Purposely becoming unfit!

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    Oct 18, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/why-a-personal-trainer-is-making-himself-obese-on-purpose-2583990/

    Finally a demonstration to disprove the, "Its in my genes" myth.

    This guy's fat pic looks just like pics guys post who say they can't achieve a hard body because of their genetic makeup.
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    Oct 18, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Doesn't necessarily disprove the bad genes excuse. A person with truly "bad genes" wouldn't have the type of fit body that this guy started out with.

    I do commend the guy for his efforts in empathy that so few people (especially personal trainers) have for fat people these days (Note that "empathy" is NOT the synonymous with "coddling"), provided he learns as much as he can from the experience. Getting an average-bodied couch potato into shape is much different from getting a clinically obese person into shape. There are specific physical and mental hurdles that some people will never understand unless they themselves have experienced it.

    Some of the shit I see trainers putting their heavier clients through makes me furious! Not because the client is suffering through hell, but because some of the shit they're doing is setting themselves up for injury...all in the name of "whipping" a fatty into shape. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 18, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    I don't see it as empathetic at all.

    I think he's doing it to prove to people theyneed to stop whining and start doing shit.

    He's basically gonna prove that it's easy.

    The only real flaws I see are that well... he's quite addicted to working out it seems form his body beforehand, and hwo he talks about missing it, so he has the motivation others don't.
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    Oct 18, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    i saw this too... that is insane that that happened to him in only six months. i went from being extremely active to being a "couch potato" and i didnt do anything active for almost 2 years and i never came anywhere near the way he looks. It will be amazing to see if he can actually get back to where he was before...
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidI don't see it as empathetic at all.

    I think he's doing it to prove to people theyneed to stop whining and start doing shit.



    In other words, "If I can do it, you can do it, too" - empathy.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Oct 18, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    http://www.5min.com/Video/Trainer-Transformation-from-Fit-to-Fat-to-Fit-480322199

    Already been done in Australia. It's still fascinating to see what happens. icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 18, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    For those of you who won't click the link to the story - here he is after 5 months with 4 weeks left to go on the bad diet and no working out. Would you ever do this transformation to yourself in 5 months on purpose? Holy crap. If I were an actor being paid $20M for a role, MAYBE...but otherwise? No thanks!

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    Now, who's going to remember to follow up in 7 months when he's supposed to be back to normal?
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    It would take me millions, literally millions to do that to my body.

    Absolutely horrible.
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Fitness people have done this in the past.
    It doesn't make any real statement at all.
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:51 PM GMT
    it doesn't say what he's been doing for these past six months - he can't possibly be working in a personal trainer capacity for he wouldn't be able to keep that fat on.

    Most people would probably find it easy to keep that fat on, but people who have physical jobs would find it a bit difficult to do nothing and get to this point.
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    Oct 18, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    Oh...joy. He's doing this and he's married. His wife must be delighted.

    It'll be interesting to see if he can get back into the same shape he was before.

    And, how long it will take him.
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    Oct 18, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    metatextual saidit doesn't say what he's been doing for these past six months - he can't possibly be working in a personal trainer capacity for he wouldn't be able to keep that fat on.

    Most people would probably find it easy to keep that fat on, but people who have physical jobs would find it a bit difficult to do nothing and get to this point.



    I have had more than one fitness trainer with a huge gut, especially the former football players.


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    Oct 18, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    To be honest this seems overkill.

    And about "My genes are making me look fat": I lost fat and gained weight by using the same feeding pattern (paleo) that others lose weight on. And I say feeding pattern because somehow the word 'diet' has been corrupted into meaning 'weight-loss diet'.
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    Oct 18, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    This experiment would be like my worst nightmare. . .
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    Oct 18, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    I personally think using your genes as an excuse is bs. One of my friends was obese and everyone always thought that he was obese because his dad is also. As soon as he started making an effort to change his diet and lose weight he lost about 150 pounds and he said that he feels like a different person now. So much for it being genetic. Our genes obviously limit us in some ways (I'm probably never going to be able to dunk a basketball or get six pack abs), but using genes as an excuse for obesity is ridiculous.
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    Oct 18, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    pre_mortem saidTo be honest this seems overkill.

    And about "My genes are making me look fat": I lost fat and gained weight by using the same feeding pattern (paleo) that others lose weight on. And I say feeding pattern because somehow the word 'diet' has been corrupted into meaning 'weight-loss diet'.


    I did the same switching to the Paleo.... Lifestyle. I finally convinced one living friend this March and she lost 40 lbs , with no exercise other than walking. Humans aren't met to be fat regardless of genes. Try putting anything besides gasoline in your car's tank and see how far you get.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said

    Try putting anything besides gasoline in your car's tank and see how far you get.


    Well when you put it that way... Funny, but true My trainer is constantly telling me 'eat clean.' He does and that man is a work of art.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    Yet another clown stroking his own ego. I'd much rather watch Chris Powell make morbidly obese people lose weight. MMMm....Chris Powell.
  • mynyun

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    Oct 19, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    I JUST read that on yahoo. I wondered why I didn't see it here yet. Amidst the crap like Lady Gaga and Britney's new songs and secret crushes and stuff here.

    Looks interesting but I wouldn't do it.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    This really doesn't help anything. Genes do play a role in how much energy you have, how you process food, how you build muscle, etc. Most trainers that I've known are high energy people. Even the ones who were fat at some point in their lives were still active and energetic. It was relatively easy for them to get into shape.

    I have bad genes, with a bad thyroid on top of that. Most people in my family have low energy and slow metabolisms. It takes more effort for us to stay in shape. If you want to show people that we shouldn't use our genes as an excuse, find someone who has bad genes and help them get into shape. Then you can demonstrate that people may have bad genes, but we aren't doomed to be out-of-shape because of them.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidHumans aren't met to be fat regardless of genes.


    Disagree. We're designed to gain fat to store fuel for lean times. That's why we crave sugar and fat so much, and that's why our bodies protest when we expend energy to keep up from burning too much energy. Understanding how our bodies are designed and how that design backfires in the modern world is part of the learning process for getting into shape.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    He is damn hot. Great smile.

    It is cool that he mentions not liking soda (which is a major addiction to most overweight people) and how he got headaches without it.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    I think people who are Samoan, Hawaiian, or Island Pacific by descent are shaking their heads knowing their human evolution has enabled them to survive on fewer calories and now they're suffering with the typical American food.

    So, on that, this guy's assumptions are wrong.

    My first personal trainer was Hawaiian/Chinese. He taught a few spinning/cardio classes every day to stay in the shape he was in and still had to eat clean.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    Bottom line is that 25-30+ years ago there was NOT anywhere near the amount of obese/fat people so for so many people to be blaming it on their genes is farcical.. just a cop out really for laziness. Seeing fat people back then was almost a rarity and obese people were circus sideshows, not electric-carting around en masse in Walmart and up and down city sidewalks like today.
    It's more like a glandular problem really, their salivatory glands.

    Most people in their 30's and below now have NO idea about that because they've never lived it... they've been surrounded by fat and obese people all their lives and it's become normal to see so many of them.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    It's kind of insulting and I wouldn't be able to do it without /wrists