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October 24, 1985 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Alma mater||St. Louis University|
|Occupation||Weight loss coach|
Charles D’Angelo (born October 24, 1985) is a weight loss coach and the author of Think and Grow Thin, a book on weight loss.
D'Angelo grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. At one point as a teenager, he was 6'4" inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 360 pounds (163 kg). He was frightened that he might be going blind from type-2 diabetes and was regularly bullied about his weight. In 2003, at the age of 17, he saved up to join a gym, but was denied membership because his family didn’t have a credit card. Instead, by putting himself on a regular exercise schedule and consistent diet plan, and studying psychology and self-help books, he was able to lose 160 pounds over the following 2 years. He then began lifting weights to develop muscle. While attending St. Louis University, he was invited to speak about his weight loss to groups in St. Louis.
Weight loss program
D’Angelo’s weight loss program revolves around what he calls the “three-legged stool”: healthy eating, regular exercise and a strategic mindset. D’Angelo recommends that his clients exercise at least five times a week, create a sustainable plan, and keeping exercise fun. In order to separate food from emotion, clients eat the same healthy meals every day for two weeks at a time, consisting of breakfast followed by small meals every two-to-three hours.
D'Angelo has a number of famous clients, include actress Angela Bassett, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and former Speaker of the Missouri House Catherine Hanaway.
D’Angelo’s weight loss guide, Think and Grow Thin, was published on January 16, 2012. The book presents an 88-day weight loss plan. He worked on it for five years, starting when he was a student at St. Louis University. It was endorsed by Bill Clinton as one of Clinton’s three favorite diet books of 2012; he wrote a blurb for the book after D’Angelo successfully coached several of Clinton’s friends. It has also been endorsed by Tony Robbins and Richard Simmons.
- Think and Grow Thin: The Revolutionary Diet & Weight-Loss System That Will Change Your Life (Robert Kennedy Publishing, 2012)
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