Building a rounded physique has to do more with the kitchen then in the gym itself. When it comes to looking good naked or getting that shredded 6 pack, one needs to go on a cutting phase to lose weight. This will drop unwanted body fat as an result.
WHAT IS CUTTING?
Cutting is a more complicated term for “lose weight”. During a cut you would introduce an caloric deficit to your diet. The primary objective of cutting is to reduce weight and body fat while keeping lean body mass in tact. In the cutting process, you are essentially decreasing overall calories and macro nutrients. I would recommend basing your diet around healthy and nutritious food. Nutrient heavy foods are filled with fiber which will keep you full, plus vitamins and minerals that would ensure your body is getting all of its vital needs.
HOW DO I LOSE QUALITY WEIGHT?
It is helpful to note that one pound is roughly 3500 calories. If you are looking to lose one pound per week. you would need to consume less than 3500 calories in a week (a caloric deficit of 500 calories per day). To ensure you are mainly losing fat and not muscle, a 500 daily deficit is sufficient.
WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO EAT IN MY CUT?
Anything you want, just follow the IIFYM (IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS) principle. I would still recommend mainly basing your food choices around good healthy choices. This will allow you to get all the fiber and minerals that your body needs. To learn more about IIFYM, check out my article by clicking here.
DO I RISK LOSING MUSCLE ON A CUT?
Unfortunately you would most likely lose some muscle mass. To minimize muscle loss, just keep your deficit at 250-500 daily. I would also recommend consuming 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body weight.