I ate complex carbs like vegetables, brown rice, whole grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, pasta, and potatoes. For protein, I ate chicken, fish, lean red meats, turkey, dairy, eggs, and legumes.
Lewiston, ME (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
Former Maine cop Shawn Lebrun sheds 56 pounds of fat and gains 18 pounds of muscle. Just 9 weeks later, Shawn enters a natural bodybuilding contest. As a result, Shawn starts an online fitness publishing company and has now helped over 48,000 men and women get in shape.
I guess you could say Shawn Lebrun is the kind of guy who likes to help people.
That's why he became a police officer for his hometown in Maine a few years ago. But sitting on his butt all day in a patrol car and hanging out at the local doughnut shop was taking a toll on his body.
At close to 260 pounds, people must have wondered "How the heck is this poor cop going to catch anyone?" When he wasn't chasing bad guys, he was chasing "All You Can Eat" buffets, looking for the best price in town.
But during his stint as a cop, Shawn dreamed of being able to build a career out of his passion for fitness. He thought maybe he could help more people that way. And help himself at the same time.
So after years of dreaming, Shawn took a leap of faith, went back to school and became certified by the College of Exercise Professionals as a Personal Trainer.
But the true moment of clarity for Shawn came when he figured at 260 pounds; he'd be a poor example of a personal trainer if he wasn't in better shape himself. So went on a personal mission to lose weight.
I'm sure he could never have imagined just 9 weeks later, he'd be competing at the N.A.B.F. Massachusetts Super Natural bodybuilding show. In just 9 short weeks, Shawn lost 56 pounds of fat and was now at single digit body fat levels.
He took that experience of changing his body and took a job as a personal trainer at the Portland (Maine) Regency Health Club. There, he worked his way up to head personal trainer and assistant club manager.
Based on his own transformation, Shawn designed a program for the health club members, in which he developed a 12-Week fitness contest.
Little did Shawn know that his "Change your Body, Change your Life" program indeed would change every aspect of his life.
That program went on to be the foundation of his best-selling "Simple Steps To Get Huge and Shredded" muscle building and fat loss program. Simple Steps has now sold over 40,000 copies to date.
Shawn says "The major problem for most people is they don't have a plan when they approach losing weight. They're sporadic in their approach and of course, sporadic in their results. You need to go in with a plan, or you're setting yourself up for failure.
So Shawn designed an easier way to lose weight, build muscle, and get in terrific shape.
"Why reinvent the wheel trying to lose weight by trial and error, when you can model after someone who has already done it?" If you follow exactly what I did and model my weight training, cardio, and nutrition, you'll see weight loss as well. It may be more or less than I lost, but you'll still see results."
So how exactly did Shawn lose all the weight so quickly?
Shawn performed 15 to 20 minutes of cardio, 3 to 4 times a week to start the fat-burning process. He preferred to run outside when it was nice, and inside on a treadmill when the weather didn't cooperate.
He changed his nutrition as well.
"Diets don't work" Shawn says. "A balanced, moderate approach does." "You need to create a lifestyle change so that you can continuously eat healthy and smart, year round.
Shawn ate 5 to 6 small, well-balanced meals to speed up his metabolism and burn more calories. That meant a meal or snack every 3 hours.
Each meal was balanced and consisted of high protein, moderate carbs, and low
fat. "I ate complex carbs like vegetables, brown rice, whole grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, pasta, and potatoes. For protein, I ate chicken, fish, lean red meats, turkey, dairy, eggs, and legumes."
The final part of Shawn's transformation was his approach to weight training.
"Weight training," claims Shawn "is an investment for future fat-burning." "The more muscular you are, the more calories you'll burn, even at rest. That's why weight training is so important in the big scheme of weight loss."
He used basic movements such as squats, bench press, straight bar curls, bent-over rows, and shoulder presses. "Weight training creates overload to the muscles. And overload builds muscle because it literally forces the muscles to respond to the increasing demand being placed on it.
Shawn says that 3 days of brief, 30-minute weight training sessions is plenty.
"In a nutshell, this is how I lost over 56 pounds, following this routine" says Shawn. "And if I can do it, I know that anyone can. You have no reason or excuse why you can't." "Just copy someone that's already done it.
As of today, Shawn has been seen in Muscle and Fitness magazines, Flex, Men's Health, and other fitness publications. His Simple Steps To Get Huge And Shredded program has been used by over 40,000 men and women worldwide.
For more information about Shawn Lebrun and his Simple Steps To Get Huge and Shredded fitness program, please visit his site: http://www.shawnlebrunfitness.com/getshredded.html