If you ever happen to have dieted before in your life, the chances are that you have, then you won’t need us to tell you just how difficult it can actually be to get those last few pounds of stubborn body fat from your frame. We all know that on paper, losing weight is really quite simple. You eat less calories, eat low fat healthy meals, and do more exercise and physical activity in a bid to burn off more calories. Now, whilst this is true, in actual fact, losing body fat can be pretty complicated and a lot more complex than that. Not only that, but as we begin to lose more and more weight, the slimmer we get, the harder it becomes to drop those last few pounds of bodyweight. Getting down to single digit body fat percentages for instance, is something which very few men will ever accomplish in their lives as it takes a great deal of hard work, dedication, knowledge, and patience. If you truly strive for perfection as far as your physique is concerned however, then it is entirely possible, when you know what to do.
Drop those carbs – Many nutritionists and personal trainers who are prepping bodybuilding clients for shows, often provide a diet plan which focuses on a low carb, medium fat, high protein diet. Carbohydrates are easily stored as fat by the body, as they’re easily converted into glucose, which is what the body uses for fuel. Whatever it doesn’t use for fuel however, it stores as body fat as a reserve. If we cut these carbs out, then the body is forced to tap into your existing body fat stores for energy, and as a result you burn and lose more fat. For six weeks, dramatically drop your carb intake to 70 grams for the first 2 weeks, then down to 50 for the next 2, before dropping them down to 30 for the remaining 2. Get your carbs in pre-workout, and post workout.
Never mix carbs and fats – If you are dieting down in a bid to get absolutely shredded, then low carbs is a great way of doing so. As well as this however, you must ensure that you never mix your carbs and your fats together with your meals. For instance, if you’re eating a meal which contains carbs, you should only have a protein source with it and not fat. If you’re eating a meal which contains fat, salmon for example, then ensure whatever you have with it, contains very little carbs if any at all.
Train intensely – If you are looking to get ripped, then you’re going to have to step up your intensity with your workouts. If you weight train, follow a high rep, medium weight approach and try not to rest too much between sets. As far as cardio is concerned, rather than just walking or jogging at a steady pace, instead, try some interval training. Walk steadily for a couple of minutes, before sprinting as fast as you can for 30 – 45 seconds, before slowing down and walking for another 2 minutes before sprinting again. Repeat this process for around 20 minutes each workout and combined with those diet tips, the fat will just melt away from your body.