A new series will start with the seemingly counterintuitive strategy of taking people who are in shape and fattening them up. A&E announced plans today for the reality series, “Fit to Fat to Fit,” which premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
A&E, which describes the series as “groundbreaking,” explains that it “follows personal fitness trainers from across the country as they undertake the most extreme weight-loss experiment ever: by forcing themselves to gain weight, they aim to better understand the struggles of their obese clients as they lose the weight together.”
The announcement credits professional fitness trainer Drew Manning with coming up with the idea, noting that in 2012 Manning “saw that there was a disconnect between him and his out of shape clients. They claimed he couldn’t understand what they were going through. So he purposely gained 75 pounds to understand the struggle to lose it. It was the hardest thing he’d ever done, but it changed his life forever.”
On “Fit to Fat to Fit,” 10 trainers who are at the top of their game will take on a similar challenge, “agreeing to intentionally pack on the pounds by indulging in an unhealthy diet and completely refraining from exercise in order to transform from fit to fat,” A&E says.
“After four months of gaining weight under medical supervision, each trainer will rejoin their client and together they’ll begin a four-month transformation from fat to fit,” the announcement adds.
The series is produced for A&E Network by Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media. Executive producers for Renegade 83 are Dan Partland, Jay Renfroe, and David Garfinkle. Executive producer for Gaspin Media is Jeff Gaspin. Executive producers for A&E Network are Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson and Rick Hankey.