This morning a website caught my eye which really blew my mind. Now, I like a Biggest Loser-esque weight loss journey as much as the next person, but it's usually because the person in question is losing weight, getting fit and learning healthy eating habits. This guy? Not so much. Here's the personal trainer last May:
And now here he is today:
He has gained over 70 pounds and stopped exercising-- ON PURPOSE. It's all part of his year long program call Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit. He plans to spend 6 months gaining weight, eating the "typical American diet" and doing no exercise. Then, he will spend 6 months trying to get back in shape. The idea is to make him a better personal trainer, by understanding the difficulties average people go through when they need to lose weight.
Is he on to something, or just crazy?
Here are my thoughts: while the idea is interesting, it's just irresponsible for anyone to intentionally put their bodies through that. I'm not just talking about weight here-I mean blood pressure, cholesterol, digestion issues, heart problems, everything. But will it be worth it if it makes him a more compassionate and empathetic personal trainer and weight loss coach?
What do you think? Is the whole thing just a gimmick or a real experiment?
I definitely think it's (at least now) a publicity stunt. I can't imagine it will be easy on his body, and who knows if we will recover from these mass eating binges he does almost daily to gain weight?
This guy is obviously making some profit from the whole thing. If you could gain $1,000 for every single pound you gained, how much would you put on? You can lose it after a year!
Ah! I don't know. Maybe 10 pounds? I could use ten grand!