How to Get a Sixpack by Eating (Ab-Growing Food Inside)
No matter how hard you try, you won’t get abs by doing sit-ups, crunches or leg raises alone. Taking it further, abs aren’t made in the gym; they’re made in the kitchen. Everyone has abdominal muscles, it’s just some of us have our’s covered by a layer of fat.
People who have fat covering their abs need to remove it. Now, there are two ways of removing the fat. First: intensive cardio. The cardio you do will burn the fat and define your abdominal muscles. Second: eat right. You will eat food that raises your metabolism, and doing so will burn fat even while you’re sitting. So, why sweat when you can burn all that fat sitting on your ass all day long?
We won’t keep you waiting any longer on how to get a sixpack. These are the steps you need to follow.
Step One: Burn Fat
If you have fat on your belly, you need to burn it off to make your abs visible. You can do this by eating food with a high thermogenic effect. Diet-induced thermogenesis is the amount of heat produced in the process of digestion.
Different foods have different thermogenic levels. Some foods burn more energy in the process of digestion compared to others. Some foods with high thermogenic levels are:
Ever noticed your body temperature rising after eating something? That is your body burning off food with high thermogenic levels. You can also follow your own instinct and eat foods which raise your body temperature. Doing this on a regular basis will keep your metabolism soaring and burning fat even while you’re resting.
Step Two: Boost your Metabolism
Let’s say you’ve started burning fat. What now? The next step would be to keep going with your fat-burning food and add metabolism-boosting foods to the list. This will help your body in digesting and absorbing the food quickly.
Some foods and beverages that will boost your metabolism and help you burn fat:
Green tea – contains molecules called catechins, which have thermogenic properties and improve metabolism.
Chilli peppers – a great source of capsaicin, which helps to ramp up your metabolism.
Blueberries – help to inhibit the formation of new fat cells by altering lipid metabolism.
Grapefruit – contains chemicals which reduce insulin levels, which in turn can cause increased metabolism.
Eating these foods and drinking green tea will make you leaner and expose the abs, which were hiding under the layer of fat all along. You can also boost your metabolism by eating six to eight small meals throughout the day at three-hour intervals.
Step Three: Eat Protein to Burn Fat
Protein is the favorite macronutrient of bodybuilders for a reason. Eating protein doesn’t only help in building muscle, it is a great way of burning excess fat. Protein has the highest thermogenic levels of any macronutrient.
Here are some of the best sources of protein (sorry, vegans):
Apart from food, consuming whey protein shakes post workout, throughout the day or as meal replacements is an excellent way of curbing your appetite and burning fat. Having a high protein diet will also help in building those abdominal muscles, making your abs look rock-hard.
Step Four: Don’t Leave Anything Out
In the quest of burning fat and building abs, a lot of people stop eating fats and carbs. This is actually counterproductive to the goal of building abs. Our bodies need all the macronutrients (carbs, proteins and fats) to function properly.
Carbs and fats are especially important since they give your muscles a fuller and rounder appearance. Start your day with a fat-rich breakfast. Doing this will ensure fats are the primary source of fuel for your body. Similarly, if you have a protein shake first thing in the morning you’ll end your day using protein as the primary source of fuel. This is something you don’t want.
Even when you have a complete diet, it is important to keep cycling food so that you can shock the body and keep it guessing. Throwing in a cheat meal every week is also a good idea, since it sends your metabolism through the roof.
Good Sources of Carbs:
Good Source of Fats:
Step Five: Don’t Stress
If you’re someone who is easily stressed, then you’re under the risk of high cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone which leads to fat storage in the abdominal section which in turn covers your abs with a thick layer of fat. This is also the reason stressed or depressed people have a thick layer of fat covering their bellies.
Some foods that help in cortisol level maintenance:
Milk helps you lose body fat and build muscle.
Oats are rich in carbohydrates which boost serotonin levels in the brain and create a calming effect.
Oranges contain high levels of vitamin C which can help to reduce levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Walnuts are high in fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids all of which can help to lower blood pressure and stress.
Salmon is a great source of magnesium which helps to control cortisol levels.