The Top 5 Foods In A Six Pack Abs Diet
A sculpted six pack isn’t created in the gym; it’s created in the kitchen. Here are the top 5 foods that will help you attain a better composition and lower body fat % allowing you to get that six pack you desire.
Everyone knows and understands that 98% of the body is made up of water and that water is of the utmost importance for our survival. The problem is that too many people get their water from sources other than pure water. Sodas, juices, sports drinks, and especially energy drinks are loaded with sugar, carbs, and chemicals which promote inflammation in the body and spike insulin while fostering an environment of fat retention. By eliminating those other options and switching to just water you are eliminating unwanted and unnecessary calories from your diet. Water also will help you feel fuller for longer thus helping you control hunger and the urge for snacks. Water also helps to regulate metabolism and body temperature, two very important factors in fat loss.
Kale and spinach are the go-to vegetables for a healthy diet. Both are high in fiber which is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy. A healthy digestive system allows the body to get rid of toxins and radicals better and aids the liver in doing its job. The liver is a powerful fat burning component and keeping it running smoothly ensures you are operating at your best. Kale and spinach are very low in calories but yet very filling and thus will make you feel less hungry and do it in a healthy manner. Kale and spinach are high in iron, vitamins A, C, K, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, and antioxidants all important for optimal performance. Adding kale and spinach to your diet also help to neutralize acid produced from high protein diets.
3. Coconut Oil
Medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil can speed up metabolism faster than long-chain fatty acids because they are easily digested and converted into energy. In fact, a study reported medium-chain fatty acids to be three times more effective in raising metabolism than long-chain fatty acids, leading researchers to conclude that effective weight loss can be achieved by replacing long-chain fatty acids with medium- chain fatty acids. Coconut oils is one of the healthiest oils available and responds well to cooking so it is a great replacement for unhealthy processed vegetable oils. Coconut oil is also a powerful antioxidant and can help neutralize many bacteria allowing the body to perform at its best.
4. Grass-fed Beef
Most cattle is fed an unhealthy diet or corn and other processed grains which is cheaper and helps farms maximize their profits from their cattle. Grass-fed beef on the other hand is allowed to live a more normal natural life and it’s diet is more like a cows natural diet and consists mostly of grass. These cows are healthier but more expensive to raise and thus are not as prevalent as non grass-fed cows. Grass-fed beef is a great source of protein, and protein is one of the keys to losing fat and creating a better body composition. Protein feeds lean muscle and allows the body to use fat as fuel for energy. Plus protein is the nutrient which is the most satiating and will fill us up for a longer period of time. As opposed to regular cows, grass-fed beef is high in Omega-3 fatty acids which help to curb inflammation and the secretion of cortisol which leads to further inflammation and decreased insulin sensitivity. Omega 6 fatty acids are the mischievous little brothers of Omega 3’s and are present in most of the foods we eat including regular beef. The ideal ratio of 3 to 6 is 1:1 and grass fed beef has this magical ratio and thus are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Grass-fed beef is also high in Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA which is a fatty acid that has been shown to accelerate fat loss while aiding in lean muscle growth. CLA has even been shown to specifically target fat around the mid-section.
5. Protein Powders
Protein powders, particularly Whey and Casein are seemingly ubiquitous now, and for good reason. Protein powders are a great way to get in a large amount of protein with low fat and carbs, in a small convenient package. A good protein powder should only contain trace amounts of fat and carbs leaving it as straight protein and giving you all of the benefits of protein. Protein powders can be used as meal replacements due to this convenience and ability to add in a large amount of protein quickly. Whey protein isolate in particular contains a powerful antioxidant called glutathione which has been discovered to be the most powerful antioxidant in the body and can help prevent or lessen the effects of many diseases and fight inflammation and free-radical damage in the body.