Anyone who’s transformed their body through diet and exercise knows that it takes discipline and it takes dedication. And the trainers of Lifetime’s show Fit to Fat to Fit learned this lesson the hard way. Millions of us are overweight. I’m Drew Manning. I successfully trained hundreds of clients to lose weight and get in shape. My biggest failure was training my brother-in-law. He simply could not lose weight. No matter how hard I tried, I failed to help. That’s when I realized I was the problem. I needed to walk in his footsteps. So, I gained 75 pounds. I developed a fatty liver and the kidneys of an alcoholic. Together, we were able to lose the weight. Now, four trainers are going on the same journey from fit to fat to fit to help someone they love. It’s a journey that will change their lives forever. (audience applauding) Please welcome the stars of Lifetime’s Fit to Fat to Fit, trainers Drew Manning and Cary Williams. (audience applauding) I thought that the show ended with you all getting back to fit? What are you saying? I’m kidding. The two of you obviously are in great shape. One of the things that we really wanted to ask you was when you went through these transitions, there was the weight gain, the weight loss, but what did you all gain most in terms of your perspective? So, I thought it was just gonna be a physical transformation, but the biggest thing about this was how humbling it was and it was way harder than I ever imagined it would be and I realized how much of transformation is mental and emotional. Before, as a trainer, I used to focus on the physical. Eat less, workout, macros, calories, workouts. People know that, but the problem that people suffer with is on the mental and emotional side. The other surprise was how this affected me so quickly. So, 30 years of my life I was healthy, I was fit. In just six months time, completely gone. My testosterone dropped to the low 200s, blood pressure of 167 over 113. In just six months, I developed a fatty liver, which was really scary in just that short amount of time of letting myself go. So, it was an eye opening experience for me and it was very humbling and it made me realize how wrong I was as a trainer and now it helped me realize more of the mental and emotional side. Empathy, respect and a better understanding for those that struggle with the transformation. Let me ask you this. (audience applauding) So, you said that you gained 65 pounds. 75. 75 pounds in six months? In six months time.
In six months. Was that enough time for you to be that weight to understand everything that someone who’s on that heavier side, me being 420 pounds for most of my life, to be able to completely connect and understand the inner voice, the psychological, really understand where we’re coming from? Honestly, I tell people that I don’t have a complete understanding. Even if I gained 100 pounds or 200 pounds and kept it on for a few years, it’s not the same experience for somebody that grew up their entire life overweight, right? But, for me and for the trainers on the show, I can honestly say that we have a better understanding versus who we were before. So, if we come out of the experience with more respect and more empathy, in my opinion, that’s a positive for the trainers, so they get a glimpse of kind of how hard it is for the clients. Well, and the physiology, too, of weight gain and weight loss, Cary you said, you say you learned something surprising about women and, in particular, weight loss. What was that? Yeah, so basically, I was eating a lot of fast food and I would go in through the drive through and I always felt very embarrassed to go into the lobby to eat. And one day I decided I’m gonna go in the lobby, I’m gonna eat inside and I noticed there were a lot of men around and I thought, “Well, where are all the women at?” And I looked out the window through the drive through and they were all driving through the drive through. And it dawned on me that everybody looks at women in a different light and we are expected to look a certain way and I just said, I said, “Wow, “that’s why I’m embarrassed because I’m expected “to look a certain way” and I’m not saying that men don’t necessarily, but it’s definitely different for women than it and it is for men to watch their weight and to appear a certain way and it was definitely eye opening. Well, I think not only that, when you are on the heavier side, you are dealing with the weight, but you’re also dealing with the emotion and the psychological. Just to get to the gym, it’s not so much doing the workout, it’s getting to the gym and dealing with everybody staring at you that you are walking, I remember walking on the treadmill and the noise of the treadmill and everybody just looking at me and I’m like, “I’m here to lose weight” and I could feel the judgments. That, itself, is hard. How do you turn that around and inspire? Yes, and that was a big thing, going back to the gym because I used to be the one in the gym and I’m lifting the weights and I’m doing all of my cardio, I’m doing my boxing and I’m like oh, everybody looks at me and goes, “Oh, how is she doing it, what’s going on?” and then I walk in and I’m 40 pounds heavier and then I’m like, “Oh gosh, I don’t think people even “think I know what I’m doing” and that’s exactly what you’re saying. But, what you do to turn it around is you just, you talk to yourself inside and, like you just did, you’re just, you’re there, you have a goal, you have a purpose and that’s what you need to do and you need to not think about or look around to see what everybody else is doing. Just focus on yourself.