Sunday, February 9, 2020

Foods you should avoid to get six pack abs

Everyone wants "Six Pack Abs." While it's not always easy to get strong, sexy abdominal muscles. Defined abs are one of the most desired features to have for both men and women, although they are definitely the hardest to achieve.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ and this is absolutely true – nutrition is more than 80% of the battle in gaining that lovely six pack.

The first step to finding your six-pack is to clean up your diet. If you want to see your ab muscles, you'll likely need to decrease your overall body fat. your abs won’t show unless you remove the layer of fat over them, therefore cardio is an important factor along with a healthy diet and weight training.

Cut back on processed foods, sugars, and processed carbs. Eat more vegetables, nuts, fruits, lean protein, and healthy fats, such as olive oil, fish oils, and avocados.

There are some foods you should avoid or certainly cut back on if you want those sexy abs to show.

Processed Peanut Butter

A lot of peanut butter brands are not as natural as they claim to be. Processed peanut butter contains hydrogenated oils, salt, and sugar. Always read the label: the general rule of thumb is the less ingredients the better.

The sole ingredient in natural peanut butter should be peanuts. Natural peanut butter is high in protein, is a good source of healthy fats and keeps you satiated meaning you’re less likely to snack.

Peanuts are so good not only in taste, but also as healthy fats for our bodies, so there's really no reason to add unnecessary ingredients to something naturally delicious.

Low Fat/Diet Foods

Don't automatically assume that a food with "low fat" on its label is better for you or will help you lose weight. Many low-fat, reduced fat, and fat-free foods give you more than you bargained for.

Low fat diet foods also discourage people from consuming foods naturally high healthy fats that are good for your heart.

Low fat foods or diet foods also lower testosterone levels –  a hormone important to both men and women. Decreased levels can cause loss of muscle mass, increased body fat and decreased libido.

 Sugary Drinks/Alcohol

Drinking large amounts of sugary beverages can increase the risk of gaining weight and developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and gout.

Drinking water is extremely beneficial… In addition to decreasing the risk of cancer and clearing your body of toxins. Green tea extract will also help rid toxins and help you lose that stubborn belly fat.

Drinking too much alcohol can encourage fat to develop around your stomach area. Alcohol is empty calories and its easy to forget or lose track of how much you consume, opt for non alcoholic beverages.

White Bread/Pasta/Rice

The main problem with white rice, bread, pasta and potatoes is that they trigger a cycle of food craving. After you eat them, they release a sudden spike of sugar in your bloodstream. Because your blood sugar level goes up quickly after eating these foods, your body may release more insulin than it really needs.

Most white rice in the US is enriched with vitamins like folate to improve its nutritional value. Additionally, its low fiber content may help with digestive issues. However, brown rice is ultimately healthier and more nutritious.

Whole wheat pasta is healthier than white pasta, because it's packed with nutrients such as complex carbs, protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, and zinc. On the other hand, white pasta is made of refined carbs, meaning it has been stripped of many nutrients during its processing.

The highly processed flour and additives in white, packaged bread can make it unhealthful. Consuming too much white bread can contribute to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Choose healthier, whole wheat versions of bread, pasta and brown rice.

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