Six-Pack abs have earned an almost mythical place in culture. There are literally hundreds of thousands of books, guides, videos, and more claiming to be the penultimate guide for achieving a stomach full of rippling muscle. The truth is, it isn’t all that complicated. You need to work out your abdominal muscles, so they have some prominence, and more importantly, you need to stick to a diet that doesn’t promote excess belly fat. At Evolve Daily we already have guides for building those muscles, but it’s time we gave you some tips for what foods you should focus on when trying reveal those stomach muscles.
1) Eat almonds and other nuts
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Posted by Evolve MMA on Sunday, June 25, 2017
Nuts are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and have been proven to be a useful addition to a weight loss diet. For a long time, people avoided nuts because of the fat content, but it is precisely that fat content that helps you lose weight, really. Numerous studies have shown that because nuts do such an excellent job at satiating your hunger, you are less prone to overeating. Those who add nuts to their menu have been proven to be less likely to go off of their diet.
There was also a study dealing specifically with almonds that showed that eating around 30 almonds a day led to a reduction in abdominal covering fat.
2) Eat spinach and leafy greens
Trying to replace sections of your diet with more leafy greens will ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need while limiting your overall caloric intake.
If you are trying to build a good looking set of abs, then you are going to want to be exercising in tandem with your diet. Spinach can play an essential role in both of these aspects. Studies have shown that spinach is not only a healthy, low-fat food choice, it also helps to promote muscle growth. It’s a fantastic one-two combination for getting ripped.
3) Eat eggs and other lean proteins
Good protein sources that are low in fat content, like tuna or salmon, are great for promoting a fantastic looking physique. Skinless chicken is another favorite of many athletes. If you don’t want to eat meat, or want something quick, then you can opt for a low sugar whey protein shake.
A protein-rich breakfast has been shown to reduce cravings later in the day. A spinach omelet is a personal favorite and combines multiple beneficial items.
4) Have some coffee with coconut oil
Coffee stimulates the production of lipase, which is an enzyme that burns fat. It also does an excellent job of satiating your hunger. Just don’t overdo it. Adding some coconut oil will not only flavor the coffee, but will also give you some healthy fats that will reduce your hunger levels and cravings throughout the day.
Coconut oil also contains medium-chain fatty acids that work to boost your metabolism as well.
5) Snack on low or negative calorie fruits and vegetables like celery
Celery is pretty much just fiber and water, and your body actually burns more calories digesting it than the food itself contains. You will lose weight snacking,
There are a ton of options for foods that contain either negative calories or an extremely low number of calories and are great for when a snack craving hits. Go with carrots, blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, watermelon, zucchini, broccoli, and plenty of other more obscure items.
6) Sip on some green tea
Green tea contains the antioxidant catechin which speeds up your metabolism and in turn burns more fat. Green tea also has some caffeine, which is well known to increase caloric burns. You should aim for 2-3 cups a day if you plan to go down this route.
Many of these benefits don’t necessarily have to come from tea, but can also be gained from green tea supplements.
7) Focus on reducing the carbs in your food more so than fat
That stubborn belly fat is actually derived more from the carbs you eat than the fat. Refined, processed carbs are a six-pack killer. Avoid bread, soda, and general junk food whenever possible.
Most of us eat way too many carbs, and these excess carbs are eventually processed by your body and stored as body fat.
Healthy fats, like those in something like an avocado, actually make you feel full longer and slow the absorption of belly fat causing carbs. Unsaturated fats are actually your six-pack friend.
So, which of these tips are you going to incorporate into your diet?