5 Foods That’ll Make Your Cut A Hell of A Lot Easier
So if you’ve been into fitness or bodybuilding for any amount of time at all, you probably got the basics of counting macros and weight training down to a tee. But just because you know how to cut weight, doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.
I mean, almost everything about it sucks. You get weaker, less energetic, and look smaller with your shirt off, all in the interest of getting shredded as f*ck. And it sure as hell is worth it — most of the time, anyways.
But if you’ve ever tried to cut weight for any significant amount of time, you might have come across one big barrier to your progress…
I mean Flexible Dieting isn’t going to help you at all if you’re on those ‘poverty macros’ and are getting in so little total food in the day that you literally have no room for anything other than bland chicken and broccoli. Or so you thought…
See the thing is, that there are a few foods out there that for some weird reason aren’t very often regarded as ‘clean’ foods, but actually give you a TON of the thing you lack the most while dieting.
So without further ado, let’s get into the five foods that’ll make your cut a hell-of-a-lot-easier on the next page.
Now I know what you’re thinking… White Potatoes? Seriously? Doesn’t everyone know that Sweet Potatoes have tons more macronutrients and fiber, blah blah blah… I’m afraid you’ve been lied to.
The truth is that potatoes actually have a higher satiety index than a lot of foods that most people consider to be ‘good for you,’ like:
Granted, the way potatoes are usually prepared (fried in oil or covered in sour cream), does lead to making them a whole lot more calorically dense, so make sure to prepare them with as little additional fat as possible and you’ll be just fine.
Apples are KILLER on a diet for a lot of reasons. First, they have a higher satiety index per calorie than any other fruit! On top of all that awesome stuff, they also have really high antioxidant content to help you recover from all the hard training you’ll be doing during your cut.
The fructose in them will also help you refill your liver glycogen stores faster which will give you another boost to preventing that hunger while you’re dieting! The pectin found in apples also have effects in limiting how much fat your adipose cells can absorb.
Everybody loves berries. And they’re all great for cutting. The only problem is that they can get a little pricey so if you want to save some money and still get all the benefits, it makes sense to buy them frozen instead of fresh. So what makes them so great?
Berries have been shown to contain compounds in them that reduce insulin levels. This decreased insulin level prevents the body from storing as much sugar as fat. Those lower insulin levels also help curb appetite, as a high insulin level is what turns the brain on that it’s time to bring some energy into the stomach.
And apart from that, they also give you a lot of VOLUME in your diet to make sure you still feel like you’re getting plenty of food even though your calories might actually be pretty low.
Tired of not being able to enjoy some snacks while watching the game? Well you don’t have to be any more, that’s for sure. Popcorn gives you way more actual food for your calories than almost any other snack food.
And on top of that, it even has heaps of health benefits!
The hulls of popcorn contain significantly high amounts of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants associated with cardiovascular benefits and anti-cancer properties.
33 grams of popped popcorn provides 500 mg of polyphenols, which is about half of what the average American consumes each day. Researchers found that popcorn contains more polyphenols than fruits like pears and apples. And it has about 1/2 the antioxidant content of walnuts and 2/3 that of peanuts.
To make it even more healthy, make sure to air pop it at home to avoid using any additional oil or butter that might use up more of your macros that / than you would like.
Let’s face it coffee is just plain awesome. I mean just take a short look at the research on it:
One body of research proposes that people who drink coffee may be less likely to have Type-II diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.
Other studies theorize that people who drink coffee are less likely to have certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, or strokes. A 2009 study of 83,700 nurses enrolled in this long-term Nurses’ Health Study, found that those who reported drinking two or more cups of coffee daily showed a 20% lower risk of stroke than those who drank less coffee.
For a 2009 study from Finland and Sweden, researchers followed 1,400 people for 20 years. Those who drank 3-to-5 daily cups of coffee were 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than non- or occasional coffee drinkers.
In a recent study of about 130,000 Kaiser Permamente health plan members, those who drank 1-to-3 cups of coffee per day were 20% less likely to be hospitalized for abnormal heart rhythms than nondrinkers.
In addition to all those health benefits, it’s effect as a stimulant gets you energized and makes you crave food less than almost anything else. And if that wasn’t enough, it even has diuretic effects that help you get rid of excess water, making you look ripped without even having to lose any fat.