Bad Food Choices Lead to Bad Choices

Bad Food Choices Lead to Bad Choices
When you don’t feel your best, you often turn to something you know you shouldn’t be eating—like chocolate or crisps/ potato chips.

You’ll usually do this for the instant sugar, salt or fat rush in your blood stream that signals to your brain that you can relax, or that you are being rewarded for something good.

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Basically, these foods make us think we feel good, which then makes us feel like all is well. On top of that, marketing is so aggressive that it has to have an affect on our choices. Less-than-ideal foods are made to look so appetising, tasty & affordable—& in some cases, even good for you. The lower your personal level of health, the more likely
you are to make bad choices & bad choices in general. This relates to food, work & your private life.
The opposite is also true. The healthier you are, the better choices you make all around & your life takes an upward turn. One example I can use to explain my point here is the
expression ‘gut feeling’. You will know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been faced with a decision & it just didn’t feel like the right thing to do – in your gut.

 

What’s going on here?
As around 90 percent of your neurotransmitters are made in your gut this clearly demonstrates the link between your brain (decision making) & your gut (digestion). Your neurotransmitters are chemicals that basically transmit signals from within your body. They determine your mood & how well you’re able to concentrate & focus. The better your neurotransmitters are performing the better you will perform, physically – mentally – emotionally.

The more health promoting your diet the healthier your gut will be. The healthier your gut the more optimal your neurotransmitter production will be. Improve the health of your gut & you will improve the function of your mind.

Feel free to browse the rest of this Blog for some great nutrition tips & guides, check out my Youtube Channel or order the HealthWealth book which goes into detail on this topic.

 

Bottom line…

Around 75 percent of your nervous system is located within your gut. Ensuring a healthy diet will not only improve your memory, ability to focus & productivity but you will also get sick less & have fewer days off work & training due to illness. With this information can you afford not to follow a healthy diet?

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Directing Your Work Day

Direct Your Day

 

Spending seventy hours sitting at a desk is not healthy. You don’t need me to tell you that, but often times a starting a successful business or reaching your career goals traps you in that cycle. You lose sight of what’s important, and your days can begin to degenerate into this.

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An exercise I recommend is writing out your daily activities, and seeing how much time you spend doing what. Are you spending enough time with your loved ones and doing things you enjoy?

It’s a sad fact that Time doesn’t go very far when you’re living a hectic life. In this article I’ll describe a few tips on optimizing your work day to regain balance.

I go into this deeper in my book HealthWealth, and provide a lifestyle guide for an optimal life, but here is a great way to start and really improve your life.

So balancing your day means a number of things:

1) Balance the activities throughout your day, so that you are not doing 1 specific thing obsessively, day in – day out.
2) To highlight long-term imbalance like not seeing loved ones for weeks on end.
3) Something previously unforeseen may become clear to you. Looking at your entire week this way can bring to your attention situations in your life that where hidden from immediate view.

Some Quick & Simple Solutions to Apply to A Hectic Day:
1) Organise a standing desk. Studies prove that a standing desk results in a higher work output. One study from Knight and Baer within the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science hypothesised that standing work spaces produced more ideas, greater collaboration & higher signs of engagement.

2) Stand up & walk around for ten minutes of every one and half
hours. Like the flow of night & day as a cycle, called circadian rhythm,
there are many cycles that operate throughout your day.

Another important cycle is your ultradian rhythm. This is any biological process that displays oscillation of less than 24 hours. I specifically bring your attention to the 90-120 minute brain wave frequency cycle that occurs when we are both awake & asleep.
Psychophysiologist Peretz Lavie demonstrated within his study of young adults that we get exceptionally sleepy at two times per day: 4:30pm & 11:30pm. But in the morning we get sleepy every 90 minutes. These 90-minute cycles are our ultradian rhythms, which
define when we’re naturally feeling awake & productive. You will perform better in between your periods of drowsiness.

