4 STEPS TO SHRED
Yeah, we know it’s August and summer is almost over – however, this doesn’t mean that your fitness goals should be flying out the window as fall approaches. The theory behind getting shredded has been a little skewed lately. So, we are here to clear the fog.
Here are the 6 Steps to shredding your body:
FIX YOUR METABOLISM
First and foremost, if you have been running from fad diet to fad diet, you probably have a damaged metabolism. The bad news is that if this is true, whether you are at the gym every day or not, you probably aren’t going to see the results you have been wanting.
In order to fix your metabolism, you are going to want to focus on choosing quality foods as opposed to convenience foods. Concentrating on having high-quality fiber, fat and protein with each meal is going to give your body the best chance at increasing its metabolism.
Changing your gut micro biome (bacteria) is another way to help your metabolism. Unfortunately, the low-quality, processed foods most of us are exposed to fill our gut with bad bacteria. Crowding out these bad bacteria with good bacteria will help your metabolism ten-fold. Taking a high-quality probiotic will help with this.
A Higher Metabolism = Increased Fat Burning = Shredded
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Choosing quality foods are going to make the biggest difference in your attempts to burn fat as opposed to starving yourself. In all honesty, if you are cutting your calories more than you should, this could actually be setting you back.
Quality foods are going to give your body the right amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, energy and information it needs in order to properly function! This means that you are going to be eating less due to the fact that your body is satisfied, your metabolism will be elevated, and you will burn more fat!
Quality foods include: healthy fats (avocado, fatty fish, ghee, etc.), fiber (veggies, fruits, etc.) and protein (grass-fed meat, free-range eggs, wild-caught fish, etc.)
MAKING BETTER CHOICES
When it comes to proper nutrition that leads to lasting results, it’s about making BETTER choices. Now, when we say “better choices,” we aren’t referring to “low fat” and “reduced fat” meal replacement products or processed foods. Typically, these foods are really just replacing the fat with a high amount of sugar, and if you don’t know by now, sugar is what is essentially making us fat! Additionally, when we say to start eating breakfast, this doesn’t mean eating cereal or a bagel with cream cheese, because neither are healthy, nor will they increase your metabolism.
If you decide to choose organic foods, your body will be able to lose fat more rapidly because you are ingesting less toxic loads from horrible foods, and fewer toxins means faster fat loss. The reason being is that your body is only able to handle so many toxins at one time, and most likely, it already has a massive storage of toxins within your fat cells.
LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS
Yes, this goes for both men and women – and no, you will not get muscle-bound ladies! You don’t have the same amount of hormones that a man does in order to look like this. The reason why we say to lift heavy weights is because this is going to give your body the best chance to build lean muscle – the more lean muscle on your frame, the higher your metabolism will be.
Weight training has been shown to:
- Increase bone density
- Improve muscular strength
- Improve muscle size and shape
- Improve immune system function
- Improve flexibility
The harder you push yourself, the faster your metabolism will get. Just like cardio exercise, your heart rate is going to be elevated during weight training. This elevated heart rate will cause Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which increases your metabolism and promotes fat burning for hours after you train.
No matter what, the only way you are going to get truly shredded is with consistency in the kitchen and intensity in the gym. Rome wasn’t built overnight, and neither was your dream body! So, go to the grocery store for some quality foods, lift some heavy weights and enjoy getting shredded for the fall.
Oh, and don’t forget to do cardio - at least 25 minutes of HIIT cardio or 45 minutes of endurance cardio up to 6 times per week.
Let YOUR Revolution Begin!
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