July 2016 was the before picture, which was when I first bought the book. October 2017 is the after picture.
So 15 months’ progress. In the before picture I’m about 148 lb and 16% body fat and I am currently about 144 lb and 11-12% body fat.
I actually kept my calories at maintenance for most of the time, gradually increasing my strength on the major lifts while maintaining a body fat around 15%.
Over the past 12 weeks or so I have cut from 15% body fat to about 11.5% body fat.
I started off with a 4-day split and then switched to the 5-day split.
As a graduate student studying nutrition, I thought that I kind of knew everything I needed to know in regards to nutrition, changing my body composition, etc.
I guess I was reluctant to accept the fact that there was a lot that I needed to learn, particularly when it comes to training properly.
Mike lays everything out very simply in his book–progressing on exercises is relatively straightforward.
Additionally, I like the fact that Mike addresses the psychological obstacles associated with fitness in addition to dieting and training.
While other diet programs promise rapid weight loss, or a “quick fix,” Mike doesn’t go through any of that bullshit. He lets you know what realistic results one can expect when following Bigger Leaner Stronger.
I am definitely more confident in what I can achieve–I feel more confident in my ability to achieve goals in other areas of life.
I would recommend it to everyone! It’s simple and easy to understand but also effective.
I would also add that I am a graduate student studying human nutrition and when I bought Bigger Leaner Stronger in 2016, I had just graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in dietetics.
As a future dietitian, I like to think that I can spot bullshit diet claims and have a thorough grasp on nutritional research and nutrition science. Mike definitely speaks the truth when it comes to using diet to improve body composition and overall health.
I used PULSE as my pre-workout and love it!