How To Eat For Abs
Having a 6 pack or popping abs is a reflection of your lifestyle habits. So don’t expect to see quick results if you train your abs, but have an unhealthy, processed diet. Here are 6 tips to help you grow those abs.
Eating a diet that is high in protein will not only promote muscle gain, but also fat loss. High protein foods also keep your blood sugar steady and keep you feeling full to help prevent binges. Everyone needs a different amount of protein depending on their body and fitness goals. If you’re having a hard time getting in enough protein, try protein shakes, nuts, seeds, and lentils! As a vegan, I love sneaking in flaxseed, chia seeds, and nutritional yeast. Soy and quinoa are both excellent sources of protein. There are obviously so many other plant-based protein sources, which I would love to discuss in a future post!
2. Carbs Are Not Created Equal
Although carbs are not your worst enemy, there is a difference between refined and unrefined carbohydrates. Carbs that are processed and refined are broken down quickly into sugars. If there are too many sugar molecules in the bloodstream, it will eventually be converted into fat. On the other hand, carbs that are high in fiber are broken down much slower. These would be your whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
3. Speaking of Fiber
Foods like whole grain bread, beans, berries, and veggies are all examples of fiber. They keep you full for longer and keeps you regular, which is healthy for your gut!
4. Eat More Probiotics
Fermented foods like sour kraut and kombucha contain lots of healthy bacteria that your gut needs. Probiotics help keep your immune system healthy and free of illness.
A lot of the time you are bloated because your body is hanging onto excess sodium. Drinking enough water will help rid the body of this extra sodium and keep your belly full. Between spacing your meals out and getting enough fluids, you’ll likely not feel hungry throughout the day.
6. Don’t Skip Meals
The worst thing you can do is skip a meal. When you are hungry, your body releases stress hormones that can actually have the reverse effect of losing weight. Not eating enough calories can result in deficiencies, decrease in energy levels, and slower metabolism.
Add this circuit at the end of your workout and start seeing results!
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Peace & Love,