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An unusual perspective on weight loss,
This review is from: Fit2Fat2Fit (Hardcover)
The American author, a part-time physical trainer who had always been fit and active, set out deliberately to mimic the bad habits of some of his clients, with a view to gaining insight into why so many of them found losing fat and gaining fitness so difficult. At the peak of his 75lb/33kg weight gain he would reverse the process: in theory, this would demonstrate that he was right and that his clients were whiners. He would blog about the whole process.
The result was an emotional rollercoaster for the author and his family. Having become obese for the first time in his life, the author encountered all the associated psychological problems as well as the novel experience of pain, breathlessness and disinclination to exercise that he had thought his clients were exaggerating. He emerged from his ordeal only with the support of family members, and with an enhanced respect for people who do succeed in turning their lives around.
There is a diet plan for rapid weight loss and sensible suggestions for exercise. The only problem I had with the book was the feeling that this was essentially a magazine article expanded to the length of a book; there is a fair amount of repetition, and as with all diet and exercise books that stick to the facts about weight loss, there is nothing really new here. But the author writes amusingly, and he deserves some credit for having challenged preconceptions among the fit and active about how easy it is for the ordinary person to lose weight.