How Dan Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 4 Pounds and 4% Body Fat

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"I have become more confident in my abilities and in what I can achieve!"

Dan's Progress

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

July 2016 was the before picture, which was when I first bought the book. October 2017 is the after picture.

So 15 months’ progress. In the before picture I’m about 148 lb and 16% body fat and I am currently about 144 lb and 11-12% body fat.

What has happened so far on the program?

I actually kept my calories at maintenance for most of the time, gradually increasing my strength on the major lifts while maintaining a body fat around 15%.

Over the past 12 weeks or so I have cut from 15% body fat to about 11.5% body fat.

What workout split from the book did you use?

I started off with a 4-day split and then switched to the 5-day split.

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

As a graduate student studying nutrition, I thought that I kind of knew everything I needed to know in regards to nutrition, changing my body composition, etc.

I guess I was reluctant to accept the fact that there was a lot that I needed to learn, particularly when it comes to training properly.

What do you like most about the program?

Mike lays everything out very simply in his book–progressing on exercises is relatively straightforward.

Additionally, I like the fact that Mike addresses the psychological obstacles associated with fitness in addition to dieting and training.

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

While other diet programs promise rapid weight loss, or a “quick fix,” Mike doesn’t go through any of that bullshit. He lets you know what realistic results one can expect when following Bigger Leaner Stronger.

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

I am definitely more confident in what I can achieve–I feel more confident in my ability to achieve goals in other areas of life.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I would recommend it to everyone! It’s simple and easy to understand but also effective.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I would also add that I am a graduate student studying human nutrition and when I bought Bigger Leaner Stronger in 2016, I had just graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in dietetics.

As a future dietitian, I like to think that I can spot bullshit diet claims and have a thorough grasp on nutritional research and nutrition science. Mike definitely speaks the truth when it comes to using diet to improve body composition and overall health.

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I used PULSE as my pre-workout and love it!

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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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