If You Want To Be Shredded... Read this

Have you tried to lose some body fat and be cleaner? Do you want to look shredded as fuck on the beach and get all eyes on you?
I bet you want! ;) 
But the truth is that everybody wants to be shredded, but not everyone is ready to pay the price for it. Usually, most people are struggling with diet.
They don't know how much to eat. Which food is suitable for their fitness goal and when to eat.
That's why we focused on that aspect of the article.
So let's start with the basic steps.


Why Food Is So Important

As long as you push your body harder you will become stronger, fitter and faster. Of course, it would happen if you rest, too. 
When you hit the gym (or doing other sports activities) your muscles have a little damage from the workout. And that's great because the damage caused by workout is the first step of becoming stronger.
The second step is recovery.
Without the necessary recovery, you are going to get more stressed. And you are going to miss a lot of benefits. Besides, if you don't recover in the proper way you will overtrain, which leads to bad results at all.
Food is one of the essential aspects of recovery because it contains macro and micronutrients.
  • Macronutrients
    Macronutrients are:  Carbs, Fats and Proteins.
    The body needs large amounts of these nutrients.  And they provide energy for the body (calories).
  • Micronutrients
    Micronutrients are all vitamins and minerals in general. Our bodies need them in a small amount compared to macronutrients. That's why they're called "micro".

How Macronutrients Help to Your Body

  • Carbs
Carbs provide your body with energy. They are digested to glucose. And glucose is fuel during high-intensity exercises. Eating carbs also improve your mood and feed your brain.
One of the most important benefits of carbohydrates is that they prevent muscle degradation. That's very important because most of the shredding diets are with very low carbs.
+You need energy from glucose for the next work out. That's why immediately after work out is a very good time to get some carbs.
  • Fats
There are 4 dietary fats:
    • Saturated fats – bad fats
    • Trans fats – bad fats
    • Monounsaturated fats – good fats
    • Polyunsaturated fats – good fats
    Dietary fats are fundamental to deliver your body energy and to support cell growth. Fats are also helping your body to produce important hormones. Just choose foods that provide good fats. And be careful about the calories.
    Fats have 9 calories per gram while proteins and carbohydrates each have 4 calories per gram.
    • Protein
    About 20-30% of calories in protein are burned through digestion. Also, it helps to reduce hunger.
    Also, protein is essential for muscle recovery. When you eat a lot of protein it could reduce muscle loss. And that will help you to keep your metabolism higher.


    Best Time to Consume Proteins and Carbs. Does It Exist?

    The short answer is absolutely YES!
    Eating too few carbs for a longer period can slow your metabolism. But too many carbs will make you fat.
    So timing is very important. It's better to consume most of your daily carbs at breakfast or immediately after a workout. By doing that you are going to keep cortisol levels in your body. That's the stress hormone that can destroy muscles and slows metabolism.
    That's why we recommend taking BE smoothies for breakfast or after work out.
    After a workout your body needs to recover faster, that's why it's a good idea to eat protein and carbs. 
    But often we don't have enough time to cook our meals and even we don't have the time to eat. Especially if you work out in your lunch hour. 
    Here's the time where BE Smoothies can be really helpful. It's easy to carry. It has 65g protein and 30g carbs, which is a perfect carb-to-protein ratio that kickstarts muscle recovery.

    How Do Micronutrients Help to Your Body?

    All micronutrients are greatly critical for the correct working of your body. They are part of nearly every process in your body. Some of them even act as antioxidants. Because of their important role in health, they could protect against diseases.
    If you want to get an adequate amount of micronutrients to keep a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods.
    Now you know more about nutrition and how they can help you to the journey of your dream body. As you see nutrition is essential for success in bodybuilding. But knowledge is real power only when it's used. All the information could be described in much more details. But the idea is to show that you can achieve a lot with basics steps.



    Ivo is a Bulgarian freelance writer who has found his passion for the gym in his early teenage years. His first goal was to develop strength and to gain some weight. But as you know that’s not an easy task. That’s why he has started to learn about the process... He has tried many programs and diets. And now 6 years later he glad to share his knowledge and experience in the field.

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