Yes. I’m going to lay down a bit of honest advice: You must watch what you eat if you want to get ripped. People such as fitness models and competitive body builders who make their living from being ripped know this. They don’t get to eat whatever they want whenever they want. The saying goes that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. This is true, because no matter how developed your core is, a six-pack is not going to show unless the overlying layer of fat is gone. No one will know you have abs of steel if there is a layer of blubber insulating them. Your nutrition must be calibrated just right to be able to achieve and maintain the ripped look.
I like sporting a six-pack. I take pride in the fact that even as a middle aged dude with a sedentary job, I can carry it off. What motivates me is the discipline. Six packs only come about from hard work and steely determination and proper nutrition. It’s not just about willpower, it’s also about accountability. I don’t know anyone who has managed to get a ripped body without taking into account what he/she eats each day. You can’t just keep a running tally in your head, because that’s impossible to do without cheating. We tend to discount the nibbles here and there that can add up over the course of the day.
My tool of choice for keeping track of my nutrition is MyFitnessPal. I hate counting calories as much as the next person, but there’s an easy way to do this if you have a smart phone. MyFitnessPal is a free app that can help you track your daily nutrition. It accounts for the amount of carbs, vitamins, fat, calories, etc. of everything you eat. It even has a bar code scan feature for popular food items. Put the bar code label up to your phone’s camera and SHAZAM, instant info. Did I mention that the app is FREE?
Anytime I put a food item in my mouth, I punch it into MyFitnessPal. This helps keep me accountable. Not only will I know how many calories I ate each day, but whether those were good calories or junk. Using MyFitnessPal is easy because it’s aware of over 1.1 million foods and their nutritional content, including chain restaurant menu items. Even my protein supplements and Shakeology are listed.
When you take an accurate account of the things you eat, you feel more conscious of your action and consequences. With MyFitnessPal, I can’t say, “well I only had a little treat and it doesn’t matter,” because the numbers will reveal that little treat took up over 20% of my daily intake, and MyFitnessPal is telling me I’ve maxed out my daily calories while there’s still two meals left to go in the day.
So be smart and effective. Use MyFitnessPal to help you stay on track of your nutrition goals. Another free nutrition accounting app is the DailyBurnTracker. I used it for a year until I got turned on to MyFitnessPal. If you are looking to maximize your results for that ripped look, there are no more excuses to ignore a sound eating plan.