Abs are made in the kitchen: ‘cutting’ and how it works

So, the painful truth has been revealed that to lose weight and firm up the secret is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. I don’t know about you but I find this difficult to accept and even more difficult to execute. For years I thought my gym membership was my answer to an ab-tastic life. Little did I know, while it was still important, it definitely wasn’t what I should’ve been 100% focused on.

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Cutting has been something I am constantly seeing on Instagram accounts of fitspo royalty such as @gracefituk and it got me wondering what it was all about.

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Through my searching and deciphering of various complicated explanations, I think I have understood the basic concept of it. When on a cut, the aim is to eliminate certain food types in order to achieve low body fat levels which will ultimately (fingers crossed) lead to a more defined and toned physique. In more complicated words, you are putting your body into calorific deficit for a specific time period.

For example, the best options are to cut out:

  1. Refined carbs: these are white carbs which spike insulin levels in the body and actually make you store fat instead of burn it.
  2. Sugar: while it is a refined carb, I feel that it deserves its own number bullet. This is my killer. My name is Lucy and I am a massive sugar addict!! I can’t get enough but the damage it causes to weight loss efforts is enormous and at the end of the day, I have to ask my self what is the important thing here ๐Ÿ˜›
  3. Gluten: over the past few years, this ingredient has caused major controversy in the fitsphere. Should it be cut? Yes, my friends, it should! This core killer found foods such as ย bread, pasta and cereals can cause a load of health problems including bloating, fatigue, inflammation in the intestine and not to mention it stimulates appetite. Glexit? I vote leave.

So, you might be asking what does that leave for me to eat so I don’t starve. The answer is protein, veg, good fats such as avocados and nuts and WATER ( so, so important to drink gallons!)

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As I said in my introduction piece, this section has been set up to not only help you guys but me as well. So in true fashion of practising what I preach, I have decided to see whether I can keep up this cutting malarkey, paired with my regular gym routine, for three solid weeks ย hopefully returning to uni nice and toned.

I will be posting weekly progress update posts so we can all see if this is just another fitness myth or a miracle worker.

Wish me luck . . .

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