  •  Set a timer on your phone & follow it. Numerous studies also show that having a ten-minute walk or break within this 90 minute period increases work output. It’s about creating a balance or contrast of intensity. The active recovery period allows for recharge & another period of higher intensity to follow.
  • Schedule your day to different environments. Schedule your day to make phone calls, work on your phone or laptop outside or in a quiet standing space to get you off your butt & on your feet more. Altering your environment throughout your day has shown
    to increase dopamine secretion. Dopamine is a hormone & neurotransmitter that is essential for optimal function of your brain & body. It is important for nerve cell signaling in your brain (for instance to feel fully awake or alert) & for the controlled release of other hormones in your body.
  • Alter your route to the office or home, make your calls in different areas of your home, office or simply select a different place to where you usually are. If you happen to work on your laptop, sit in a different place each time you start a timed work period.

 

Bottom line…

 

Main point right now is to make the change, soon after you will begin to benefit from these simple steps. If you tailor these points to your environment you’ll soon see the positive outcomes

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Juicing – Just a Fad?

A Word On Juicing

You would have likely heard about juicing or even been part of a juicing craze. These fads tend to bubble up from time to time like most things in the health & fitness industry. Well I am here to tell you that juicing is one fad that you should keep participating in!

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It consists of juicing (or blending) a bunch of green vegetables (or fruit) to make a smoothie or juice like drink. In simple terms juicing is the equivalent of taking in a high dose of bioavailable (easily absorbed) vitamins & minerals.

Think of it like taking a multivitamin but instead of a pill the nutrients are coming from real food.

I advocate supplementation simply because most people do not get enough nutrients in their system on a daily basis.

So in my opinion supplements are good, essential for some people, however it is obvious that the more nutrients that you can obtain from real food the better this will be for you in the long run.

You may be wondering about carbohydrate intake at this point. The main thing to remember here is that green vegetables are so low on the GI scale that you could eat the entire green section of the grocery store without negatively affecting your body fat. In fact it would likely do you a world of good. Problem being you’d struggle to eat that much food! So it’s highly nutritious, filling & cheap – a very good combination I’m sure you agree?

This is where juicing comes in. You can juice a large plate piled high with green vegetables & that will make one large green juice that you can easily drink over a 5-10 minute period. It would take longer to eat that amount. Then you can do this two to three times each day. Lastly, as talked about earlier be aware of the amount of fruit you consume. Yes fruit is good for you but the timing & amount is critical if you want to balance your blood sugar level throughout every day. Remember not all fruits are made equal… & green veg will not spike your blood sugar – which is a good thing, most of the time.

 

Bottom line…

Green vegetables are incredibly healthy for you, and you can’t really overconsume them – Juicing gives you the option to eat A LOT, obtaining the vitamins and minerals, without the hassle. If you’re not juicing and struggling to get your veg in, you may have just found your answer.

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Wrong Type of Food = Fat Gain

Check Out What Happened to the Pima Indians…

Do Calories Affect Weight Gain?…

The Pima Indians, natives of Arizona, provide a classic example of how body composition is affected by much more than just the amount of calories ingested. The Pima Indians have genotypically evolved eating a low number of calories, primarily from fish, small game & foods they gathered.

As early as 1901, a new “obesity epidemic” was evident among the Pima. Local scientists who lived in the region were stumped as to why this indigenous group that had previously been “tall and sinewy” were now plagued by widespread obesity.

 

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White Man Food…

More recent analysis has shown that shortly after the Pima came in contact with white settlers & adopted their foods—both foods that they began to grow such as corn, beans, potatoes, & processed foods like sugar, bread & eventually soda/soft drinks—obesity became very common as did type 2 diabetes!

Analysis of changes in the Pima diet shows that the Pima were not overeating or ingesting more calories than previously when they adopted the “white man’s” diet of sugar, bread, starchy foods, eggs, & beef rather than fish & small game. Nor was their caloric intake greater than the amount of energy they burned on a Rather, the Pima were eating the wrong type of calories for their genotype and it was causing a hormonal response that led to fat gain & diabetes.

