Food Fight for Better Abs
In order to get and keep better abs you need to get your mind set that you will adopt the new approach and be consistent. This is a life style not a fad. Eating healthy will have you feeling and looking better.
Regardless of your daily caloric intake, a diet of nutrient rich food will keep you
fuller longer, reducing cravings and temptations that typically derail all good
intentions of eating right.
Eating less calories per day doesn’t necessarily mean your going to lose weight.
In a study by Framingham Nutrition Studies found that women who ate 400 fewer
calories per day, but chose less nutritious foods had a higher risk of obesity
by nearly 2 1/2 times than those who made better food selections. The additional
risk of poor food selections also had a higher risk of diabetes and heart attacks.
You have heard it before, and it is supported by a recent Copenhagen University
review, that the BEST way to see your abs is to replace your carbs from sugar and
refined flour (white bread) with fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, therby keeping you feeling full longer.
In addition the high levels of antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene
Get carrots, cantaloupe, squash (tastes better grilled), and peaches into
Don’t down gallons of orange juice thinking your getting your fruit allocation.
Check out the label on orange juice. It’s loaded with sugar. Your always better
off eating the natural fruit than a commercial processed fruit beverages.
The next food item you need in your diet is protein. There are many different sources
of protein providing a good variety for you to choose from. There is the obvious,
meat, chicken, and fish. But don’t leave out beans, tofu, and nuts.
At least 25% of your daily intake should be from protein sources. Don’t go nuts over the nuts. They are a good
source of protein but high in calories, so limit it to a small handful. According to another study, protein is especially helpful in reducing abdominal fat for those over the age of 40.
Another benefit of eating protein foods is that it contains selenium. Studies have shown that not only does the mineral help prevent cancer but also lowers abdominal obesity. Reports show that people with lower levels of selenium had larger waistlines.
Booze to Lose – Certainly this is not intended to have you think you can drink yourself to stumbling and lose weight.
Several studies show that light drinking (4 oz of wine) can protect against weight gain according to the National Center of Health Statistics.
Having 1 glass is fine for great health benefits. Having more does not make you smarter, better looking, or funnier. It will add inches to the waist. The only 6 pack you should have is under your shirt.
A wake forest study found that participants whose only source of fat came from
trans fats gained 30% more ab fat and had early signs of diabetes.
The healthy fats, mono-saturated and polyunsaturated fats are found in fish, nuts
olive oil, and avocado.
Saturated and trans fats are found in butter, shortening, pre-packaged cakes and cookies. Make your adjustments accordingly.
Follow these guidelines and add some exercise and you will see you abs again.