4. FOCUS ON FAT
When trying to get ripped, cutting out all dietary fat isn’t a good idea. Healthy fats, namely omega-3 fatty acids, as well as monounsaturated fats, can actually help you lose bodyfat.
WHY IT WORKS: Fatty fish like salmon and trout as well as walnuts are good sources of omega-3 fats, while olive oil, peanut butter, avocados and eggs (see “Incredible & Edible”) are all good sources of monounsaturated fats. Plain nuts are great, too. One study out of Loma Linda University (California) reported that subjects following a low-calorie, high-fat diet with the majority of fat coming from almonds lost significantly more bodyfat than those consuming the same calories but higher carbs and lower fat.
DO THIS: Keep fat intake at 20 to 30 percent of total daily calories.
INCREDIBLE & EDIBLE Not sure what to eat for breakfast? We’ll decide for you: eggs. Research has shown that people who consume whole eggs at breakfast lose significantly more than those who don’t. Go with three whole eggs first thing in the morning, along with an additional bodyfat three egg whites.
5. EAT FAT-BURNING FRUITS
Think about it: How many people do you know of who have gotten fat from eating berries and bananas? Thought so. Fruit, then, is not exactly the devil, but some are better than others when it comes to getting lean.
WHY IT WORKS:A study out of Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California, found that people eating half a grapefruit or eight ounces of grapefruit juice three times a day lost on average four pounds in 12 weeks; this is probably because of grapefruit’s penchant to lower insulin levels and boost metabolic rate. Apples, on the other hand, contain antioxidants called polyphenols that, in addition to boosting strength and endurance, aid in fat loss, especially around the abs.
DO THIS: Add half a grapefruit to your breakfast and lunch every day and have one large apple as your preworkout carb source, as one apple contains about 30 g of slow-digesting carbs.