Getting ripped requires a dedicated strength training routine, a strict diet and increased cardio workouts. The goal is to lower your body fat to a level that allows the abdominal muscles to show through the layer of fatty tissue. This requires hard work and a large time commitment since it cannot happen overnight.
The most important step in getting ripped is lowering your percentage body fat. Eating a diet that consists of lean proteins and healthy fats will decrease the amount of fat stored around your abdominal muscles. Lower the amount of carbohydrates consumed, but do not eliminate them entirely. Carbohydrates provide the energy needed to perform the aerobic exercise that is also needed. Focus on eating healthier carbs such as whole grains and vegetables.
Exercise routines should consist of aerobic exercise and strength building that targets the abdominal muscles. Aerobic exercises such as running, swimming and bicycling burn calories and reduce the excess fat that cover your muscles. Train and strengthen abdominal muscles by performing exercises such as abdominal crunches, stability crunches using a stability ball and hanging leg raises. Perform three sets of 15 repetitions and vary the exercises to work all abdominal muscles.
Resting the body is just as important as working it out. Allow your body to rest at least one day a week. Periodically, take a week off from cardio training to allow your body to rest, recover, and maintain its increased metabolic level.