For most men, the be all and end all of peak physical condition comes in the form of a chiseled six pack abs. A set of abdominal muscles that are so defined you could grate cheese on them, are arguably the one body part that men wish they could improve upon.
A six pack is viewed as attractive to most people, and as such, men do everything in their power to ensure that they have one of the best six packs going.
However, achieving a six pack is far easier said than done, and requires a great deal of skill, dedication, hard work, determination, and knowledge too. To get six pack abs, you need to do far more than just abdominal exercises. In order for your abs to become visible, you need to melt away the layer of subcutaneous fat that happens to be covering the abs. Generally, for abs to become visible, you need a body fat percentage of around 12% or lower. Many fitness models and experts agree that an ideal body fat percentage range is between 4 and 8% to allow the abs to truly stand out. For that reason, you need to know which foods to eat, and perhaps more importantly, which foods to avoid.
Rather than listing specific individual food sources, we’ll instead be looking at food groups, otherwise we’d be here all day. Generally speaking, sugary foods are definite no, no’s. Sugar is broken down into glucose, and used as energy for the body. However, any sugars and glucose that are left over, aren’t converted into energy at all, they are instead converted into body fat, and are stored in the body for use at a later date. All foods are converted into glucose for energy, but sugar is converted far more quickly, meaning the metabolism burns off less calories whilst converting it. For that reason, avoid eating sugary foods, as they offer little to no nutritional value at all, and certainly won’t help you to lose weight.
Avoid foods high in saturated fats
Trans fats and saturated fats are extremely unhealthy for our bodies. They too contain little to no nutrition, and are stored as fat extremely easily by the body. Saturated fats can cause heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, and can even lead to cancer. They offer the body no goodness at all, and cause us to gain weight, which is exactly what we don’t need when trying to get our body fat down. Foods high in saturated fats are generally deep fried foods, or baked goods such as cakes, biscuits or desserts. Take out and fast food is also notoriously high in saturated fats.
Avoid processed foods
By processed foods, we mean foods that have been altered and tampered with so much, that when you buy them, they barely pass for food at all. Frozen ready meals for example, pass through machine after machine, and are pumped full of artificial ingredients, colourings, flavourings, and preservatives in order to prolong the shelf life, and make them taste remotely like food. Avoid frozen ready meals, and instead go for low fat organic or natural whole foods instead.