Life Sapping Food…

Western A Price was an orthodontist who travelled the world & studied many tribes & settlements of humans. He documented their facial spacing & the formation of their palates & alignment He found a very similar occurrence as what happened to the Prima Indians.

In fact, he renamed ‘white mans food’ to a more nutritionally accurate title of ‘displacement food’. This means that the food requires more nutritional load than it provides. Basically, it slowly drains the body of its own vital resources.

I go through all the details of an optimal diet in my book HealthWealth. It’s all there for you to learn & benefit from.

Bottom Line…

I could talk for hours about this subject, but in the interest of getting my point across quickly so that it is useful to you I’m going to make a long story short. As I always suggest, just eat real food. If it wasn’t here hundreds of thousands of years ago, or it has more than three ingredients then it is likely not as natural as you need right now.

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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What is Far Infrared & How Can It Help


So you try to eat a balanced diet most of the time but daily life can get in the way.

You get to the gym as often as time allows but it’s not as often as you would like.

Most days you feel well but you always feel like if you’d had a little more sleep or not as much on your plate (so to speak) that you’d feel even better.

Do some or all of these sentences resonate with you?

Read on as I have an amazing energy (hear health) booster that I want to share with you.

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That Sun Bathing Feeling…

Imagine you’re on a summer holiday.

You’re lying on a quiet beach with warm sand supporting your back and the sound of the ocean waves gently crashing beneath your feet. The suns rays heat your skin & all of this instantly puts a smile on your face.

Remember how you felt the last time you spent the day at the beach? 

That warm fuzzing feeling throughout your entire body.

Your mood was great, relaxed but energised, sleepy but energetic.

What if I said I can help you recreate that exact feeling every single day no matter where you are in the world? Would you try it out…

It’s True…

The latest Far Infrared technology delivers these benefits directly to you.

This system is tried & tested with hundreds of studies & reviews backing up the research.

It’s very simple.

A compact blanket of minerals is slowly heated. As they are heated they emit light rays that penetrate your body to the deepest level.

If you’ve ever had trouble detoxing or losing excess body fat this could be the answer.

If you suffer with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just get moody in the winter this could be a saving grace.

If you haven’t been on holiday for far too long & therefore haven’t reaped the rewards of being in the sun this could be invaluable.

Get The Sun Tan Benefits Without The Skin Worries…

I’m teaming up with a great company called Get-Fitt.

They provide this technology in the latest form – beds, sleeping bags & mats.

You can take a nap on one of these devices or sleep on it all night long.

You can place a mat on your seat while you write you daily emails or work from your desk.
‘s easy – It’s healthy

You will instantly feel the benefits from your first session.

Each session could last ten minutes or a few hours, it’s really up to you.

There is so much I could tell you about this system that we’d be here for hours!

So I’ve arranged with Mark, the owner of Get-Fitt to be at my book launch on Tuesday 26th April 2016, from 19:00-21:00 so that you can have chat with him & his team yourself.

He’s a great guy & I know you’ll enjoy chatting with him on the night.

One Of The Experts On The Night…

  Mark Givert – www.Get-Fitt.com

Here is a video I filmed with Mark at his office recently…

Do one small thing for me (which takes fifteen seconds) so I know how many people are coming –

Even More…

I’ll be sharing some more breakthrough stuff with you that will enable you to achieve your personal best & unleash your full potential real soon.

Stay tuned

 

To Your Best Health, Always in All Ways

” #StayOnThePath “

Daniel Grant
The ShapeTrainer 

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HealthWealth as Preventative Medicine

nod your head if you remember
the last time
that you were ill.

Remember how that felt… 
Maybe you had a temperature, 
a runny nose, a headache, aching bones etc etc

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At that moment would you have paid someone (if it were possible) to feel instantly better?

