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Ben Jackson’s Vitality Journey

Chris Appleton
Author & Editor7 years ago
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Ben Jackson’s Story

Transforming with Vitality

Following the creation of Vitality, we wanted to show exactly how active men can integrate our advanced health supplements into their everyday life to improve overall health, and help you obtain the look you’ve always wanted.


Myprotein approached Ben Jackson at his local gym with an invitation to follow a 12-week programme, combining tailored exercise, diet plans and our Vitality supplement range. He agreed and allowed us to document his stunning transformation week after week for you to see.


Take a look at his stunning results, and learn how you can follow in Ben’s footsteps on the path to looking and feeling great, regardless of age and whatever life throws at you.


Date Weight
16.01.17 86.5kg
23.01.17 86.5kg
30.01.17 85kg
06.02.17 85kg
13.02.17 85kg
20.02.17 85kg
27.02.17 85kg
06.03.17 85kg
13.03.17 84kg
20.03.17 82kg
27.03.17 81kg
3.04.17 80.5kg
10.04.17 79kg

After Completing the 12 Week Programme


Ben’s Diet Plan

As part of Ben Jackson’s Vitality journey, he was placed on a diet that helped transform his body – allowing him to lose fat, gain muscle, and recover properly, while integrating important nutrients, vitamins and minerals into his everyday routine for a healthier lifestyle.


Take a look below to see an example of how Ben was eating to achieve his goals, before following our easy steps for calculating your own daily requirements to stay active and healthy.

Ben Jackson


Age: 46

Weight before transformation: 87kg

Click HERE to follow Ben's weekly diet plan.

The Basics: Calculating Energy Requirements

 Basal Metabolic Rate


To calculate how much energy (calories) you need to consume per day, you first have to calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which is the amount of energy used by the body while resting. One of the most commonly used equations to calculate BMR is the Schofield equation, calculated for men as follows.


How To Calculate Your BMR


Age (years) Equation (kcal per day)
30–60 11.472 × weight (kg) + 873.1
Over 60 11.711 × weight (kg) + 587.7

Average BMR For Men Aged 30-60


Weight (kg) BMR (calories needed per day while resting to maintain weight)
60 1561
70 1676
80 1790
90 1905
100 2020
110 2135
120 2249

(plus or minus 167kcal)

Average BMR For Men Aged 60+


Weight (kg) BMR (calories needed per day while resting to maintain weight)
60 1290
70 1407
80 1524
90 1641
100 1758
110 1875
120 1993

(plus or minus 164kcal)


Those with lower body fat and higher muscle mass, as well as people at the younger end of the age scales, require more energy than those that are obese or at the older end of the age scale.


Ben’s BMR = 1871kcal per day


Total Daily Energy Expenditure


Next is to calculate your total daily energy expenditure, which is the total amount of calories you should consume each day to maintain your current weight. This is based on your BMR and the amount of physical activity you carry out on a day-to-day basis, as follows:


» Sedentary people should multiply their BMR by 1.3 (very physically inactive)


» Lightly active men should multiply their BMR by 1.6 (daily walking or intense exercise 1-2 times per week)


» Moderately active men should multiply their BMR by 1.7 (intense exercise for 20-45 minutes at least 3 times per week)


» Very active men should multiply their BMR by 2.1 (intense exercise for at least an hour every day)


» Extremely active men should multiply their BMR by 2.4 (athlete or extremely demanding job such as the armed forces)


Ben’s TDEE = 3180kcal per day

Fat Loss


To lose fat, the body requires a calorie deficit. This means eating less than your body uses, forcing it to use up your fat stores for energy. Having a calorie deficit of 500kcal per day is considered to be enough to lose half a kilogram of fat per week.


Ben’s calorie requirement to reduce fat stores = 2680kcal per day


Remember though, your fat stores aren’t the only source of energy the body will use when it isn’t getting enough energy from your diet, meaning you can lose muscle, too. It’s vital to consume enough protein to minimise muscle loss during periods of weight loss.


The Nitty-Gritty: Calculating Protein, Carbohydrate & Fat Requirements

Tip: Try to spread your protein, carbohydrates and fats relatively evenly throughout meals. 



It’s generally accepted that to increase muscle mass, you should consume anywhere between 1.5g and 2.5g of protein per kilogram of total bodyweight per day. There are around 4 calories in 1g of protein.


Ben’s protein requirements based on 2.5g of protein per kg of bodyweight = 218g per day

(218g of protein= 870kcal)


Tip: Try to flavour your meat or other sources of protein with herbs and spices rather than sauces and condiments to avoid unnecessary fat and sugar. Tip: Make sure you consume protein and carbohydrates after your workout to aid muscle growth and replenish muscle glycogen stores (carbohydrate stores).



It’s commonly recommended that you should consume around 0.8g of dietary fat per kilogram of total bodyweight per day. There are around 9 calories in 1g of fat.


Ben’s fat requirements = 70g per day

(70g of fat = 630kcal)


Tip: Oily fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for maintaining optimum cardiovascular and brain function, so make sure you eat a minimum of 2 portions of oily fish per week.



Carbohydrates are a major source of energy and should make up the remaining calories of your total daily energy expenditure after protein and fat. There are around 4 calories in 1g of carbohydrate.


Ben’s carbohydrate requirements = 295g per day

(295g of carbohydrates = 1180kcal)


Tip: If you’re trying to reduce your fat stores, reduce your carbohydrate intake by 20-50% on rest days. 

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

Chris Appleton
Author & Editor
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Chris is an editor and a level 3 qualified Personal Trainer, with a BA honours degree in Sports Coaching and Development, and a level 3 qualification in Sports Nutrition. He has experience providing fitness classes and programs for beginners and advanced levels of clients and sports athletes. Chris is also a qualified football coach, delivering high-level goalkeeping and fitness training at a semi-professional level, with nutritional advice to help maintain optimal performance. His experience in the sports and fitness industry spans 15 years and is continuously looking to improve. In his spare time, Chris likes to dedicate it to his family while training in the gym.