If you are working hard to firm up and uncover those abs, then you should know that your diet is a huge part of meeting that goal. There are certain foods that can completely kill your goals and give you some major setbacks when you eat them regularly. So it’s best to avoid these foods at all costs if you are serious about getting your abs in shape.
Alcohol Leads To Bad Choices (in more than one way)
Alcohol, like soda, is also known as “empty calories”. What that means is that it contains almost no nutritional value.
The calories in alcohol can add up quickly, especially if you typically have more than one drink. A lot of mixed drinks contain high amounts of sugar which can skyrocket your calorie consumption. For instance, a shot of tequila on its own contains about 100 calories, but turn it into a full on margarita and bam, 500 calories!
Drinking alcohol also leads to poor food choices as it makes us crave fatty and greasy foods once it’s been consumed.
Eat Your Fruits, Don’t Drink Them
Juice is another ab killer and most people tend to think that it’s a healthy choice when eating clean, but it can quickly add up in the sugar and calorie department.
You’re better off eating the whole fruits for this reason, a glass of orange juice contains roughly 4 medium oranges. An orange contains around 45 calories and 9 grams of sugar. Times that by four and it comes to a whopping 180 calories and 36 grams of sugar per glass.
Most store bought juices are missing much of their fibre and nutritional content through processing as well, that’s why eating the fruit as a whole is better.
These are definitely high on the list of ab killing foods as they typically contain many hidden ingredients and a lot of junk most of us can’t even pronounce.
Many processed foods are loaded with sugar, high in fat (the bad kind), and have very little nutritional value. By consuming processed foods, our bodies aren’t getting the nutrition they need and this can lead to over eating and consuming even more processed foods.
Due to the lack of fibre and complexity, it takes your body less time to digest processed foods, therefore you will become hungry sooner than if you ate a healthier alternative.
Not to be confused with complex carbs, which are much needed for many important processes in the body including brain function and energy, simple carbs are processed quickly into instant energy.
Simple carbs are found in sugary foods such as cakes and lollies, and drinks like soft drinks and juices which can quickly spike the blood sugar levels and cause what’s known as a “sugar crash” thereafter.
It’s best to stay away from such foods if you are going for that cut look, because the sugar levels in them can add up quick and pack on the pounds before you know it.
Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.