I know I would have.

In fact you’d probably pay someone a handsome fee if they could relieve you of your woes in that moment. Particularly if you had an important piece of work with a severe deadline! Illness can be a disaster when it strikes especially if it hits you like a ton of bricks just at the perfectly wrong moment.

 

This is one of the BIG reasons I do what I do.

 

Preventative medicine in a sense.

 

I do EVERYTHING I can to remain in peak physical condition so illness doesn’t strike me down just when I have all the plates spinning nicely.

Now, when you do get ill, that might be very rarely & I hope it is, but when you do then you’ll know that your full potential is not coming out to play that day.

 

So how does that look in terms of performance?

 

It’s obvious right – if you’re ill then you will not and cannot perform as well as when you are at your personal best.

So no matter how much money you have, success you’ve achieved, family, friends & fans that love you if you do not have your health then you do not have anything.

Think about it like this; without your health you cannot truly enjoy your day. When was the last time you can truly say that you felt at your best, at 100%, firing on all cylinders?

Today? Yesterday? Last week? Can you remember the last time you literally jumped out of bed when your alarm clock went off eager to get on with your day? To be honest most people can’t remember the last time they felt that way! Is that ok just because that is normal these days?

Would it be ok if your next-door neighbour beat his dog senseless because everyone in the neighbourhood also behaved that way with their dogs?

 

It wouldn’t be ok with me!

 

And it’s definitely not ok with me that most people function below par almost every day of their lives. That’s where I really enjoy stepping in & helping someone out. I help to Bring Out The Personal Best of All My Clients.

I do this for one MAIN reason.

 

Health is Wealth.

 

Your Health is your real Wealth. Without it you have nothing. You cannot enjoy your life.

What is the point in spending all your youth on building your wealth only to then spend all your wealth on your health in your later years? Doh!

Luckily there is a better way. It’s called Optimalism. I explain it in detail with my book HealthWealth. Which basically means ‘Bring Out Your Personal Best Every Day of the Week’

How do you do this? You follow certain principles day in day out. Only then can you have true freedom wherever you are in life.

 

Click here to see an Introduction to Optimalism

 

The Bottom Line

Your life is in your hands, your everyday performance is indicative of the life you lead. Using Optimalism you can feel healthier, happier, smarter and stronger, every day of the week! It’s all about the lifestyle you want to have!

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Reducing Fat by Reducing Stress

We all know that Stress is definitely bad for your health in so many ways, but did you know that it is also a cause of gaining fat?

The basic story goes like this, the more stressed you are, the more fat your body stores to withstand that stress. The more fat, the more stress your body can handle.

Stress can attract & hold fat to your body, even if you reduce your calorie intake. You need to learn stress management in order to lose fat effectively. If you’re starting to grow a little muffin top belly listen up.

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Cortisol attracts fat to your belly!

Stressed Hormones

Where your body stores fat is related to your hormones. Belly fat is where receptor sites for the stress hormone cortisol are commonly found. When you are stressed out, cortisol causes you to gain fat in & around your belly. Therefore stress reduction is one of the main keys to losing belly fat. In fact, it is one of the missing elements in a lot of  peoples approach to fat loss.

 

Tips to Reduce Stress

I speak in depth on this topic in my book Health Wealth, but here are some quick tips to help you on your way:

Herbal adaptogens have been used for centuries to decrease & manage stress. Most people will not be able to break their stress cycle & will require adaptogens. You must work with a skilled professional to determine your specific requirements.

What comes first for you: negative thoughts or negative body language? It is a chicken & egg scenario, but one that illustrates the point. Does an unhealthy lifestyle come first, or the disease? Negativity breads negativity, so changing to positive body language does, scientifically speaking, improve stress status.

Break your current cycle & apply a new, more positive outlook. Re-train yourself to be even more effective. Be aware of your thoughts, words, body language & actions.

