Summer Shred: What are some of the most effective ways to shred?
GZ: I’m going to give you my top three recommendations for getting shredded. These are the ones that have worked for me and they’re all proven methods. They work because I’ve used them consistently over time.
The first recommendation is high intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT involves doing several short bursts of exercise at very fast speeds followed by periods of rest. You’ll do these exercises with a stopwatch or other timer so you can see how many seconds it takes to complete each set. If your goal is to increase your strength and endurance, then this type of workout will definitely benefit you.
For example, if you want to gain weight and strength, then you could perform 10 sets of 5 reps with 45 second rests between each set. For every set you complete, take 30 seconds off the clock. Then after completing all 10 sets, rest for one minute before repeating the cycle until you reach your goal weight or time.
The second recommendation is to lose body fat. This one is easy. Don’t eat junk food and don’t overeat. If you follow a meal plan designed to build muscle, then you should always be eating the right foods in the right amounts.
If you’re eating healthy and you’re still not losing fat, then it’s probably because you’re eating too much.
The final recommendation I have for getting shredded is to try some supplements. Supplements can help you gain muscle and strength faster. They can also help you get cut faster by burning more fat than you’re eating.
My favorite supplement for getting ripped is a good thermogenic. A thermogenic helps you burn off your stored fat by raising your body temperature. When your body enters a thermogenic state, it begins to burn more calories than normal. I’ve never really believed in “diet pills” or other supplements that claim to help you lose weight.
However, with the right amount of effort, a good thermogenic can really help you burn off the fat that’s hiding your ripped six pack.
by gainingmusclex posted in: Muscle Building
The most important part of any program is proper nutrition and rest. No matter what kind of program you’re doing, if you’re not eating enough food or getting enough sleep, then it’s unlikely that you’ll make much progress. The type of program is also important, but nutrition and rest trump everything else.
Everyone’s program is different, so there’s no one size fits all approach. A good starting place is to focus on the big 6: bench, squat, deadlift, overhead press, power clean, and seated row. Pick 3-5 of these exercises and perform them in a workout routine 3-5 times per week. Load up the bar with resistance and get to work!
Proper eating is just as important as proper training. Most newcomers to bodybuilding want to eat everything in sight because they think they’re supposed to get massive quickly. This is a bad approach for many reasons, especially for beginners. If you’re a beginner, you should eat a balanced diet of whole foods such as meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and grains.
Stay away from sugars and junk food.
Most people who are trying to gain weight fast will severely overeat. This rarely works and is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First of all, your body can only store a limited amount of glycogen (carbs) and fat, so overeating leads to excess fat storage instead of muscle growth. Second, when you eat too much your body is less efficient because it has to process the extra food which takes more energy.
This lowers your performance in the gym and makes getting big more difficult.
You don’t need to eat perfectly every day. Some junk food once in a while is OK, especially if you’re lucky enough to live near a fast food restaurant that sells delicious food because it’s BAD for you. Just don’t make a habit out of eating poorly, or you won’t get big and you’ll probably get fat instead.
Counting and measuring food is an option for some people. Weighing your food gives you the most accurate measurement of how much you’re eating. If you buy a bag of rice, measure out a cup at a time. It only takes a little more time to be completely accurate with your measurements and it’s worth it if you’re trying to gain weight efficiently.
Weighing your food is also a good idea so you know that you’re actually eating more. If you just estimate portions, you can easily be off by a huge amount and not even know it. Buy a good quality scale and it will last forever. You might feel like a scientist at first, carefully measuring out servings with the food weighing it on your hands, but it’s really not as bad as it sounds.
Soon it will become second nature.
What Should I Eat?
Plan your meals ahead of time and buy the food ahead of time as well. This is important for two reasons. First, you don’t want to be wasting time when you could be eating. If you’re hungry and have to go out and get food, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time, which could be better spent in the gym building your muscles.
Sources & references used in this article:
Summer Shred Tips: 16 Ways To Burn Fat Faster by S Clark – bodybuilding.com
Your Supplements Are Killing Your Gains by A Roberts – breakingmuscle.com
Why It’s Time to Regulate the Supplement Industry by EC Stevens – breakingmuscle.com
Product Review: Body First MCT Oil by W Jenkins – breakingmuscle.com