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Carbs, Protein, Fat And Your Six Pack Abs
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The most obvious and illustrative indicator of physical fitness is when the muscle mass is high enough and body fat low enough that the abdominal muscles can be definitively view on a top less or bikini clad human being. This state is commonly known as having six pack abs, because the abdominal muscle group is reminiscent of a six pack of cans. Because of this is the most commonly accepted sign of body fitness, it is much sought by many who value physical appearance and beauty.

In order to achieve this remarkable level of conditioning, there are two primary tasks that need to be undertaken and achieved successfully. The first is an exercise piece, which builds the muscles and works off any excess fat. The second and arguably more important component is diet and nutrition. The phrase “You are what you eat” is extremely valid and applicable when trying to achieve the level of health and fitness that is required to earn six pack abs.

The science of nutrition can be very complex and confusing with trace mineral supplements and things like branched chain amino acids. Typically passionate body builders and professional sports athletes should be more concerned with that level of nutrition, while the casual fitness really doesn’t need that level of detail in their diet and nutrition plan.

However, there are definitely some nutritional details that should always be taken into consideration when attempting any type of diet. The basic unit of measure for food is called a calorie. There are three types of calories; carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats. Each of these come in different forms and are treated differently and have different effects on the human body.

Carbohydrates – Carbs for short and the basic body fuel. In a perfect environment, the exact amount of carbs would be ingested just as the body required it and they would all be burned off by physical activity. Carbs are stored short term in the body and burned as necessary during the day. However, carbs not used fairly quickly will be converted to fat and stored for later use by the body. One gram of carbohydrates equals about 4 calories. Almost all foods contain carbs, with the most commonly ones being pasta, breads and fruits.

Proteins – Proteins are the building blocks for the body. They are used to build muscle. A good supply of protein is required in any type of muscle building or endurance training program. Protein not used fairly quickly will be converted by the body to fat and stored for later energy use. Once stored as fat, it cannot be used to build muscle. One gram of protein equals about 4 calories. Protein is commonly found in meats, chicken, fish and legumes. Tuna fish and shrimp are particularly good protein sources as they also contain low fat levels.

Fats – Fats are the body’s batteries. Whenever the body has calories it cannot use at the time, it converts them to fat and stores them for the point when they can be used. Unfortunately, stored fat never dissipates unless it is actually used for energy. Some level of fat in a diet is necessary for the good health, particularly for the hair and nails. The are different types of fat, such as saturated, non-saturated and trans fat, but that is beyond the scope of this article. One gram of fat is about 9 calories. Fat is found in just about all foods, but is especially prevalent in processed foods, fried foods and red meats.

Attaining six pack abs is an invigorating and rewarding achievement. It is also very much it the grasp of anyone willing to eat right and consistently exercise. Armed with the nutritional information in this article and the desire to achieve this high standard in personal accomplishment, shouldn’t you start today?


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