5 Simple Adjustments You Make Right Now To Become Shredded Much Faster
There are a lot of misconceptions around what it takes to get a lean, shredded physique. Extremely low-calorie diet, marathon gym sessions might seem necessary but in reality they can be counter-intuitive and make you worse-off! That’s not to say attaining that ideal body is easy – if it was everyone would have one. It takes a lot of discipline and planning but you want to make sure you are doing the right things! Case in point, working out for 3 hours a day 7 days a week and eating nothing but salad takes discipline but it won’t help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible. In the article below, we’re going to give you 5 adjustments to make to your diet and workout routine that will get you on the right track. Keep in mind that everyone is different and as a result your body will react differently depending on own genetic profile. Having said that, lets press forward and get to the meat of the article!
Tip 1 – Keep an eye on carbohydrate intake
Low carb diets are becoming increasingly popular and while they certainly produce great results for some people, it’s not ideal for others. For many, completely reducing carbohydrate intake will drastically reduce energy levels without a corresponding increase in results. This is why it is important to experiment and see what yields the best results for you.
Focus carbohydrate intake first thing in the morning and before or after workouts as that is when you need the energy the most. Avoid sugary, refined carbs and instead opt for complex carbs like sweet potato, whole grains and brown rice. If you feel bloated when consuming moderate to high carbs then cut back the levels. Likewise, if you find yourself feeling sluggish and cranky on lower carbohydrate days, bring those levels back up. Check out our articles on keto diet if you feel that a low-carb diet would be beneficial to you.
Tip 2 – Increase fat intake
One of the biggest misconceptions in the fitness world is that consuming fat is bad for you. It’s easy to see why – they contain more calories per gram than protein and carbs and for a while low-fat diets were a huge fad. The name – fat – doesn’t help either. Who wants to consume something that has the same name as the part of the body they are getting rid of?
The Truth is that consuming more fats will boost testosterone levels (which will help you build muscle and burn more calories each day), help you feel fuller and improve your mood. If adding muscle is your goal, fats can help boost your calories without having to eat 15 times per day given how calorie-dense they are. Finally, many of our favorite foods (steak, bacon, peanut butter) are high in fats so you can still enjoy your meals even while cutting down your weight.
Tip 3 – Trade fruit for vegetables
Fruits are great for our health given their nutrients and antioxidants. However, consuming them in large amounts means you will be taking in a lot of sugar and carbohydrates. As a result, we recommend consuming some fruits but focusing more on vegetables.
Given their lower sugar and carbohydrate content, you can consume a lot more vegetables without having to worry about going over your calorie limit. Not to mention you get a lot of the same nutrients and antioxidants that fruits provide. Broccoli and spinach are two great vegetables to get you started.
Tip 4 – Do more resistance training
I’m sure you know at least a few people who own a treadmill at home or just go to the gym to use the cardio equipment but never to pick up a free-weight. While cardio can definitely help you out with fat-loss when done properly and in the right quantities, you simply aren’t getting the best results if you ignore the 75% of your gym that is occupied by weight-lifting equipment.
Lifting weights has been shown to boost your metabolism, build muscle and increase testosterone levels. Why do these things matter? Well, they will all help your body burn more calories every day so you can hit your cutting goals more quickly. Additionally, excessive amounts of cardio will lead to muscle loss so that when all is said and done at the end of your cut you will be left with a skinny-fat physique – hardly what all the sloots out there are looking for.
For more information on cardio, check out our article on high intensity interval training (HIIT). However, make sure your training regimen is still based around a solid resistance-training routine.
Tip 5 – Drink less booze
Look, we know how much you love to go out with your boys on the weekend and aggressively hit on girls at whatever club is popular in your town – only to go home with a 5 you think is actually an 8 (booze and club lighting are a deadly combination for sure). The truth is, if you want to maximize your gains you need to stop drinking so much.
Alcohol pretty much stops every fat-burning process in your body, boosts estrogen levels and encourages your body to store more fat. While some people react worse than others the fact is alcohol isn’t going to help anyone get a shredded physique. If you really are serious about your lifting goals we suggest cutting out the alcohol consumption or at least significantly reducing it.
Well that’s that.
Hope you guys learned something from this article. Getting a shredded physique definitely requires a lot of discipline but is absolutely attainable for any of our readers. Incorporate these tips into your fitness regime and we promise you will see better results quickly.