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Carrying around extra weight isn’t only a physical affliction. From facing health issues to dwelling in a negative mindset, being overweight can prove to be a bigger burden than what is seen at face value. Charles D’Angelo, the nationally renowned transformation coach based in St. Louis, empowers his clients with the tools and strategies to reclaim their lives.

“I’ve found that when you have strong reasons to change, you can do just about anything,” shares D’Angelo, who weighed 360 pounds almost two decades ago. “My focus is helping clients to change their mindset from one of limitation to one of possibility, shifting from self-destructive habits to self-loving ones.”

Under D’Angelo’s tutelage, John Dietl shed 100 pounds and restored his health. A few years prior, he did not believe himself capable of such transformation. That was shortly after Dietl lost his son to suicide.

“Kevin, an all-around amazing son and athlete, was my inspiration and guide in being healthy,” Dietl laments. “When he passed, I fell apart. He wanted me to be healthy, happy.”

Kevin was 10 weeks away from graduating as a medical doctor from A.T. Still University when he passed. Many medical students face immense pressure like he did, so Dietl and his family resolved to do something. “All we can do is share his story,” Dietl says. “My wife and I want to honor his name.”

At medical institutions and organizations, Kevin’s story struck a chord. Emmy award-winning film producer Robyn Symon approached the Dietl family about being in her new documentary, Do No Harm, which uncovers the silent epidemic of physician suicides. The most hopeful part of taking Kevin’s story to the screen has been seeing the people it’s touched.

“We’ve seen change like you can’t believe,” Dietl shares. “I knew I had to change the way I lived and Charles helped me do that. His is a dynamic program. It’s got what a book can’t tell you, what a pill can’t give you.”

Dietl has resumed running and biking, and doctor’s visits are showing positive results. “There is an open and honest relationship between Charles and I,” Dietl reports. “Never did he make me feel stupid, lazy or irresponsible. Charles has been a true mentor.”

For Brian Goggens, family was more than enough motivation to free himself of his extra weight. “I wanted to live longer for my children,” he says. “Losing 85 pounds and being more physically fit has been most rewarding.”

Like many, Teena Sanders’ weight yo-yoed most of her life. “I’ve done every diet out there,” she admits. “I’d have some success but then immediately start gaining the weight back.” In the wake of significant weight loss, Sanders found herself in her old pattern of regaining what she had lost. She saw D’Angelo on television, talking about mindset, and made the call.

In their first meeting, she was blown away by what she ended up learning about herself. “Charles helped me realize I was using food to stuff down my feelings,” Sanders says. “There’s nothing wrong with feeling them, though. Now, I exercise every day and look forward to it. I weigh what I did in sixth grade.”

Previously, Sanders, who is now 125 pounds lighter in total, dreaded shopping for clothes. “I didn’t like the way I looked,” she says. “I am so surprised at what I can now buy at any store. I feel much better today.”

For Scott Pett, losing 95 pounds only happened after D’Angelo helped him to reconfigure his relationship with food. “I reached a point in my life where I couldn’t take it anymore,” Pett recalls. “Then, Charles explained that food is fuel for your body. He gave me a different perspective and now I’m getting my health back. I feel good about myself again.”

D’Angelo emphasizes that physical transformation is a byproduct of the inner philosophical shifts that result from his coaching. “My coaching is for the people who feel like they’ve tried everything and nothing works,” he reflects. “I’ve been there. When you recognize and tap into your own inner power, weight loss is just the start of your success.”

Charles D’Angelo, 314-495-3228, charlesdangelo.com

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