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Unsupersize Me, Award-Winning Documentary Now Released and Film's Maker Speaking at Famed Cinema

August 29, 2013


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Unsupersize Me is the successful independent film receiving awards and dual honors at The Accolade Film Festival, the Indie Film Festival and most recently at the International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture.

Unsupersize Me documents the inspiring story of Juan-Carlos Asse, owner of Zen Fitness, a personal training studio in Gainesville, Fla. and his quest to free people trapped in their unhealthy bodies because of their poor choices and detrimental decisions. Asse himself understands what it's like to suffer the consequences of bad decisions. In 2000, Asse plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute the drug Ecstasy and served a seven-year sentence in federal prison.

"While in prison, I became committed to making myself a better and healthier person: mind, body and soul," said Asse. "I dedicated myself to the study and mastery of nutrition and fitness so I could use this experience to help others change their lives for the better. I am so proud for this film to receive so much recognition, it means I am helping others."

In Unsupersize Me, Asse embarks on a journey with Tracy Ryan, a woman who has been morbidly obese her entire life. Ryan, once entrapped by her unhealthy body, escapes her imprisonment and ultimately regains her life. Ryan metamorphoses from a 345-pound inactive woman burdened by her weight to a healthy, active woman climbing mountains and running half marathons, a woman living life to its fullest.

Viewers are drawn into the deeply personal nature of the film as Ryan reveals how her obesity restricted friendships, dating and her ability to truly enjoy life. Starting with a "pantry purge," Asse guides Ryan through Vegan grocery shopping, vegan cooking and even "Iron Chef" competitions. Ryan and Asse form a close bond during the film as they turn working out into a lifelong friendship, sharing each other's challenges, finally celebrating Ryan's weight-loss milestones with tattoos.

"Unsupersize Me is so powerful because it is honest and true," said Asse. "The film festival awards have meant so much to us because it shows that the world wants change. The critics see the value of what this film has to offer."

Watch the amazing transformation as Ryan loses 200 pounds in a single year!

Asse is a leader in the promotion of how a whole food, plant-based diet coupled with an exercise regimen is capable of remarkably and rapidly improving the health of any and every individual. Asse takes his lifelong passions of fitness and nutrition setting out to demonstrate what he has witnessed in his training studio time and time again.

Asse will be appearing at a premiere of the film at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, Ariz. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. The non-profit group, Healthy You Network, invited Asse to speak after the showing of his film "Unsupersize Me." The mission of Healthy You Network, Inc. is to provide education about the lifelong health benefits of whole, plant-based food to residents of Southern Arizona.

"The film Unsupersize Me exemplifies our mission by showing extreme results from simple lifestyle changes," said Sheryl Greenberg, spokesperson for Healthy You Network. "Unsupersize Me is a very inspiring, joyful and satisfying film."

About Unsupersize Me

The film is available for streaming and purchase online. Unsupersize Me was produced, directed and filmed by Carly Asse, owner of Zen Fitness. Zen Fitness is a state-of-the-art private fitness studio available to people in any physical condition. For more information on Unsupersize Me please visit the film's website

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