How Karter Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 24 Pounds and 13% Body Fat

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"I have gained more self-confidence, I am happier, and my relationship with my wife has grown!"

Karter's Progress

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

When I first started, it was the beginning of April, 2016. I weighed 148 lb and was around 18-20% body fat. I don’t think I had an ounce of muscle on me.

It took me a while to learn my correct calorie intake because my metabolism was so fast and I steadily bulked up until the first of January, 2018.

In the second photos I weighed around 198 lb and was around 25-27% body fat. The final pictures represent the beginning of May, 2018. I weigh around 172 lb at about 12-14% body fat.

What has happened so far on the program?

I knew I needed to build muscle because I never had any! I began a steady bulk for around a year and a half. I gained 50 lb and ended at 198 lb.

My strength absolutely skyrocketed. A few of my major lift changes:

Bench Press – 135 lbs for 4 reps to 255 lbs for 2 reps

Dead Lift – 200 lbs for 4 reps to 405 lbs for 2 reps

Squat – 185 lbs for 4 reps to 315 lbs for 4 reps

Military Press – 75 lbs for 4 reps to 185 lbs for 2 reps

What workout split from the book did you use?

I have always used the 5-day split.

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

There are different workout programs everywhere! Everyone has a different program they are doing and generally, everyone looks the same. They slave away at the gym and you see minor changes.

This is exactly how I felt when I first started, spending hours in the gym. I didn’t want to start any program because I thought they were all the same.

What do you like most about the program?

The Bigger Leaner Stronger book and program made sense from the moment I opened the book. As I started to follow Mike’s suggestions, I saw results within a few weeks.

For me, I was never able to gain weight or muscle and I didn’t think it was possible. Within about a month I had put on about 8 lb during my bulk and this sort of kickstarted my energy and gave me the confidence to never give up.

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

IT WORKS! Mike caters this program to everyone. He makes it a part of your lifestyle. I now absolutely love going to the gym and I look forward to hitting my macros at the end of the day. During other programs I felt like everything was short term and I would eventually quit. Bigger Leaner Stronger is the way to go!

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

My whole life has been altered since I’ve read Mike’s book. I started out by following the book exactly, but Mike helps you to create a healthy lifestyle in and out of the gym.

After a few months, I was creating my own meal plans and I was able to form my own workouts through the advice Mike gave me. I have gained more self-confidence, I am happier, and my relationship with my wife has grown. All around I am extremely happy with my life.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I have recommended this book to just about anyone that will listen! It’s for beginners as well as people who have been lifting for years. It doesn’t matter what point in your life you are at, this book will help you gain a better understanding of the human body through nutrition and weight lifting.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

NEVER GIVE UP. Everybody’s body is different and will react at different times. If somebody develops faster than you, who cares! Just keep working and you will eventually get there. Have a goal in your mind and never quit until you have reached that goal!

Did you use any Legion supplements?

Pulse and Forge were my go-to supplements. I loved the pump that pulse gave me before my workouts. I was never a pre-workout guy until I heard the rave about Pulse and it definitely is worth every penny!

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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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