With summer on the horizon, it’s time to leave the winter bulk behind and jump into the warm weather ripped and ready to have some fun.
Without further ado, here are the top tips to get crazy ripped:
- Clean up your diet
The most important tip, by far, is this. Cut out most of the junk from your diet and only leave a bit here and there to treat yourself.
Instead, eat mostly whole, nutritious foods that aid in recovery, muscle maintenance, and energy levels. Switch foods like burgers, candy, and chips for better alternatives such as grains, lean meats, and vegetables.
Whole foods are generally low in calories which means that you can eat more of them and feel satisfied. On the other hand, eating mostly junk food would leave you feeling mostly hungry, not to mention the energy spikes that often leave you feeling fatigued by mid-afternoon.
Also, plan your meals ahead of time to ensure that you’re following through. For example, set aside some time on Sunday, cook everything you need for the week, put in Tupperware and you’ll have ready meals for the entire week.
2. Get enough sleep
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of successful fat loss. If you chronically undersleep, you’ll feel tired all the time and you’ll constantly crave junk foods. And that’s just a recipe for disaster.
Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Your body will thank you.
- Turn off electronics for 30 minutes to an hour before bed. This will help you fall asleep quicker.
- Supplement with 2-5 mg. of melatonin before bed. This is a proven product to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.
- Keep your room in the 65-70 ° F (18-21 ° C) ranges and completely dark. We sleep better in cooler rooms and the darkness aids with melatonin production.
3. Eat more protein
Protein is one of the most important macronutrients, especially if your goal is to get ripped. You see, protein has a higher thermic effect which means that it takes more energy for your body to break it down. Also, protein is very satiating. Eating more of it will allow you to keep hunger at bay, which can be a big issue when getting ripped.
Last, but not least, protein is imperative for muscle maintenance during periods of caloric restriction. Simply put, if you don’t eat enough protein, you’re going to lose much more muscle mass and may end up looking skinny-fat rather than ripped to the bone.
4. Include interval training into your regimen
Show of hands:
Who here hates running on the treadmill for 45-60 minutes?
It’s tedious and boring. And when you have much better alternatives, especially as the weather is getting better, why even bother.
Instead, go to the track or in the park and do some interval running. It takes less time, it’s more fun to do and it burns just as much (if not more) calories as running on the treadmill does.
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