Subscribe & Save 10%
Free Shipping & Returns

How Eric Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 40 Pounds and 12% Body Fat

Share On

"Thanks to Bigger Leaner Stronger, I am in the best shape of my life! I need less sleep and my energy is through the roof too."

Eric's Progress

Progress Image Before
Progress Image 9 Months

What has happened so far on the program?

I’m 32 years old and in 9 months using Mike’s book I went from 220 lbs to 180 lbs, going from about 20% body fat to around 8% body fat.

My BLS journey began with reading and understanding Bigger Leaner Stronger (BLS), where I learned the core principles of optimal training. Mike clearly communicates need-to-know physique building maxims including how to train, diet and supplement correctly.

The amount of knowledge Mike packs into BLS is impressive. I continue to set personal strength records week after week. I have never been as bigger, leaner & stronger.

I cut for 4 months and lost 40 lbs. Mikes cutting recommendation (a 20% caloric deficit) was surprisingly manageable. The fat simply melted off.

I trained fasted throughout my cut and supplemented with Legion Forge and Phoenix (all natural fat burners). These products worked well and accelerated my progress.

During my cut I read BLS and discovered reverse dieting. Reverse dieting taught me how to slowly increase caloric intake, speeding up my metabolism without putting on any weight to speak of!

When I finished my cut I was eating 2000 calories/day. I am now finished with my reverse diet, enjoying 3200 calories/day and I am as lean as when I ended my cut. Reverse dieting requires a bit of patience, but it is well worth the investment.

Huge strength gains were made on all lifts. I am still amazed with the results. 🙂

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

I read BLS and was instantly hooked. I could tell by Mike’s words and style that his guidance was genuine. The results are clear. I never looked back and recommend BLS to those who want to know what worked for me.


What do you like most about the program?

What I like most about this program is its simplicity and effectiveness.  I travel 50% to 75% for work and was able to stay on track. This program is designed to maximize results with minimal effort.


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

I was a jock in high school (I played football, baseball, wrestling) and engaged in a good amount of weight training.

I was minimally trained along the lines of proper nutrition and training volume. My gains were small in comparison to what I’ve achieved with BLS. Because of BLS I’m in the best shape of my life at age 32.

The BLS “diet” is flexible and easy. If you don’t think “dieting” and “easy” belong in the same sentence I understand. Would you believe me if I told you I eat brownies and ice cream before I go to bed? It’s true.

BLS’s flexible dieting approach enables me to eat what I like as long as I hit my macros. For me, this makes dieting more enjoyable. BLS taught me how to cut and maintain weight with ease.

BLS workouts are shorter and easier compared to the way I used to train. I now train 5 days per week for about 45 minutes a day. A mere 3.75 hours of weight training per week! This program is a breeze compared to former routines. BLS saved me time, energy and optimized my results.


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

I am in the best shape of my life; which has no doubt influenced my life in other ways. I need less sleep (I used to need 8 hours, now 6 is enough). My energy levels are through the roof.

I enjoy an unprecedented level of mental clarity. Everyday life stresses now pale in comparison to the past. The rate at which I complete tasks has improved.

I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and how to cook affordable, filling/low calorie and tasty meals. I recommend Mike’s book The Shredded Chef. I have never received more compliments on my physique. Thanks Mike!


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to become more successful in life, be healthier or improve their appearance.

The principles of building a physique (i.e. building a routine, discipline, mental toughness) can be reapplied to achieve goals in other areas of life.

I use Legion Supplements because they’re effective and taste great.  I’m currently using Pulse, Whey+, Recharge and Fortify.  I used Phoenix and Forge during my cut and reverse diet.


Readers' Ratings

No Ratings

Your Rating?

Want to become a success story too? Here's how he did it

The program that made this transformation possible:

The meal plan that makes building muscle and losing fat easy and enjoyable:

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.

If you enjoyed this article, get weekly updates. It's free.

100% Privacy. We don't rent or share our email lists.

More from Legion


Many companies offer a money-back guarantee because they know the majority of dissatisfied customers aren’t going to go through the hassle of actually returning the product to get their money back. We don’t play these games because we don’t have to, the quality of our products makes it unnecessary.

If you order any of our supplements for the first time and don’t like it, you can keep it. Just notify us and we’ll give you a full refund on the spot. No complicated forms and no return necessary.

To protect ourselves from fraud, the It’s-On-Us guarantee is only valid for first time purchases of a product, and redeemable up to three months after purchase. If you bought more than one bottle of a supplement on your first purchase and don’t like it, we would ask that you send the unopened bottles back to us for a refund because we can put them back into our sellable inventory.


Many companies use shipping and handling fees to increase their profit margins, but here at Legion, we hate profits so our shipping is 100% free!

Okay, we do dig on profits, but we also do offer 100% free shipping to everywhere in the world because it makes people you like happy, and that makes us happy.

So, if you live in the United States, your order ships free regardless of order size, and if you live anywhere else, your order ships free when it’s over $99.

Why the restriction on international orders?

Unfortunately shipping outside of the US is very expensive and if we didn't require a minimum order size, we'd lose a lot of money. That said, most customers spend about $100 with us each time they shop, so this setup is a win-win.

Fact Checked

Our scientific review board of nutritionists, dietitians, molecular biologists, doctors, and other accredited experts is responsible for reviewing every article, podcast, and video we produce to ensure they’re evidence based, accurate, trustworthy, and current.

Thanks to their connections, credentials, and academic experience, this team of MDs, PhDs, and other professionals has access to a wealth of research published in the largest and most prestigious journals in the world.

This allows them to not only review individual studies but also analyze the overall weight of the evidence on any and all topics related to diet, exercise, supplementation, and more.

If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, misleading, out-of-date, or anything less than factual, please let us know in the comments section of the article in question.

Evidence Based

We follow a detailed, rigorous, multi-step process to create content that meets the highest standards of clarity, practicality, and scientific integrity.

First, our research associates provide our editorial team with accurate, up-to-date, proven scientific evidence.

Then, our editorial team uses this research to draft articles and outlines for podcasts and videos.

Finally, our scientific review board reviews the content to ensure all key information and claims are backed by high-quality scientific research and explained simply and precisely.

If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, misleading, out-of-date, or anything less than factual, please let us know in the comments section of the article in question.

Buy now, pay later.

Split your entire online purchase into 4 interest-free payments, over 6 weeks with no impact to your credit.

payment break down 25% today, 25% 2 weeks, 25% 4 weeks, 25% 6 weeks


2 weeks

4 weeks

6 weeks

Here's how to Sezzle

Step 1 - shop the store


Shop and add items to your cart as normal!

Step 2 - checkout at the store


Choose Sezzle at Checkout! You’ll be redirected to Sezzle to Sign Up or Log In to complete your order.

Step 3 - Select Sezzle and Sezzleit

Sezzle it

Your order will be shipped out right away* and your payments will be split up over 6 weeks.

*shipping times subject to merchant shipping policy

Download the App

Shop directory. Reschedule payments. Plus more!