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03:15 Drew intentionally stopped exercising and gained 75 pounds of fat in 6 months to better understand his clients. He ate highly processed, cheap, convenient standard American foods. He lost all of his new gained fat in 6 months.
04:40 Drew soon he started snoring, breathing heavy when going up stairs, and holding his breath to tie his shoes.
05:12 The greatest toll of the weight gain was on an mental and emotional level. This experience changed the way Drew views transformation.
05:49 Your identity is based on what your body looks like your entire life. I am more than my body. I have more to offer this world. Transformation is more mental and emotional than most trainers think.
06:51 Food addiction is more powerful than people think. Fast food is convenient, tastes good and is addictive, like a drug.
07:48 It takes an overhaul of a person’s life and how they view food. Healthy looks different on every one of us. Health is more than looks.
09:40 The most success working with overweight people will come from spending 80% of the effort on mental and emotional challenges and 20% on the physical program and diet.
10:33 People need a support system, a community. If you feel understood, you are more willing to do the work. Drew helps to run a few successful FaceBook groups of 10s of thousands of people helping each other and talking about their failures in a safe place.
12:24 Apps or programs that involve money can be good motivators to achieve goals.
14:29 Losing the weight was much more difficult than he thought it would be. Knowing that people were following him on line kept him on goal.
16:03 Drew’s personality changed with his weight gain. It was a snowball effect. His sleep was affected by snoring, which affected his hormones and energy levels. Testosterone dropped. Confidence dropped. His blood pressure increased.
17:00 Food affects you at a cellular level, affecting your hormones and gut bacteria. It changes who you really are.
19:42 Drew went from 5,000 calories of junk food to 2,000 calories of real whole food. The food tasted awful. He felt miserable for about 2 weeks. He now understands what his clients tell him when they to a whole foods diet.
21:19 Drew invited his followers to join him on his weight loss journey. He blogged about it honestly. The outlet helped him.
22:45 Weight loss did not generally occur on weeks when Drew traveled.
23:12 On the last 5 months of his weight loss journey, Drew worked out 5 days a week for 30 to 40 minutes. Monday, Wednesday and Friday were super set lifting days. Tuesdays and Thursdays were his high intensity interval training days.
24:00 The first 30 days of back to fit, Drew did not exercise. He wanted to show people how powerful nutrition is. He lost 19 pounds. His bloodwork when back to normal levels. His blood pressure came down and his testosterone more than doubled.
25:07 In order to make a long lasting lifestyle change, you need to figure out your emotional connection to food. Be open to professional help.
28:45 Love yourself, but always be working on a better version of yourself.
29:33 Drew has changed his perception of what it means to be healthy and fit.
31:53 When you see yourself as a failure, you do failure-like things. Much suffering stems from relationships with others, society or ourselves.
33:30 Drew changed the way he is raising his children. Meditation has helped Drew be truly present.
34:30 Daughters learn how to love from their mothers and learn how to be loved from their fathers.
36:18 Drew’s ideal morning routine includes meditation with Joovv red light therapy, then positive affirmations, which he says aloud. He drinks lots of water with a pinch of sea salt. The then writes 3 to 5 things for which is his grateful, his to do list and his goals, which he says aloud. He drinks fatty coffee, works out and then works.
40:25 Drew’s desert island nutrients are magnesium citrate or glycinate, as well as turmeric and a probiotic.
41:00 Drew’s elevator pitch is that we should tell the truth about what is healthy and not healthy, as well as use that truth in food policy.