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POSTED May 29, 2013 5:58 p.m.

Sean Sangalang can eat anything that he wants.

Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Potato chips.

But as a body-builder – and somebody committed to fitness – he chooses not to.

The Manteca dentist recently took first place at a Sacramento-based bodybuilding competition and brought home a best of show title in the process – decorating the mantle of his practice with a fresh crop of trophies.

And with plans to move up a weight class for a junior national competition next year in Michigan, Sangalang will have to pay attention to his diet now more than ever.

That doesn’t mean, however, that what he eats has to be without flavor.

While he’s in the offseason now, when he’s training – and consuming more than 3,000 calories every day – his diet is rich with chicken breast, 96-percent lean ground beef, vitamin-rich greens, brown rice and russet potatoes.

He doesn’t limit the amount of sodium that he takes in either, so sauces and flavor-enhancers of every type help make even the blandest food taste like it just came out of the kitchen of a four-star restaurant.

And he gives himself some leeway when it comes to setting up his diet at the beginning of a show season.

“I give myself a little bit of freedom at the start until something starts to affect progress and changes need to be made,” he said. “Sometimes you have to pull things and remove calories as weeks go on depending on what’s needed.

“You typically cut down to about 10 times your own bodyweight, but fortunately I never made it down that far.”

But nutrition – at least in the bodybuilding sense – isn’t without its own issues.

The idea, Sangalang said, is to trick your body to the point that it’ll start burning its own fat as a fuel source – regardless of the fitness level of the person crafting the diet.

When you get down to below 10 percent body fat, he says, your energy level just starts to plummet and even the smallest task seems impossible to handle.

Simply taking out the trash can bring the chiseled, muscle-bound dentist to his knees.

“Lethargic – that is the best way that I can describe the feeling,” he said. “Your body isn’t supposed to get down to seven or six or five percent body fat, and you can feel it when it does.

“It starts when you’re about four-weeks out and your body just doesn’t feel good. And you need it to. That’s when you start to feel rundown and terrible and being moody starts to set in.”

Sangalang has more than a year before he plans to strut back out on stage and strike poses with the intent of coming home with another trophy, and that means that he has months before he needs to begin his pre-show routine.

That, however, doesn’t mean that the offseason is time for slacking.

His lunch still includes protein shakes and rice and he’s still thinking about what he’s going to do in order to be able to put on the 10 pounds of “stage weight” needed to make the jump to the light heavyweight division – which runs from 176 and one-quarter pound to 198 and one-quarter pound.

He hopes to weigh-in somewhere in the middle.

With his coach in Kentucky, it’s up to him and him alone to stick with the regiment needed in order to reach the goal that he sets for himself.

And it starts with what’s on the end of the fork.

“I use a lot what I call ‘fillers’ –greens like broccoli and spinach and green beans that add to every meal and are good for you,” he said. “What you put into your body is everything, and you need to stick to your goals. I’m cruising right now, but it’s about time to start focusing on what I need to do.”

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