I know generally I don’t talk about food much. Sure, my Instagram page is full of pics of my meals, but for the most part, I don’t preach about food intake. Why? Because I follow a very specific diet. I do not like to promote one way of eating over another, so I just let people choose for themselves. That being said, there is a way of eating healthy for every type of diet.
Today’s post is about abs. Or, most specifically, eating for flat abs. For most women, getting those sculpted abs seems like a pipe-dream. As a fitness instructor, I get asked daily how to tighten the abdominal area. I tell all my PT clients and class participants the same thing – 70% of abs are made in the kitchen.
Truth is you can do crunches, leg lifts, and planks for hours per day, but if you don’t eat the proper foods, none of that work is going to do anything but make you tired and give you sore muscles.
Below are the 5 best items to consume in order to achieve those abs that you can bounce a quarter off of, as long as you combine them with a consistent cardio and strength routine.
Almonds and their cousins all contain protein (which helps to fill you up and fights cravings) and fiber (which aids in expediting digestion). They’re also have magnesium, which helps to build and maintain muscle tissue. They also help fight cancer and heart disease.
The 2 main reasons leafy greens are terrific for abs? Incredibly low calorie count and most are high in our friend, fiber. These super foods also help fight cancer and heart disease, two conditions that plague women.
Simply put, eggs help keep you full, due to their massive amount of protein. Protein is fuel for muscles so these are great after a workout (60 minutes or less post-workout is best).
Most berries are full of fiber. Why the emphasis on fiber? Fiber moves food through the digestive system faster, which decreases the amount of calories absorbed by the body. Berries also fight cancer and heart disease.
As with all meats, chicken breasts, turkey, fish and lean beef are all high in muscle-building protein. Seafood, such as salmon, are high in Omega-3, which helps with memory loss/dementia and heart disease.
Do you see where this is going? Notice these foods also help with the two main killers of women: heart disease and cancer.
Please note that this list is Paleo friendly. There are others that I do not include such as oatmeal, soy, and dairy, which are not a part of the paleo lifestyle. But if you eat a “Standard” American diet, give them a try.
Question: Do you have any favorite healthy recipes with one of these as the main ingredient?