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'Fit to Fat to Fit' fan recap: The scale is a liar

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Corey/Raela” | Aired Feb 16, 2016

Let’s face it: Every week of Fit to Fat to Fit is emotional. But this week on Fit to Fat to Fit, tears were shed as this week’s client, Raela, upped her confidence, closed some emotional wounds, and dropped the pounds. Her trainer, Corey, also learned about himself and the real struggle of weight loss. To me, his Fit to Fat to Fit journey will go down as one of the most powerful (along with last week’s episode), since he straight-up says that the scale, like the devil, is a liar.

Fit to Fat to Fit also feels like it’s finally getting into the nitty-gritty of the weight-loss journey with each episode, since we’re beginning to get small differences in how the Fit to Fat to Fit trainers react to weight gain and how the clients react to changing their habits. It’s a relief for the viewer, since it was beginning to seem like we would get the same episode every week. Of course, there are still thematic elements that remain the same, such as the trainers going through weight-related depression, the clients struggling the first few weeks, and a positive result at the end. But with last week’s and this week’s episode, Fit to Fat to Fit is slowly showing more aspects that go into weight loss. So let’s get into what happened this week, shall we?

Corey is not just a fitness nut; he’s a fitness addict. He has to stay moving because it seems like he just has too much kinetic energy inside of him. He says that he gets an adrenaline rush from exercise, and it makes him want to exercise more. Raela, on the other hand, starts out with the opposite problem. She admits that she loves junk food and gets a happiness from food that she can’t get from anything else. But she’s over 80 pounds overweight, and she’s unhappy. She can’t even look up to see the world due to her crippling lack of self-confidence.

During their initial consultation, Corey hits on one of Raela’s personal emotional blocks: her father’s death. After her father died when she was a child (presumably as a result of diabetic and/or heart-related complications, illnesses that run in both her mother’s and father’s families), Raela found comfort in food. But that comfort has been slowly killing her, and she’s ashamed at how she let herself get in the situation she now finds herself in. When Corey reveals that he’s going to gain about 60 pounds, she corners him on it in a way I haven’t seen other clients do yet. “Have you ever been that heavy?” she asks, pointedly. “You don’t want to be.”

It would seem that Raela’s assertion was right; Corey didn’t know what he was in for when it came to carrying around that extra weight. Before starting the experiment, Corey felt that the only thing stopping overweight people was willpower. During the experiment, Corey began to feel what it was actually like to be fat, and he realized that it’s not an easy experience that allows someone to just change their entire way of life on a dime. At first, of course, Corey loved eating all of the greasy, fattening food, and he was surprised to find that his new eating habits allowed him to be more sociable. He was beginning to think that eating tons of food and living it up at night was the life. But everything is fine when you can still fit into your skinny clothes; once the gut started coming in heavy (no pun intended), the depression started setting in. Things were officially bad for Corey when he couldn’t jump out of bed like he used to, or have the same energy for his clients.

The discussion with his assistant was probably the most illuminating part of the episode. Corey’s manager* (who is listed as his assistant in the episode) had planned a full day of business activities for him, but Corey was having none of it (even though she still put her foot down about him tending to his business schedule, a schedule she wasn’t going to change just because of his weight). Corey spews out his feelings about the emotional toll weight has taken, saying how the scale can’t possibly measure all of the emotional and psychological changes he’s going through. He seems disillusioned, as if he’s finally seeing the light about how difficult it is to have this kind of life.

Finally, Corey gains enough weight to stop the “Fit to Fat” part; now it’s finally time to start the “Fat to Fit” part. Raela is shocked when she sees Corey for the first time, but that shock wears off after they start the first workout. During the first and second workouts, there is a lot of frustration coming from Raela. Part of it is because Raela is getting used to tough workouts, but the other part is how energetic Corey is as a trainer. Clapping all the time, yelling, and general noise gets on Raela’s nerves. Raela even threatens to quit her second workout. But after Corey talks her down and after she sits and meditates on her decision-making for a minute, Raela remembers why she’s doing this: She’s trying to change, and quitting won’t change anything in her life. She gets back up and gets back into action.

(It’s not as if Corey didn’t have his own troubles with workouts too; during the first workout, Corey realized he’s not the old trainer he used to be, since he’s got to juggle more weight. It really took his machismo down a peg and made him a better trainer because of it.)

Raela starts losing major weight, but it seems as if she hits a plateau at some point, since she only loses two pounds in three weeks during the latter part of the episode. This seems to set her back mentally, causing her to not go as hard in training. Once again, Raela has to reset her mind to remember why she’s doing the hard work. Corey meets with Raela to see what’s up, and they start talking about self-confidence. Corey asks her where her self-confidence is, and she says that it’s up much more than it was before. Before, she would walk with her head down; now she can see what’s beautiful around herself.

After this point, Raela continues on her weight-loss journey, and at the end of the episode, she’s lost about 50 pounds. She didn’t make it to 80 pounds in four weeks, but she’s now well on her way to reaching her weight goal while increasing her confidence. Heck, if pushing a car (with Corey inside!) doesn’t increase your self-confidence, nothing will. As far as Corey’s experience goes, of course he’d get back in shape. In fact, he got in even better shape than before. But the experience opened his eyes to the world of weight issues. He realized that losing weight isn’t just about the body; it’s about shaping yourself to become the best version of you possible. If you’re working on getting the best you out of your head and into reality, then that’s the real work.

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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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