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Muscle for Life Success: Peter W.

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"I have lost just over 40 lbs and have gone from around 22% body fat to around 8%."

Peter's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

So far, I have lost just over 40 lbs. I have gone from around 22% body fat to around 8%.  I’m really pleased with the success, but am determined to squeeze out a few more weeks of cutting down to 6% body fat. I think that would be a great achievement for me.

The lifting program is excellent and debunks the psychological demands of needing to overtrain. I love the big lifting design. I have lost some lbs on the lifts with losing so much weight, but I certainly look a lot better and am more comfortable with my bodyshape.

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

I have spent a lot of hours in the gym doing really what Mike describes prior to discovering his own discovery.  I overtrained and did not take a keen enough interest in nutrition or calories to really focus in on my bodybuilding. I had tried multiple dieting techniques including Paleo, The Warrior diet, intermittent fasting, and an attempt at The Zone with limited success.

Whilst reading Mike’s book, pretty much every point he made about bioscience was something I had either done in the past or could easily recognise.  His book is very clear and does dispel multiple myths about training, nutrition, and supplementation – which is a big one, as it is extremely easy to get sucked into buying multiple magic cures and spending a lot of money!

What do you like most about the program?

The program is excellent. I loved lifting big. I have been following the five day program.  I would appreciate some further guidance on HIIT for my non lifting days.

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

The diet is much better because it is not restrictive or over complicated. I have tried a number of very restrictive diets including the Warrior Diet and Paleo (which I agree with in principle but it’s just too hard to follow if you have a job). I have finally got a much better knowledge of nutrition from reading your books.

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

I was feeling overweight, bloated and lethargic. I now feel much better, more confident. Happy in my level of fitness and not desperately waiting for the next meal.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Read Mike’s books and website, and follow his excellent guidance. I couldn’t recommend his advice more highly, and I’ve been training for 20 years.

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15 Comments
  • INOSSEP

    how much do you weight ?

  • jared

    Amazing transformation! Great job!
    I have a question for Mike.
    What causes the gap in-between the ribcage and the obliques? I have the same thing. Are there certain muscles that aren’t properly built up? or is it just the way some people are?

    • Jeff Caldwell

      The gap between the ribcage and the obliques is just anatomical shape. You can se that the bottom rib juts out further than the top of the oblique muscle. The other difference, and you can see it in Mike’s photo, the serratus muscles aren’t as well developed as Mike’s are.

    • As Jeff said, it could just be your anatomical shape.

      Building your core will probably help though. 🙂

  • Frederick

    What was your macronutrient profile like before you started cutting?

    • He followed the standard BLS cutting diet of 40/40/20.

      • Frederick

        This is my third week of following your BLS book and my third week of the 40/40/20 diet that was developed by Muscle For Life. I enjoy the Chicken/Shrimp Stir Fry recipe. You book Awakening Your Inner Genius is great. I will be purchasing some as gifts. I will write a review on Amazon after this comment.

        • Great to hear you’ve been rolling on the program.

          Glad you liked the stir fry, and I really do appreciated the review. It really does help me out!

          Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

  • parv kashyap

    Great job buddy

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    I purchased the BLS just this week and have been consumed reading it. I have been on a big transformation in the last 11 months. But as I have lost a ton of weight it really has come to a crawl my weight lost. I am interested in applying your program to get past this plateau I have been on and lean out. In your cutting plan I actually have to eat more calories and add some more carbs to my diet and protein which I have done this week. I have been on a calorie deficit for a long time and I think my metabolism might have slowed down a bit because of the reduced calories and carbs. I still haven’t got to the training yet. I will tonight. Cant wait to see where I go from here.

    • Awesome to hear you picked up my book!

      Good job on the weight you’ve lost so far.

      Yeah, if you’ve been in a calorie deficit for a long time, you may need to reverse diet to speed up your metabolism before you continue cutting. Check this out:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com/reverse-diet/

      What do you think?

      • Carlos Gonzalez

        I read the information on the link and I understand how the body needs to re-adjust to the added calories. I just figured out my macro nutrients required for myself and I have some questions for you. I am still at a high body fat percentage and the way I measured that was using a handheld measuring device. I am at 21%. Before getting your book I was just following a 40/30/30 macro breakdown at 1900 – 2000 calories. Just working out and cardio but my energy levels were shot. I started the week going strong and mid week I was pushing the rest of the week. Your book I went to a 40/40/20 giving me more cals in protein and carbs and my energy has sky rocketed. Now with 2300 calories I like it. Will I still manage a cutting phase with these numbers at 218 lbs?

        • To makes sure you’re getting an accurate reading on the BF%, check this out:

          http://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-measure-body-fat-percentage/

          Great to hear on the energy you feel with the new macro breakdown. That’s what carbs will do for you. 🙂

          Those calories seem about right for cutting at your weight. Since you were dieting at even lower than that for awhile, we’ll have to see based off results.

          If you lose 1-2 pounds a week, stick to it! If not, you should reverse diet then go to the cutting cals.

          Sound good?

  • INOSSEP

    I’m just wondering , what weight he is and height ? can we know this ?

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