We're gonna go ahead and estimate that the average gym-going dude probably has about 15% body fat. That's well within healthy levels, but it’s not going to turn many heads on the beach. To look that good, you need to get below 10%—the point at which most guys can see some definition—and ideally as low as 7%. That seems to be the magic number, the body fat percentage when guys become "shredded," "diced," and even "genetically gifted" (haters always gonna hate).
The plan is simple: six-pack, 7%, eight weeks. Let's go. Wait, first—learn how to calculate your body fat
And second—you need a solid fat-loss plan to supplement the diet—we suggest one of the 21-day programs from The 21-Day Shred Series, or the original itself.
If you’re already working out and in decent shape, you’re probably halfway to 7% body fat—hovering at around 15%. We’re going to take you through the other half of the journey. (If your body fat is currently higher, that’s Ok. We can’t promise you’ll get to 7% in eight weeks, but you may cut your number in half.) The strategy is to gradually increase your weight training and cardio while cutting calories and carbs. The last few weeks will be challenging, but remind yourself that it’s only for a short time. Follow the meal plan we’ve outlined for all eight weeks. We’ve given you parameters for your workouts, but the specific exercises, sets, and reps are up to you. Since nutrition is the most important aspect of getting lean, you need to hit the macronutrient numbers we’ve listed. You can adjust the meals you eat a bit to suit your palate, but try to replicate the numbers as best you can. To help make your diet more enjoyable, we’ve provided recipes for three delicious meals that won’t derail your progress.