Getting Ripped Takes More Than Exercise

Getting Ripped Takes More Than Exercise

Even if you are not a serious bodybuilder, you might want to get ripped. Many of us admire the look of six pack abs and hard pecs. There is a lot more to getting ripped than just lifting weights, however. A number of diet and lifestyle changes can help your body build muscle and help you achieve the look that you are after. Fortunately, many of these changes are small and easy to make.

One dietary change that will help you build muscle is how you eat. Most of us have grown up believing in the traditional 3 meals a day. However, research suggests that to successfully burn fat and build more muscle 5 to 6 smaller meals spaced throughout the day may be more effective. Eating smaller meals prevents your body from having to use all its resources to digest a heavy meal. It also helps you maintain a consistent blood sugar rather than the peaks and valleys that occur with bigger meals. Finally, it ensures that your body has the nutrients it needs available in level amounts throughout the day.

Everyone knows that eating more protein is necessary to really build lean muscle. There are a variety of protein drinks and shakes available on the market. While adding more protein is certainly a benefit to building muscle, it is not usually necessary to use protein shakes and powders. You can easily get the protein you need by eating lean meat such as chicken or fish at each of your 5 to 6 meals. It's important to use lean sources of protein such as chicken, fish or soy. Other sources of protein also have more cholesterol and fat and can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, so make sure that you stick to lean protein.

Another helpful tip for building more muscle is to use a mineral supplement. Research has shown that magnesium and zinc both assist in quicker muscle recovery after a workout. Taking a supplement of magnesium and zinc will help you recover from weight lifting faster and allow you to get more benefit from your workout. Additionally, magnesium is necessary for building strong bones. Weightlifting also assists in building stronger bones because strong bones provide a foundation for muscle to build upon. Taking a liquid mineral supplement of magnesium and zinc will make the minerals most readily available for use by your muscles. 

Finally, it is important during and after your workouts to stay well hydrated. Staying well hydrated takes more than simply drinking water. The liquids in our body are a carefully balanced solution of water and minerals. Many of these minerals are lost to sweat. Drinking water with electrolytes added will help replace these minerals. Avoid sports drinks, however. They often contain a lot of unnecessary sugar. Staying hydrated helps your body move the needed nutrients to your muscles and remove waste products which can lead to soreness.

Getting ripped takes a lot of dedication and exercise. You can support your bodybuilding routine by making some minor diet changes such as eating frequent, small meals and eating more lean protein. Mineral supplements like magnesium and zinc can assist your muscles in recovering more quickly. Finally, good hydration is essential to keeping your muscles at their peak. These small additions to your exercise can provide big benefits to your bodybuilding. 

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