To avoid unknowingly causing yourself to falter well short of your goals, here’s a list of the ways you can actually improve and maximize your all-important cutting season:
Increase how much water you drink
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body, and works as an appetite suppressant. Most people think they shouldn’t be drinking water while cutting because they won’t get the cut they’re looking for. But, that’s not true! Here’s the secret: drink 2 gallons of water a day up until about 12 hours before your competition.
Do your own grocery shopping, and cook your own meals
You’ll have ideal control over what goes into your body when you buy and cook your own food. By comparison, restaurants tend to have bigger portions and cook with more fatty oils, butter, etc. Tantalizing, to be sure. But with an ongoing diet high in typical restaurant meals, it’s much harder to lose fat. So, if you want the perfect cut this season, first, get to the supermarket. Then, spend more time in the kitchen! You’ll find that it’s also very satisfying.
Avoid ‘cheat meals’
Wow, that’s harsh, isn’t it? Well, we’re not saying you have to avoid all cheat meals forever. That would be barbaric! (And frankly, it’s not even realistic to avoid all your favorite foods.) To do cheat meals right: avoid the those that set you so far back that you’re basically starting over from scratch in your training. Just pre-plan some meaningful cheat meal splurging into your schedule. Periodically; here and there, not over the top.
Add some cardio
Cardio helps you burn calories rapidly and lose fat fast. You still want to continue lifting, don’t let lifting overwhelm your training sessions. Get some beneficial cardio in, too. Here’s some great cardio advice: Best Cardio Workouts for Bodybuilders.
Add a weight loss support
During cutting season you’re focusing on removing the extra bulky weight you’ve added during your bulking season. The best way to do that is by watching what you eat, adding cardio to your routine, drinking water, and adding a weight loss support like Jetfuel® Original.
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Jetfuel Original formula highlights include:
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- MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) and Explotab® promote efficient delivery of active ingredients upon being released from the capsule.
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If you’re looking for other supplement options to use during cutting season, check out this article: Best Supplements for Building Muscle While Cutting.
Here are additionally helpful, healthful tips:
Avoid added sugars
You should know that our bodies don’t need added sugars to function properly. In fact, added sugars contribute additional calories and zero nutrients to food.
Yet, not all sugar is ‘bad sugar’!
According to Dr. Ian K. Smith, MD, the author of Blast the Sugar Out, he says “The truth is if you’re able to gradually reduce your sugar intake and replace it with something else—like more fiber and more protein—you can stay off of it [indefinitely].”
Plus, you’re never going to be able to completely rid your body of sugar and glucose because it comes naturally from other places. For instance, in most proteins, approximately 50–80 g of glucose can be derived from 100 g of ingested protein.
Drink caffeine in moderation
Drinking caffeine helps your body reduce fat naturally by supporting metabolism, improving focus, boosting energy, elevating alertness, decreasing reaction time, and increasing endurance. Caffeine also provides energizing effects with zero added sugar or calories to support your training needs without compromising your dietary goals.
GAT Caffeine Tablets deliver a 200 mg surge of caffeine any time you need to quickly jump start your mental and physical performance in order to maximize your training.
Maintain your protein intake
Looking to cut the weight? Pack your diet with the protein! Protein helps you build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones, and other essential chemicals beneficial to your body. And, protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Start eating your optimal amount of protein. You’re not only helping your body stay healthy and functioning properly. You’re also helping your body build bigger, stronger muscles — getting the gains you’re looking for!
Interested in adding more protein to your diet? Read 8 Ways to Add More Protein-Rich Foods to Your Meal Plan.
And, if you’re looking for more ways to improve your cutting season, check out 12 Ways to Cut the Extra Weight.