Ben Lloyd ditched his gut and built lean muscle using newbodyplan.com – but the real highlight of his transformation was waving goodbye to health issues that had plagued him for years.
“At the start of the first lockdown I had good intentions of healthy eating and doing home workouts,” Lloyd tells MF, “but as time went on I found myself sitting the garden, having a few drinks, and the good intentions slipped away,
“When that lockdown ended I was quite a bit heavier and not feeling very good about myself. So when the second lockdown was announced I decided I need a proper approach, and a plan, so I wouldn’t make the same mistakes and could focus on looking after myself.”
The 33-year-old had tried to get into shape before, but never saw the results he wanted because he would “constantly chop and change [his] training and nutrition so nothing ever had enough time to really work.”
Lloyd would also regularly wake up low on energy and with a sore stomach: “I’d been living with it for years and the discomfort would affect my mood for the rest of the day.”
“I was resigned to always feeling a bit ropey and thought I’d just have to live with it, but signing up with newbodyplan.com changed everything – this is the best I’ve felt for as long as I can remember.
“It’s massively improved my quality of life, so while the fat loss and other physical changes were great, it’s finally feeling really fit and healthy that I’m most happy about.”
Joe Warner, who designed the ‘Six-Week Shred’ training and nutrition plan Lloyd followed, believes that anyone can replicate his remarkable results, so long as they have the right attitude.
“It all starts with a desire to make a change,” says Warner, “and then committing to a plan that will make that your dream a reality, one step at a time.
“That’s really the secret to successful weight loss: consistency. And the best bit is once you are consistent in moving your body more and eating well, the benefits aren’t just physical. You’ll also feel so much more optimistic, confident and happy – and we could all do with a little more positivity right now.”
FIX YOUR DIET
THE FAT-LOSS MEAL PLAN BEN LLOYD FOLLOWED
BREAKFAST: Scrambled eggs with avocado on toast
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 avocado
- 5 cherry tomatoes
- 1 slice wholewheat bread
Calories: 427 | Protein: 17.6g | Carbs: 23.3g | Fat: 30.9g
LUNCH: Chicken Caesar salad
- 100g chicken breast
- 2 anchovies
- 1 boiled egg
- 1tsp Dijon mustard
- 1tbsp light mayonnaise
- 50g Greek yogurt
- 5g grated cheese
- Lemon juice
- Rapeseed oil
Calories: 502 | Protein: 43.6g | Carbs: 6.8g | Fat: 32.9g
AFTERNOON SNACK: Apple slices with peanut butter
- 1 medium apple, sliced
- 2tbsp peanut butter
Calories: 166 | Protein: 4.4g | Carbs: 22.2g | Fat: 8.3g
DINNER: Lamb kebabs
- 150g diced lamb
- 125g mushrooms
- 125g green pepper
- 125 courgetter
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 50g brown rice
- 15ml mint sauce
- Rapeseed oil
- Lemon juice
- Dried rosemary and thyme
- Dice the lamb, and chop the mushroom, pepper, onion and courgette and place it all in a mixing bowl.
- Finely slice the garlic and add it to the mix. Add the mint sauce, lemon juice, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper to the mix, stir it all together and cover with clingfilm.
- Allow the mix to marinade for 20 minutes before creating the kebabs using metal skewers.
- Place the kebabs on a baking tray and evenly pour over the remaining marinade mix.
- Grill the kebabs for five minutes before turning and cooking for a further five minutes.
- Serve the kebabs on brown rice.
Calories: 587 | Protein: 39.2 | Carbs: 56.5g | Fat: 23.8g
DESSERT: Greek yogurt and frozen banana slices
- 100g low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 small banana
Calories: 149 | Protein: 11.1g | Carbs: 26.6g | Fat: 0.7g