In the before picture I was 176 pounds. The after picture represents me 2 months later weighing 159 pounds.
At the beginning, I surprisingly lost 20 pounds in one month. I did this following Mike’s macronutrient ratios he had in Bigger Leaner Stronger.
I was lean with little muscle to show, so I decided to start bulking using the macronutrient ratios he had in the book and I quickly started looking better gaining about 3 pounds that month.
The first month was amazing. I got so much stronger in so little time. Every week I would add pounds after pounds to my Bench Press and Military Press.
I was always afraid of doing Squats and Deadlifts, but I kept re-reading his instructions on these exercises and looking at YouTube videos. I started doing these the second month in with almost the same results.
I had never tried other programs or read any other books on fitness or health. I got back from vacations and decided to commit myself to losing weight and getting stronger, so I got on iBooks and started browsing.
I found Bigger Leaner Stronger with a bunch of good reviews. I downloaded and read the sample, and immediately bought the whole book to read the rest. It was a good and easy read, and the workout routines and ideas seemed simple enough.
I love the way the book emphasized nutrition from the beginning and consisted of a large part of the book. I had no idea how important nutrition was until I read this book.
The program seemed simple since I was used to doing high volume workouts once in a while. Lifting heavy (4-6 reps) was actually so much less tiring and time consuming than doing all the reps I used to do in high school.
The results came in quicker than I imagined or even thought possible.
This is the only actual program I’ve tried. I never really fixed my diet or workouts until I read this book.
I definitely feel more confident with everything now.
I have more energy than I ever did, especially with the little sleep I get while attending a university.
Counting your calories and macronutrients definitely works, but follow Mike’s advice on the type of food you should be eating (nutrient dense foods and complex carbohydrates).
Make sure to stick to the 4-6 rep range in your workouts if you’re just starting out.
Fix your diet and your workouts and you will definitely see progress.