I read through Fit2fat2fit to see the story and why so many people are talking about it. It is a brief overview of one personal trainer’s story of how he was fit, purposely got fat, and plans to lose the weight in the same amount of time it took to gain the weight. In 6 months he went from 193 lbs to 263 lbs using an unrestricted diet while abstaining from any form of exercise.
His goal is to motivate and show people how to become and stay fit. Basically this enormous weight gain will grant him some insight on what it means to be fat and unfit and the challenges faced by fat and unfit people who are trying to lose weight (like overweight and obese people need to be reminded—“now that I think about it, this belly sure makes crunches difficult!”).
I would imagine this would be offensive to people who are overweight and are trying to lose weight. Why? Because it’s insulting to those who have worked hard for very little in return as far as weight loss goes because of a number of factors that ultimately lead to obesity (genetics, socioeconomic status, and culture just to name a few). I mean here’s this genetically gifted individual who will probably lose all the weight that he’s gained over a relatively short period of time (presumably most overweight people gain their weight over a span of years, not months), who will inevitably claim how it’s “been a long and arduous journey but you can do it too.” And with this self-destructing accomplishment people will think, “well, if he did can do it, why can’t I?”
It’s not fair on so many levels that it honestly disgusts me. But on the other, miniscule hand, it just might motivate people to lose weight; especially those that need to lose 70 or so pounds. Some might lose the weight following his diet plan that will inevitably be posted (or can be purchased for a low price!), some might lose a little, but I believe most will be let down because the strict diet and exercise program he will be following to ensure his weight loss will be incompatible to the majority of people. You simply cannot expect average (and below-average) Joe’s to diet and workout hardcore. It’s like making someone who’s only walked in his or her life run a marathon! Disappointment is sure to ensue.
Regardless if this will help motivate people to exercise and eat healthy, this guy is inflicting harm to himself just to prove a point! Under the guise of health promotion and motivation, this is nothing but a shameless ploy to gain publicity and make money.
written by Piotr Lewkowski, a POW Intern, Senior at UIC Department of Kinesiology