If you’re struggling to lose weight, you may wish to consider changing the way you approach your diet and nutrition. For bodybuilders, following a successful bulk, this is where the hard work really begins, because it will now be time to begin burning fat. The idea behind bulking is that you build as much muscle mass as possible, which inevitably also results in a little fat gain.
Whilst cutting, the idea is to lose as much fat as possible, whilst preserving muscle mass in the process. If you’re looking to build yourself a lean and ripped physique, a ketogenic diet could be exactly what you need.
Studies have found that ketogenic diets not only help to strip away body fat by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel as opposed to glucose, but they also help to suppress appetite and cravings for junk food commonly caused by fluctuations in blood sugar levels. To help make things even easier for you, here are some handy tips on how to cut weight with keto.
Watch Your Fats
There is a bit of debate around this point – but here’s our take on fats with keto; whilst keto diets are indeed high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs, that does not mean that you can eat as many unhealthy fats as you like.
The idea behind keto is that the majority of your fats come from healthy sources. By all means, enjoy a little cheese with your omelet, but don’t decide to drop an entire block of cheddar in there each day, as this can slow down your weight loss, plus it is not beneficial for your health.
Prep Your Meals Ahead of Time
Remember, a ketogenic diet should still be approached like any other dietary/eating plan, which means you should ensure you prep your meals in advance.
When you prep your meals, you know exactly how many macros each meal contains, plus you always have easy access to food, which will help to prevent hunger. When we grow hungry, that is where unhealthy cravings kick in, so if you can keep hunger at bay it’s certainly a good thing.
Don’t Forget Your Veggies
A lot of people seem to forget just how useful vegetables are when it comes to weight loss and keto. To ensure you are getting enough nutrients and fibre, make sure you consume plenty of fresh vegetables with your meals. Some veggies are naturally high in sugar, so foods like onions, carrots, and peas should be avoided.
Green leafy veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli however, are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that will help your metabolism function as it should, plus they are naturally low in carbohydrates.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water consumption is also very important when it comes to keto, so make sure you are drinking enough.
Water hydrates us, it improves muscular performance, it promotes healthy major organs, plus it ensures the metabolism runs as it should. Aim for around 2.5 litres of water per day (minimum) when trying to cut weight with keto.
Make HIIT a Habit
HIIT is a type of training technique in which you exert yourself to maximum output for short periods, undergoing intense bursts of exercise followed by a short period of either complete rest, or ‘active rest’ – where you will be walking or otherwise exercising very gently.
After performing a HIIT workout, glycogen stores are less full – meaning that the overall process of ‘why we get fat’ is actually working in reverse. Remember; carbs are what makes you fat! Without glycogen, our bodies have no choice but revert to burning fat-stores for fuel, rather than carbohydrates. So, if fat loss is your goal, make HIIT a habit and work it into your weekly routine while you are cutting.
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