Author: Troy Theodosiou
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get shredded naturally!
Getting shredded naturally isn’t an easy task as it requires consistent effort and plenty of sacrifices. You will need to mentally prepare yourself for a challenging journey that will include a few frustrations along the way.
Anyone who tells you that you can get shredded without sacrifice is lying to you. The last four weeks of a hard diet when you really start pushing the envelope will force you to sacrifice time spent with loved ones, your business, and social occasions. It’s just part of the reason why getting shredded isn’t for everyone.
Being Shredded vs Being Lean?
If we’re talking in terms of male body fat percentage, being “lean” is probably in the region of 7 to 10% if you’re getting measured accurately.
Shredded, on the other hand, is probably in the 4 to 7% body fat region. Of course, it depends on the method of testing, but using the traditional numbers we associate with body fat, the 6-8% region seems to be the crossover point that takes you from being lean to shredded.
There aren’t many people willing to put their lives on hold for cross striations all over their body, but that is why you won’t see many people in true contest condition. It requires a level of sacrifice that many people don’t want to make.
When you are trying to get lean, you may get hungry now and then, but for the most part, you’ll feel pretty content and find your meal times fit into place perfectly.
When you’re trying to get shredded, you’ll face constant hunger all day long. You have to make hunger your best friend and adopt the mindset of accepting hunger as a necessity in getting shredded.
You can use all the hunger “tricks” you like (e.g. psyllium husk, coffee, Diet Cokes, etc.), but ultimately you’ll need to face it and deal with it. You’ll need to accept that each meal you eat won’t make a dent in your hunger, and when you’re halfway through a meal (which you’ll probably wolf down in two minutes with your mini fork), you’ll already be craving your next one.
Being shredded is NOT a permanent condition. It’s NOT a healthy state to be in. Your joints will be cranky, your mood will be terrible, and your life will be miserable. It’s a temporary state of being for a specific end goal.
Getting shredded is one of the toughest things you’ll do, but the rewards are completely worth it. It’ll teach you a lot about yourself and the lessons you learn will carry over to all parts of your life.