It is said that six-pack abs are made in the kitchen. The question is, how?
A clean diet, of course. That’s because it’s only when you get your body fat levels down that your abdominal muscles appear well-defined.
To clean up your diet, here’s what you should and shouldn’t eat:
- Foods that are as close to their natural state as possible;
- Nutrient-dense foods;
- Animal protein (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk);
- Unsweetened dairy products;
- Vegetables, especially leafy greens and other fibrous veg;
- Some fruit, preferably low GI option such as bananas, berries, apples, cherries, oranges and plums;
- High quality complex carbs such as rolled oats, brown rice, sweet potato;
- Seeds (including quinoa);
- Legumes, such as lentils and beans;
- Nuts, especially almonds;
- Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, olives and olive oil, fish and fish oils.
Check out our Sexy Glute Diet for a meal plan solution
- Foods that contain a lot of additives (watch out for sauces, dressings and dips that are laced with additives);
- Foods that contain added sugar;
- Foods that contain a lot of hydrogenated vegetable fat;
- Processed foods;
- Soft drinks;
Foods known to cause intestinal distress and increased stress hormone production (eliminating common food allergens can lead to profound changes in your abdominal definition). These allergens may include wheat, gluten or dairy.
Use our food swaps for more meal options on what to keep and what to ditch.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.