Everybody wants to have great abs, and we know it takes a lot of work in the gym to get them. But have you heard the saying ”Abs are made in the kitchen” before? It’s true! And there are special foods that your abs will absolutely love! Keep reading below to see how to stock your kitchen while working on your abs!
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Because of their high vitamin C content, foods like bell peppers (and broccoli, citrus fruits, and brussel sprouts) are great for your abs because they fight back against the stress hormone cortisol. If unchecked, cortisol will encourage your body to store fat around your midsection. To prevent that, try adding bell peppers and other vitamin C-rich foods to your diet, especially when you’re feeling a bit stressed!
We know there are a billion health benefits to drinking more green tea, but did you know that the cachetins that it contains will hinder the storage of belly fat? Drink 3-5 cups of green tea per day to see results!
Althought sweet potatoes are carb-heavy, they’re good carbs! They’re packed with fiber and nutrients, and will take time to digest. That means you’ll feel fuller for longer! Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids, which lower insulin resistance and prevent calories from being converted into fat! They’re incredibly versatile as well, so you’re sure to be able to find a place for them on the table!
Tuna (or other coldwater fish)
The protein boost from fish is great for your abs after hitting the gym, and coldwater fish are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to prevent fat cells in the belly area from expanding. Broiled, grilled, in sushi, or on top of a salad- there are so many ways to enjoy fish! The FDA suggests consuming fish at least 3 days per week, and your abs will probably agree with them.
Did you know that broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphane? Sulforaphane increases testosterone and helps fight belly fat storage and contains a great dose of vitamin C, which will help your body combat cortisol and it’s fat-storing tendencies. Related cruciferous vegetables, like Kale, will get you the same effects!
It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does! If you want to burn more fat, you need more muscle! Researchers have found that the ideal amount of protein to build muscle is 20 grams– half before working out and half after. Drinking a serving of chocolate milk before and after each workout will give your body the perfect dose of whey protein to rebuild and repair your muscles after an intense workout!
Lentils, beans, and chickpeas are great additions to a diet that needs more protein! They can lower your ”bad” LDL cholesterol and have been proven to help with fat loss. Try adding them to your diet in salads, chilis, and soups, or eat them as a side dish to your fish or chicken!
Eating lean cuts of chicken and turkey each day will boost your protein intake (muscle building, anyone?) and help you feel fuller for longer. On top of that, lean poultry has been found to have an after-eating calorie burning effect 35% stronger than other foods. Salads, soups, wraps, tacos– lean poultry can make an appearance almost anywhere you want!
Bananas are THE go-to food for cutting out bloating, and you’ll want to do that if you’re trying to show off your abs! They’re also a great source of potassium, meaning they’ll help you fight water retention as well!
Eggs contain a nutrient called choline. Choline has the power to turn off the genes that are responsible for belly fat storage, and they can help you feel fuller for longer. Additionally, eggs are a complete protein, so they’re a great addition (or main) to your breakfasts, lunches, and snacks! Because there are so many ways to cook them, eggs are extremely versatile and easy to work into your diet, too!
What are your favorite foods to nourish your abs?
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