person was hard. You might not actually be getting judged but it sure feels like you are (might only be in your head)
- Drew Manning felt like he was at the top of the mountain and the clients are at the bottom looking up. For the first time he was able to come down to the bottom of the mountain and look up with a completely different perspective. The journey up was a lot harder than it seemed like it would be.
- He would hit plateaus and would have no explanation for when he would gain weight
- He used to always think they were not following the meal plan right.
- It does not always work out the way you want.
- It’s about creating a brand (Fit2Fat2Fit)
- A production company wanted to turn his experience into a TV show
- With the Fit2Fat2Fit moment he wants to create empathy
- Drew Manning’s show Fit2Fat2Fit brings on other trainers that do the same thing that he did
- The TV show has really embraced empathy within the industry.
- Now follows the Keto Diet:
- It has been around since the 1920s and was started to help children with epilepsy
- The last 5-10 years it has become very popular in the fitness/weight loss industry
- The diet consists of High Fats, moderate proteins and low carbs
- It forces your body into Ketosis (backup system for fuel)
- When the body is starved of glucose, then the body is forced to create ketones that breakdown fat for fuel.
- Steps to make the changes in your life
- Realize that you are worth the fight for your health
- Change your preception of what fitness is (stop comparing yourself to others)
- Find something that fits into your lifestyle
- Realize it is not just a 30 day thing and there is no finish line
Drew Manning’s Recharge Round
- Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? Perception is everything. We can create our own perception or we can let the world create our perception for us.
- What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? Comes down to his “Why?”. Realize you are human but remember your “Why?”
- Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? “Relationship with myself first.” He has learned to love himself and the other relationships have become better.
- What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “Embracing vulnerability as a strength not a weakness”
- Recommend a book and share why you love it? Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
- Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? “You create your own happiness.”
Piece of guidance:
“There is not finishline”
Don’t forget about the mental and emotional side of weight loss
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