Shalin Patel caught my attention with the following statement…
“Every transformation I see shows overweight people who undergo dramatic weight loss to reveal better muscle tone. For the group of men who have naturally smaller body frames, it is a tremendous challenge to cut body fat while trying to gain muscle…Thus my goal was not to significantly lose weight, but to lose fat and gain muscle while not significantly altering my body weight.”
He is of course referring to body recomposition, or altering the ratio of fat to muscle for the better!
I can identify with that, being a naturally skinny guy. Any fat I gain goes on my gut. In the past when I tried to get rid of it, I ended up losing my muscle mass too!
After repeating this depressing cycle over and over a few times, I got really pissed off and decided to actually research this stuff for myself. Much research and testing later, I developed Total Six Pack Abs
“I’ve been an avid musclehack reader for several months now and just wanted to share my results and summary with you. I’m planning on submitting my story to bodybuilding.com (transformation of the week) because I’m so happy with the results and couldn’t have done it without you.”
What I include below is only a portion of the full text Shalin is submitting to bodybuilding.com. Good luck, Shalin!
“I am naturally skinny with a smaller body frame but never really had a defined midsection or muscular build. My ultimate goals were to get six pack abs and at the same time increase my overall muscle tone.
“I knew the biggest improvement I had to make was to modify my diet. Since I was so skinny and wanted to get bigger. Although I was gaining weight, it was in all the wrong places.
“My favorite website and the person whose techniques I learned to trust the most during my research was MuscleHack, owned by Mark McManus. His basic idea is that, contrary to popular belief, you CAN build muscle and lose fat at the same time and one does not have to be done at the expense of the other. Once I understood the reasoning behind this concept, my entire diet and workout strategy completely changed.
“After carefully reading over all of Mark’s material and getting his Total Six Pack Abs book, I followed his diet plan as instructed.
“Once I started the new workout plan, with EVERY workout, my goal was to reach failure at 8-10 reps. During each workout, I would record my previous session’s maximum weight lifted and shoot to slightly increase the weight lifted for every exercise, every time. This workout regimen along with my new nutritional strategy – all found in Mark’s Abs book – simultaneously kept my muscular growth and fat loss continuous.
“The most important lesson I learned by the end of my three month regimen was that although my body fat decreased significantly, my body weight remained almost the same because as I lost weight from the fat, I gained it back from the newfound muscle growth. Thus, proving that even people with smaller frames like myself can gain muscle and lose fat all at the same time!
“I encourage everyone to create a specific plan and to implement it with full dedication. You have to be mentally focused to change your diet, which really is the key. The hardest challenge is definitely the diet.
“A great way to be successful in this endeavor is to get your friends and family involved in the dieting aspect….My wife and I did the diet together for a month and we both were amazed at the results. The two of us doing this together made things so much easier. Now I even have my parents and several friends changing their diets and all have successfully lost weight/body fat.”
Here are Shalin’s before and after stats:
Age: 28 Age: 28
Height : 5’8” Height: 5’8”
Weight: 164 Weight: 162
Body Fat: 14% Body Fat: 8%
A 6% body fat drop with only 2lbs of weight loss is a remarkable result and testifies to the RECOMPOSITION abilities of this program. More muscle + less fat = a much better looking you!
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Shalin – Good work bro! I hope your transformation makes it bb.com – you deserve it!
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