Planet Shark Fitness Shares Women’s Health Magazine’s Guide to Flat Abs + Adds MORE Tips!
What is featured on the Women’s Health Magazine website is a slide show and Planet Shark Fitness added a bit more content and explanation to the basics that the magazine framed up.
**As you already likely know, my ‘disclaimer’ as your trainer is that I don’t believe in diets – period. I do, however believe that certain foods such as simple carbs lead to excess abdominal fat whereas others – such as those noted below, help eliminate it. ~ S. Hughes Planet Shark Fitness
The Flat Abs Approach revolves around a dozen delicious, convenient foods called “Abs Diet Powerfoods.” All you need to do is eat the acronym:
A: Almonds and other nuts,
B: Beans and other legumes,
S: Spinach and other green vegetables,
D: Dairy (low-fat),
I: Instant oatmeal, (not the flavored kind FYI)
T: Turkey and other lean meats,
P: Peanut butter,
O: Olive oil,
W: Whole-grain breads and cereals,
E: Extra-protein (whey) powder,
R: Raspberries and other berries.
Each one of those lines is a food or group of foods you can eat– and it spells out ABS DIET POWER!
Yup, you read that right: You get to eat healthy protein, healthy fats, healthy complex carbs—there’s hardly anything you need to give up on this program.
What follows are among the best sources of protein, fiber, and/or other nutrients that help fight fat. In fact, they’re so good for you that they’ll just about single-handedly exchange your fat for a toned, lean body and sexy abs. You can base entire meals and snacks around them, but you don’t have to. Just be sure to follow these simple rules.
* Incorporate two or three of these foods into each of your meals and at least one of them into each snack.
* Diversify your food at every meal to get a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat.
* Sneak a little protein into each snack.
A – Almonds and other nuts (with skins intact)
Superpowers: Builds muscle, reduces cravings,
Fights: Obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer, high blood pressure
B – Beans and legumes
Superpowers: Builds muscle, helps burn fat, regulates digestion
Fights: Obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure
S – Spinach and other green vegetables
Superpowers: Neutralizes free radicals, molecules that accelerate the aging process
Fights: Cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis
I – Oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored)
Superpowers: Boosts energy, reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels
Fights: Heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, obesity
E – Eggs
Superpowers: Builds muscle, burns fat
T – Turkey and other lean meats
Superpowers: Builds muscle, strengthens immune system
Fights: Obesity, various diseases
P – Peanut butter
Superpowers: Boosts testosterone, builds muscle, burns fat
Fights: Obesity, muscle loss, wrinkles, cardiovascular disease
O – Olive oil
Superpowers Lowers cholesterol, boosts immune system
Fights Obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure
E – Extra-protein (whey) powder
Superpowers: Builds muscle, burns fat
Planet Shark Fitness’ S. Hughes NOTE:
Other ‘foods’ I’d add to this list are:
1. Chia Seeds
4. Water – as in .75 oz. per lb. of body weight – sounds like A LOT – but it works! 🙂
5. Dark Chocolate
6. Flax Seeds
7. Spice – as in hot sauce, turmeric, jalapenos, cumin, etc.
8. Green Tea
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
S. Hughes NOTE:
To ‘lean down’ and see your abs, make sure your daily nutritional program includes as many of the above as possible while you eat 6 small meals per day.
Do NOT fear food and make sure you’re eating enough to lose weight. Between 10 and 30 percent of the calories you use each day get burned by the simple act of digesting your food!
But not all foods are created equal. Your body uses more calories to digest protein (about 25 burned for every 100 consumed) than it does to digest fats and carbohydrates (10 to 15 burned for every 100 consumed). S
ince eating ‘negative calorie’ foods such as most veggies actually require considerably more calories to digest than those you’re consuming, adding more vegetables to your nutritional program is a no-brainer.
Yours in fitness & health,
Founder Planet Shark Fitness
“Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everyone would have a great body.” ~ Cher
Thanks to Planet Shark Fitness’ S. Hughes for her GREAT GREAT commentary.
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