If you’re trying to figure out why you can’t seem to get that shredded look you’re trying so hard for, it might be time to accept the fact that, while you may be eating healthier than before, you’re still not eating the right way. It’s a tough idea to accept.
Going from snacking on chips and chocolate to cutting out junk food altogether is a huge step in the right direction, and we salute you. But to truly get that muscle definition you see in magazines, it’s going to take a different level of food choices to reach that next level. Here are four reasons why you still aren’t seeing that six pack.
CHECK OUT THE HARD TRUTHS WHY YOUR SIX PACK ISN’T SHOWING
FAILURE TO PREP MEALS
If you’re not cooking your food and preparing it yourself, there is truly no way of knowing exactly what you’re eating. Now let’s analyse this further. The shredded person brings a meal (or two) with them packed in Tupperware. It consists of chicken breast, sweet potato and broccoli.
They have weighed out the food and know exactly what the macro count is. This differs a great deal if you’re the person that stops to eat at a restaurant. You may order a chicken breast meal off the “light menu”.
But while the meal looks healthier on the surface, you don’t know if the food has added preservatives, how it was prepared (cooked then re-fried to be heated), and apart from that, the portion sizes are not predetermined. Therefore, you could be overeating or undereating, forcing you to snack later on in the day.
TIMING YOUR MEALS
While the casual fitness person is satisfied with three balanced meals throughout the day, the shredded athlete knows this just won’t be enough to get that six pack. A shredded body state is a result of a successful cutting phase, but this is more than just fat burning.
You need to preserve as much muscle as possible throughout this process so timing your meals properly and getting enough meals is the key to success. Aim to eat every three hours and make sure your macro count is at an optimal level so you’re not starving between meals, but also, not completely bloated for when it’s time for your next meal.
ADD SPICE, NOT SAUCE
Another big difference that sets a shredded person apart from a not-shredded person is the ability to avoid unnecessary sugars. Sugar is in just about everything that comes in a bottle. Most “low-fat” salad dressings supplement the fat with sugar to add flavour to their recipes.
These extra calories are nothing more than a deterrent to getting your body fat to optimal levels. Instead of sauces and dressings, opt for spices. There are hundreds of spices that are calorie free and can add awesome flavours to your meals.
MORE BOOZE, LESS ABS
This should be a no-brainer for most people but, sadly, it isn’t. In no way should alcohol be a part of any fitness regimen. Alcohol is simply liquid carbs (sugar) that also wreak havoc on your internal organs and leave you feeling too hungover to train the next day. There is not one function of alcohol that benefits your fitness plan so it’s best to avoid it altogether.
If you’re wondering why your six pack isn’t showing, it may be best to start following these tips. See the results for yourself and hopefully, you’ll get lean and cut abs soon.