Chapter 2 : You Are What You Eat

The first thing that you need to do when you are trying to achieve the perfect abs or any type of muscle definition is to watch your diet.  You need to bulk up on protein and cut out the carbohydrates if you want to attain the perfect abs.  This does not mean that you have to lose a lot of weight, but it does mean that you have to lose belly fat, which will get seriously in the way of your perfect abs.  If you are overweight, you should want to take the tips found in this book to get rid of the weight and work towards sculpting your body.  You will not only look better, but will be doing your health a favor at the same time.  The main thing is that you want to diet for muscle. 

So how do you diet for muscle?   You certainly do not want to starve yourself as this will not do anything to help muscle definition.  You need to eat sensibly when you are seeking the perfect abs or any other type of body building.  And make no mistake about it - you are body building when you are looking for a six pack.  This is part of sculpting your body muscles so that they look attractive and are well defined. 

Foods that are high in protein are good for bulking up muscle and also losing fat.  These foods tend to trick the body into thinking that it is getting more fuel that it is actually receiving.  You should embark on a high protein diet if you want to build up your abdominal muscles.  You will notice that body builders and athletes drink raw eggs.  While this may be disgusting to you, there is a lot of protein in those raw eggs that gives the athlete or body builder strength.  The body builder will need this in order to bulk up.  You need to remain strong if you are going to define your abdominal muscles so that you have a firm six pack. 

Foods that are high in proteins consist of the following: 

  • Meats
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Eggs

All of these are very high in protein and will help you not only get energy, but will also help you bulk up.  You can also eat foods that are fortified with protein.  This includes foods that do not normally contain protein but have protein added. 

One of the best foods to teat when you are trying to bulk up and create six pack abs is fish.  Especially fish that is high in Omega 3 oils such as the fatty fish.  These are not only an excellent source of protein, but are also good for the heart and digestive  tract.  There is even evidence that fatty fish can help you keep your brain healthier. 

If you eat meats, skip the sauces and the breads.   Just eat the protein when you are on a high protein diet.  This will give the body energy and get the metabolism to start burning fat.  Only it won’t be getting fat from carbohydrates and foods that are processed quickly and turn to fat.  So the body will start burning the proteins.  You will lose weight in your belly this way that will help you to define your abdominal muscles. 

Eggs are also a good form of protein, although you have to watch how you cook them.  Hard boiled eggs are low in calorie and high in  protein and are a good way to get started when you are trying to attain the look of the perfect six pack. 

People who are not meat eaters can eat legumes and nuts as a form of protein.  It is a good idea to take protein in the morning to get your metabolism going. 

Foods to stay away from

In addition to the foods that you should eat when you are trying to get six pack abs, there are also those that you need to stay away from.  These include simple carbohydrates as well as complex carbohydrates.  Dairy is also a product that is high in fat and should be limited.  Take fiber by capsules instead of through breads or vegetables, as they tend to be high in sugars.  You will want to eliminate all of the sugars from your diet when you are going for six pack abs. 

Remember that it is important to eat all of the foods on the food pyramid.  It is never a good idea to eliminate one type of food over another for a long period of time.  When you are looking to build the perfect abs, you should concentrate on a high protein diet, but still eat vegetables as well as whole grains and dairy.  But sweets have no place in your diet as they do not offer any nutritional value whatsoever.  Simple carbohydrates are absorbed quickly and do not stick around long enough to give your body any sort of nutrition.  Eliminate simple carbohydrates and starches from your diet if you want to have lean, rock hard perfect abs. 

What to drink

In addition to watching what you eat, you also need to watch what you drink when you are seeking the perfect abs.  Water is your best friend when you are trying to attain the perfect abs.  Stay away from energy drinks that are loaded with caffeine, from so-called health drinks that are loaded with sugar and from alcohol.  Many drinks that people consume contain sugar.  This especially includes alcohol.  Alcoholic drinks should be avoided when you are dieting to have the perfect abs.  All alcoholic beverages have sugar in them and offer nothing by way of nutrition.  Avoid alcohol when you are looking to sculpt your body and abdominal region. 

If you take coffee or tea, eliminate the sugar and cream from the drink.  If you cannot tolerate it in this manner, then skip the drink altogether and have water instead.  You will find that whether you are looking for the perfect abs, or just looking to lose weight,  water can be a great benefit.  It will not only hydrate you, but it will also give you a boost of energy that you need when you are trying to sculpt your body. 

How to eat

It is important that you eat more proteins in your diet in order to achieve the perfect abs, but when you eat is also very important as well as how you eat.  You will want to consume most of your calories in the morning when you are eating to get the perfect abs.  This is a good idea for anyone who wants to stay healthy as you will end up burning off calories that you consume during the day if you are active.  You do not want to eat anything late at night as this is hard to digest and will end up staying in your system longer. 

Chew your food very well before swallowing.  This is not just something that you heard from your mother, but is something that helps you maintain a proper weight and also helps your digestive system.  By properly chewing your food, you will find that you eat less and have fewer digestive problems. 

Drink a glass of water before each meal. This will curb your appetite so that you eat less.  Drinking water is good for you, as outlined above.  When you drink a glass before each meal, you find that you eat less. 

By beginning to eat and drink right, you are on your way towards building abdominal muscles that others will admire.  Most of all, you are on your way towards not only looking healthy, but being healthy as well! 

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