10 Steps to an 8 Pack

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10 Steps to an 8 Pack

There’s a difference between “in shape” and “ripped.” If you’re just looking to get in shape, you can skip this story. But if you want true bodybuilder definition...read on.
I’m not going to tell you to turn your kitchen into the set of Breaking Bad, but a little measuring will keep you honest. Measure your proteins in ounces and your carbs in cups (most of your fat should come as part of your protein foods; add any other fats sparingly). You can use the palm of your hand to approximate three ounces of meat and your fist for a cup of rice or potatoes.
The length of your thumb works well for measuring fats; it’s about the size of two tablespoons of oil or peanut butter.

This makes keeping a record of your food intake much easier, and eyeballed estimates will be close enough until you get very lean. At that point, you may want to invest in a food scale to make more precise measurements. The sharper your abs get, the more important the difference between one cup of rice and one half cup becomes.

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