As it turns out, you can do crunches and sit-ups until the cows come home and never develop the chiseled look you want for your abs.
In order to see definition, the abdominal muscles need to be near the surface of the skin and that means eliminating the layer of fat over those muscles.
Exercise will certainly help you lose pounds and will go a long way to making your abdominal muscles strong and defined, but without a proper diet, you’ll never see the six-pack you have worked so hard to sculpt.
Not all foods are created equal when it comes to belly fat, with some causing more problems than others. The following list looks at foods you need to avoid if you want to develop killer abs. Steer clear of the foods on this list and you’ll find that all of your hard work will pay of with defined, spectacular abs.
1. Fatty Foods
The need to avoid fatty foods may seem obvious, but how you should go about avoiding them is not. Fat is necessary for your diet, so you have to eat food that contains fat every day. The key, however, is to eat the right quantities and the right types of fat.
The wrong quantities and types of fat will be stored by your body rather than being burned for energy or used for essential cell-building activities. You want the fats to be used, not stored.
Fatty foods like red meat, whole dairy, and butter fall into the category of saturated fats. These fats are sometimes called “bad fats” because they not only contribute to weight gain, but also increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. Bad fats can be remembered by the fact that they come from animals and from plant oils that are liquid at room temperature.
Though this rule isn’t perfect, because some “good fats” are liquid at room temperature, following it will ensure that you always error on the side of caution. The so-called “good fats” include things like fish, olive oil, and walnuts. These unsaturated fats can actually help you to lose weight when eaten in moderation. They also help to reduce cholesterol levels and, as a result, heart disease.
The general rule of thumb is to limit your intake of fat to 20% of your total calories and your intake of saturated fat should to 7% or less of total calories.