You trained hard, you ate hard, you gained muscle, but you also gained some unwanted fat during your bulk up process. Now, the time has come for you to lose the fat, but keep the hard earned muscle. The question is – how to get ripped ? Let’s take a look at the most important things you need to follow to cut fat.
The Get Ripped Diet
A good nutrition plan is the most important detail in the puzzle when you are trying to get ripped. The trick is to get all the macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats), but put your body in a caloric deficit so you can start burning fat. You need to provide your body enough protein to repair and preserve muscle mass, just enough carbs to provide you with energy throughout the workouts and healthy fats to keep your anabolic hormone levels balanced.
High Protein Diet
Like we said, increasing the protein intake is the most important part of your “get ripped diet”. Enough protein from diverse sources will provide you with all the amino acids you need to preserve the old muscle mass and build new on top of that. At the same time, protein helps in speeding up your metabolism, which will speed up the whole fat burning process.
Here are some of the best Sources of protein:
- Red meat
- white chicken meat
- Whey protein
Carbohydrates can be a sword with two blades. They are needed for energy, but eat more than you need, and you are on the right way to get fat. Be sure to consume only complex carbs like whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice, oats, sweet potatoes and lots of vegetables.
Also be sure to consume just enough carbs to fuel your workouts, but not more. Start by eating 1 gram of carbs per 1 LB of body weight and fine tune from there. If you are still not losing fat in a few weeks try lowering the amount of carbs you eat once more.
Don’t cut fats entirely from your diet when trying to get ripped. Healthy fats are essential in the hormone production process. Healthy amounts of testosterone and HGH will speed up the metabolism and increase lean muscle mass. Make sure you consume enough omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids with your food.
Some of the best omega 3 sources:
Drink more water
Water will speed up your metabolism, flush toxins from your body and help you in digesting and transporting the nutrients to your muscles. For those who want to cut fat, water is especially important. Be sure you drink about a gallon (and maybe a bit more) water a day when trying to get ripped.
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