Fit to Fat to Fit: Tramell, Johnny, and Jason

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Tramell, Johnny, and Jason

Meet Tramell! He is 31 and has been a trainer for 9 years in Atlanta. He got his work ethic from his dad and does a lot of heavy lifting. His diet is highly scientific, researched and measured. He and his wife are both big into health and fitness, and support each other generally, except that his wife thinks this experiment is a bad idea. Smart woman. Tramell does not like to see fat people in revealing clothing. Avoid state fairs, is all I have to say on that subject, Mr. Judgy.

Meet Johnny and Jason! They are an engaged interracial same-sex couple who love to cook and eat. “We might be codependent,” Jason says. They eat all their meals together and want to feed off each other in a positive, getting-healthy sort of way, instead of a “let’s fry up Spam” kind of way. They want to be healthy for each other so they can live a long and happy life. I like these dudes so far. It’s important for a partner to be on board.

The Consultation

Tramell goes through their kitchen (“this is where the magic happens,” Johnny jokes) and announces everything he doesn’t like, dividing foods into “no” and “go.” Shit, he’s got slogans, y’all. Tramell says his goal is to gain 60 pounds (from 181 starting weight) so they can work together to lose weight. “Are you scared?” Johnny says with a smile. Johnny is a perceptive one, and interviews that food is a drug, and this might not be easy to come back from.

Fit to Fat

Tramell’s game plan: fried and barbecue EVERYTHING. Also, cornbread. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! He also followed a “big dude” down four grocery store aisles and just bought everything he did. That’s a new strategy! “I have no shame in my game. I have made a rule with my clients that if you are a minute late, you have to bring me donuts.” LOL. I like this guy. So far he is having fun with it, and has gained 43 pounds in 2 months. Yowza.

The doctor brings him a reality check that he now has high blood pressure and high cholesterol and may need to go on medication. He ain’t no quitter, though, and continues to gain weight at a slower pace. He is getting bullied by the teenagers he coaches. What Would Clare Do? Clare would take this opportunity to teach those little assholes that bullying someone, even someone foolish enough to gain weight on purpose, is not funny or cute. No way should he be tolerating this, because he needs to help guide these kids to be better people and more compassionate. On Tramell’s last day of weight gain, he is joylessly shoving donuts into his mouth. Right there, that is the realest moment on this show so far.

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After writing for a few publications in college, Clare took an extended break to become a certified personal trainer, get huge blisters during marathons, and find a suitable triathlete/engineer to marry. In her spare time she partakes in many nerd hobbies including replaying Final Fantasy hundreds of times, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and live-tweeting "Whodunnit?" One time Clare was given 43 hot sauce packets in a Taco Bell driveway. There is a strategy to it. E-mail: clare@whatelseison.tv
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