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How to Get the Skinny, Ripped Look

author image Nicole Hogan-Jenkins
Nicole Hogan-Jenkins began writing professionally in 2010. She is a certified personal trainer, sports nutrition specialist, fitness business owner and competitive fitness athlete. Hogan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.
How to Get the Skinny, Ripped Look
Engage in resistance training to get the skinny, ripped look. Photo Credit: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images

Carving out a lean and chiseled physique takes discipline and dedication. Getting the skinny, ripped look requires decreasing your body fat percentage while maintaining lean muscle mass. An intense strength-training program is key when it comes to fat loss, because muscle increases metabolism. Combining a specialized workout program with a high-protein, low-fat diet will give your body a tight, lean appearance.

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Step 1

Engage in full body strength workout four days per week.
Engage in full body strength workout four days per week. Photo Credit: Chris Clinton/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Engage in full body strength-training workouts four days per week. Perform leg press, seated row for back, barbell chest press, hammer curls for biceps, triceps kickbacks, sit-ups for abs and overhead shoulder press. Do drop sets for each exercise. Perform one set of 25 repetitions, one set of 15 repetitions, one set of 10 repetitions and one set of eight repetitions. Increase the weight for each exercise as you decrease the repetitions. Lift with heavy weight so each set is difficult to complete.

Step 2

Perform cardiovascular imtervals three days per week.
Perform cardiovascular imtervals three days per week. Photo Credit: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Perform cardiovascular intervals three days per week to burn off stored fat. Sprint on the elliptical machine at a low resistance for 30 seconds and glide at a slow pace for one minute or run on the treadmill for 30 seconds and walk for one minute.

Step 3

Fish is a good meal choice.
Fish is a good meal choice. Photo Credit: Brent Hofacker/iStock/Getty Images

Consume a diet low in fat and high in protein to aid in muscle recovery and development, which encourages fat loss. Eat lean meats, fish, eggs, skinless poultry, legumes, soybeans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats like seeds, nuts, avocado and olive oil. Have a serving of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at every meal. For example, eat 4 ounces of baked chicken, ½ cup whole wheat pasta and 1 cup spinach.

Step 4

Stay away from processed foods that seem convenient but really sabotage your fat loss efforts. Avoid pre-seasoned meals, canned foods and frozen dinners that are high in sodium, fat and chemical preservatives.

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