The challenge has always been for people, not just to lose a few pounds, but to get ripped muscles and abs as well. This is how we all wish we could look. Perhaps you have been going to the gym and think you feel better, although the tummy still doesn't look the way you want it to look.

So, instead of making it overwhelming task, you just need to stick to some basic principles and it may be the fast track, for you to have that ripped body you long for. Most people, are doing ne, or two destructive things every day, that they are not aware of, that keeps them from their ultimate goals.

1) Five Small Meals
You may have heard that eating throughout the day is important, but do you do it? Eating every 2 to 3 hours, trains your body to burn fat, as it’s major source of energy.

Also, 5 small meals shuts off your body, stopping it from storing fat into your fat cells. If you are not eating every 2 - 3 hours, then every day you are doing something that stores more fat and burns away muscle tissue. We know the place where most people store fat, is their belly, or thighs.

Meal replacement shakes, or bars, are perfect quick choices to help get a good meal, with our stressful and hurried lives. Make sure your supplement has carbs for energy, as protein only bars don't have the energy your body needs, to keep burning the fat.

2)  Drink water and water
 Yah, yah, I have heard that before. Though most people know they are supposed to drink 6 - 8 glasses of water a day, the reality is, people still don't do it. Making sure you get your water, is an essential key to allowing your body to perform optimally. Without adequate water intake, you have no chance of getting a ripped lean body.

If you take products like creatine, you need even more water, as creatine absorbs water into your muscle cells. Water is needed for all physiological processes, including your metabolism, to function properly and to remove harmful toxins, that damage your muscle cells of your body.

3)  Eat after 6pm
 Most people think that they shouldn't eat after 6 pm, or they don't eat before going to bed. You want to eat as mentioned before, every 2 - 3 hours. If you eat dinner at 6 pm and are up to 10 pm, then you want another small snack at around 9 pm.

People who starve themselves, by not eating after 6 pm, burn muscle tissue away all night. Your body needs energy. If you give your body energy, in small portions, throughout the day, your body will reward you with a lean, mean, fat burning machine.

Your body doesn't care about the time of day. Most people say don't eat a large meal before going to bed, it is the large part that is the problem, not the meal.

4)  You do have do Cardio
Most people, who want to rip up, typically only exercise with strength training. To develop big muscles, you do need to focus on strength training, but to support ripping up, you need to be able to shed extra fat off your body.

Interval cardio training is considered one of the most effective ways, to raise your metabolism and burn fat. After doing an interval workout, people tend to burn more fat during the rest of the day, than with any other form of cardio exercise.

Interval workouts are short durations of high intensity, followed by short durations of low intensity, and then repeated. Proper cardio training is best done with a heart rate monitor and having specific heart rate zones designed for your physiology.

5)  Carbs and Protein
Most people attempting to rip up, overdo their protein intake. You can feel the extra protein going through you, because of extra gas, or issues with your stools. Your body does need protein to rebuild muscle tissue and it is essential in each on of your 5 small meals, to get lean proteins into your diet.

Most people cut out carbs, because they see the pounds on the scale drop, when they do. Carbs absorb water and when you cut carbs, your weight loss is coming from water loss, not from fat loss.

During strength training, your only source of energy is carbohydrates. If you are cutting carbs out of your diet, or reducing them to low levels, you will never have the energy to train at your maximum and to develop the muscle mass size you want. You need at least 50 - 55% of your calories coming from complex carbs. As you get more ripped, you should increase the total amount of all carbs, fats, and proteins and not just add more protein.

6)  Antioxidants
The harder you train, the more energy you produce. Energy, or calorie production, creates by-products, that are toxic if left in the body. This happens especially with people who train often and intensely, as they do not get adequate amounts of antioxidants, to remove the harmful metabolic wastes.

Metabolic waste, or free radicals, left in the body, cause muscle cell damage and prevent you from developing lean muscle tissue, from all your hard work. Add a multivitamin, with antioxidants, like Meridium XN, which is the most powerful antioxidant on the market.

One last final thing is to make sure you get enough sleep. All your body's adaptations and results occur while you are sleeping. If you had the world's greatest diet and fitness program and then got only 5 hours sleep a night, you would pretty much have wasted all that effort. It is also important to get up at the same time every day, even on the  weekends.

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer. He has completed a contract to run the gyms on cruise ships. He has done a special higher level course and qualified as an Exercise Specialist, or Conditioning Coach. He works in 2 local gyms, assisting the staff with clients and training plans. He has been working out regularly, since 1996. Visit Clint at Fitness And Fatless at