This may be counter-intuitive, but the answer is YES!
Since you’re reading this post, I’ll make the assumption that you’re also interested in finding out what you should be eating, or more importantly, what you shouldn’t be eating in order to get into great shape.
Well, I’m here to offer some information on that and hopefully it will give you a better idea of what you should be doing in your quest to get into great shape.
I’ll start off by saying that the medical community is always changing its mind when it comes to what people should be eating or what people should be doing to get healthy. When I was a kid, butter was supposed to be bad for you and then it was good for you and then bad again.
I have no idea whether we’re supposed to be eating butter or margarine at this point, but you get the point. Consensus in the scientific and medical community changes whenever new information comes out. Ok, let’s get down to business and discuss the importance of diet when it comes to getting ripped.
When I think about the most badass ripped dudes on the planet, I think of those in the elite units of America’s military and tactical police units. I’ve got to say, these dudes are definitely ripped and there’s no way in hell you’re going to catch them on some cleanse diet or whatever. These dudes eat whatever the HECK they want and that includes cheeseburgers, pizza and even beer!
This is not a well-known approach to getting into great shape, but there are a few programs out there that take their approach to diet and fitness right out of the special forces operator playbook. You may be wondering how the heck can you get into great shape without maintaining a strict diet. Well, here’s another secret that’s going to blow your mind and decades of conventional thinking out of the water! You don’t even need a gym!
Yeah, you read that correctly. If you really want to get ripped, DO NOT join a gym! Again, elite military trainers will tell you, you can be in top physical condition without ever stepping foot inside a gym. These guys undergo what’s called bodyweight specific exercise routines that are designed to use the body’s own weight and gravity to give you a killer workout. By targeting specific muscles and sticking to a cycle of quick reps, you can pack on the muscle and burn away unsightly fat.
The other great thing about these sorts of exercises is that they’re bound to get the testosterone pumping in your body. Testosterone is a hormone known for helping with muscle growth and vitality. Once you kick your system into high gear with body specific exercise training, it doesn’t even matter what you’re eating. Your metabolism is going to be working at such a high rate, you’ll be burning calories like crazy.
Here’s the other kicker—if you’re doing body-specific exercises the right way, they should be done in as little as twenty minutes! What that will do is it will kick your metabolism into high gear and your metabolism will do the rest for you. The other great thing about consistent routines of exercise is that they dramatically reduce stress levels.
It’s a known fact that most people eat more when we’re stressed. This leads to weight gain. It’s also well known that stress can cause cortisol levels in the body to soar. This in turn causes your testosterone levels to plummet. There’s a lot of great research that’s been done on this. For those interested, here’s an interesting article on the topic.
So the key is to make sure you’re putting aside as little as twenty minutes per day to do bodyweight specific exercises that target specific muscles and kick the metabolism into high gear. This in turn will cause your testosterone levels to increase and lower cortisol levels.