If your behavior does not match up with who you want to be, stop! Take a deep breath, & then “pretend” to react how you would prefer to react. This will go a long way to correcting your negative behaviors. The saying, “Fake it till you make it” can be useful in some circumstances.

Change your tone of voice to impact your communication. Deepen your voice, pushing down a little on your Adam’s apple to create more bass. You can find your Adams apple near the center of your throat, when you swallow it will move up & down. This commanding tone will demand respect from others. Also it has been proven more effective to talk slower, even in high-pressure situations, much like how James Bond demands respect & talks slowly. For females think about the way in which Toni Braxton sings, lower depth than the average female singer. A deeper tone will also calm you & make you feel more grounded.

 

The Bottom Line:

Happiness & enjoyment are directly related to how you process stress & how they trigger your hormones. They have an inverse relationship. The higher your negative stress, the less happy you are. Or The happier you are, the less stressed you will be. To reduce belly fat, you must change your stress patterns. The first very simple step is to act positively & be aware of how you speak to others & to yourself (internal dialogue).

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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The Dangers of Stress Unleashed

The Dangers of Stress Unleashed

Let me make this clear from day one—unmanaged day to-day stress is the worst thing that can happen to your health. It is one of the largest & most difficult stumbling blocks to get over. Stress is a moment-by-moment part of modern day life.

For many entrepreneurs, stress is a way of life. It becomes a habit that won’t go away – and the world we live in isn’t helping; We experience an estimated one hundred times greater stress level than our grandparents.

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There are two distinctions to make about stress:

 

Positive Stress.

Some stress brings about positive experiences. For example, studies show that people who are happy with their stressful jobs have similar brain activity to people ten years younger.

Dr. Lachman is one of the principal investigators for what could be considered the Manhattan Project of middle age, an enormous study titled Midlife in the United States, or Midus. Everyone in the study who regularly did more to challenge their brains — reading, writing, attending lectures or completing word puzzles — did better on fluid intelligence tests than their counterparts who did less. And those with the fewest years of schooling showed the largest benefits.

Middle-age subjects who had left school early but began working on keeping their minds sharp had substantially better memory & faster calculating skills than those who did not. They responded as well as people up to 10 years younger. In fact, their scores were comparable to college graduates.

 

Negative Stress.

This type of stress usually comes from not being in control of an outcome. When you try your best to have a situation work out in your favor, but it doesn’t, the end result is stress, leading to more stress. There are many other inlets of stress in to your body on a day-to-day basis. Noise, environmental, quality of food (or lack of), emotional, relationship, financial, workload… the list goes on. Stress is unavoidable.

There are of course ways to manage this negative stress, which I go into detail in my book HealthWealth

It’s helpful to remember that checking for danger is a stress response. It may be human nature to think of safety & survival often, but the chances of you being attacked by a lion walking down Oxford Street or Rodeo Drive are zero.

 

Your body overreacts to any stress response. You can reduce your stress levels when you are clear on three criteria:

1) Know where you are right now, physically & mentally.

2) Take responsibility for where you are going from this point.

3) Have a plan of how to get to where you want to go.

 

The Bottom Line…

Once you have these three criteria handled you will reduce your day-to-day anxiety & stress levels. It is subtle but useful.

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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Optimalism, A Recap…

Optimalism, A Recap…

 

My way of life is that of Optimalism. I’ve written before about it, but here is a quick recap on it’s positive power:

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What is Optimalism…?

Optimalism is the combined meaning of the following words: Optimum Best; most likely to bring success or advantage.

Optimism The quality of being full of hope & emphasising the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen.

Optimise: To make something as good as possible.

Optimist: Someone who always believes that good things will happen.

Optimal: Best or most favourable.

‘What Optimalism Means To Me… A set of principles to live by that produce an optimal state of being. Follow these principles & you gain access to an optimal life’

 

Further Developments…

To be optimistic is when one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation.

