AS EASY AS the models and athletes in our magazine make being lean and ripped look, we’ve got to be honest, it couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s hard, it takes time, and it demands an unwavering degree of discipline. In our on-going efforts to assist you in sculpting the body you’ve always wanted, we’ve laid out the gold rules to getting ripped.
Rule #1: Have a carbohydrate strategy.
We’ve heard it all before: “Carbs are the enemy.” Well, not really. Completely slashing your carbohydrate intake will certainly help with dropping the pounds (and fast), but you’ll also be left feeling cranky, tired and lethargic.
“Carbs are essential for life because our brains and CNS [central nervous system] require them continuously to work properly. Restricting carbs completely will allow for any muscle mass to be metabilized to provide us with energy,” says Tim McComsey, personal trainer, registered dietician, and founder of TRymFitness.
Getting lean all comes down to using them correctly, not cutting them completely. “A balance of the right amount of carbs first thing in the morning and after workouts is ideal,” he says.
Rule #2: Eat more fat.
Yeah, we said it. Eat more fat. “Fat doesn’t make you fat—too much food makes you fat,” says McComsey.
Consuming more fat in your diet will actually help curb cravings after you’ve reduced your carb intake. “Fats help curb hunger because body takes longer to break down, use, or store fats,” he says. Hormones also play a role, especially when it comes to muscle-supporting testosterone. “Fats are needed to create and balance out hormones in our body to function normally,” McComsey adds.