Trying to get ripped for the summer?
Here are six tips that I’ve used successfully to help me get ripped and shredded.
Try out these tips and let me know how it goes!
1. Eat Red Meat For Breakfast
Avoid eating too many carbs for breakfast–foods like toast, cereal, muffins, pancakes, waffles, bagels and other popular carb-heavy breakfast foods will spike your insulin and cause your blood sugar to crash, resulting in a hypoglycemic episode and making you become extremely hungry mid-morning, causing you to eat more.
In my experience, the best food to eat for breakfast is red meat. I usually go for ground beef, ground horse, or steak. The fat and protein content in red meat will delay digestion time, keeping you fuller longer, preventing you from overeating throughout the rest of the day, and it will provide you with a steady supply of energy.
To make this meal even more filling, you can cook your red meat with mixed vegetables!
2. Eat Fruit
Whenever your sweet tooth starts acting up, snack on fruit and melons. The fiber will keep you full and the sweetness will satisfy your cravings. Ignore those who say that the sugar or fructose in fruit will make you fat. Nobody ever got fat from eating too much fruit. I like to keep a container of chopped mixed fruits and melons around to snack on as soon as I feel like eating something sweet.
3. Drink Diet Sodas
Opt for the zero-calorie sodas. I don’t know how healthy these are, but drinking a can of diet soda throughout and after my meals help with my cravings for sweets, and the carbonation makes me feel fuller longer.
4. Snack On Vegetable Sticks With Hummus Dip
Craving something savory? Eat some chopped vegetables and dip them in hummus for a crunchy treat! You can find pre-cut veggies from the store, or you can cut them yourself. I like to keep a container of chopped celery stalks, peppers, cucumbers and broccoli around along with a container of hummus. I’ll usually snack on these between meals.
5. Have A Protein Shake Before You Eat
If you want to avoid overeating, consume a protein shake (1-2 scoops usually does the trick) 20-30 minutes prior to having your meal. The protein shake will help curb your appetite.
6. Broth It Up
I got this idea from when I ordered a huge bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) in Chinatown. When you add broth to your meals, you dramatically increase digestion time. The extra volume in your stomach from the broth will make you fuller longer, preventing you from overeating later on in the day.
A large bowl of pho for example, contains 1-2 cups of noodles, around 200g of meat, and enough broth to fill up the bowl. If eaten without the broth, I would go hungry a couple of hours later; but with the broth, I would be full for pretty much the rest of the day.
I’ve experimented with different kinds of broth-based meals, and my favorite one includes 600g of ground beef mixed with plenty of mixed veggies and a lot of broth (I usually just use water with spices). You can add rice or noddles for extra volume as long as it fits your macros. This one huge soup meal would be enough to feed me for the entire day. Stews and chili are good for this same purpose as long as there’s enough vegetable juice in it to help fill you up.