Increase Your Protein Intake
Consuming foods that are high in protein has proven to be extremely beneficial for weight loss and muscle gain, which will be great for your abs as well. Eating enough protein can help you lose weight and belly fat while also increasing muscle mass as you work towards those six-pack abs.
High-protein foods to incorporate include fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, legumes, nuts and seeds. If you’re unable to get enough protein in your diet, a daily protein shake is an easy way to consume 25-30g of protein. Taken post-workout, protein can help repair muscle tissues as well as aid in muscle recovery.
Designed to be used alongside a balanced meal plan and workout routine,
fat burners contain ingredients such as L-Carnitine Tartrate, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Caffeine— in the form of Green Coffee Bean Extract or Green Tea Extract— and B vitamins that help boost metabolism and suppress appetite, while burning stored fat.
If you are someone who is not keen on fat burning supplements, try adding natural ingredients with thermogenic properties, caffeine and antioxidants as an alternative to supplements. For a natural fat-burning effect, try including garlic, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and green tea or coffee to boost your diet.
Stay Away From Processed Foods
Processed foods like sugary drinks, frozen foods and snacks contain many synthetic ingredients which are high in saturated fats that are harmful to your health, waistline and especially your goals of achieving abs. This includes sugary sodas, fruit juices and various snack bars.
Meal prepping can help you resist indulging in junk food and processed meals. Having prepped meals will make sticking with your fitness goals easy. If you haven’t tried meal prep, read this blog for some excellent tips.
Less Carbs, More Fibre
High-fibre foods stabilise blood sugar levels and will keep you feeling full as your digestive system will be working at its best. Studies have proven that eating fibre promotes weight loss. Additionally, reducing your carbohydrate intake is possibly one of the most effective ways to expedite your journey to six pack abs.
While low carb diets have proven to be successful, carbohydrate cycling seems to prevent metabolic slow-downs and fat loss plateaus. Carb cycling involves alternating carbs throughout the week, with some days being higher carbohydrate days, and other days are low carbs. Restricting carbs is only a short-term solution, and you should always check with your health professional before starting a new nutrition plan.
A strong core is not only a solid foundation for abs but also your entire body. Your core is a system of the abdominal, lower back, and pelvic muscles that work together to support and stabilise your body as you perform any movement. It is crucial to engage or activate your core before starting any exercise. While some people may focus on isolated ab exercises, it is better to include core strengthening exercises such as planks, side bends, and hip dips, just to name a few.
While these tips are great to fast track the process of getting ripped, it is important to remember abs require a low body fat and are a result of hard work both in the form of consistent clean eating and exercising.