Dear Ryan,

Ryan Rollison

I am trying to get in shape for my wedding coming up at the end of October.  I would love to lose about 20 pounds by the time I have to say I do!  I have a few women in my bridal party that would like to drop some weight also. First I want to know if it’s possible to lose 20 pounds in that amount of time, what’s the best way to do it and do you give any specials to a group of people?

Thanks in advance


Dear Thanks in Advance,

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. It is very obtainable for you to lose 20 pounds by your wedding in October. Shoot for one pound of fat loss per week but no more than three pounds.

I want you to be aware that if you are weight training, which you should be, that the scale may not show you accurate body fat loss.  Remember that muscle is more dense than fat. A pound is a pound but you must realize that your goal is to look better and the scale will deceive you.  You may be losing body fat but by weight training you will be replacing it with dense muscle tissue.

The main thing I tell my clients is, “Go by how your clothes fit and how you appear in the mirror. NOT THE SCALE!!” Your eating is obviously going to be key in your success or failure and your meals should not contain sugars or fast acting carbs (see for nutrition list). Remember to eat several small meals per day and consume a majority of your calories earlier in the day or as needed per your activity for work and exercise.

Eat only lean meat and veggies in your last meal.  Actually if you can tolerate it, white fish and two cups of veggies are the best thing to eat at night time for fat loss. Don’t forget to drink lots of water.  Many people are having success with intermittent fasting as well. That may be something you want to look into as well.

Your workouts can be total body workouts three days per week, making sure you always hit the major muscle groups(legs, back, chest) followed by 20-30 minutes of cardio and you should do extra cardio on the days you don’t weight train.

As far as deals go, I will give you a price break if you come in with a friend and train at the same time. I do not like to do personal train more than two people at a time because it takes away from the attention that I can devote to your session.  Although if you have three or more in your group I do Dream Bodies Fit Camps and I will come to you if need be.  I do them at the parks in the summer, at the Judan Judo club in the winter or if it rains or wherever you would like to meet. Feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Congratulations and I hope you have a happy long marriage.


Ryan Rollison
Dream Bodies