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How Ali Used Thinner Leaner Stronger to Lose 52 Pounds in 18 Months

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"I never expected that I'd be able to get as fit and healthy as I am today."

Ali's Progress

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How many months’ progress do your pictures represent? What were your stats for each picture?

24 months.

Weight 184 to 132 (52 pounds).

Body fat from 26% to 11%.

What has happened so far on the program?

I cut for approximately a year and a half before switching to maintenance diet. I lost a total of 52 pounds and cut 15% off my total body fat percentage. I did a reverse diet, as Mike suggests, after my bikini competition in October 2016 to get myself back up to maintenance numbers.

I’ve also experienced a significant increase in my weight lifting capacity.

Bench press: 85lbs to 145lbs

Barbell squat: 105lbs to 195lbs

Deadlift: 85lbs to 185lbs

Dumbbell Military Press: 17.5lbs to 37.5lbs

I was able to compete in my first bikini competition in October 2016! I got second place!!

What workout split from the book did you use?

I use the 5-day split.

What, if anything, almost kept you from buying the book or starting the program?

Nothing kept me from buying the book! I was hesitant about starting the program due to fear of not doing it correctly or not being able to stick to it.

I read the book in its entirety and outlined my workout regimen and diet as Mike suggested. I then re-read the book and noted the more significant information and started the program!

What do you like most about the program?

The program is easy to follow. It seems overwhelming at first because Mike offers so much information, but once I was able to sit down and outline everything, it was clear and concise and easy to follow.

The information provided is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and apply to daily life, too.

The results were better than I expected. I had hoped to lose some weight and get in shape, but I never expected that I’d be able to get as fit and healthy as I am today.

How does this program compare with others you’ve tried?

I haven’t tried other programs.

How has what you’ve achieved with your body changed other areas of your life?

I can participate in any activity without fear of failure; not that I won’t struggle and that things won’t be difficult, but that I can do them and learn and grow and be challenged.

I am more confident in all aspects of my life. I have more energy and when I don’t feel like I have the energy, I know how to conjure it.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I have recommended this program to my friends and family.

I have also recommended it to several patients. Those who have listened, read the book, and applied the program have had substantial success, too.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

While on this program (even today, as I still follow it), I reminded myself daily that “every ‘no’ to temptation was one step closer to my goal.”

I also chose positive words to move toward successful choices . I choose not to have or do certain foods or activities (instead of “can’t”). My “cheat meal” I referred to as a “free meal.”

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I use Legion WHEY+ (vanilla is my favorite), TRIUMPH, FORGE, and PULSE.

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Mike Matthews is a bestselling fitness author of Bigger Leaner Stronger, Thinner Leaner Stronger, and The Shredded Chef, as well the founder of Legion Athletics.

His simple and science-based approach to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy has sold over a million books and helped thousands of people build their best bodies ever, and his work has been featured in many popular outlets including Esquire, Men’s Health, Elle, Women’s Health, Muscle & Strength, and more, as well as on FOX and ABC.

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