Subscribe & Save 10%
Free Shipping & Returns

How Janice Used Thinner Leaner Stronger to Lose 21 Pounds and 6% Body Fat


"I'm much happier and I'm finally comfortable in my own skin!"

Janice's Progress

Progress Image Before
Progress Image 10 Months

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

They represent 10 months–I’ve had a hard time determining my body fat percentage.

Here’s my rough guess: Beginning – 28%. Now – 22%.

In terms of weight, I started at 145 lb and I weigh 124 lb now based on weekly averages.

What has happened so far on the program?

I’ve been on a cut since the beginning with occasional maintenance breaks while I was on vacations. I’m not going to lie, I have a hard time restricting the amount of food I eat!

As much as I’d like to do a 25% deficit and get the cut over within a couple of months, that hasn’t been the case. So it has been a slow cut BUT I feel good everyday, which I think matters more in terms of being able to stick to a diet.

My goal now is to get down to 18% body fat or around 120 lb before I begin a reverse diet/bulk.

Besides the weight loss, I absolutely LOVE and am constantly amazed by what my body is actually capable of! I NEVER thought I could do a pull-up, but I did! I NEVER thought I could do dips, but I did! I NEVER thought I could run, but I did in a recent back-to-back 5K and 10K.

Perhaps the best of all, I NEVER thought I actually had abs underneath all that fat, BUT THEY ARE STARTING TO SHOW!

My body is still a work in progress but I am so proud of how far I’ve come. And it all began the day I ordered Thinner Leaner Stronger from Amazon.

What workout split from the book did you use?

I started with the 4-day split, experimented with the 3-day, and am on the 5-day now because I LOVE starting my day with training/exercising.

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

I probably shouldn’t name any specific programs, but I’ve done some in the past where they only allow you to pick and choose from a specific menu/recipe when it comes to your diet. These programs tend to also provide body weight workout routines targeted at women (high reps and long, frequent cardio sessions).

I couldn’t follow through because I didn’t like the foods, didn’t like to cook complicated dishes, and didn’t see how the hours of body weight workouts and mind-numbing cardio were getting me anywhere.

Maybe because I’m a PhD student, I grew tired of guessing what might or might not work. I wanted to KNOW why programs are designed the way they are–why women need to do high reps and hours of cardio but not men and why eat these specific foods and not others.

Were there actual research findings backing these programs up? I needed a book with “theories” to answer my whys. And Thinner Leaner Stronger seemed different to me at the time and I had nothing to lose by checking it out and seeing if things made sense. And they did. So I decided to try out flexible dieting and heavy lifting 🙂

What do you like most about the program?

It was easy in a sense that I could get in and out of the gym in an hour. And I love the program, which makes it easy to stick to it. I also love the program because I’m no longer working out just to burn off calories–I’m not looking at my watch to see when I can get off the treadmill.

But rather, I’m at the gym to TRAIN, to get stronger. Sure, it’s nice to see those abs starting to show and my weight going down. But what I love more is seeing what my body is actually capable of.

Ultimately, this program changed my mindset altogether–I started to care less about how I look, but focus on what I can do. And I think this is spilling over to my work/career as well 🙂

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

More or less the same answer as I gave above. But overall, this program makes much more sense than the other ones I’ve tried.

Rather than giving me a list of acceptable foods and exercises, Thinner Leaner Stronger educated me and taught me specific skills to be able to design my own diet and exercise routine, which is essential to long term sustainability and adherence I believe.

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

I’m much happier, I’ve adopted a mastery mindset to life in general, and I’m finally more comfortable in my own skin. Having been a chubby girl and growing up in the Chinese culture, I suffered from major body image issues–and I used to think I was hopeless especially given my PCOS diagnosis.

I tried to “love my body,” I tried different crazy diets, did hours of mind-numbing cardio, etc. Nothing worked.

Ever since I finished reading Thinner Leaner Stronger, though, and over the course of the last 10 months, I’ve made eating a healthy, high protein diet and weight lifting a habit that takes no willpower (going to the gym is pretty much like brushing my teeth now).

I feel SO good every single day and I love seeing my body change and what it can actually do. It’s spilling over to my work because I start to think that if I can accomplish in the gym what I never thought possible, maybe I can do the same in my work…

Challenges no longer seem threatening to me and I begin to realize it’s OK to fail from time to time–it’s not a reflection of ME as a failure, but a process that I can learn from and get better at what I’m doing.

Overall, saying that Thinner Leaner Stronger (or Mike’s work in general) changed my life would not be an exaggeration.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

YES. I still don’t understand why so much BS (e.g., starving yourself, hours of cardio, lifting makes you the next Hulk) is sold to women when it comes to fitness and weight loss.

I often point my female friends and colleagues to Thinner Leaner Stronger and hope that someday they might find success with this program as I did.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

YOU CAN DO IT. I’m honestly not special and if I can do it, you can do it too. I promise you Thinner Leaner Stronger is NOT some crazy demanding program that requires you to turn your life upside down to make it work.

In fact, when I first read it, it seemed almost too good a program to be true–seriously, no mind-numbing hours of cardio on a 1200 calorie diet everyday?

It works. Give it a chance and it might just change your life too 🙂

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I take WHEY+ protein and it’s amazing–helps me so much in meeting my protein goals!

Readers' Ratings

No Ratings

Your Rating?

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

The program that made this transformation possible:

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

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

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

You May Also Like

Our Most Popular Evidence-Based Articles

Our 100% "It’s-On-Us" Money-Back Guarantee

No matter what you decide to buy, you're always protected by our ironclad, 100% money-back guarantee that works like this:

If you don't absolutely love our stuff for whatever reason, you get a prompt and courteous refund. No forms to fill out or hoops to jump through.

That means you can say "yes" now and decide later. You really have nothing to lose.

