Slimmed-Down Slugger Pablo Sandoval Torches the Fat, Re-Ignites His Baseball Career in San Francisco

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The most buzzworthy weight-loss story in the country right now isn’t Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood star. It isn’t some contestant on The Biggest Loser. Instead, it’s the man they call “Kung Fu Panda.” Just four months after sitting out most of the Giants’ World Series victory over the Texas Rangers because of a slump tied to overweight and mobility issues, Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval is the toast of the town in San Francisco, after an amazing 40-pound weight-loss transformation that has left him leaner, lighter, faster in the field, and more dangerous at the plate. Sandoval credits his fat loss to a high-impact off-season regimen of intense training, a smarter diet and a little help from his favorite power-packed, gourmet-quality protein treat, Supreme Protein®.

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Four months ago, the only plate Pablo Sandoval was dangerous at was on the dinner table. Even as his weight had ballooned to 275 pounds, his batting average had dropped 62 points and his homer total for all of 2009 was a scant 13 dingers in 616 at-bats. After a postseason that ended with the San Francisco Giants established as World Champions and Pablo Sandoval relegated to the bench, Giants’ ownership sent a short, simple message to Sandoval.

Lose the weight. Or lose your career.

Fast forward to Opening Day 2011 and the buzz is all about Pablo Sandoval. He’s leaner, harder, faster, healthier, and lighter by a good forty pounds. Teammates and competitors alike are doing double-takes when they first spy the slimmed-down third baseman charging bunts, backing up throws, and getting to the bag quickly on forceouts. More importantly, they’re noticing improved bat speed and power from Sandoval at the plate, evidence of significant added muscle. What changed? It’s the weight loss.

“I knew I had to recommit to fitness and athleticism,” the Giants former rookie sensation says. “This off-season I dedicated myself exclusively to working hard in the gym and improving my diet. I wanted to lose weight, gain muscle, and increase my speed and agility. That was my only focus.”

Sandoval’s efforts paid off impressively. Video clips of Sandoval’s intense new workouts, posted on his website soon began drawing the attention of fans. Watching the 270-plus-pound third-sacker punch out long series of pull-ups, viewers could see that Sandoval’s awesome strength was still present and accounted for. Entirely new, however, was his renewed determination to burn fat, improve muscle tone, and enhance quickness. Sandoval’s personal trainer emphasized stair climbs, free-weight and medicine-ball workouts, and agility drills (along with the usual weight training) in a targeted campaign to help Sandoval shed bulk.

At the same time, Sandoval’s diet underwent a complete overhaul. Gone were the excess carbs and empty calories, replaced by a nutrient-dense regimen that emphasized lean proteins and high-energy healthy fats in smaller individual meals spread throughout the athlete’s day. “I felt better almost immediately,” Sandoval says. “Eating better was the foundation for everything I needed to achieve physically.”

Like any new convert to a better diet, Sandoval missed the sweet treats. But even here, he had a new ally in the form of an elite, protein-packed, gourmet-quality snack. “Supreme Protein made all the difference for me,” Sandoval says. “Whenever I was tempted to cheat on my diet, I knew I could grab a Supreme Protein bar and get all the flavor of a candy bar without all those empty carbs, while also getting the extra grams of top-quality protein I need to support muscle growth and recovery. My daily protein requirement is pretty large, and Supreme Protein bars are a really delicious way to get me to my goal every day.”

As the 2011 baseball season begins, Sandoval has rebounded nicely, hitting at a .303 clip. He’s improved his range at third base and overall looks like a new man in the field. "I've increased my speed," Sandoval says. "My bat speed feels stronger. My arm feels better." And now a rejuvenated Kung Fu Panda looks to carry that new momentum into the 2011 regular season, showing his San Francisco fans a whole range of sharp new moves along the way.

To see Pablo’s entire amazing transformation, go to http://www.pablosandoval48.com

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