So What Is The Fastest Way To Get Ripped?
I would like to talk about the fastest way to get ripped. There is a lot of misconception out there and truck loads of “Broscience” doing the rounds on how to approach this subject. Many people claim that the next best supplement will do the trick. Is this true? To a larger degree…no. Supplements are there to supplement what you are already doing in your quest to find the fastest way to get ripped. Sure, with a good training, eating and sleeping plan they can count towards 5-10 % of your results but that glistening packaging promising a 500% increase in muscle volume within 3 weeks or the fat-burner which claims cataclysmic fat loss in a short amount of time, is probably not going to be what you had hoped for. When looking for the fastest way to get ripped, you come to realise that that term may just be an oxymoron. Losing body fat to show off the muscle you have developed underneath should be a timely process which makes sure the rebound effects don’t kick in, and becoming a hero and being fit, becomes part of your lifestyle.
Get Ripped Tips:
This isn’t meant to be a complete guide. I would like to outline a few tips to get you thinking, away from any brand or product trying to sell you something, all I offer is my own advice that has worked for me and many others:
- Carbohydrates: back in the 80’s and 90’s, ‘fat’ got a bad rap for making people… well, fat! While this is true to a certain extent with the amount of processed food on shopping shelves, recent studies show that carbohydrates are the main suspect. The right type of carbohydrates (complex, slow-releasing) causes a smaller rise in glucose in your bloodstream, therefore releasing less insulin. When we eat simple carbohydrates such as sugary drink or white bread, we see a sharp rise in glucose and a large amount of insulin is released to take the glucose out. After about 90 minutes, when glucose returns to normal, the insulin in your bloodstream is still at an all time high. This insulin will begin to stack glucose away in the form of fat, creating a vicious cycle of making you fat while still leaving you hungry.
- Meal Timing: I specifically want to talk about the timing of your carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are seen as fuel for the body and as a result, there are optimal times for its use. For most people, the best times to use carbohydrates are:
- At Breakfast
- Before physical activity
- During physical activity
- After physical activity
While the first three are used to fuel your body, the fourth point is used to replenish it. Which food sources should you be getting your carbohydrates from? While there are thousands of diets out there from the Atkins diet to Paleo, finding what works for you is a matter of trial and error. I’ve always believed in balance and swinging the pendulum to hard either way (i.e.: cutting out carbohydrates altogether) will have harsh effects on your body. Here are some healthy Carbohydrates to include in your next shopping list:
- Raw Oats
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown rice
- All vegetables
- Fruit (use fruit high in natural sugar straight after a workout)
- Try to avoid “enriched” carbohydrates and anything that says “fructose” or “corn syrup” on the label
Supplement Your Success
3) Supplements: While supplements are just that, a supplement, they can help you in your quest to find the fastest way to get ripped. Once you have a solid nutrition and training plan in place, you can you supplements to give you the edge and fuel your motivation to reach your goal. While there are plenty of supplements on the market, I fell that only a few of them are really worth your hard earned cash:
- Whey Protein- convenient and flexible, whey can be used with any meal, including your pre or post- workout meal
- Creatine- While I realise that creatine is mostly used for size and strength gains, getting stronger means more muscle and more muscle means an increased metabolism and increased fat burning. It’s relatively cheap as well.
- Green Tea Extract- found in many fat-burning products, green tea extract is a fantastic fat destroyer! It contains catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is responsible for its fast-acting fat burning effects. It is recommended to take 500 to 1000 mg of green tea three times per day before meals to optimise results.
- Caffeine- Also found in green tea, caffeine is perhaps the world’s most favourite legal drug. Not many people know that it also makes a great fat burner. Caffeine improves the removal of fat from cells and instead, uses it for energy. Reports have shown that caffeine also increases fat burning and can even improve strength during exercise.
So there you have it, some of the best tips I have learnt over the years to getting ripped. Remember, the fastest way to get ripped is relative, when you approach exercise and nutrition as a lifestyle initiative; you are much more likely to reap the benefits and reach your goals.
Disclaimer: This information is to be used as a guide and is not meant to replace the advice given by a medical professional or qualified personal trainer. The tips are taken from personal experience and what has worked for me.