[dropcap]S[/dropcap]nacking is the Achilles’ heal of most diets. It doesn’t matter what kind of a diet you are on, you are likely to snack. Here is my list of six snacks for six pack abs that will provide your body with the nutrients and the energy it needs to function.
If you are on a weight loss diet, you snack because you fail to see the harm in rewarding yourself with a Mars bar for being “really good”. Actually, I didn’t make this up. It’s from a Facebook status update on one of my friends’ timelines. (I really hope they don’t read this article… for the sake of our friendship.)
[pull_quote_center]If you are skinny and on a weight gain diet, you feel like you have to snack. Why?[/pull_quote_center]
Well, because you see that Mars bar and that can of energy drink as calories, but you fail to see the damage they can do to your diet and overall progress. It’s all calories and the more calories you consume, the better the results on weigh in day, right?
Wrong. Even though you need the calories, you need to get them from natural sources such as red meat, fish, chicken, whole grains and other good carbs. Unfortunately chocolate bars and energy drinks are bad carbs. They are full of refined sugars which trigger the secretion of insulin. You probably remember from your Biology lessons that insulin is the hormone that absorbs the glucose, fatty acids and amino acids and turns them into fat molecules which are stored as fat droplets.
It is these fat droplets that cover your abs and prevent you from having that washboard stomach. Here is my list of six snacks for six pack abs:
A protein shake is the easiest and fastest way to make sure you keep on top of your protein needs. If you shop around you can easily find the right combination of flavour and nutrients to suit your needs. You can even get ready made protein shakes in your local supermarket.
To me a smoothie is the ultimate luxury in protein shakes. It takes a bit of time to prepare but the end product is worth it. I take a handful of frozen blueberries, a chopped up banana, a serving of protein powder and a glass of milk, and after a couple of minutes in the blender, I have the perfect smoothie that’s full of goodness and taste.
It is a cliché but you really should go nuts for nuts. Research shows that people who incorporate nuts in their diet have less chances of developing abdominal fat. They are full of good fats and packed in calories too, so do not overdo it. A handful a day is plenty. You can snack on walnuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazil nuts, pecans and/or Macadamia nuts.
PEANUT BUTTER TOAST
Peanut butter on toast is a quick and easy way to get a few extra calories in without feeling guilty for not being healthy. The key is to buy a 100% natural peanut butter and whole wheat bread.
My favourite pre-bed snack is cottage cheese with blueberries. All you need to do is mix a small tub of cottage cheese and a handful of fresh blueberries and you are good to go. If you want to be fancy, you can add a few Brazil (or other) nuts and drizzle with honey.
If you must snack on a bar, then get yourself a box of protein bars. They are the healthy option and they are quite filling too. You can, of course, make your own but I find that to be a bit over the top when you can pick up a box with your favourite flavours from the shop (or on the Internet).
As you can see, these are all easy and very healthy alternatives to chocolate bars and other sugary snacks. They are full of nutrients and are guaranteed to keep you feeling full for much longer than a chocolate bar would.
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