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4 Reasons You Need a Systematic Approach to Get Ripped

  Sep 29th, 2012

System to Get Ripped - Terry CrewsGetting ripped isn’t easy, and if you think working out five days a week and “watching what you eat” is going to get you there, you are sadly mistaken!

 

Ask Terry Crews, or anyone else walking around with a ripped physique, and they’ll tell you the same thing…

 

Their lives have structure, discipline and the way they eat and train is done with a purpose. These guys aren’t lucky. They work hard and have a plan.

 

Their training and nutrition is synchronous, each one benefiting from and feeding off of the other.

 

I’ve tried simply cutting my calories, paying little attention to the macronutrients I was feeding my body. It didn’t work.

 

I lost weight, but I also lost muscle and didn’t look much better. Just like a skinnier version of my formerly fat self.

 

I also spent months going to the gym without a plan. I worked whatever muscles I felt like working – over training some and neglecting others – not worrying too much about the weights I was using.

 

Guess what? That also didn’t work.

 

In my defense, I was “green”. I didn’t know any better. I didn’t think all of those minute details really mattered.

 

To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have cared anyway. I wanted to get muscular and ripped, but I really wasn’t ready to do what it takes to get there.

 

It turns out all of those seemingly mundane details make all the difference in the world, as you’re about to find out.

 

You Have to Track Your Calories

“Calorie counting” is one of those phrases that immediately turns people off.

 

I don’t blame them! I don’t like tracking my calories any more than the next guy.

 

But, if you want to get ripped, you’re going to have to get over it – at least initially (more on this in a moment).

 

There’s a fine line between eating for fat loss and eating a number of calories that will cause you to retain additional body fat.

 

Sure, you could go around starving yourself. That will cause you to lose fat, but it’ll also compromise your ability to get ripped because you’re going to lose noticeable amounts of muscle mass as well.

 

Eating to get ripped almost always requires a caloric deficit. This stems from the fact that if your muscles are lacking definition you need to lose body fat. Period.

 

But you want to do this without losing muscle mass. Or, as a best case scenario, actually replacing your body fat with new muscle tissue.

 

Remember, you can’t turn fat cells into muscle cells. If someone tells you you can turn fat into muscle, they’re either lying to you, after your money, or both.

 

Losing fat and gaining muscle are two different processes, but they can happen simultaneously with the right combination of training and nutrition protocols.

 

System to Get Ripped - Food LogThe point I’m trying to make is that you need to know how many calories you’re consuming if you’re going to avoid losing muscle mass (or pack on additional muscle mass) when cutting fat.

 

After several weeks you’ll probably have a better idea of the portions you need to be eating to make this happen and won’t have to be as diligent in tracking what you’re eating every day.

 

Until that time, though, you’re going to have to take the time to track your calories. Sorry, but that’s the inconvenient truth.

 

Macronutrients Matter

If you were already perturbed at the prospect of having to count calories, you’re really going to hate me now.

 

Not only do you need to track your calories, but you also need to structure your meals in such a way that you’re eating the right macronutrients at the right times, and in the proper amounts, throughout the day.

 

“Macronutrient” is a fancy term used to describe chemical compounds that make up our foods. Namely, carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

 

Getting ripped requires the right balance of macronutrients timed in such a way that you receive optimal fat shedding and muscle accumulating benefits.

 

For example, diets that contain excessive carbohydrates and insufficient protein will lead to an increase in body fat. The inverse scenario may prevent fat accumulation, but will lead to muscle atrophy.

 

If the balance of your macronutrients isn’t structured intelligently, you might as well kiss your dream of getting ripped goodbye!

 

The timing of macronutrients also plays a factor. For instance, carbohydrates that are consumed immediately before or after training won’t lead to fat gains because the body will have an immediate need for them.

 

This is just one scenario, but I think you get the idea.

 

Eating to get ripped is not as simple as calories in vs. calories out. Where those calories come from, and when you eat them, must both be taken into consideration as well.

 

Progressive Overload is Essential

Building muscle isn’t just about proper nourishment. It also requires consistently straining your muscles, forcing them to recover and grow in the process.

 

Ground breaking stuff, I know.

