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To help his clients, trainer Drew Manning gained 60 pounds and he joins The Doctors to explain this unconventional approach to helping others with weight loss and he explains why he's gaining weight again.
He tells Dr. Ian Smith he is packing on the pounds to help better understand the struggle his clients deal with on their weight loss journey. He says before gaining weight, he thought it would be so simple to lose it. Through the process, he realized that approach was wrong. Now close to 40, he's undergoing the experiment again with a different metabolism and different hormone levels, compared to when he did it almost 10 years ago.
The trainer says his goal now is to bring empathy to the fitness industry, saying he feels it can be very judgmental and lacks understanding for people who live in bigger bodies.
He also says now that he is approaching 40, he wants to better understand how people in this age group struggle with weight loss. He says if others feel a sense of hope and community on their weight loss journey it can be easier for them to succeed.
Drew says he will eat around 6000 calories a day in order to gain weight. A surprising thing he has learned in this process is how weight gain can affect mental, emotional, and spiritual health. For him, the weight gain has caused sleep issues, feeling more emotional, brain fog, and irritability. He also notes weight gain can affect someone's energy levels, sex drive, which he wants to shed light on.