Stavros Mastrogiannis is a 27-year veteran of the weight loss field. He is the owner of Live Your Way Thin LLC, a personal training facility in Danbury CT and he is the creator of the Simple Way To Vibrant Health online coaching system. Stavros specializes in working with people who want to lose weight and get in shape but don't love fitness. He teaches them how to lose weight and significantly improve their health without having to count calories, point or give up their favorite foods and without having to spend all their free time in the gym. The fact is, losing weight and improving your health is a lot easier than most fitness professionals make it.
There are thousands of weight loss experts out there with all different opinions on weight loss and health. So, what makes Stavros's views any better than other weight loss experts?
Early in his fitness career, Stavros realized that he was part of a failing industry. Failing, not because they were not making money, they were making plenty of money. In 1992 the year Stavros got into the weight loss field, in American alone, we spent $30 billion on weight-loss products and services and our weight as a nation went up that year. Today we are spending over $65 billion per year on weight-loss products and services, and our weight is continuing to go up, and our health is continuing to deteriorate. That is why Stavros calls it a failing industry because it does not deliver on its promises.
Stavros does not think the industry is failing because fitness professionals don't care. Unfortunately, they have not been able to make any difference because of the way they were taught to approach weight loss and health by their formal education.
The fact that fitness professionals need to realize is that not everything they learned in school about weight loss and health is correct.
So, the big question is, how was Stavros able to come up with a sustainable solution to the weight problem, whereas most of his fellow fitness professionals have failed? You see, most fitness professional today got their education on fitness, health, and nutrition from a college, university, and professional certification courses. Nothing wrong with formal education obviously, Stavros got plenty of formal education too. He has a diploma in fitness and nutrition and held five different types of fitness certification. The problem with too much formal education is that sometimes it puts your thinking in a box. In other words, it limits your ability to think with an open mind. If what you were taught was not 100% accurate, like in the case of fitness and nutrition, you must have an open mind to find the answer.
The reason Stavros was able to come up with a sustainable solution to the weight problem was because of his ability to think outside the box. What gave Stavros the ability to think outside the box was his upbringing. You see, unlike most other fitness professionals who study health and fitness, Stavros lived it first hands. He was raised on a Greek island where he was submerged in a very healthy culture. Where he was raised, thin and healthy was the norm. People in the 90s lived productive lives free from most the diseases that most older adults suffer and die from in the western world today. When Stavros lived in Greece, he thought cancer was a rare disease, and diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's were unknown to him.
His upbringing caused him to question what he had learned in school about proper nutrition and health because it contradicted how many healthy cultures live and eat. That helped keep his mind open to other possibilities. He realized early on that just because something is taught in a University or because the person who said it has a Ph.D., it does not necessarily make it right. Stavros believes that we need to question everything we learn, and we need to make sure that what we learned makes sense to us. So, Stavros was challenging and researching everything he was learning, no matter the source of information. What he discovered was that many of the things that colleges and university were teaching their students about proper nutrition and health were completely or partially wrong. It's an unfortunate fact that special interest groups have a significant influence over what our universities teach their students. If that was not bad enough, they also have substantial influence over the government's dietary recommendations. These are not just empty claims, but a fact with plenty of evidence to support it and don't take Stavros word for it. Check out the book "Food Politics" by Marion Nestle. It explains how special interest groups influence governments and schools and provides plenty of proof.
Stavros's inquisitive mind led him to the sustainable weight loss solution he teaches to his clients today.
Stavros is a source of inspiration for thousands, having organized the Danbury Weight Loss Challenge in 2004 and partnering with St. Jude Children’s Hospital for the Get In Shape for 2007 Challenge.
Stavros Mastrogiannis holds an A.O.S. Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America. He received a diploma in Fitness and Nutrition and held numerous certifications, including CPR, Nutrition Specialist, and ACE (American Council on Exercise) certifications as a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach.
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