Fit from Within

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Charles DAngelo shares the secret to weight-loss success.


St. Louis native Charles D’Angelo is no stranger to the dangers of obesity. At the age of 17, he was considered morbidly obese, weighing in at 360 pounds. After several health scares, struggles with bullies and a growing fear that he may not live to graduate high school, D’Angelo changed his mindset—and his life. He lost 160 pounds, and made it his life’s mission to help others lose weight as he did—and keep it off.

“I looked all around for help, and felt that something was missing,” D’Angelo says. “I found that the missing link was a mindset— how to disconnect from spontaneity and get consistent with diet and exercise.” So D’Angelo developed a system that he describes as a three-legged stool. The first two legs involve diet and exercise with more of a focus on consistency than strict meal regimens, intense workouts or special supplements. The third and most essential leg is getting into the right frame of mind. “Take responsibility and make your life the way you want it to be,” D’Angelo tells clients and devotees.

D’Angelo’s approach has helped thousands of overweight individuals transform their lives through one-on-one coaching; his book, “Think and Grow Thin,” was released in January 2012. Endorsed by former president Bill Clinton, Tony Robbins and Richard Simmons, the book provides strategies and comprehensive eating plans to target both the mind and muscles to reach weight-loss goals. And with notable names like Senator Claire McCaskill, Angela Bassett, Robin Carnahan and Catherine Hanaway sharing their success stories using D’Angelo’s “master your mindset” philosophy, it’s easy to see why so many seek his help. D’Angelo is currently working on his next book, which coaches readers on banishing internal doubt and subconscious limitations in order to go after what they want in life. The first step: take charge of health-related habits by nourishing and taking care of the body. Once you come up with your own reasons for getting fit and achieving the results you’re after, he says, the road is quite simple.




Photo credit: Kalie Long

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