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12 Must Have Foods For A Six Pack Diet- Part One
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I am going to be very straight forward and to the point here; without a proper and maintained diet, you will not get a great set of six pack abs. No way, no how, not ever! Proper diet is the most important factor in toning your midsection and getting rid of that spare tire that has been following you around for years. You can exercise and do all the crunches and leg lifts you want, but if your diet is high in fat and high in carbohydrates, you might as well be running in place.

However, there are twelve amazing foods out there that are available every day at your local grocery store that will help you create a great six pack diet and put you on your way to a flat stomach and hopefully some new found confidence. In part one of this four part series, we are going to take a look at three of the twelve power abs foods; almonds and other nuts, beans and legumes, spinach and other veggies.

Almonds and other nuts: Nuts are essential to a great six pack diet as they are high in protein and monounsaturated fats and help fight against obesity and muscle loss. They also reduce wrinkles in the face, help fight and prevent certain types of cancer, and ward off high blood pressure. Almonds are the ace of spades of the nut category as they are high in vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium, all of which are great for weight loss and muscle growth. A study done by Western Washington University concluded that weightlifters who were taking in extra amounts of magnesium were able to lift 20 percent more weight and build more lean muscle than those that were not.

Almonds are the best nut to include in a six pack diet, but do not be content with just almonds. Walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and pecans also provide great value to your diet and offer amazing health rewards as well. Here are some easy ways to add nuts to your everyday diet. Add chopped nuts to peanut butter toast, toss a handful of nuts in low fat yogurt or whole grain cereals, spray some almonds with cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees for five minutes, and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon for a delicious alternative to popcorn. Avoid smoked or salted nuts as these will be high in sodium which can lead to high blood pressure.

Beans and Legumes: Everybody knows what beans are, but what exactly is a legume? A legume is a plant in the pea family that produces pods. The easiest examples of legumes are peanuts and pea pods. Anything that is in a shell or a pod that can be opened naturally along a seam, such as peanut shell or a pea pod, revealing a neat row of seeds is a legume. Legumes are great for a six pack diet as they are high in protein, minerals and vitamins. Legumes teamed up with beans, which are a low calorie food that is high in protein and fiber, offers you an awesome combination to add to a solid six pack diet.

Beans and legumes help build muscle, burn fat, and help regulate your digestive system. They also fight against obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Some great examples of beans and legumes to add to your diet are black beans, soy beans, bean dips, hummus, lentils, and navy beans. Avoid refried beans which contain high amounts of saturated fats, and baked beans which contain high amounts of sugar. A whole wheat pita and hummus is a great snack no matter what time of day, and black bean veggie burgers are a delicious choice for lunch or dinner.

Spinach and other vegetables: There is a reason why Popeye choose to eat spinach all the time, and it is not just because it helps you build muscle. Spinach helps to neutralize free radicals, which simply put, are molecules that accelerate the aging process. By neutralizing these molecules, you will help slow down the aging process. Spinach also helps fight against certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, obesity and osteoporosis. If you are not a big fan of spinach, there are other great veggies out there that you can add to a well-balanced six pack diet.

Broccoli is another potent and power vegetable that should be included in your six pack diet. It contains almost 90 percent of the vitamin C of orange juice and nearly half as much calcium as milk. Not a big broccoli fan either? Try adding peppers or asparagus to your six pack diet to spice it up a little bit. Slice up a red, yellow, orange, and green pepper and put them into a big zip lock bag. Grab a packet of lite or fat free ranch and have this around for a great snack at any time. Grill up some asparagus seasoned with garlic powder and Mrs. Dash seasonings (both low sodium spices) to add a nice and tasty veggie to your BBQ's this summer. Avoid frying or smothering your veggies with cheese as this only adds unneeded fats.

Almonds and other nuts, beans and legumes, spinach and other great vegetables are three amazing and powerful food groups that should be implemented into your day to day diet. These foods will not only help you in losing belly fat and toning your waistline, they have numerous other health rewards as well as containing disease and cancer fighting preventatives.

In part two of 12 must have foods for a six pack diet; I will be looking at three more awesome food groups that should be added to a six pack diet to create even more balance and even more health rewards. Dairy, instant oatmeal and eggs will be examined in part two.

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