Jake, on the left, going from 200 pounds, to 138 pounds, to 157 pounds. Oliver, on the right, going from 190 pounds, to 141 pounds, to 160 pounds.
We are Jake and Oliver Vettoretti, the identical twins behind “Never Two Fit”. We created this blog to share our fitness journey, healthy recipes, and to help others who have or are struggling with their eating, mental health, and physical fitness. We were born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and lived there until the age of 5, which is when we moved to Shanghai, China. We lived in Shanghai for 5 years and led a very healthy and active lifestyle, as we played many sports, including soccer, tennis, swimming, and track and field.
We moved back to the United States at 11 years old to Atlanta, Georgia. Due to the sudden introduction to many sweets and processed foods that had been unavailable to us in Shanghai, as these kinds of foods were not common in Shanghai and our parents willfully did not expose us to them, we very quickly began to gain a lot of unhealthy weight. Our parents are both very healthy and physically fit, and they strongly encouraged us to pick up our old sports, but we refused due to our comfort and content with the typical lethargic Southern lifestyle. We enjoyed sweet tea and fried chicken and sitting on the couch all day, which is unfortunately a very common American lifestyle.
Our unhealthy behavior continued, and we were both bullied throughout middle school and our freshman year of high school because of our weight, but finally, in the beginning of sophomore year, at the age of 15, we were given the opportunity to revamp our physical fitness. A close friend of ours, also at the time overweight, offered to take us to her new personal trainer with her and begin our journey of losing weight together.
We eagerly accepted the offer, as we were tired of being unhealthy and obese. We lost weight very rapidly because of our determination and effort towards our workouts, but more so due to our extreme eating habits and negative view towards food, which led us to develop eating disorders. It was after 3 months of working out that we developed eating disorders, and we struggled with different ones at a time for 6 months.
Our eating disorders began with our obsession with calories and weight, due to our tracking of calories and obsessive weigh-ins. We were consumed with tracking what we ate and the number on the scale so much that we would even have breakdowns due to our hunger and internal conflicts on whether to eat or not. Our parents were devastated when they saw how much our obsession with health and fitness consumed us, and we decided that we needed help. We were first diagnosed with Orthorexia, the obsession with eating healthy, and when we rid ourselves of this, our terrible relationship with food manifested itself in bulimia. We began to binge on fatty foods and desserts every Friday night, and then not eat and only drink water for days on end, sometimes for 3 and a half days at a time. Then our bulimia shifted from fasting to excessive exercise as punishment for eating. We would sprint up and down our stairs for hours on end in order to eat one slice of pizza, or go on 16 mile speed walks in sweatsuits in the middle of summer.
We knew we could not continue this behavior and contacted our friend, Amber Goppert, the owner of The Training Room Atlanta, who is immensely experienced in nutrition and fitness. Amber began to help us during the summer of 2018 by offering us a membership at her gym, free personal training, and eating therapy. She helped rebuild our muscles with special training and her encouragement of and introducing us to truly healthy eating. Amber has taught us how to maintain balance in our life with eating and fitness. We recovered from our eating disorders with the help of Amber and The Training Room Atlanta, and now live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
We train at The Training Room Atlanta 7 times a week and make sure to incorporate protein, complex carbs, veggies, and healthy fats into our diets everyday. By “diet” we do not mean restricted eating, but rather just what we consume. We do not follow a strict set of rules on what we eat, as this works for some people, but not for us. This is how we came to create our blog, “Never Two Fit”, and we will continue to share our journey, recipes, and more with hopes of helping others.