Planet Shark Fitness Tells You How to Get Flat Abs by Eating Well!
Sally– AKA Planet Shark Fitness— is a long-time friend, frequent contributor here and a SERIOUS fitness junkie!! She took a “cue” from a Women’s Health Magazine‘s article about getting flat abs while still eating well. This is Sally’s “amped up” version– and I DO MEAN amped up !
**As you already likely know, my ‘disclaimer’ as a 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.
The Flat Abs ‘Diet’ revolves around a dozen delicious, convenient foods called the Abs Diet Powerfoods. All you need to do is eat the acronym: Almonds and other nuts, Beans and other legumes, Spinach and other green vegetables, Dairy (low-fat), Instant oatmeal, Eggs, Turkey and other lean meats, Peanut butter, Olive oil, Whole-grain breads and cereals, Extra-protein (whey) powder, Raspberries and other berries.
Yup, you read that right: You get to eat healthy protein, healthy fats, healthy 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 all the other ingredients and 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, 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
D – Dairy products (low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese)
Superpowers Builds strong bones, fires up weight loss
Fights Osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer
I – Instant 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
W – Whole-grain breads and cereals
Superpowers Prevents body from storing fat
Fights Obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease
E – Extra-protein (whey) powder
Superpowers Builds muscle, burns fat
R – Raspberries and other berries
Superpowers Protects heart; enhances eyesight; improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory; prevents cravings
Fights Heart disease, cancer, obesity
###Planet Shark Fit’s Extras!
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 or Semi-Sweet Chocolate
7. Spice – as in hot sauce, turmeric, jalapenos, cumin etc.
8. Green Tea
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
NOTE: To ‘lean down’ and see your abs, you have to include as many of the above as possible PLUS ideally eat 6 times daily.
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).
Since 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
Thanks to Women’s Health Magazine for the inspiration for Sally to take this article and push it even farther!!
Thanks to Planet Shark Fitness for GREAT ideas and assistance!
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