The secret ingredient to cooking up the abs you always wanted is proper nutrition. Most people think of eating healthy as reducing their caloric intake, or to put things more simply, by eating once a day. Depriving our bodies of nutrients is not the answer, because it is important that we get our fair share of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Eating right can be difficult, but with proper planning anything is possible.
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The proper way to eating healthy is to eat five to six small meals throughout the course of the day. This causes your metabolism to speed up thus becoming more efficient at burning off your daily caloric intake. I know it sounds like a lot of food, but a few of the meals are actually snacks that help to maintain a consistent flow nutrients that assist in curbing our hunger until our next meal. Eating more frequently prevents you from breaking your fast with fatty foods, something we crave when we are starving. Believe it or not, there are some fats that are essential to a proper diet.
Complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein are the building blocks of eating right. Too often we think of fat as being bad for our heart, but when it’s the right fat, it can actually be good for your heart. Healthy Fats are foods such as avocados, olive oil, fish, nuts, yogurt, and coconuts. Complex Carbs are turned into glucose in your bloodstream a lot slower than simple carbohydrates that are quickly converted into glycogen in the liver and or often end up as excess fat. Oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and beans are a few examples of complex carbohydrates. Protein is important for repairing muscle after a workout, it requires more energy to digest protein than other foods, and it replenishes lean muscle as you burn fat. Some good sources of lean proteins are skinless chicken breasts, 90% lean ground beef, beans, fish, eggs, and nuts.
Now that we have learned a little bit about what we should be eating, let’s take a look at what a typical day would look like for a healthier you and essential to whipping your midsection into shape.