A 6 Pack Diet Is The Fast Way To Carving Your Midsection
We’ve all heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen; not in the gym”. Most of us roll our eyes when we hear it, but it really is true. It doesn’t matter how many ab exercises you perform you’ll never get a 6 pack if you don’t eat right. Why? Because you’ll never get rid of that layer of fat that’s hiding your ab muscles.
What’s The Secret to 6 Pack Abs?
Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill, or secret, to make the fat disappear. You have to eat healthy. You have to stick with it. You have to want to change your diet.
The good news is that once you’ve made the switch to a healthier way of eating, you’ll never crave junk or fast food again.
What Does a 6 Pack Diet Look Like?
A 6 pack abs diet looks different than you’d imagine. You may be surprised to learn that fat is actually good for you (more on that later), and that you shouldn’t be afraid of carbs (as long as you’re making smart choices).
It’s not so much about what you eat, but how the food is processed (we’ll talk about that in a minute).
Okay, so what should you actually be eating?
What to Eat for Six Pack Abs
Knowing what to eat to get abs is half the battle. A six pack diet consists of:
Protein: Protein is the building block of muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn while at rest. Protein takes more time to digest, so you feel fuller for longer.
Grass-fed or pasture-raised meats are the best option as these animals produce more nutrient-rich meats. If you’re adding protein shakes to your meal plan, opt for whey produced from grass-fed cows for the best results.
Healthy fat: Fats are essential. The media has demonized it, but without fat, you’d have a hard time absorbing vital nutrients from your food.
So, what is healthy fat?
Healthy fat can come from grass-fed, pasture-raised animals, wild caught fish (wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is a good choice. or in “raw” or “whole” dairy (NOT the factory-farmed commercial stuff you find in the grocery store).
It can also come from vegetable sources, like cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocadoes, nuts and cocoa butter.
Avoid cottonseed, corn and soybean oils. The vast majority of these crops are genetically modified. Not only that, but these are hydrogenated polyunsaturated fats, which contribute to heart disease.
Unrefined carbohydrates: Carbs are not the enemy – unless you eat a ton of refined carbs.
When combined with fat and protein, unrefined, fibrous carbs are slowly digested. This keeps insulin levels steady, which keeps your energy levels stable too. When carbs take longer to digest, your cravings are reduced and your body is able to use fat as energy.
Unrefined carbs include potatoes, legumes, fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
Vegetables for vitamins and minerals: Every healthy diet should include an abundance of fresh vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.
How Your Food Is Processed
We mentioned earlier that what’s most important is not so much about what you eat (although that’s still very important), but how the food is processed. Think about what you ate yesterday. How many of those meals and snacks came from a box, can or drive-thru window? Processed foods are your biggest enemy in your fight to get six pack abs.
If you take a look at diets around the world, you’ll find that the healthiest countries have one thing in common – they eat minimally processed meals that are as close to nature as possible. This is the way food was intended to be eaten.
If it doesn’t perish in a week, put it back on the shelf. There are minimal exceptions to this rule (such as pickled foods or frozen fresh vegetables), but if your food doesn’t go bad quickly, it’s probably not good for you. Despite knowing how bad some foods are for you, people still have a hard time giving them up.
This One Trick Will Make It Effortless to Eat Healthy
So many people have such a hard time making smart food choices. Why is that? It’s because in our minds, junk food tastes good. And for some of us, we associate these bad foods with positive things. Maybe we were given “treats” as rewards. We go out to eat because we “deserve” to relax.
When your brain views bad foods as “tasty” and healthy foods as “bland,” you start fighting an uphill battle you can’t win. Changing your mindset will make it effortless to eat healthy. You won’t even think about it. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably be disgusted by these foods.
So, how do you change your mindset?
Research. What do I mean by research? Sit down and start really looking at what’s in your food. Go to your freezer or pantry, grab your favorite snack and take a look at the ingredient list. Google any ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce. Once you learn what these ingredients actually are and what they do to your body, you’ll never want to eat these foods again. Trust me.
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