Documenting the Possibilities of Health with Carly Asse: PYP 343

Juan-Carlos “Carly” Asse is a fitness trainer and documentarian. His first film, Unsupersize Me, has been viewed over 3 million times, and has inspired and guided countless people to embark on their own journeys of healthy weight loss.

Carly was a guest on one of the earliest Plant Yourself Podcasts. We talked about his prison transformation: his commitment to bettering himself after being incarcerated for drug charges, his encounter with The China Study, and his new career of personal fitness trainer.

Carly's second film, Unsupersize Us, continued and validated the story of Unsupersize Me, this time with five participants from Carly's town of Gainesville, FL. Carly's goal was to broaden the message, and make it clear that this lifestyle and diet was for everyone, and that Tracy's transformation in the original film was not an anomaly.

UnSupersize Me in Cuba, coming out in 2020, is a Spanish-language film that documents the transformation of Ridiel Pérez, a Cuban man suffering from obesity and several chronic diseases.

In this conversation, we explore this next phase of his advocacy: the two additional documentaries, his growth as a filmmaker, and his community work in the context of his Florida gym, Zen Fitness.

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

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TheZenFitness.com

Unsupersize Me

Unsupersize Us

Carly on Instagram

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