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How Darren Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 24 Pounds and 16% Body Fat

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"It still feels strange that my stomach is always flat; I do not miss having to suck it in."

Darren's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

December 2013
Age – 48
Weight – 190 lbs
Body fat – 23%
Complete with a fat pack

July 2014 (Nearly 8 months later)
Age – 49
Weight – 166 lbs
Body fat – 7%
complete with a six pack

I managed to shed 24 lbs and still gained muscle. I did this by following the advice given very closely. By using the advice on the program (Bigger Leaner Stronger) I calculated my macronutrient ratios and stuck to them precisely. As Mike states, becoming a creature of habit does work.

I initially used The Shredded Chef book and then adapted some of the recipes to offer meals that suited my macronutrients, and then stuck to them. And the advice offered on fasting works, man does it work.

My strength also increased very quickly; deadlifts and squats soon became my friends. I managed to double my starting lifts within a few months.

Now I have lost the fat and gained some muscle I intend to build on that over the next year and pack on some more muscle. Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger is going to help me get there.

The truth is what took Mike years to perfect I just duplicated; followed the program and information on MFL, and it simply works.

Sorry Mike but your pain is my gain.

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

I am a no nonsense kind of guy, so Muscle For Life was instantly appealing to me as the information was backed by science, and was honest and sincere. Basically it all made complete sense to me.

It also appeared achievable as it never tried to over complicate with ridiculous training regimes. I know Mike is sickened by the health industry and he has a right to be as I have read all the programs and workouts in the past and it is evident to me that they are only trying to fill their pages with more nonsense to sell magazines and supplements. I was amazed by the no-bull attitude of Mike, and that attitude hooked me from day one.

I have just ordered the new book and cannot wait to read it; but I also ordered the book as I truly believe I owe Mike & MFL because I gained so much more from the MFL website and podcasts that are offered totally free. Mike & MFL offer the facts and place the health of their LEGION of followers before making money, which is a extremely rare quality.

If anyone does not buy the book or follow the program they are missing out on what could possibly be a turning point in their life. It changed mine!

What do you like most about the program?

No nonsense easy to follow information. Every thing you need to gain muscle and lose weight is included. Assistance is always available and Mike always answers emails which is unbelievable as I am sure he must be a busy guy.

No magic pills and potions offered, just straight forward information that works.I also like all the extras that come with the program such as MFL website which is always interesting to log on to as there is new information added weekly. I have used the web site numerous times to search for information that I required to assist me with my goals.

The podcasts are also a bonus that I enjoy; I save them on my iPhone and then listen to them whilst driving.

I never expected to get the results I achieved so quickly; that’s why the photos are poor as it truly took me by surprise. The second photo is on my 49th birthday and was only taken to see how it was all going. It was a nice birthday surprise!

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

The program just works. The workouts are simple, and this is not a bad thing. I have read all the magazines offering the latest workouts all to fill pages full of nonsense just to sell magazines. All the advice on diets again just works.

Follow the diet guidance without cheating and you will lose weight. The science behind the diets is there, and it makes sense. When the dieting is explained it really is not that complicated unlike other ridiculous diets by companies trying to make a quick buck.

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

I believe I had good gains in muscle and excellent fat loss in a short period of time. At 49 I am back to the weight that I was in my early twenties. I did not cut corners and was strict with my diet, but I did all this using the information provided by Mike Mathews and Muscle For Life.

I have personally found that I get less aches and pains, such as back aches, now that I am training. It may sound crazy but the increased muscle mass I have achieved feels like it has opened me up, taking away the recurring pains I used to have. Also training in the morning keeps me alert all day; in fact if I do not train in the morning I begin to feel lethargic later in the day.

To be totally honest the ability to take my shirt off any time of day feels fantastic. And it still feels strange that my stomach is always flat; I do not miss having to suck it in.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

The advice I would like to offer anyone that reads this is simply follow the program as written. If you do this without cheating or cutting corners you will get results. I state this without any doubt because I did it at the age of 49; so that must count for something.

Fasting works. I have fasted numerous times and each time I have lost and kept off 3 lbs on a 48 hour fast. Fasting sounds worse than it is; clear your mind and give it ago. The amount of times I have heard, “I will do anything to lose weight,” and then received a negative response when I advise fasting. I also truly believe fasting resets the body as I always feel great after the fast is completed.

Sit ups will not get you a six pack but fasting will.

And just to finish I offer a big thank you to Mike Mathews who is helping people around the world to gain muscle and lose weight.

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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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