# How Many Calories To Get Ripped? How Much Should I Be Eating?

A common question asked a lot in the gym is how many calories to get ripped? Well this can depend on a few factors which we will cover in this article.

The main reason that you store excess body fat is that you are eating more calories than you actually burn. So as a result your body takes all those extra calories and stores them as fat.

To get your self a ripped physique you just need to reverse this whole process and burn off more calories than you eat. As soon as you do this then your body naturally uses the fat stores as energy giving you a more defined look.

# How many calories to get ripped formula:

First step is to take a look at your current eating habits and work out how many times you eat a day (including snacks) and the calorific total you consume by using an online calorie counter.

Next step is to work out your Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR) with an online calculator and this well let you know how many calories you burn if were to do nothing all day. Once you have these 2 figures then you can tailor your exercise program or eating habits to suit.

ie: Calories consumed per day 1,800 and your resting BMR is 1,600 = burn over 200 calories per day to lose weight with exercise or without exercise cut your calories down to below 1,600.

Exercise and calories go hand in hand, so a great place to start is to do exercise with this how many calories to get ripped programme at least 3 times per week so you start to burn off more calories than you take in.

Include both strength training with weights/machines plus some cardio or aerobic activity as well for an effective ripped workout, these will burn most calories for you. Start to cut out those foods that are high in sugar.

The sugar is both absorbed and digested really quickly which means that if you don't burn off those calories straight away they will be stored in your body as fat. You can eat very well to get ripped as long as you learn all about fat burning foods.

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Spongy0llama 4 years ago from Canada

I'm TERRIBLE when it comes to sorting out calories. I always underestimate and end up even scrawnier. I'll keep this in mind.

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