The key to having your abs looking great is diet.
If you’re ready to get the abs you have actually always wished you had, then there is no time like the present to truly get started. It may not be easy-especially if you have actually a long way to go-but by following a few easy diet tips for six pack abs, you’ll be able to cut fat and tone up your midsection in less time than you might think.
1. Get a Handle on Portion Control
If you’ve never had victory along with a fat loss diet before, a big part of the problem could be portion control. A single serving of most foods is less than you might imagine, but once you understand what to look for and what to put on your plate, shedding pounds will be easier than ever!
For lean proteins like chicken and fish, a single serving should be about the size of a deck of cards. If you’re not big on cooking, or just need some help retraining your body to recognize appropriate servings of your favorite foods, try lean microwave or oven ready meals. They’ll give you quick, balanced nutrition, and help you visualize what a serving of almost anything should look like.
When in doubt: use measuring cups and spoons. Especially while you are trying to teach your eyes and your stomach the difference between a fast food serving and a single serving, measuring out your food for each meal can be a tremendous help. As you get more comfortable along with portion sizes, you’ll be able to forego the measuring cups and spoons; and still serve yourself appropriate amounts of food.
2. Cut Liquid Calories
Have you ever heard someone talk about a beer belly? There’s a reason it’s called that. Beer, liquors, and even soft drinks contain a whole lot of calories that your body could do without; especially if you’re in the habit of drinking more than one serving per day.
Consider this: a 12 ounce can of soda contains about 150 calories. That’s multiplied when you pick up a 64-ouncer from the gas station; and most of the time we consume these liquid calories almost subconsciously. Make an effort to drink more water (which will help keep your body hydrated and make you feel full more often) and less of everything else, and you’ll be on the right track.
3. Go Green
A good rule of thumb is to fill half of your lunch or dinner plate along with leafy greens or other veggies; and split the other half equally between protein and whole grains (a quarter of your total meal volume, each). It’s hard to overdo it on veggies, but relatively easy to consume too several carbohydrates or too much protein. If you keep this “plating” rule in mind when grocery shopping (buy 2 servings of vegetables for each serving of meat in the cart, for example), you won’t find yourself along with too few greens when preparing meals.
By keeping these pointers in mind, you should be able to adjust your eyes and your belly to more healthful eating habits in no time. And remember: once you cut the fat, your six pack abs should follow close behind!