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Hey guys, are you ready to go from Puffy Dad to Buff Daddy? I know I am. And the man to help us get there is Mike Levinson, a trainer of professional athletes who needed to follow his own advice after gaining 50 pounds when his first son was born.

Five years have passed since Levinson began to train himself. He's since dropped the weight, gained plenty of muscle and added four more sons to Team Levinson (two sets of twins!).

And just in time for Father's Day, he's given birth to the breakthrough workout book Buff Dad: The 4-Week Fitness Game Plan For Real Guys (HCI).

"While being a dad changes your life for the better in so many ways, it can also be detrimental to your waistline… and your overall health," Levinson says.

"Your Saturday workouts at the gym have been replaced by Saturday Little League games; your morning run has become running out the door to make the daycare drop-off; and your romantic sushi night has become family pizza with a side of crayons."

Levinson is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He accepted my interview call while getting ready to enter the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to see his just-born twin sons.

It's that kind of discipline that makes Levinson such a great trainer. It's also the kind of discipline you need if you are serious about slimming down and shaping up.

"I can't give you willpower," he notes. "But I can transform your middle-age spread to six-pack abs and help many other dads lose weight, tone up, and improve their health and energy levels... usually in less than 28 days."

Buff Dad is the first program tailored with dads in mind. Levinson gives men a four-week game plan to get it done. The secret is testosterone, a key fuel that boosts your body's ability to lose weight and build muscle naturally.

The Buff Dad program shows you how to incorporate testosterone "powerfoods" into your meals to help you take the weight off. By combining this tasty and realistic nutritional plan with the Buff Dad Workout Blitz -- targeted, timesaving exercises just three times a week -- you will be on your way to being the Buff Dad you WANT to be, and your family NEEDS you to be.

"Four weeks is realistic," Levinson tells Diet.com. "It all depends on your level of fitness when you start.

"It's not only about weight. My clients also see great progress with their cholesterol, blood pressure and energy.

"Guys who commit to me for four weeks -- and they have to be really committed -- will drop 15-20 pounds in a month. If you stick to it, then take a break for a few days… lifestyle change… then take a break for a few days, then recommit, you will make lifestyle changes that'll help you stay in shape."

Levinson says education, willpower and discipline are the keys.

"It boils down to how bad do you want it -- are you willing to make sacrifices?" he notes.

Weight more than 200 pounds? Then you can expect to start your plan with more than 2,000 calories a day.

Sorry ladies. Levinson stresses that his testosterone-based diet plan is for men only. He firmly believes gender is a major concern when creating or following a weight loss plan.

Levinson knows the time constraints that accompany a child. He doesn't expect anyone to find two hours a day to work out at the gym. His fitness plan uses dumbbells, fitness bands, pull-ups, push-ups and a jump rope -- things you can use or do in quick bursts at home!

"Fatherhood not only changes you mentally, but it also creates an entirely new dynamic in your personal life," Levinson says. "Gone are the weekends of sleeping in, the impulsive nights out, and the freewheeling daily routine you once had. Overnight, everything shifts to accommodate someone else's schedule.

"Before you know it, you realize you haven't gone for your morning run in eight months, you've eaten more baby cookies and Goldfish crackers than you care to admit, and you vaguely remember seeing your home gym somewhere behind the stroller and portable playpen. The scary thing is, you don't really care, nor do you miss your old self."

Levinson says the inevitable happens... one morning you wake up and realize you've become the one thing you never thought you'd be: FAT.

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@ 1:55pm ET on June 10, 2008
Got to let my Dad have one of these.. seriously! he eats mangoes like mad everyday and he thinks " that's fruit for me" but having it like crazy? yeah, fruit fat on your tummy!

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