I’ve got a very strong politically incorrect opinion for every guy who emails me saying that they are 5’8″ and weigh 145 pounds and want to lose fat before they start building muscle…

…and that is, “You are making the WRONG choice!”

Brother, you need muscle.

In fact, in my infamous “abs photo” online (including the one recently STOLEN by GQ magazine – April 2010, page 66), I weigh180 pounds at 5’9″. And I still look small!

So listen, the #1 rule for men is this:

When in doubt, a guy should focus on BUILDING muscle, not losing fat.

Unless you are over 15% body fat, you should not even think about losing fat or dieting if you aren’t at the right weight for your height. Once you hit your height-weight level, then you can work on fat loss.

Here’s my infamous height-weight scale.

5 feet, 6 inches = 150 pounds
5 feet, 7 inches = 155 pounds
5 feet, 8 inches = 160 pounds
5 feet, 10 inches = 170 pounds
6 feet = 180 inches

(For every inch gained in height, add 5 pounds.)

NOTE: If you are below the assigned weight for your height, you MUST – and there is NO debate – focus your workouts on BUILDING muscle.

That’s the #1 rule for you.

So what’s the solution?

Your 3 best options are:

1) Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets.

3) Vince Del Monte’s Maximize Your Muscle Blueprint.

These programs are for men AND women who are SERIOUS about boosting their lean mass metabolism and overcoming their bad genetics, just like Vince, Jay, and I did.

It is ALWAYS a good time to gain muscle.

Your friend and coach,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, TT Meatheads

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com