Synopses & Reviews
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 isnt most people. Ugel was forced to lose weight after his wife recorded him snoringa sound so deafeningly horrible that his turncoat” doctor made him wear a CPAP machine to sleep every night. Thats 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.
Im with Fatty is Ugels 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 cant remember the last time he exercised but can describe every bite of his last Chinese takeout meal, Ugel is a typical guy. But Im 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 isnt about looking good at the beach. Its 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?”
Midwest Book Review, January 2012
“Enlightening and hilarious reading.”
One mans humorous and heartfelt journey through his yearlong attempt to regain his health and change his life.
About the Author
Edward Ugel is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Money for Nothing: One Mans 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.