Free Worldwide Shipping & Returns

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 go in for happy customers, and free shipping works like gangbusters.

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 $199.

Why the restriction on international orders? Unfortunately, shipping abroad is very expensive, and if we didn’t require a minimum order size, we’d lose a lot of money.

That said, as most international customers spend about $200 with us each time they shop, this setup is a win-win.

And no matter what you decide to buy, you’re always protected by our ironclad, 100% money-back guarantee that works like this:

If you don’t absolutely love our stuff for whatever reason, you get a prompt and courteous refund. No forms to fill out or hoops to jump through.

That means you can say “yes” now and decide later. You really have nothing to lose.

Clinically Effective Doses

Great ingredients aren't enough to make a great product—you also need correct doses.

That’s why we use the exact doses of every ingredient that have safely produced the desired benefits in peer-reviewed studies.

Made in USA

Where your supplements are made matters, because rules and regulations regarding quality and purity differ from country to country.

And if you want to ensure the supplements you’re swallowing every day are safe and effective, you want products produced in the USA.

That’s why all of our supplements are made in America in NSF-certified and FDA-inspected facilities that operate in accordance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations.

We pay a premium to work with the best manufacturers in the country, but it’s the only way we can also produce the best all-natural sports supplements.

Lab Tested

Did you know that studies have shown that many supplements contain dangerously high levels of toxins like lead, arsenic, and cadmium?

Not ours.

Every ingredient of every supplement we produce is tested for heavy metals, microbes, allergens, and other contaminants to ensure they meet the strict purity standards set by the FDA.

Naturally Sweetened & Flavored

While artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health and that more research is needed.

That’s why all of our supplements are naturally sweetened and flavored and contain no artificial food dyes, fillers, or other unnecessary junk.

Science-Backed Ingredients & Doses

Unlike some supplement companies, we don’t sell dubious white labeled or off-the-shelf formulations.

Instead, our custom and unique formulations are the result of extensive reviews of the scientific literature to discover the most effective ingredients for each.

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!

Meal Plan Waiver

In consideration of being allowed to participate in the activities and programs offered by Legion Athletics, Inc. and to use its nutrition programs and supplement and training advice, in addition to the payment of any fee or charge, I do hereby waive, release and forever discharge and hold harmless Legion Athletics, Inc. and its consultants, officers, agents, and employees from any and all responsibility, liability, cost and expenses, including injuries or damages, resulting from my participation in any activities, or my use of any programs designed by Legion Athletics, Inc. I do also hereby release Legion Athletics, Inc. its consultants, officers, agents and employees from any responsibility or liability for any injury, damage or disorder (physical, metabolic, or otherwise) to myself, or in any way arising out of or connected with my participation in any activities with Legion Athletics, Inc.

I understand that Legion Athletics, Inc. and its consultants, officers, agents, and employees are not healthcare professionals. The services I have received from Legion Athletics, Inc do not provide or offer and are not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis, or treatment (“medical advice”). While Legion Athletics, Inc. believes that the information provided through our services and the site is current and reliable, Legion Athletics, Inc. cannot and does not make any such guarantee or warranty.

I hereby agree that before using our services, you will consult your physician or other health care provider for medical advice, particularly if you are at risk for problems arising from changes in your diet or lifestyle. The services provided by Legion Athletics, Inc. are not intended to be used by minors or individuals with health conditions that makes the kind of changes to diet or lifestyle suggested by our services unsafe or inappropriate. Furthermore, I hereby understand that Legion Athletics, Inc. shall have no obligation or responsibility to monitor my health status or health condition or to contact or alert any medical or emergency professional.

I understand and am aware that strength, flexibility, and aerobic exercise, including the use of equipment are a potentially hazardous activity. I also understand that fitness activities involve a risk of injury and even death, and that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and using equipment and machinery with knowledge of the dangers involved. I hereby agree to expressly assume and accept any and all risks of injury or death related to said fitness activities. In addition, I certify that I am 18 years of age or older.

I do hereby further declare myself to be physically sound and suffering from no condition, impairment, disease, infirmity or other illness that would affect nutrient metabolism or prevent my participation or use of equipment or machinery except as hereinafter stated. I do hereby acknowledge that Legion Athletics, Inc. has recommended to me that I obtain a physician’s approval for my participation in an exercise/fitness activity or in the use of exercise equipment and machinery. I also acknowledge that Legion Athletics, Inc. has recommended that I have a yearly or more frequent physical examination and consultation with my physician as to physical activity, exercise and use of exercise and training equipment so that I might have his/her recommendations concerning these fitness activities and equipment use. I acknowledge that I have either had a physical examination and been given my physician’s permission to participate, or that I have decided to participate in activity and use of equipment, machinery, and programs designed by Legion Athletics, Inc. without the approval of my physician and do hereby assume all responsibility for my participation and activities, and utilization of equipment and machinery in my activities.

I understand that all diet and training programs, nutrition and supplementation advice, and any and all other forms of information obtained from Legion Athletics, Inc. are not meant to treat or manage any health condition. I understand the need to consult with a healthcare provider prior to adjusting current lifestyle or eating habits or beginning any new diet and/or training plan.

In addition, I hereby represent and warrant that I am currently covered by an accident and health insurance policy. With my purchase of products or services from Legion Athletics, Inc., I understand that results of any sort are not guaranteed and agree not to hold Legion Athletics, Inc. staff liable for any outcomes or a lack thereof. With my purchase of any Legion Athletics, Inc. products or services, I understand that they are only guaranteed to work in software designed for a PC computer such as Microsoft Excel. I understand that I am purchasing having known that beforehand and understand that using any other application besides Microsoft Excel might result in the products not working with 100% functionality.


Security Check

Please click the checkbox below. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.