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How Kim Used Thinner Leaner Stronger to Lose 15 Pounds and 3% Body Fat

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"I'm now comfortable in my own skin, stronger, and more confident!"

Kim's Progress

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

In my before picture (April 2017) I was 165 lbs and approximately in the 24-26% body fat range.

In my after picture (October 2017) I was 150 lbs and approximately in the 21-23% body fat range.

What has happened so far on the program?

I started in April 2017 at 165 lbs and dropped down to 150 lbs by October 2017. I cut for 12 weeks and then I reverse dieted until I was at my maintenance calories. I stayed at my maintenance calories for a month and went back to cutting for another 6 weeks.

My strength has definitely increased. When I started my max on a barbell squat was 95 lbs and I am now squatting 185 lbs. My deadlift started at 65 lbs and is now at 115 lbs. My bench press started at 30 lbs and is now at 50 lbs. My military press started at 30 lbs and is now at 50 lbs.

What workout split from the book did you use?

I used the 5-day split.

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

When I came across Thinner Leaner Stronger and read the description I immediately bought it because I felt like it had everything I needed to achieve the results I truly wanted.

I knew it was not going to be easy but I had already been working out for 3 years (mainly just doing cardio) and had been eating relatively healthy, but I didn’t know much about macros or lifting weights.

I’ve done different programs from Beachbody (T25, Insanity, 21 Day Fix, P90x3) and lost 60 lbs doing a bunch of cardio home workouts. The programs were great for losing weight but not for building muscle and curves in the right places, which was my goal.

What do you like most about the program?

Thinner Leaner Stronger was easier than I expected once I learned the foundational information. The results came pretty fast! I was getting leaner and seeing muscle definition for the first time thanks to “Newbie Gains.”

What I like most about the program was the meal plan because it helped me learn how to accurately track my food and the importance of calories and macros to achieve your goals. I never used to track and just relied on “healthy eating” during the week and would end up having epic cheat meals on the weekend.

Now that I track, I actually feel like my diet is more flexible than ever and I can enjoy treats without feeling guilty. I now know how to have a controlled cheat meal and not have to worry about sacrificing all my hard work for the week.

It just feels great being in control and knowing how to properly cut, maintain, and bulk so I never have to worry about gaining weight or losing muscle ever again.

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

This program was a lot different because all the other programs I’ve done were mainly cardio-based and this program revolves mainly around heavy lifting with minimal cardio.

The eating plans were just “cookie cutter” numbers and recipes that didn’t actually fit into my individual goals. The meal plan that I bought from Muscle For Life was amazing because it was made specifically for me and had food I actually enjoyed eating! It was an easy transition.

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

I definitely have more energy and feel so much more confident! Sometimes I can’t even believe the changes I’ve made in my body composition.

It feels amazing as a woman to be able to lift heavy weights and consistently get stronger and leaner!

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I would recommend this to anyone that is trying to get fit and healthy. I wish I could have learned all of this when I started my fitness journey in 2014!

Yeah, I lost 60 lbs before I started Thinner Leaner Stronger, but I’ve gotten amazing results in just months!  I’ve also gained knowledge that I will continue to implement for the rest of my life!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Do what is taught, be patient, consistent, and the results are guaranteed to come! There is no better feeling than feeling strong, confident, and being comfortable in your own skin!

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I used FORGE and PULSE. I really enjoyed the combination of the two for my morning, fasted workouts.

PULSE gave me energy but not to the point where I felt jittery. FORGE was helpful to preserve my muscle because I always trained in a fasted state.

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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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