Shredded abs are the centerpiece! They just MAKE a physique. If you’ve never reached this goal of goals, you’ve no idea how good you’d look with a carved six-pack.
Plus, it makes your whole body look better. You’ll have a V-taper waist, which gives the illusion of wider shoulders and being bigger overall.
So let’s get shredded! Today I’m going to give you 4 of the more “unusual” methods from my own personal handbook that will help you get (and stay) ripped!
4 WEIRD WAYS TO GET RIPPED
(1) DON’T EAT CARBS AT EVERY MEAL
I’ve previously presented studies on this blog proving that the BEST and FASTEST way to torch off fat (while preserving or even building muscle at the same time) is with the combination of lower carbs and weight training. Kinda makes a mockery out of people doing cardio along with low-fat diets, eh?
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And one way to lower carbs is simply to not have them at every meal. Simple! So you might have scrambled eggs with some broccoli and green beans (this is a regular one for me). The carbs in the veggies are negligible.
Another way is to start your day with protein-only. No carbs. No fat. That can be a shake. Or it could be low-fat cottage cheese, a tub of quark, egg whites, or any other protein-only deal. This is a regular recommendation I make when I’m coaching guys and girls to get shredded via my Coaching Page.
If you’re skeptical, there’s another good reason for this…having a protein-only breakfast has been proven to sky-rocket IGF-1 and growth hormone levels – in fact, it can triple growth hormone levels! See my post “Scientists say this is the best breakfast for building muscle“.
(2) EAT MORE PROTEIN
If protein is important on a gains cycle, it’s even MORE important when cutting. If you’re not already getting 1g protein per pound of body weight, you need to start! You can easily lose muscle on a cut because being in a calorie-deficit puts your muscle tissue at risk. Getting enough protein prevents this from happening (creatine helps with this, too).
NOTE: By the way, not all sources of protein are equally as good. Some have very low bio-availability i.e. your body just can’t use the protein to build muscle. Some proteins are incomplete i.e. they don’t contain all the amino acids. So I have put together a list of the 5 very best whole food protein sources for building muscle. Enter your details below for immediate access – don’t worry, I operate a completely zero-spam policy.
Oh, and if you feel hungry and you want to cheat on your diet, do it with protein! There’s good evidence to show that over-feeding with protein does not end up as stored body fat. See my latest post here for proof of that.
(3) HUNGRY? EAT VEGGIES
Ok, I said above that if you’re about to cheat because of hunger – do it with protein. But another option – and one I’ve used myself – is to just eat some veggies with salt. I buy frozen veggies. And my 3 staples are:
- Green Beans
So I’ll take a combo of 2 of the above, load up a plate and nuke it for about 10 minutes. Then add salt and eat it. It’s not terribly tasty, but it works!
Also, these vegetables induce what is called a ‘Negative Calorie Effect’. This means that it takes more energy for your body to actually process these foods than the food itself contains. You therefore create more of a caloric deficit just by eating them. Is this 100% known for sure as a fact? No, but it makes sense and they DO take a lot of processing by the body – so don’t worry about the calories.
(4) STOP RELYING ON SUPPLEMENTS
There is no such thing as a supplement that melts belly fat. You can’t possibly target fat around the midsection with a pill. You can only lose TOTAL body fat with a calorie-controlled diet, then your own genetics will determine the pattern of where it comes off over time.
To believe that any miracle berry, green tea, or fat-burning supplement could contain a chemical that burns fat specifically around the gut is just silly.Click here to discover 4 'weird' ways to get #shredded #abs Click To Tweet
Some supplements can temporarily raise your metabolism. But whether it’s green tea or some expensive hocus-pocus, it’s really just the caffeine content that is raising your metabolism. Save yourself a TON of money and just buy cheap caffeine tabs if you really want to. UK/Europe link. USA link.
P.S. I know that putting together a diet for mass gains or getting shredded abs can be a pain in the butt, especially if you are new to this – that’s why I offer a service where I will do all the tough ground work for you.
You probably don’t know how many calories you need, or how many grams of protein, carbs or fat you need (based on your personal stats)…BUT I DO. Then I can take these numbers and create an exact meal plan for you to hit those numbers spot on! You’ll know what foods to eat and even when to eat them. All you have to do…is do it. No thinking involved. If you’d like me to take care of this for you, see the Get Me Shredded option on my Coaching Page here.
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