To remain optimistic in life is a skill that can be practiced, honed & mastered.

This is certainly a vital skill & studies have proven that those who remain optimistic are less susceptible to illness & disease.

Research has emerged showing the relationships between several psychological constructs & health. Optimism is one of these concepts, & has been shown to explain between 5–10% of the variation in the likelihood of developing some health conditions, notably including cardiovascular disease, stroke, & depression.

Laura Kubzansky Ph.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences & Director of the Society & Health Psychophysiology Laboratory, is at the forefront of such research.

In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 men & women aged 25 to 74 for 20 years, for example, she found that emotional vitality— a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, & the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct & measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviours as not smoking & regular exercise.

Among dozens of published papers, Kubzansky has shown that children who are able to stay focused on a task & have a more positive outlook at age 7, report better general health & fewer illnesses 30 years later. She has found that optimism cuts the risk of coronary heart disease by half.

 

The Bottom Line…

The bottom line is that Optimalism, makes for better, happier & healthier days & a life full of Health Wealth!  To read more be sure to check out the full text here: Health Wealth: Feel Like a Billion Dollars Every Day Of The Week.

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

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What The Hell Is Far Infrared?

So you try to eat a balanced diet most of the time but daily life can get in the way.

You get to the gym as often as time allows but it’s not as often as you would like.

Most days you feel well but you always feel like if you’d had a little more sleep or not as much on your plate (so to speak) that you’d feel even better.

Do some or all of these sentences resonate with you?

Read on as I have an amazing energy (hear health) booster that I want to share with you.

That Sun Bathing Feeling…

Imagine you’re on a summer holiday.

You’re lying on a quiet beach with warm sand supporting your back and the sound of the ocean waves gently crashing beneath your feet.

The suns rays heat your skin & all of this instantly puts a smile on your face.

Remember how you felt the last time you spent the day at the beach? 

That warm fuzzing feeling throughout your entire body.

Your mood was great, relaxed but energised, sleepy but energetic.

What if I said I can help you recreate that exact feeling every single day no matter where you are in the world? Would you try it out…

It’s True…

The latest Far Infrared technology delivers these benefits directly to you.

This system is tried & tested with hundreds of studies & reviews backing up the research.

It’s very simple.

A compact blanket of minerals is slowly heated. As they are heated they emit light rays that penetrate your body to the deepest level.

If you’ve ever had trouble detoxing or losing excess body fat this could be the answer.

If you suffer with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just get moody in the winter this could be a saving grace.

If you haven’t been on holiday for far too long & therefore haven’t reaped the rewards of being in the sun this could be invaluable.

Get The Sun Tan Benefits Without The Skin Worries…

I’m teaming up with a great company called Get-Fitt.

They provide this technology in the latest form – beds, sleeping bags & mats.

You can take a nap on one of these devices or sleep on it all night long.

You can place a mat on your seat while you write you daily emails or work from your desk.

It’s simple – It’s easy – It’s healthy

You will instantly feel the benefits from your first session.

Each session could last ten minutes or a few hours, it’s really up to you.

There is so much I could tell you about this system that we’d be here for hours!

So I’ve arranged with Mark, the owner of Get-Fitt to be at my book launch on Tuesday 26th April 2016, from 19:00-21:00 so that you can have chat with him & his team yourself.

He’s a great guy & I know you’ll enjoy chatting with him on the night.

One Of The Experts On The Night…

  Mark Givert – www.Get-Fitt.com

Here is a video I filmed with Mark at his office recently…

Do one small thing for me (which takes fifteen seconds) so I know how many people are coming –

Even More…

I’ll be sharing some more breakthrough stuff with you that will enable you to achieve your personal best & unleash your full potential real soon.

Stay tuned

To Your Best Health, Always in All Ways

” #StayOnThePath “

Daniel Grant
The ShapeTrainer 

p.s. Want To Look Inside my Book?…

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