[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ating the right food at the right time is (together with working out, resting and recovery) one of the most important parts of building muscles. Working out your muscles without eating right is like expecting your car to run on its brake fluid. It’s just not going to happen. Let me show you a way to your six pack abs in six meals.
Let’s assume that you are already doing three of the “magic” ingredients your six pack needs: you are working your abs regularly, you are doing your cardio regularly and you are leaving enough recovery times between sessions.
[pull_quote_center]It may not look right to you but when it comes to muscle building and abdominal muscles in particular, your diet is as important as all of the above put together.[/pull_quote_center]
Why? Well, because one of the biggest challenges when it comes to showing off your abs is your body fat percentage. The lower it is, the better your abs will look. If you eat the wrong food, your abs will be hidden behind a layer of fat regardless of how hard you workout.
To strike that balance and achieve your goal, you need to adjust your eating habits/plan. There are three basic things you need to be aware of when designing or choosing your new six-pack-abs-friendly diet:
LIMIT YOUR CARBS INTAKE
Even though good carbs (unrefined, fiber-rich carbs, such as whole-grains, vegetables, potatoes, sweetcorn etc.) are good for you, you need to watch how much of them you eat. If you eat too much of them, your body is more than likely to store the extra calories as fat.
If the carbs on your plate are bigger than your fist (or more than two slices of bread), you are probably having too much.
INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE
By increasing your protein intake, you provide your body with the muscle-building source it needs and with the energy it needs to function. The exact amount of protein you need varies from one person to another but experts recommend a protein increase of about 0.2g per kilo of body weight.
If, for example, your weight is 70kg, you need to add an extra 14g of protein on top of your recommended daily intake.
EAT SIX SMALL MEALS A DAY
You must adjust your eating habits and make sure you eat six meals a day. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, you must find the time to eat and prepare your meals.
Eat three main meals plus three healthy snacks in-between – breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and pre-bed snack. That will make sure your body gets enough energy and other nutrients when it needs them without having to store any extras as fat.
You must never skip a meal. If you skip a meal, your body will be taking the energy it needs by breaking down your muscle tissue.
It sounds simple and easy enough when you read it but in reality it could turn to be a little bit more difficult. Spend some time on planning your meals and make sure your diet fits in with your lifestyle – i.e. school/college/university timetable or your work schedule. You should also make sure you have time to prepare your meals.
[quote_box_center]There is no shortcut to six pack abs. It’s all down to working out, doing cardio, resting and eating correctly.[/quote_box_center]