Low carbohydrate diets are still considered controversial, but almost all bodybuilders and fitness competitors use them. Some restrict carbohydrates quite severely, others more moderately, but I don't know a single successful bodybuilder who doesn't use at least some degree of carbohydrate restriction to get ripped for competition. If the low carbohydrate diet didn't work, then you wouldn't see male bodybuilders peak at 3-5% body fat and female bodybuilders or fitness competitors at 8-12% body fat. Reduced carbohydrate diets give you several important metabolic and hormonal advantages that allow you to get leaner faster than a conventional baseline diet. Bodybuilders have known this for years and that's the reason they are able to get so lean, year after year, contest after contest.
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