If you want to “get Lean” and “Ripped”, you should be eating to get lean and ripped. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you exercise, you can eat whatever you like. Not so, and it is bad for your health. You are not providing the replacement nutrients needed for your body to repair itself after a workout.

The point, is that diet is everything. If you want to burn calories, increase lean muscle mass while lowering body fat, you can’t do it without the proper foods. It’s as simple as that. All you have to do is learn what to eat, and when to eat, control portion sizes, and you are on your way to a leaner you.

Your diet plan will determine how fast you can build muscle, and at what level your energy will be throughout the day. We know that lean-muscle will burn calories quicker than fat-cells, so adding lean muscle to your body will help burn calories in and of itself. There are certain foods you can eat that will speed-up your metabolism, and it will stay at that rate long after you are finished eating. Some foods require more calories to fully digest the food, and that is additional burned calories, just from eating alone.

Foods That Will Help Burn Calories

* Beans: Beans are an excellent source of protein, and also contain fiber, which will help fight against storage of fat. Fat-burning Beans include: Navy Beans, Kidney Beans and Lima Beans.

* Low Fat Cottage Cheese: Here we have a great source of milk and casein-protein. Casein protein takes longer to assimilate, and will provide a steady source of protein for a longer period than whey protein. As the protein and sugars are slowly absorbed into your blood circulation, it will prevent sudden insulin-spikes, which will retard your metabolic rate, and make it harder to burn those calories.

Fish: Fish just happen to be a healthy protein-source, and most people do not consume enough of it. Don’t forget that fish will also provide you with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Fish for burning fat would include: sea bass, salmon, cod, trout, tuna, mackerel, flounder, snapper, perch and halibut.

Lean Protein: We know from Research that protein is a nutrient-dense food that has the highest thermogenic effect, and will also act to suppress your hunger cravings. This is why a good 7-day meal plan will include a source of lean-protein with each meal. The following list are the best sources of lean-protein:

* Turkey-Breast * Chicken-Breast * Fish
* Bison, buffalo * Egg-Whites * Game-Meats
* Grass-fed lean red-meat, like: Top-Round, and lean-sirloin.

Have A Meal Plan

The most successful people at getting Ripped are those with a healthy weekly meal plan. The foundation of your new fat-burning meal plan should include a green or fibrous-vegetable, such as green-beans, asparagus or broccoli, etc. Now add some lean-protein, and finish the plan with some all-natural starchy-carbs or grains like: oats, brown-rice or sweet potatoes. If you don’t have the time or inclination to design your own meal plan, use the services of a professional as a quick-start.

Author's Bio: 

I am a writer, football player, hard worker, entrepreneur, and health and fitness fanatic. I love learning, writing, and creating new ways to help people understand about heath and Fitness.

I played football at OleMiss and grew a huge passion for eating correctly and working out. I am a certified group class trainer and I teach group classes for fun. I also own a website that creates customized weekly meal plans for all ages, sexes, fitness levels, and goals.