 

Food is anabolic and can cause hypertrophy virtually by itself.

 

System for Getting Ripped - Sumo Wrestlers Need Not ApplyThis is why sumo wrestlers walk around with more muscle mass than any other steroid-free strongman or bodybuilder. From my understanding, traditional sumo training involves little or no resistance work.

 

Their superhuman amounts of muscle mass comes almost exclusively through consuming massive amounts of food.

 

Because getting ripped requires a caloric deficit you’re obviously not going to be able to eat like a sumo wrestler to gain muscle.

 

Since you’re going to be limiting your calories your muscles aren’t going to grow on their own. You’re going to have to give them reason to.

 

The only way to accomplish this is by using progressive overload. Some people call this muscle confusion, but the premise is that you need to be intentional about placing greater levels of strain on your muscles so they’ll continually grow and develop.

 

Going to the gym and throwing a few plates on the bar willy-nilly isn’t going to get the job done. You need to keep a training log to track your weights and utilize a systematic approach for knowing when it’s time to add more weight to the bar.

 

As your muscles adapt and grow you must continue to add new levels of stimulation. Failing to do so will lead to premature plateaus that will prevent you from building an impressive, ripped physique.

 

Know Your Plan is Working to Get You Ripped

Once you’re tracking your calories, timing your macronutrients (and eating them in the right amounts), and sufficiently overloading your muscles, how do you know that all of this planning and discipline is actually making a difference?

 

This is pretty important, right? Who wants to spend the time planning out their meals and killing it at the gym without results?

 

Not me!

 

Along with having a system in place for eating and training to get ripped, you also need a systematic approach for tracking your progress. This can vary depending on your goals, but the important thing is that you have a method of tracking your results in place.

 

Periodically measuring your progress is motivational, which is reason enough to do it, but it also allows you to gauge when it’s time to change up your nutrition plan.

 

For instance, if after dropping ten or fifteen pounds of fat, your fat loss suddenly stops, this will tell you that it’s time to reduce your caloric intake to continue ridding your body of unwanted fat.

 

If you weren’t measuring and tracking your results how could you ever know this? You couldn’t.

 

Taking a quick measurement or two every week is about as quick and easy as it gets. Yet few ever actually take the time to make sure their hard work is paying off.

 

Every Element Must Be in Place

Regardless of the system we’re talking about, if you’re using it to get ripped, it will only get you there if it utilizes all four of the principles above.

 

There may be others that can be implemented to accelerate your progress, but these are the essentials.

 

If you didn’t know to do all of these things, or didn’t know how to do them, you’re not alone. Most people don’t understand how to synergistically plan such an approach, nor do they have the time or patience to figure it out.

 

It took me many months of experimentation and educating myself to finally understand how to make everything work together to build and develop my muscles while stripping off the fat that would otherwise hide them.

 

Lucky for you, I’m not like that ripped guy at the gym that hoards his secrets to himself. You know the guy I’m talking about…

 

You walk up and ask what his secret is and he responds with a few words like, “chicken and broccoli man”.

 

I’m ripped, but I’ve also made it one of my purposes in life to help others get ripped as well. And I’m doing this by sharing the same systematic approach I used to transform my body from fat to ripped.

 

Ripped Out - My Exact System to Get RippedIf you’re ready to do what it takes to get ripped, and need the expert, proven instruction to do it, I’ve got you covered.

 

My book, Ripped Out, will tell you everything you need to know.

 

Because I’m passionate about helping others get ripped I don’t just give you my system and leave you to fend for yourself. I make myself available for your benefit.

 

Every person that trusts me to show them how to get ripped gains immediate access to email me any and all questions they have about following my system.

 

I also back up my system with a 60 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. I do this because I know that everyone who follows my system will be so impressed with their results they won’t even think about asking for a refund.

 

You have nothing to lose by trusting me and I’d love nothing more than to show you exactly how to build the ripped physique you desire.

 

Alright, enough of the sales pitch.

 

If you want to get ripped, you can’t rely on dumb luck. You have to implement a system that will allow you to build and develop your muscles, while trimming away the fat surrounding them, leaving behind a chiseled, ripped physique for all to admire.

 

It’s time to stop making excuses and do what it takes!

 

 

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