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How Stefanie Used Thinner Leaner Stronger to Lose 56 Pounds and 20% Body Fat

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"I have more confidence, great clothes are easier to find, I have more energy, and my marriage is better!"

Stefanie's Progress

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

I followed the Thinner Leaner Stronger program and the pictures are 12 months apart.

My body fat went from 40% to 20%. My weight went from 192 to 136. Deadlift got up to 190 for 10 reps and squats 175 for 10 reps.

What has happened so far on the program?

I cut for the entire 12 months. My weight from 192 to 136. I got much stronger as the year went on. At the end, I was squatting 175 for 10 reps and deadlifting 190 for 10 reps. I used the catch McArdle calculation found in Thinner Leaner Stronger and made sure my macros were on target every day with the occasional cheat meal.

What workout split from the book did you use?

The 5-day split with occasionally using a three or four-day split to accommodate vacations.

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

I honestly didn’t think that I could accomplish it. I’ve had personal trainers in the past but just never made much progress. I would lose 20 lbs and gain it right back. What I loved about this was the structure and research behind it.

What do you like most about the program?

I really liked the fact that the program was very structured and very specific. The research that was in the book was fantastic. My progress was much faster than I thought it would be. Like I said, I didn’t think I could do it at all!

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

This program was by far the best I’ve ever used! It gave me the right volume of exercises and gave me specific ways to get my macros right.

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

So many aspects of my life have changed because of getting fit. I have more confidence, great clothes are easier to find, I have more energy, and my marriage is better.

Honestly, the most important thing is that I know have the ability to try to inspire other people to do the same. I’ve told so many people that if I can do it they can, too! It is never too late to surprise yourself . Food used to be my addiction, now it is finding new challenges and ways to surprise myself about what I am capable of.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I would recommend this program to anyone and everyone! If you are truly ready to do it one day at a time and one meal at a time, Thinner Leaner Stronger won’t fail you.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I have a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology which helps me to understand that you have to decide in your mind first that you want to do this and then your body will follow that.

There is so much emotion and faulty thinking that needs to be overcome. Once you beat that, following Thinner Leaner Stronger and meeting your goals is a breeze.

Did you use any Legion supplements?

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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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