15 Foods To Help Towards A Toned Physique
Wondering what good foods for getting abs are? Look no further, I’ll explain why these 15 foods can help you get that much closer to your goal of a ripped, lean body.
What I can tell you right now is that if you don’t have your diet and nutrition under control – you’re not eating a clean, healthy diet to help you lose excess weight – then you’re not holding yourself back from getting the VISIBLE six pack abs you want.
If you want to really get lean and get your abs showing, try incorporating these 15 foods into your diet. These clean and healthy options can help with your body’s metabolism and promote the growth and change you’ve made as a goal for yourself.
Green tea, often touted for its excellent antioxidant concentration, actually has a specific antioxidant called catechins that hinder the storage of belly fat. Fresh pears can also a good source of catechins. In a recent study, people who exercised and drank green tea regularly saw more weight loss than those who didn’t drink it (but still exercised).
I actually used to hate green tea, but I found if I add just a bit of lemon juice to it, it tastes a lot better. Plus, you’ll get an extra bump of vitamin C from the lemon juice.
Dark chocolate is great since it’s packed with tons of flavonoids— powerful antioxidants that soak up free radicals that can cause illness. Choose alkaline-free cocoa products, such as Hershey’s Cocoa, for the most powerful flavonoid punch. Dark chocolate can help keep your heart stay in tip-top shape as well. Dark chocolate also helps reduce inflammation in blood vessels, helping to keep them pliable and capable of fully dilating for optimum blood flow.
And let’s not forget that this semi-sweet snack can help you get over any cravings for unhealthy sweets, that way you can stick to your nutrition plan and stay on your way to getting to your ideal physique.
This phytonutrient-rich snack is worth seeking out because they are a true superfruit. A study at the University of Michigan found that rats fed tart cherries showed a 9 percent belly fat reduction over rats fed a standard diet. Researchers also noted that the cherries alter the expression of fat genes!
Protein-packed, calcium-rich and full of probiotics, greek yogurt has tons of essential nutrients your body needs to function optimally and help to lose weight.
The probiotics that can be found in greek yogurt can help regulate your digestion and keep things moving, ultimately helping your body absorb the nutrients from food.
According to experts, broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphane that helps increases test levels and fight excess body fat storage. It’s also rich in vitamin C that can help to lower levels of cortisol during stressful situations to make sure your body doesn’t go into storage mode for excess body fat.
As a prime source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), canned light tuna is can be one of the best kinds fish for weight loss and people who want six pack abs. One study published in the Journal of Lipid Research showed that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation had the ability to turn off abdominal fat genes. And this DHA… researchers say it can be 40 to 70 percent more effective at down-regulating fat genes in the abdomen, preventing belly fat cells from expanding in size and getting you closer to ripped, washboard abs. But what about harmful mercury? Mercury levels in tuna vary by species; but canned chunk light tuna, harvested from the smallest fish, is considered a “low mercury fish” and should be enjoyed up to 12 ounces, according to the FDA’s most recent guidelines.
Avocados are high in the GOOD dietary fat, also containing a good deal of fiber and a little bit of protein. You can consume them as is, along with your proteins, on top of salads and even in a smoothie.
Berries are exceptionally high in fiber compared to other fruits. You can add them to your yogurt, oatmeal or cereal, make smoothies and of course they’re great on their own. The sweetness you get with eating berries can also help you curb sugar cravings, helping to stay away from those snacks that can hold you back from having the body you want.
And to top it all off, many berries are high in polyphenols – chemical compounds that help to prevent excess fat from forming.
Researchers have found that eating a calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of legumes aids weight loss more effectively than an equivalent diet that doesn’t include them. To reap the benefits at home, work them into your diet throughout the week like any salad or soup.
Even if you eat well and exercise, constant levels of high stress can prevent you from getting the full benefit of what you’re doing. When we get stressed, the body starts pumping out cortisol that encourages the body to store unnecessary weight. The good news is that vitamin C-rich foods like bell peppers can help keep with lowering your body’s stress levels, so make sure to incorporate them into the diet.
Remember Popeye the Sailor Man with the large muscular arms? Well, his favorite veggie for getting those arms nice and large was spinach. This leafy green has a fair bit of protein, which as you know is essential in building lean muscle. Spinach is also rich in thylakoids – a compound that’s been shown to help significantly reduce cravings and promote weight loss.
Seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help promote losing weight by helping your metabolism to be more efficient. Not only can eating salmon help with your metabolic rate, studies have shown that the fish also aids in digestion and preventing cravings
This vegetarian-friendly food contains a nutrient called choline that helps boost the metabolism. Research has revealed that eating eggs for breakfast instead of a high-carb dish can help to lose weight due to how full they can make you feel.
These versatile nuts contain good levels of both protein and fiber. Almonds also are a good source of vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant as well as magnesium – a mineral your body needs in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar.
Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber and nutrients. The magic ingredient here are carotenoids – antioxidants which help stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance that prevents calories taken from being stored as fat. Also in sweet potatoes are vitamins A, C and B6 that help fuel the body with more energy to train.
So now that you know WHY these foods are the best foods for getting a lean and toned physique, so try incorporating them into your diet. Now guys don’t EXCLUSIVELY only eat these foods; there are other foods out there with nutrient contents you will need as well.
In the comments below, let me know which one of these foods is your favorite. In the future I want to start posting articles with recipies of the favorite foods here to keep helping you get closer to the body you want and deserve.
Until Next Time, Train Hard