Q: Do you think I could lose 15 to 20 pounds in a month? I have a reunion coming up, and I want to be in a somewhat healthy looking condition. I was 250 last night. I want the fat off. It’s killing me to see this gut—you have no idea!
A: Yes, you could technically lose that much weight, but most of it would be water and muscle—and you probably wouldn’t look much better or feel healthy. We all want fast fat loss, and we’re all impatient when it comes to changing our bodies, but the best strategy is slow and steady…
You’d be better off shooting to lose about 10 pounds of fat and lifting hard to build muscle. You’ll be amazed at what losing some ugly fat and gaining some rock-hard muscle will do for your total look and how you feel (from health and self-confidence standpoints).
And remember, if you do it right you’ll be adding muscle and losing fat, so the scale isn’t something you should pay attention to very closely. In other words, if you lose 10 pounds of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle, you’ll look completely different (so much better), but the scale will read exactly the same. Always keep that in mind. [For more fat-to-muscle tips, meal-by-meal diets, and training programs geared for growth hormone release, see the X-treme Lean e-book]
Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson