What would inspire you to make a significant change in your life? For Mike Dowling, a busy executive at an energy company, inspiration came from, “being sick of being a big person.” With a starting weight of 396 lbs, Mike was inspired by friends and family to embark on a journey to get leaner and live a healthier life. After many ups and downs, Mike made the commitment to get healthy. “I didn’t want to waste another day being heavy.”
Mike's diet and exercise program consists of a supervised exercise program with a certified personal trainer 5x per week, along with a reduced calorie diet plan featuring various GNC products. He receives monthly consultations with registered dietitians to personalize his diet regimen and help him meet his goals. Mike receives the certified personal trainer and registered dietician services and the GNC products from GNC at no charge.
Congratulations Mike on Losing Over 100 Pounds! Check out our latest video to see what Mike has to say about his experience, and learn how through hard work, a clean diet and unrivaled determination he lost over 100 pounds in just seven months.
On Mike's List page, he reveals the details of his program for a journey toward better health. Find out which GNC products Mike uses and make note of his diet and exercise plan. All the products on Mike's List can be bought at GNC.com and added to your My Lists page.
When do you take the supplements on your list?
Every morning and evening, I take GNC Mega Men®, GNC Glucosamine 750 Chondroitin 600, GNC Natural Brand™ Clear Mixing Super Fiber with Probiotics and GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil 1500. I take GNC Total Lean™ CLA every morning and evening, plus two other times during the day. I love combining GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25 and GNC Pro Performance® 100% Whey Protein every morning for breakfast and sometimes drink it two more times during the day. The combo tastes delicious and is very filling. I just feel so good on GNC products. My friends and family all take GNC supplements now.
What does a typical day of food and supplements look like for you?
I started a food journal to track all of the food and supplements I consume every day (I highly recommend doing this). On a typical day, I eat five times to help fuel my workouts.
Breakfast - Fruit and a GNC Total Lean™ Breakfast Square
Shake - GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25
Lunch - A 6oz piece of broiled fish and a GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™ 25
Snack - Salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner - An 8oz chicken breast with 1 cup of mushrooms
What does a typical training day look like for you?
I lift weights on Mondays focusing on my arms and back. On Tuesdays, I work out my legs and chest. On Wednesdays, I work out my arms and back again. Thursdays are big cardio and rep days focusing on my legs and chest. Fridays are my recovery days. On Saturdays, I work out my arms and back. Thursdays and Saturdays are typically my hardest workouts when I do the most reps with no breaks in between sets.
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to use supplements?
First, I recommend seeing your doctor. Second, my athlete friends have always told me they take glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oil. You must care for your joints and muscles. From there, you can add a multivitamin.
What have you learned through your new eating and training regimen that you'd like to share with other people who are trying to achieve their own health and wellness goals?
There are no short cuts. Yeah, you can have off days, but the key is what you do the day after an off day. Don't make off days a habit. I advise getting dressed and going to the gym immediately after you wake up. It gets you out of the house and you will not have time for procrastination. Plus, the rewards of working out early are amazing.
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