I'm with Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks

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Perseus Books Group, Nov 8, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 244 pages
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For most people, weight loss is spurred by a pair of tight pants or a photo that shows one too many chins. But Edward Ugel isn’t most people. Ugel was forced to lose weight after his wife recorded him snoring--a sound so deafeningly horrible that his "turncoat” doctor made him wear a CPAP machine to sleep every night. That’s when Ugel, weighing in at 263 pounds (or, as he likes to describe it; 119 kilograms), realized he had to lose 50 pounds in order to live (literally) and sleep like a normal guy, and so his wife could see his face when she refused to have sex with him.

I’m with Fatty is Ugel’s honest and wickedly funny chronicle of a father, husband, and all-around-food-obsessed man as he attempts to lose 50 pounds in 50 weeks. A foodie who can’t remember the last time he exercised but can describe every bite of his last Chinese takeout meal, Ugel is a typical guy. But I’m with Fatty is a far cry from a typical weight-loss memoir, a category usually reserved for perky, inspiring fatties-turned-aerobics instructors who want to sell their brand of you-can-do-it.

For Ugel, losing 50 pounds isn’t about looking good at the beach. It’s about trying to save his life and figuring out how to live in a world without dim sum, smoked Italian meats, and the daily pleasure of cooking whatever, and however, he wants. Ugel merges this love of food with his all-male sensibility as he sets off on a yearlong journey to answer the questions, "Where does one draw the line between being a lifelong foodie and a food addict?” and "Can I really live without bacon?”

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User Review  - MichelleMF - LibraryThing

For me, at least, it's never fun to write a bad review. Instead, it feels like more of an obligation - a need to warn people off. It's doubly off-putting to give any weight-loss memoir a one-star ... Read full review

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User Review  - sandyreader - LibraryThing

I loved Edward Ugel's funny, self-effacing way of telling his story. There were many laugh-out-loud parts. Enough, in fact, that my husband read the book when I finished it and enjoyed it as well. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Edward Ugel is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions (Collins, 2007). He is a resident blogger for the Huffington Post, and a contributing writer for the New York Times and Washingtonian magazine.

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