Getting shredded or under 8 percent body fat can cause some negative side effects. This video reveals the ugly truth behind shredding, cutting, and extreme weight loss. There are also tips to get shredded and deal with some potential side effects. Whether you’re a bodybuilder or just a regular person on a lower-calorie diet this video will help you understand the process your body will go through when cutting.
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Getting shredded is associated with ripped-looking abs, defined muscle striations, and an attractive physique that turn heads. But there are many costs that come with getting shredded that most people don’t realize. Some of these are actually really negative effects that nobody likes to talk about, so in this video, you’ll find out exactly what comes along with getting your body fat percentage low enough to be considered shredded and how to avoid the negative effects.
First, you have to realize that even though people that are considered shredded look extremely muscular and strong you’re actually very likely to get weaker as you drive your body fat percentage further and further down. There are really only three exceptions to this rule. So, If you’re relatively untrained or a beginner, you can maintain or even gain strength simply because your muscles and nervous system aren’t adapted to lifting weights. If you’re taking steroids, which I do not recommend, but if someone is taking steroids that could potentially negate big strength losses because you’ll maintain more muscle as you cut. And the third exception is if your workouts or your form sucked beforehand, but now you fixed it you can gain strength simply as a result of performing your exercises more efficiently.
Those three aside, there’s no way around it – losing weight and body fat tends to go hand in hand with losing strength. This is because of two main reasons. First, reaching a state that’s considered shredded means that your body fat percentage will most likely be lower than 10-12% as a male. This low body fat percentage tends to pair with muscle loss. That’s what happens even if you train and eat right as you cut down. The second reason essential boils down to the fact that mass moves mass, even if the increase in mass is just fat tissue, simply because it improves leverage during movements. So, when you’re leaning down, don’t be surprised if you aren’t able to maintain the same strength levels as before. The goal as you lose body fat should be to maintain your strength as much as possible because that helps you prevent muscle loss. But know that you probably won’t be able to negate all the adverse effects entirely.
Another issue nobody wants to talk about is libido which will very likely go down. When you’re dieting to get shredded, your testosterone levels will drop, and, as a result, your libido will also take a hit. This is because when the amount of calories consumed is lower than what the body needs to function, it will shut down or slow some non-essential functions in order to save energy for the more vital functions. And reproductive system activity is one of the first things that slow down when this happens because it’s less important from a survival standpoint compared to let’s say beating your heart or sending energy to your brain. On top of that, when you’re in a calorie deficit, your body will view that as a form of stress, which leads to an increase in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Research shows that when those stress hormones rise in the bloodstream, testosterone starts to drop pretty much dose-dependently or in a 1-to-1 ratio. (1) Interestingly, in a one-year case study on contest prep for bodybuilders, it was found that testosterone levels fell to one-fourth of their baseline values three months into the six-month preparation period.” (2) Fortunately, the testosterone levels did recover after three months of a recovery period which included an increase in calorie intake. But there’s no denying that strenuous dieting will lower testosterone levels and, reduce your libido.
Next is nutrient deficiencies. Even though shredded people may look healthy from the outside dropping your body fat lower and lower will leave you more likely to develop nutrient deficiencies. There’s no way around the fact that if you want to get rid of body fat, you need to be in a calorie deficit. In the process of creating that deficit, there will likely be many types of foods that you’ll have to get rid of or at least reduce your exposure to significantly. For example nuts. They’re highly nutritious, but they’re also loaded with calories, which is why you won’t be able to eat that much of them if at all when you’re trying to reach a shredded level. Another example is meat. When aiming for a very low body fat percentage many people will resort to only eating lean meats instead of fatty cuts, which can make it harder to rea