Personal trainer gains 76 pounds


Here’s a new spectacular transformation á la Morgan “Supersize me” Spurlock. This one is even more spectacular.

Drew Manning, a personal trainer, is on a mission of going from fit to fat in six months (accomplished, see pictures above). The method? Eating modern American junk food and drinking Mountain Dew. Not surprisingly he’s also developed high blood pressure.

Now Manning will attempt to get back to “fit” in another 6 months by quitting the junk food and exercising. This story has ended up in all kinds of media such as Jay Leno:


  1. Diane
    Why on earth would someone do that to himself? Doesn't he know how hard it's going to be to get back to strong and healthy?
  2. Kim
    Fantastic experiment! I will be following progress.
  3. Tara
    At least he's still got all those muscles underneath; his metabolism is surely still amped and ready to burn off the junk. It won't be as hard as it would be for a lifelong Standard Western Diet eater with chronic sedentary habits.
  4. Katy
    He won't have any trouble at all losing the weight. My husband can lose 25-30 lbs. in a month eating 1800 c./day. His experiment will prove nothing whatsoever.
    Reply: #20
  5. moreporkplease
    The issue Mr. Manning is missing is that people who are really obese & diabetic have very different metabolisms than he has. Yes, he can temporarily force himself to be fat.

    But once he stops deliberately eating so many extra calories a day and gives up the Mtn. Dew (to which he feels no innate attraction), the weight will fall off - because his basic metabolism is clearly fine. He probably also lacks the chronic inflammation that is possibly the real cause of heart disease.

    With respect to him, his actions say nothing about those who are truly naturally obese & diabetic or those with heart disease. What is wrong with them is a subtler problem. When will we begin delving into to the true causes of obesity? Of T2D?

    To say "it's the weight & it's so easy to lose with exercise!" is clearly incorrect. We could say that's as logically flawed as calories-in-calories-out, isn't it?

  6. Chris
    Tara and moreporkplease are correct! That's not to say that his metabolism will not slow down drastically, but, being a trainer, he will be much more dedicated to getting the weight off than someone whose been obese for years. He will regain his metabolism faster than the obese. He will not have the long term damage to his insulin regulation to overcome. He will know how to find the time and will not be the type to make excuses for not sticking to his exercise program. Also, he will not have the destructive emotional connection with food that most of the obese population have, nor the main stream media guided belief that "everything in moderation" works and it's all about "calories in/calories out."
    On the other hand, he will have the experience of being in poor health which will allow him to be better in touch with what his clients go through.
    Personally, I'd never do what he's doing. Not worth the long term risk.
  7. A great publicity stunt to boost his business. I see some people here are angry and rightfully so. Genetics are involved in his physiology and physic and not everyone is so gifted. I was a faithful gym rat for 3 years and got nowhere. Gained a little muscle, quite a bit of strength but got no less fat. This is a case of the 1% showing off and slapping the rest of us in the face.
  8. Nancy
    I think Drew forgot to mention that he's returning to a more healthy way of eating. Of course exercise will not be enough if he continues his junk food diet. It will be interesting to watch his progress and not immediately assume that he's representing others with weight problems. Let's just see what he does and how his body changes. Maybe there will be clues that can help others.
  9. Milton
    There is also the consideration that he has been in near-perfect shape in the past and that this has a strong psychological effect on his efforts to get back into shape. He knows he can do it because he had to make drastic changes in order to become fat and overweight. Whereas most of us became overweight gradually and over the course of many years and never looked like his "before" picture.

    It is the opposite of many people who struggle with their health and weight. He does not have self-esteem and self-discipline issues to work through. When he returns to his normal eating and exercise habits, he'll quickly get back in shape. If I ever returned to my normal eating and exercise habits, I'd quickly gain 30-40 pounds and my health would take a turn for the worse.

    It's an interesting experiment, but I don't see how it would inspire the average person who is battling overweight or obesity. Frankly, it is guys who look the way he does "before" that (in part) inspired me to make the changes that have allowed me to become thinner, fitter, and more healthy.

  10. I'm not sure how much this will prove, as most people can lose weight easily the first time we do it. Maintaining it is the hard part. So long as he does not put on the weight again I think he'll be fine. Sadly all this will do is give him ammunition to beat his clients over the heads with: "I did it so can you". Maybe he is more sensitive than that. I hope so.
  11. Diane
    I'm glad all of you chimed in with your comments. I hiked the friggin' Pacific Crest Trail--3000 miles of hiking, from Mexico through the high peaks of California, Oregon and Washington all the way to Canada, 20-35 miles a day, in the wilderness with a backpack on my back, even adding an extra 350 miles to the route, and by the end of all this hiking I was slowly gaining back all the weight I lost. It is NOT easy to lose weight through calories-in/calories-out and it's NOT a guarantee of heath, weight maintenance or anything.

