Sunday, August 17, 2014

Abs of Steel

They say Sunday is the day of rest but for someone who has a hospital schedule, rest day is wherever I can fit it.  I debated on just calling it a day after my 12 hour shift, but then realized I haven't done a core workout all week.  My local gym doesn't open early enough on the weekends to workout before work.  So my early morning regime gets altered.  Now I don't really like to call them ab exercises because honestly all I am doing is just strengthening my core and supporting my back. Real abs are made in the kitchen. Now listen can do a 1,000 sit-ups/crunches, but if your diet is inadequate you are doing absolutely nothing to obtaining those abs of steel that you see in pictures. Here is another little secret about that 6pack you want...YOU ALREADY HAVE THEM! We all do. It’s just a matter of making them visible. 

 Eating clean and healthy is not only going to make you feel good, it is also going to help you break down the fatty tissue stored around your mid-section making those hidden abs pop out. 

Here are some tips to follow while in the kitchen. 
  • Drink more water: Water helps maintain the natural balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. So when you feel bloated drink water because it helps release toxins, excess water and any sodium that is not needed.
  • Cut out any processed food: A tip that was first given to me when I first started eating clean was to stay on the outskirts of the super market. Anything in the middle is not made naturally. If it wasn't made naturally then you should probably stay clear from it. Slowly step away from the frozen food section.  This type of food has been linked to increased heart disease, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Add more lean protein: Foods such as chicken, fish, greek yogurt and edamame are low in calories and high in protein. Protein helps build muscle which is obviously a must for toned abs. Consuming lean protein will also help the body maintain lean muscle mass, which is critical for a healthy weight loss plan. 
  • Add healthy fats such as nuts, avocado and oils:   Healthy fats are extremely good for you, so try to incorporate them into your daily clean eating lifestyle. They help burn off the bad fat. These healthy fats help stimulate your bodies fat burning ability which in turn helps you burn them faster.  Obviously it goes without saying that you should not just only consume healthy fats to lose weight. It is recommended to keep your healthy fat intake at approximately 15-20% of your daily total calories. 
  • Cut out or limit the amount of refined sugar and salt: It is a known fact that an increase in salt intake makes people bloat, but refined sugar also has the same effect. If you absolutely need sugar then try honey or agave nectar. These are natural options. Now in regards to salt, switch to sea salt. This one is also a much better substitute in small quantities.

The truth lies in your refrigerator. Kitchens make abs...always have and always will.


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