Six weeks is plenty of time to drop significant body fat, build muscle, and even gain strength if you combine a well-designed training program with a smart nutrition and supplement plan. It doesn't get much smarter than the Shortcut to Shred. The workout, diet, and supplement regimens are based on real science and made for real-world application.
I rely heavily on published nutrition research. To ensure the research is effective outside the lab, I test it on my own physique before delivering it to my clients. With all that data, I am able to create science-backed nutrition plans that deliver stellar results. Shortcut to Shred may be my best program yet.
The Shortcut to Shred nutrition program is built on three distinct phases. Each phase has unique macronutrient nutrient requirements to help you build maximum muscle and torch as much body fat as possible. As Shortcut to Shred progresses, the nutrition plan changes to ensure you recover from your workouts and shred for six solid weeks without a plateau.
The three macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Before we break into the Shortcut to Shred nutrition plan specifics, let me explain what each macronutrient does and why it's important.
Protein is the most critical macronutrient on the Shortcut to Shred program. Muscle is made out of protein, which is essential for muscle growth, repair, and recovery. It's also a critical fuel source. Your body can break protein down and use amino acids as a muscular energy source.
Research suggests that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets work well for fat loss. This is particularly true for those trying to maintain or build lean muscle at the same time.
It is difficult for the body to take protein and convert it into body fat. It's not impossible, but out of the three macronutrients, the body has to work hardest to convert protein into body fat. It's either going to use protein to synthesize tissue, or break it down for energy. Protein is a home run when it comes to dropping body fat, building muscle, and gaining strength.
Anyone who is training intensely needs at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. Research suggests that eating as much as 1.5 g of protein per pound of bodyweight is very effective at promoting muscle growth and strength gains. You will eat 1.5 g of protein per pound of bodyweight throughout Shortcut to Shred. Research supports this quantity of protein, as do the results of my own clients.
HOW PROTEIN MAKES MUSCLE
The body breaks apart the bonds that bind ingested amino acids together into single amino acids, or short amino acid chains called peptides. These digested amino acids and peptides are then absorbed by the intestines, where they eventually enter the blood stream to travel to your muscles and other cells. In the muscle cells, these amino acids are reassembled to form the protein that makes up muscle fibers. In the end, your muscles grow bigger and becomes stronger.
FAT AND HAPPY
Fat is not the enemy. Eating fat doesn't necessarily make you fat, but certain fats are better than others. Fat is the second-most critical macronutrient in Shortcut to Shred for several reasons.