With summer coming to an end at a more rapid pace than anyone would care to admit, there are still plenty of trainees looking for ways to get ripped quick. You still have time to get in shape and take advantage of those late-summer vacation days.
Its a simple fact that patience, sound nutrition and plenty of hard work are the keys to shedding unwanted pounds and dawning a summer-worthy physique. There are a few things you can do to speed up the process a bit, however.
Manipulating calories is the most convenient and even cost-efficient way to do this. Convenience comes from the minimal effort it takes, and cost efficiency comes from the fact that you you’re going through fewer groceries, and you can utilize meal replacement products like Lean Body Nutrition Shakes to keep the nutrition (and flavor!) up with the calorie count down.
Sticking with a well-balanced nutrition plan is a must, but within that plan, there’s room to play. Changing your calories on a regular basis is an easy way to keep your metabolism revving while still providing your body with all the nutrients it craves. If you’re already following a sound nutrition plan and feel you may be sputtering out on your fat burning efforts, try this…
Figure out your average daily caloric intake/needs for a given week. As an example, lets say its 2,000 calories. By playing with the numbers a bit, you can still get the same daily average while kicking your metabolism up a bit. You can do this by zig-zagging your calories so that you can drop to 1,800 on one day, and then bump it up to 2,200 calories the next day. This will allow some variation for you to look forward to, won’t cause any drastic cuts to negatively affect your metabolism, and can actually help to ramp up your metabolism to speed up the fat burning process.
If you’re on the lazy side when it comes to figuring out calories, you can still use a variation of this. Stick to your normal meal plan by keeping your protein and fat levels adequate, and just alter your carb intake. On a couple of days out of the week you can simply increase your carb count. I like to use Wednesdays and Sundays when I do this, but every third day would work well, too. This will help keep your muscles full and fed with all those energy-providing and nutrient-shuttling carbohydrates, as well as kicking up your metabolism a bit and should keep you from stalling out on your progress.
Experiment with one of these methods for a couple of weeks and see how it works for you. It’s not real science, and even bordering on “bro-science,” but it’s a simple way to avoid mealtime monotony, and prevent a potential diet plateau.
For a more thorough and complete meal-by-meal diet plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.
About the Author
Jonathan Lawson has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years; weight training for 21 years, competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions, worked for IRON MAN Magazine for 17 years, co-owns X-Rep.com where he has co-published over 15 e-books and writes a daily training blog. He has appeared on the covers of, and been featured in, dozens of international magazines, books and e-books.