After years of cardio and running, Body Beast was the first weightlifting program I ever did. After just six months, I’m pumped to share with you my weight loss transformation story with Body Beast.

This review talks about my experience as a petite woman who honestly had never been able to change my weight. Yet, by following along with Body Beast, including the included portion container plan, I was able to lose significant weight and became lean just in time for my wedding.

Is Body Beast for weight loss a good plan? How did the nutrition plan play out? Will Body Beast make you bulky? We go into these questions and more with my experience after just six months of the program.

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body beast for weight loss – alex’s transformation story

Growing up, I was fortunate to have a healthy lifestyle ingrained in me from my parents – sports every season and salads after every dinner.

With my petite frame, standing in 5’ 4”, and a consistent weight since high school of ~107 pounds. I figured things were going fine.

My activities centered around running with six marathons under my belt. On top of that, I joined my friends at their spin, barre, or other HIIT classes.

Like most, I thought that workouts were measured in sweat, so if something seemed too “light,” I moved onto the next activity.

My days started with a slender bod in the morning, but by night, my stomach progressively grew and became bloated. If I had to fit into a tight dress that evening, I would abstain from eating for hours beforehand.

Many of my friends used this same tactic. Thankfully, I’ve learned now that this I wasn’t doomed forever to my “skinny fat” fate.

The Wedding Push – Six Months To Go

I’d been through a rotation of workouts, between yoga, pilates, and cardio, but this time I needed to see a difference.

Our wedding was just six months away and my wedding dress was sleeveless and slim fit. I needed my arms, back, and abs to be toned.

Honestly, what I really needed most was for that to stay that way for the full day. I didn’t want to feel self-conscious or abstain from cocktails and food because I was worried about getting larger and larger throughout the night in my slim dress.

Ryan recommended something completely new for me: a weightlifting program. He chose a lean weight lifting regimen that began with a build phase followed by a bulk phase, roughly 30-45 minutes, six days a week. The program was called Body Beast, on of Beachbody’s (now called BODi) best programs of all time.

When I first began, I was surprised at how weak I felt with just 5 lbs. weights on arms and 15 lbs. for legs. Wow, and I was so incredibly sore that first week (or any day after chest flies). But I logged everything on the provided weight tracker sheets and continued on.

My strength improved each week over a variety of exercises targeting legs, back, shoulders, arms, abs, and cardio. Soon, I was up to 15 lbs. on some arm moves and 45 lbs. on legs.

The best part was that weight lifting wasn’t about the sweat. Most days I didn’t need to shower before work! I knew I was progressing because I felt stronger than ever, which was a huge self esteem boost. Never again will I question if I got a good body workout in if I didn’t sweat!

Even with the wedding coming up, it was easy to fall into lapses of laziness and overeating, but Ryan kept me accountable. One of the many benefits of working out as a couple. He made sure I prioritized workouts even during a crazy work and travel schedule.

Throughout the six months, I focused on my nutrition by eating clean and keeping to six small meals daily. Overall, I didn’t make drastic changes to my diet, and I continued using following the Portion Fix containers with the included nutrition plan. It felt light on the carbs but I was full and it forced me to get creative with my veggies and proteins.

By the way, for accountability with your workouts or nutrition support, feel free to join our BODgroup.

The Final Push – 2 Weeks To Go

Before I knew it, our wedding was just two weeks away! It was time for my final dress fitting.

I slipped into my dress, and it nearly slipped off! Music to my ears, the salon tailor said she could take it in but warned me not to lose any more weight. I’ll never forget that. I hurried home to take my measurements and photos.

My goal with Body Beast had never been weight loss, but I managed not only to gain muscle, but lose significant body fat and pounds anyways (see my photos below).

Also, I felt stronger than ever before, and my body stayed the same size throughout the day. Regarding my photos and measurements, I am glad I had them. I didn’t realize how much my body had changed (or where I stored fat) until I saw them.

Body Beast for WEight Loss Results

My weight loss transformation with Body Beast was shocking for someone as petite as myself. I went from 110 lbs. to 102 lbs.

This weight is incredible for my small size, especially considering all of the muscle weight I put on! I hadn’t been that size since early high school.

My favorite number, however, was the 4” increase in my hips and I was psyched for my new curves in just six months.

For the rest, the photos speak for themselves. While I saw that my stomach and waist was leaner, I was floored when I saw my back. Who keeps hidden weight in their back?! I do, apparently!

Since then, other ladies have asked me how I lost 8 lbs. — especially petite girls who feel they’ve plateaued. It is incredible to help other women with my own experience.

Following the Body Beast program through BODi has been worth it for many reasons and proved to be an effective way to learn how to weight lift and get real results.

In addition to a BODi membership (which now includes access to the Portion Fix nutrition plan I followed), both Shakeology and BODi’s protein powder, Recover, were part of my transformation plan.

We highly recommend these products (most other supplements by BODi are unnecessary. For more information on the highest-quality and most effective nutrition tools, check out our shortlist of the 6 best BODi products ever created.

Closing Thoughts on Weight LIfting for Weight Loss

We hope my Body Beast transformation story has inspired you to start lifting weights. Body Beast is an incredible program for weight loss, especially for women who have just those last stubborn pounds to lose.

Of course, a structured nutrition program is essential as well. Leave any questions you have in the comments and fell free to reach out for support.

For other questions regarding Beachbody (now BODi) workouts, Shakeology, or if you want a straight-up honest review of the Team Beachbody Coaching (now BODi Partner) opportunity, make sure your head over to our Beachbody Page.

You can find more free at-home workout resources, such as our Couple’s Workout Routine, Resistance Band and Bodyweight Workout Plans, or 30-Day Ab Challenge, on our Work Out At Home Page.

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After eight years working in the corporate world as engineers, we left our high-powered jobs to tackle our true passion — helping couples engineer their best lives.

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