10 months difference, first picture is January 2015 and second picture is beginning of November 2015. First picture my bodyweight is 220 lbs. Second picture my bodyweight is 180 lbs.
I lost 40 lbs of bodyfat (maybe more as my strength has gone up considerably in my arms and shoulders despite being on a calorie deficit). I lost seven inches off of my waist.
I maintained my overall strength in the big three lifts and made pretty decent improvements in my shoulders, arms and calves despite the fact that I was actually focusing more on compound lifts as opposed to isolation exercises.
It seemed too simple at first, a lot of programs prescribe really high training volumes and really bland diets. Bigger Leaner Stronger recommends a more realistic program for people with lives outside of the gym.
Initially you feel that to get a great physique you need to be obsessed with the gym and diet like the muscle magazines suggest but this really isn’t the case.
Most of all I like having my life back! I have two kids, a full time job, a girlfriend and other hobbies in my life. BLS taught me that I don’t need to be in the gym more than an hour per day or more than five days a week.
I don’t need to eat Tuna and brown rice every 3 hours and I don’t need to sacrifice my life to have a good body. I now look forward to training and I enjoy eating plenty of nutritious foods around my schedule, I also enjoy cookies and pizza at least once a week.
I get stronger consistently week after week and training adds to the quality of my life rather than deprives me.
The diet isn’t really a diet, it is sensible advice on little daily disciplines that make all the difference. I’ve implemented the guidance in my life for over year now and I never feel like I’m on a weird diet.
I don’t get stressed if I go more than three hours without food and I look forward to eating in restaurants and getting takeaways as a treat on a weekly basis. Life is too short never to eat a Big Mac again!
My confidence has grown, I feel energetic and can play with my kids when I get home from a full days work. I don’t have big ups and downs throughout the day, I sleep well and generally function better thanks to healthy diet and regular exercise.
I recommend this program to anyone who wants to improve their physique and lifestyle.
If you want to be a cover model with 5% bodyfat you can do it using BLS as your guide. If you just want to lose a few pounds or get bigger shoulders and look good in a t-shirt whilst still enjoying your lifestyle you can do that too, it’s just well-balanced sound advice.
Give it a try wholeheartedly, you will see results if you apply yourself, whether you weigh 300 lbs or 120 lbs, just get started and keep going.