Sports Performance across the board will usually improve with shredding the fat pounds.

What are the key components for accomplishing ripped awesomeness?

Cutting calories for sure, but where? You want to maintain lean mass, so don’t skimp on the protein. Fats can sometimes be cut back a little bit. So you just need to know the fats to cut out versus the ones to keep. Keep the unsaturated because they are used more for regulatory roles in the body (they are more functional). Ditch saturated fats where you can. An easy rule of thumb is that if a fat comes from a plant, it will be mostly unsaturated. If it comes from an animal, it is more likely to be saturated. So use less butter, drink skim milk, and eat lean meats.

That will be the start of your trimming.

Next look at carbohydrates. This is all sugars (added, or natural), and all starches (cereal, bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc). Carbs make up the majority of our diet. So we don’t want to cut all carbs, we just want to reduce. Carbs are essential for performance. You won’t get very far in any sport if you are eliminating all carbs. A carbohydrate overflow will cause increased production of fat if you have too much at a time. To make it more cut and dry, you can eliminate all added sugars and refined carbs. So keep eating fruits and whole grain products. Portion sizes you ask? Depends on what you are doing. If you are chilling, then you won’t be needing hardly any at all. Utilize your carb servings when they are needed. If you do an early afternoon workout every day, then have 2-3 servings of carbs for lunch. You will be using it to fuel your workout. Then breakfast and dinner stick with only 1 serving. This will cut calories enough to give you an ultimate shred. The amount of carb servings you need will actually depend on the intensity and duration of your workout. So plan appropriately.

Happy shredding!