It seems like something everyone wants are ripped abs. At the same time, it can be the hardest goal to achieve.
Why is that? According to a lot of trainers, there are a few factors to consider.
For one thing, doing a billion crunches is not the key. You actually need to incorporate some consistent cardio, along with some squats, dips and lunges. Another thing to keep in mind? It really doesn’t matter how much you exercise if your diet sucks. In order to get the six-pack that you’re looking for, you need to get in plenty of protein, healthy fats and the right kinds of carbs into your system.
Your diet? That’s what we’re going to focus on today. If you’re committed to incorporating the following seven foods on a weekly basis (and you stick to a
smart exercise regimen), you’ll be ready to show your abs off come Memorial Day.
Chicken is going to get you the protein you need to develop your muscles. Chicken also contains tryptophan (which is a mild anti-depressant), the amino acid homocysteine (which is great for your heart), the mineral phosphorus (which protects your teeth and bones) and selenium. The awesome thing about selenium is it helps to increase your metabolic rate; something that always works in your favor during a workout. Just make sure the chicken is lean. Otherwise the fat can work against your abdominal goals.
A lot of us only look at bell peppers as a way to season our food. You might see them differently after you see all of their health benefits! Bell peppers are high in Vitamins A and C. As a result, they work to keep your immune system strong. They also contain beta-carotene which means they are an anti-inflammatory food (always helpful when you’re pushing yourself physically). Something else that they have in them is capsaicin; that reduces bad cholesterol and any body pain. Plus, they are a low-calorie food (45 calories per cup), so you can snack on them before or after you exercise.
Bet this made you smile. Yep. You’re reading this right. Chocolate milk also goes on the list of things that will help your abs to look amazing. The milk alone is a form of protein. It also contains calcium and Vitamin D. The combination of the two work together to decrease fat and lipid absorption. Then there’s the chocolate that’s in it. It contains several B-complex vitamins, which gives you the energy that you need. For this reason, many trainers recommend that you wait until after working out to drink it. It will replenish you. (If you don't like dairy, you can also drink chocolate almond milk and still receive the same benefits.)
Some people have a hard time losing tummy fat because they have too much waste in their system. Apples are one way to remedy the issue because they have so much dietary fiber in them. The other awesome thing about apples is they are flavonol-rich, so they help to reduce any cancer risk. Apples also contain a phenolic compound that helps to keep your heart strong and healthy, and the antioxidant quercetin so that your immune system gets a boost. Something else apples have in them is soluable fiber. The good news about that is it's directly linked to the loss of belly fat.
Cold Potato Salad
Do you like the taste of homemade potato salad? If so, this is your lucky day! That’s one more food that you can have if you want to slim down those abs. How is this even remotely possible? Well, when potatoes are eaten cold, they promote fat oxidation and reduces abdominal fat (looka there!). Potatoes are also rich in Vitamin B6. That’s great because your body needs that to build up your cells, including your brain cells. Vitamin B6 also breaks down glycogen; you need that in order to improve your athletic performance.
Acorn squash contains a lot of Vitamin C which means it has plenty of antioxidants. They also have potassium and magnesium in them. Potassium helps with muscle contraction and magnesium helps with strengthening your bones. Some other nutrients in acorn squash include iron, zinc and phosphorus (phosphorus is a body detox agent).
You can never go wrong with a super food like spinach! And the rawer the better, so consider substituting it for lettuce in a salad. Spinach is another low-calorie food that is basically like eating a multi-vitamin. Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K are in it. So is calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Spinach works to keep free radicals out of your system. It also lowers your blood pressure and improves your mental clarity. As far as your abs go, spinach also has protein. The more protein, the more muscle mass and the more impressive your abs end up looking!