Summer Shape Up with Anthony Catanzaro

     Well, the time is here - summer's just around the corner, the winter coats are going back into the closet and the summer shorts are coming out of boxes - but your body is still in winter mode. Well, never fear cause Tony's here! What you're about to read will not only prepare you for summer, it will stay with you month after month year after year.

     When I was growing up, I used to work out in this tiny extra bedroom we had in our home. I remember blasting Rocky music as I trained with a mind set focused on what I wanted to achieve for the day, and that's the way I still train. Now's the time for you to put that fire back into your heart! Getting in shape and losing body fat is very simple and I want all of you to know that anyone can do it! The only thing stopping you from being in shape is you!

     The first thing you need to do to get into shape is walking. Did you know just walking up to one hour non-stop each day will reset your body weight to where it needs to be? And not only that, walking helps us digest our food better and speeds up our metabolism. You have to understand humans are not meant to sit around at a desk all day absorbing harmful radiation from a computer screen straight into your eyes. We're meant to be outdoors absorbing natural sunlight. Did you know that the sun is a powerful healing agent? It helps balance our serotonin levels which in turn helps us from getting depressed, which I believe is the number one reason why people are sick and over weight. Walking on the treadmill is second best, but if you could walk outdoors in the morning or even an hour after dinner, you'll see your body transform dramatically in just a few days.

     I always say, 'When your mind's right, your body will be tight!" If you can envision yourself having the body you want, then it will happen. If you don't see yourself thin, then it's time to shake off that negativity and listen to the inner voice inside you that says, "I can do this, I'm strong, I can accomplish anything, I'm not going to live like this one more day, I'm making a change right now!" What I'm trying to say is if you believe in yourself, then anything is possible! You become your environment and your environment becomes you, so that's why it's so important to hang around positive people who are going to encourage you to lose weight and who can support you. Stay away from people who are trying to bring you down. Instead, hold your head up high and reach for the sky!

     The second thing you need to do to get in shape is diet. Yes, I know you're all saying I heard this one already but hold on, I'm going to make this very simple. If you eat clean you have to get lean. So, what do I mean by "eating clean?" Well this is even simpler. Eating clean means eating nothing that is man-made or processed. Basically, anything that comes in a bag, box or a can is processed and has preservatives in it. This is what makes us fat and sick! Preservatives are toxic to the body because they're chemicals. Our bodies don't know what to do with these chemicals, so our whole body is thrown out of balance because of this.

     So what do we eat? Eat foods that come from the ground, all fruits, all vegetables, potatoes, etc. I always say," If God made it, use it, if man made it, lose it"! We also need protein to keep us firm and strong so what do we eat for protein? Chicken breast, Turkey breast, lean beef and fish (not shellfish). We're not designed to eat shellfish because shellfish are scavengers and what do scavengers do? They eat all the garbage at the bottom of the ocean floor. Lobsters, shrimps, clams, mussels, oysters are all shellfish and they contain high levels of heavy metals and other toxins. Eat only fish that swim. If they have gills, they can filter out toxins, shellfish just absorb them. Remember, you are what you eat!

     I create customized diet plans for people all over the world!  These plans are helping thousands of people all over the world get into the shape very quickly! Not only that, they're staying in shape all year long! Let me help you knock out the fat forever! I have complete faith in you and I know that this year is going to be your year to get back on track and stay there forever. "Remember, a person is not being judged on what pant size they are; they're judged on the size of their heart, and the strength of their character. Have a great summer and God bless!

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