Yes, I said it, dieting and getting ripped can be made easier. I have read some articles from the fellow teens here and from magazine articles and it just gets pretty darn confusing with all of these percentages of this and percentages of that. After reading the articles I am lost. I am going to outline a diet for you that is pretty simple for you to follow, or I hope it’s easy to follow. This is the type of diet most professional bodybuilders will use while they are getting into contest shape, but they use roids also, but I won’t get into that.
The 6 Steps For A Successful Low Carb Diet
Days 1 through 5
STEP 1: For the first few days only take about 1 gram of carbs per pound of bodyweight. When you decrease your carbs intake, this promotes a decrease in your muscle and liver glycogen stores, this, in turn, stimulates the body to burn more fat.
STEP 2: When you decrease your carb intake you should increase your protein intake. So take in around 1.5 grams per pound of bodyweight. Cutting your carbs causes the body to use more fat and protein for fuel. If you feed your body with enough dietary protein it will use that kind of protein instead of your hard-earned muscle mass.
STEP 3: Do cardio throughout days 1 through 5. It is obvious that cardio helps aid in the process of fat loss.
Days 6 through 8
STEP 3: In this step, we will triple our existing carb intake, so you will be taking in 3 grams of carbs per pound of bodyweight. Reducing carbs is an effective way of cutting up, but as a result of staying on low carbs for too long your metabolic rate starts to slow down, so this step gives it another kick back into overdrive. These carbs will most likely not turn into fat, your glycogen starved muscles will take in the carbs because it needs to store up the glycogen first before storing up fats.
STEP 4: You should lower your protein intake, due to the increase in carbs. There is no need now for the extra protein because your body won’t be utilizing protein as much for fuel.
STEP 5: Cut down on cardio, doing cardio during these days may burn up the carbs needed to fill your muscles with the needed glycogen, and it will give your body a time to rest, which you will be happy to hear. Allow your glycogen stores to replenish themselves during these days.
– Follow steps 5 and 6 throughout the whole cutting up process, to help accelerate fat loss
STEP 6: This step will last all throughout the cutting down process. Drink a lot of water!!!! A sufficient amount would be until your pee is clear or close to it. I usually drink about 1 and a half gallons of water a day. I fill up a gallon carton every night and throw it in the fridge and then drink the whole thing the next day. The water acts as a potent diuretic and will wash out all the unnecessary wastes from the body.
I hope this process of dieting down has been easier to follow for you. And that it has helped you understand a little bit more about the low carb diet.
Here Are The 10 Tips To Keep Your Diet Clean
Well, summer is rapidly approaching. You’re trying to lose weight, but you just can not stop cheating. You snag a cookie here, can of pop there, and a couple of pounds of fat where you don’t want it. I’m going to give you a few tips to help improve your diet as well as keep it clean.
- 1. Do not just think you are going to taste something. Many times I will be like, “I’ll just eat a tiny piece of that cookie”, then I end up eating two to four cookies. Once you taste something that is bad for you, you just want it more. Try to stay away from tasting foods you know you are not supposed to eat. Just block it out of your head.
- 2. Cut sugar from your diet. This, of course, does not mean all sugar, but extra sugar. For example pop and fruit juices. These do not have any fat, but they are loaded with sugar. Guess where all that excess sugar is going to go. To your muscles? Yeah right, it will be stored as fat. Instead of these drinks, drink milk or water. Which brings me to tip
- 3. DRINK WATER! I know you have heard this a billion times. That is because it is very important. A lot of times people mistake dehydration as hunger and eat. Water is also needed for those intense workout sessions. You should also keep track of how much you drink. For a while, I thought I was drinking a lot more water than I actually was. Now I drink a little more than a gallon of water a day and I make sure of this.
- 4. Do cardio. I find I have more energy if I do cardio I days I do not lift. Keep cardio sessions from 30 to 40 minutes.
- 5. Limit starchy carbs. I have cut out almost of starchy carbs from my diet. With was a tip a picked up. I stopped eating bread and processed cereals. This has cut flab from my lower stomach and love handles. Also if you can, limit your carbs before bed.
- 6. Eat protein before bed. I usually have a protein shake before bed. Some other good things to eat before bed are milk and cottage cheese. These are good to eat before bed because of the casein protein in them. This protein takes longer to digest than other proteins. Therefore, Your body uses it longer while you sleep. This is important because you can not eat while you sleep.
- 7. Cut saturated fats from your diet. Saturated fats are very hard for your body to digest and are usually stored as fat because of this. Things that have a lot of saturated fat are cheese, 2% to whole milk, and hot dogs. You still need essential fatty acids. These can be found in eggs, fish, and nuts.
- 8. Eat five or six meals a day. This will keep your body’s metabolism burning. Enough said.
- 9. Eat effectively. The most important meal is right after your workout. After my workout, I drink a protein shake and eat a bowl of oatmeal with honey. This provides your body with the needed nutrients at the right time.
- 10. Take a multi-vitamin.
Bonus: If you can swing it, take L-Glutamine. This will prevent muscle loss while dieting. Apply these tips, and you should be shedding pounds and gaining muscle.