When I notice people who are very lean and muscular, the first thing I wonder is how they do it? I know for sure their diet is probably really clean and they workout on a regular basis. Food really determines how ripped you can get because you simply cannot out exercise a bad diet – unless you workout like Michael Phelps. That guy can demolish a ridiculous amount of calories from foods like pancakes and cheeseburgers because he swims for hours a day, almost every day. He supposedly burns 3,000 calories a day and eats 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day.
Then you have a ripped athlete like Herschel Walker who eats once a day. His only meal consists of soup, salad, and bread. Two opposite extremes, yet seems to work for them both.
Vegetables Can Get You Ripped
How can vegetables get you ripped? Well, think about it this way. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more. They are low in calories and you can eat a ton of them to get full without worrying about fat and calories. They actually do the body good and many of us do not eat enough of them as it is. Substituting vegetables for all of the “bad” side dishes that you may normally eat could make a huge difference in weight loss. Chances are you will not notice the results of a vegetable increase if you are still eating bad carbs like processed foods. Don’t expect to shed pounds if you up your veggies and continue to eat white bread, drink chocolate shakes, so forth and so on.
Juice Cleansing Your Way to Being Ripped
I’m not referring to cranberry juice cocktail that is loaded with sugar. What I mean by juicing is actually owning a high-quality juicer machine and juicing vegetable recipes such as kale, apple, ginger, and lemon. Another favorite of mine is carrot, apple, and ginger. A juice cleanse can have the same effect as eating mostly vegetables. My sister recently followed a 3-day juice fast and lost a few pounds and developed a love for juicing. It made her feel so good, that she even began choosing healthier ways of eating such as broiled fish and skipping on fried side-dishes opting for vegetables.
Eating One Meal a Day to Get Ripped
I was so surprised to learn how many people actually follow this method for weight loss. Like many people, I thought this was probably not the healthiest idea as I’ve had the eat 5 – 6 small meals a day meal plan pounded into my head over the years. You read that all the time in fitness magazines and other health blogs across the web. However, after I started two jobs that require sitting ALL day, I’ve realized that I don’t have much time to eat that often nor is it probably the best idea since I am sitting all day.
Sure I can snack on vegetables but for the most part, I am not hungry the entire time because I’m not being active. When I’m active a majority of they day (and I’ve had a very physical job like that before), I would be starving! So, eating once a day isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Now, it doesn’t mean that a person literally eats once a day (although some may), I just view the one meal as the main meal. Snacking is of course fine during the remaining meal times so long as they are healthy snacks. Again, this is just my opinion.
Now, it’s your turn! Do you feel these methods of eating are too extreme or can they really help to achieve weight loss and obtain the ripped look so many people desire?