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'Fit to Fat to Fit' fan recap: Alex's emotional weight-loss journey

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Alex/Geoff” | Aired Feb 9, 2015

Just when you probably thought Fit to Fat to Fit was getting repetitive, we get hit with the most dramatic episode yet. Fit to Fat to Fit‘s latest trainer/client duo, Alex and Geoff, had one heck of a time getting in shape. But between puking, depression, binging, chest pains, and a breakup, Alex probably had the roughest Fit to Fat to Fit journey of any trainer yet.

Interestingly enough, Alex’s journey was compounded by the fact that he was probably the cockiest of the Fit to Fat to Fit trainers seen so far. Maybe it was because he was also a registered dietitian that he felt like he had weight loss down pat. Like most of the trainers before their Fit to Fat to Fit journey, Alex naïvely thought that weight loss was all about willpower. To some degree, it is about willpower, but Alex wasn’t ready for the emotional brick wall that was coming his way.

Before we even get into the tailspin that was the first four months of Alex’s journey, let’s talk about Geoff. Geoff is a young man engaged to the love of his life—but his fiancée, mother, and father are worried about his health. While he’s scarfing down tons of powdered-sugar-covered doughnuts, his loved ones want him to have a long life to look forward to. As his own father said, you want your child to live to be 99. (I’d round that number up to a cool 100, personally.) Geoff also wants to lose weight, but his reasons for weight loss are mostly for beauty reasons. He wants to be the thin guy he feels his fiancée deserves. He wants to look great in his wedding photos. But he also seems too scared to try to get that bangin’ body he wants.

Alex begins to feel some of what Geoff has been feeling for years when he starts his weight gain. What’s wildly different is how much Alex begins loving the fat life. He states how he can socialize better with his girlfriend, have fun on the town more, and how even his family likes him better when he’s eating more. For the first two to two and a half months, Alex is having the time of his life … so much so that he even considers not going back to the fitness life. Of course, he quickly learns why there are major pros to being in shape, but for now, he’s realizing how much life he’s missed out on by reducing himself to just his body and fitness.

However, when the other shoe drops, it drops hard. Alex starts getting moody, tired, and depressed. He goes to the doctor for chest pains and shortness of breath. He starts arguing with his girlfriend about seemingly everything. The arguments get so bad that he breaks up with her! This is the final straw when it comes to his increasing mental instability. His depression gets so horrible that he gets physically ill one day and can’t keep anything down. He’s become miserable. The last day of his eating regimen looks physically painful, so it’s a relief to him and the viewer when he can finally stop the weight gain and focus on the weight loss.

Just when you thought that was all the throwing up we’d see in this episode, we were treated to yet another vomiting scene, thanks to Geoff. During the first workout (which was, like Adonis and Alissa’s first workout, set on a beach), Geoff comes to terms with just how out of shape he is. The paces Alex has put him through are too much for his body, and his stomach rejects whatever he’d been eating that day. Call me a germophobe, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a nasty beach. So I can’t even describe the level of skin-crawliness I experienced when I thought about people arriving at the beach and being presented with a pile of vomit. How would the sanitation workers feel, having to clean up vomit on the beach? UGH. I can’t even. Anyway, things get even worse for Geoff when Alex visits his apartment with Geoff’s bloodwork in tow. Geoff was in extremely bad shape. He was in the heart-attack range and he was nearing a pre-diabetic stage. At first, Geoff was in denial, stating that he actually felt relief at not being one day away from a heart attack. But Alex looked shocked (rightly so) and impressed upon him that he was basically in the danger zone. It finally hit home for Geoff—and with that, Geoff became even more committed to losing weight.

Alex and Geoff began training together to lose tons of weight in the remaining four months they had together, and in the middle of the training, Geoff’s commitment began waning more and more. Ironically, his waning commitment was happening as he was losing tons of weight. Alex had another sit-down with Geoff, and Geoff revealed that he wants to have the ripped body, but he’s not seeing the results he wants to see. After all of the drama Alex has been through, Alex is in a great position to tell him that the body doesn’t matter; what matters is his health. Geoff hears him, but it doesn’t sink in until Alex shows Geoff his updated bloodwork. Due to months of hard work, Geoff is finally in the clear! With that burst of motivation, Geoff keeps up his eating and exercise regimen. Soon it’s graduation day.

Geoff’s original goal was to lose 83 pounds to get to an even 200 pounds; he ends up losing five more pounds than his goal, putting him at 195! Alex, of course, gets back to his old self, but he also reunited with his girlfriend during his weight-loss journey, and learned a ton about himself. He now has the tools to be more sympathetic with his new clients and, of course, he’ll keep up with Geoff as friends.

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Fit to Fat to Fit airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on A&E.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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