From planks to sit-ups to ab twists, you do everything you can to keep your tummy in tip-top shape, but you still have more flab than you would care for. The good news? It may not be fat that is the culprit. The bad news? You probably need to change what you are eating. But don’t worry, you will still get to savor plenty of delicious meals while also enjoying your washboard abs.
What to Look For
In order to keep the bloating at bay, you want to make sure that you are choosing foods loaded with fiber. But that’s not enough; you also want them to have a high antioxidant count because to make sure you are reaping all of the benefits from your workouts. Additionally, protein is a must because it keeps your metabolism running all day long. And finally, you want to avoid high amounts of sodium. As you probably know, it absorbs excess water and can make your entire body look more puffy, not just your abs.
What to Eat
Okay, now that you know the magic formula for a flat stomach, you probably want some examples, because, well, that just makes it a lot easier. Here you go:
Almonds – These delicious, convenient, nutritious nuts are super lean (as far as nuts go) and an excellent source of everything mentioned above. And at only 160 calories for 23 of them, they make the perfect grab-and-go snack option.
Berries – Often referred to as a superfood, berries of all kinds can really pack a punch where nutrition is concerned. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your norm and reach for some boysenberries or gooseberries to give your taste buds a nice surprise.
Eggs – When you need protein, eggs are a great way to get it. Keep some hardboiled ones ready to go in your fridge for an easy snack, but try not to eat more than one per day because they do carry some cholesterol.