Personal Note: This post was written by Layla of Howtonight.com, another fitness and wellness blogger who is looking to grow her audience. I am a big advocate of supporting others in their goals, personal or professional, so in an doing so I will occasionally feature others as guest writers. I don’t believe in competition, we should all support others, and if we have the platform to do so, we should offer it up. This is a core philosophy of what Fit Strong and Sexy is all about. I encourage you to check out Layla’s blog and leave her a comment below.
The holidays haven’t ended, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start following your new year’s resolutions today! I’m sure a lot of you are planning to achieve that toned body with amazing abs to show off during the summer vacation. But the question is: How?
It all boils down to the type of food you consume. While you also need to exercise to tone those abdominal muscles, your abs are 90% made in the kitchen (and the rest in the gym). What are the specific types of food that can help you out with that? Read on as I show you the best foods for flat abs!
The Best Foods For Flat Abs Based on studies and research, here are the top seven best foods for flat abs and get you that amazing body!
Sure, they may have some flak on cholesterol, but eggs are one of the best sources of protein out there! This is because they have a balanced amount of essential amino acids, which help build your muscles. It also helps with keeping you satiated throughout the day. Plus, they are one of the best types of food to incorporate into your keto diet because of its high amount of fat and protein!
Research shows that the protein and fat found in an egg can help lessen your appetite while enhancing your muscles after a good workout. So unless you have high cholesterol, go for one egg a day for breakfast to keep you pumped and filled up until your next meal.
2. Beans and Legumes
If you are a vegetarian, then there are other ways on how you can get your protein besides meat. Beans and legumes are an excellent choice because it’s known to help build muscle and encourage ultimate fat burn, both of which are needed to develop those abdominal muscles and have them show.
Beans and legumes also have a lot of antioxidants and fiber, which regulates digestion and keeps you full for longer.
3. Dark and Leafy Vegetables
Your mom was right! You’ve got to begin eating your spinach and other greens not only because it’s healthy and prevents certain diseases, but because it’s high in fiber and low in calories, perfect for those who are cutting to show their abdominal muscles. They are also an excellent source of calcium, which is needed for muscle contraction. As a result, you have more energy for your workouts! I recommend that you incorporate at least three servings of your greens into your daily meals, such as pasta, rice, or even soups and salads! You’ve got a ton of choices for leafy greens out there, from broccoli to arugula.
4. Lean Meats
Turkey and other lean meats are one of the most popular and effective sources of protein. Through a balanced amount of this, you won’t only strengthen your immune system and prevent diseases, but you will also build a ton of muscle and fight obesity (as long as you match it with exercise!). But that doesn’t meal fatty fish like salmon or tuna should be pushed away. With seafood’s omega-3 fatty acids, you actually promote fat burning and improve your metabolism.
5. Peanut Butter
You’ll be surprised at how effective peanut butter can be, as long as you avoid going overboard when putting it in a sandwich. Natural peanut butter (meaning the ones with natural or minimal sugar) can help boost testosterone and burn fat while building muscle. That’s because of the healthy fats found in nuts. Another plus side is that peanut butter helps you stay satiated for longer.
Quinoa can be the best substitute for rice, which contains a lot of carbs and sugar! Pronounced as KEEN-wah, this is a whole grain which contains a ton of fiber and protein in just half a cup! It also has a nice texture and flavor, which makes it a favorite swap for your usual carbs. Whole grains like quinoa can help prevent your body from storing fat, so you have a better body composition.
7. Dairy Products
Dairy products like milk and yogurt don’t only build strong bones, but they also help with getting your required calcium for the day, which is needed for optimum performance in the gym. Plus, yogurt, which is high in probiotics, can help keep your digestive system healthy and have your tummy look flat because of the less bloating and gas.
And there you have it! Through consuming a balanced variation of these foods (and also other nutrient-dense dishes), you’ll be able to progress and achieve new goals.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences with losing weight and gaining abs, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to say.
Author’s bio: Written by Guest contributor Layla, creator of the Howtonight.com – a lifestyle blog focusing on health and nutrition.