    I got here to the low carb thing because of my experience hiking 3000 miles and the aftermath of what it did to my metabolism. I now see clearly that fat/obesity is not a primary disease or a sign of sloth and gluttony, it is a SYMPTOM of metabolic problems.

    I'm 4 weeks in now on a very low carb diet with very little weight loss and last week was the hardest so far because I was falling apart, almost unable to hike at all, almost even unable to lift my arms to hold my trekking poles. I didn't realize how hard this would be and that I would get deficient in Potassium on a low carb diet.

    I'm soldiering on with the diet and some supplements, hoping to feel better soon and hoping someday to see some real weight loss and be healthy. Meanwhile, I'd be more impressed with this guy if he was a 46 year old woman with a lifetime of weight problems. I hope this little scheme of his isn't the start of the kind of life I've led.

    And I do so dearly wish the diet researches would move on from diabetes and start trying to figure out how to help the middle-aged and older women like me who find this so hard. They like to assume we are cheating (the old gluttony and sloth cop-out). I took photos of every thing I ate all last week so that I can prove to anyone who accuses me of lying about adhering to this diet.

  12. moreporkplease

    There's absolutely no need to be tired or weak on the LCHF. Please add 2 cups of chicken broth with regular salt and 1/2 an avocado or 3 spoonfuls of real guacamole to your daily menu. After 2 days you should absolutely fine again. :) Keep this up for as long as you are under 50 total carbs a day or until you fully adjust (which for some people can be up to 6 weeks, I'm told).

    Best wishes!

  13. N.E. Lilly
    Give his site a read before you judge him. The best thing that can be said about this is that he's making an attempt.

    In gaining the weight and not exercising over the past 6 months he's already discovered the loss of stamina and strength. He plans on trying to lose the weight again in the next 6 months, mainly through diet. It's probably better to see how it goes for him, rather than saying that it'll be easier or harder, one way or the other.

    He's only a part-time trainer, and has a fulltime position as some kind of medical technician, so the publicity angle doesn't wash with me. It seems he really did do it out of curiousity rather than as some attempt at celebrity status.

  14. Galina L
    Diane, I know what you are talking about. Somehow after 45 the weight problem I had been controlling all my adult life by trying to eat less and exercising more, went out of control and by 46 I gained 26 lb. I just hate it when people bring that calorie-in-calorie-out as an unquestionable solution for being in a perfect weight. it took me 3.5 years to painfully slowly loose 35 lb. At the end and now my diet looks like VLC, no snacking , two meals a day within 6 hours of eating window. Thankfully, I am not hungry because I eat a lot of fat. In order to function properly your body has be adjusted to using body fat as an energy source. I don't have a link, but I read about some research done on solders on the North. It took for them 3 weeks to be able to perform after changing their diet from HC to LCHF. If you got use to eat often, in order to make the transition easier, try to drink unsweetened beverage with 1 Tbs or 2 of heavy cream or coconut oil every 2 hour between meals. Some people even have to gradually decrease their consumption of carbs. Check your thyroid when you can, if your doctor prescribe you he supplement due to the thyroid under-activity, request only natural form - natural deccicated thyroid.
  15. Mike
    What a cracking way to get the message out there!
    This guy knows exactly what he's doing as he knows the biochemistry of weight gain/loss.
    Spurlock's thing was to have a go at the fast food industry when he should have focussed on the overconsumption of carbs and the fear of saturated fat.
    Check out Tom Naughton's film 'Fat Head' for his take.
  16. Tyrannus
    There is some value to the experiment. A friend of mine with a similar starting point as Drew's, switched to low-carb about six months ago was amazed to learn that feeling awful all the time is NOT normal. A lesson he re-learns with each tumble off the wagon. A good thing to know if you want to relate to your clients.

    However, Drew's path back looks to be very body-builder-y. Low-fat protein and all sorts of powdered supplements. Can't help but think he's doing it the hard way.

  17. pj
    maybe if he stays this way foir a few years with a real junk diet...then loses weight it would be more interesting. But I'm sure he will have about 14 miuns of TV fame from this, BTW Morgan “Supersize me” Spurlock is a fraud from what I understand. You cannot have an honest documentary while generating facts to back your already given ending.
  18. Osa
    You should update this post on your website because Drew Manning lost the weight he gained and is pretty much back to normal again. You should see if you could interview him to find out how he lost the weight because I don't think he went completely low carb. In fact I think he used the low fat approach and exercise to drop the weight, which took a while. His transformation to fit again is on Youtube.

  19. mezzo
    What you are missing out on is that even somebody with a lot of muscle mass and a working metabolism WILL GET FAT on this kind of diet. Not surprising that an ordinary person who does not work out the way he does will put the weight on much more easily.
  20. Jake Lancing
    The question many of those pounds are fat and how many are muscle and how much is water? Unless you are astonishingly overweight, if you are losing 30 pounds a month by eating only 1800 calories, then most of it is either lean muscle tissue or water. Losing 7.5 pounds of fat a week is frankly unachievable and incredibly unhealthy.

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