Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crazy or Brilliant?

Paul James, a former model and personal trainer in Melbourne, set out to gain a large amount of weight to see how his overweight clients truly felt- to get inside of their heads. He said it was difficult to relate to his heavy clients- so he decided to see what it was like.
He started eating like crazy, stopped exercising,
and gained over 40kg (roughly 88 pounds) in just 4 months.


He went from this to this:


(Picture from http://english.cri.cn/index.htm)

He's keeping the weight on until July and then plans to work hard and lose it by October.

Read the story here or here and then tell me what you think.
Crazy or Brilliant?





7 comments:

  1. He looks pregnant - not overweight. I don't know if he's going to get an accurate feeling of "what it's like" to be overweight since it's most in his belly. But... while I admire his dedication and tenacity - I wouldn't have done it. It's way too hard to get back in shape once you've lost it.

    So... crazy. :o)

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  2. Crazy.
    I think it is dangerous to do that to his body! What if he struggles so much to get the weight back off and he gives up? It is nice of him to want to relate to his heavy clients, but I am not sure it was all that smart.
    I wish him luck though! :)

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  3. Crazy. Like Dory said, he looks pregnant! I think he should have just tried wearing a fat suit for a while... what's he going to do if those MOOBS don't go away?

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  4. Crazy! He HAD a great bod, but what if he finds that it's too hard to get it back? It's not as easy as wanting to.

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  5. I understand his wanting to understand what his "heavy" clients were going through, but really, why not just talk to them. How much harder would that have been?

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  6. If he is able to "take the weight off" his "overweight" clients will have motivation and less excuses. Sometimes as a client (me the client) get into a thought that our trainers have something special that they are different than us. Well it's not that they are special- they have discipline and a will to live healthy.

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  7. I'm on the fence ;-) While I think what he's doing is very admirable, it's also dangerous. I think it's nice that he's trying to be symapthetic towards his clients needs but there are other safer ways to go about doing it.

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