This Article is About
diet
whole grain cereals
monounsaturated fats
ace of spades
brazil nuts
everyday diet
local grocery store
flat stomach
proper diet
leg lifts
high blood pressure
muscle loss
12 Must Have Foods For A Six Pack Diet- Part One
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

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.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
How To Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet
Are you ready to get sugar out of your diet? Great! You've decided that you don't want anything to do with sugar and you're going to do whatever it takes to eliminate it so you can improve and protect your physical and mental health? Fantastic! Were you right all along…
By: Patty Allread in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Apr 19, 2012  
13
  Likes: 7

Diet for Ectomorphs
A diet for ectomorphs would generally be the same as any other diet for anyone that is looking to put on some mass to their frame. The main difference being, an ectomorph will most likely have to consume more calories each day. If you don't eat, you will not grow.…
By: Adam17 in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 03, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

Convalescent Diet - What To Feed A Dog In Recovery
A lot can happen in two weeks. To start with the dog slipped a disc which partially paralysed both his back legs. He was hospitalized for several days during which time he had intensive daily sessions in a hydrotherapy pool. The prognosis was grim, and we were devastated. A week…
By: Janice Watson in  Pets  >  Dogs   Mar 05, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Msg, Diet
Dieters look for scapegoats in every direction but their mirror. They point at slow metabolism, genetics, their job and more to explain their spreading backsides and jiggling thighs. They claim it is the sugar in their foods or the fake sugars in their food or anything else they can possibly…
By: Cara M in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 30, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Can I Indulge While on A Diet?
One of the reasons that diets fail is people think that can't indulge while on a diet. When you have a craving to eat or drink something, then do it. Being too strict on yourself will cause you to binge, lose focus, and give up trying to reach your weight…
By: Naomi Jenrette in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jan 23, 2012  
10
  Likes: 6

How to Stay Motivated With Your Diet
Staying motivated in a new and healthy diet can be challenging at times. Some things to keep into consideration during your daily consumption of a healthy diet are to never deprive yourself; if you really want something bad enough (that might not necessarily qualify as diet food) do not ever…
By: Denise Durband in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Pink Method Diet Review
Since showing up on popular TV shows, the Pink Method has captivated audiences all over the U.S and is likely to become the most popular and sought after weight loss & fitness program. But many people want to know exactly what they're getting before they do and this article gives…
By: Vitaliy2 in  Health and Fitness  >  Popular Diets   Jan 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 10

Diet To Reduce Belly Fat Tips
Are you a person looking to lose weight and especially tummy fat have you tried all the fad diets only to be extremely disappointed. Losing belly fat or any kind of excess fat can be hard and there is so much out there on how to lose belly fat it's…
By: Len Cecchetto in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jan 20, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Seventeen Day Diet Review
Since appearing on popular television shows in late 2010, the seventeen day diet has been on a roll, becoming one of the most popular diet plans in 2011 and still riding the wave of attention. The purpose of this article is to help clarify what this diet is and how…
By: Vitaliy2 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Feb 20, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

The Black Diet
I read this book several years about color theory and therapy. It was written by a German and it was very informative. I combined some basic concepts to bring you "The BLACK Diet". It is a list of foods to be eaten for at least three days and for no…
By: Natasha Ibrahim in  Health and Fitness  >  Healing Arts   Aug 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

Glycemic Index Diet
The Glycemic Index (GI) diet is a catch-all term for a weight-loss diet that focuses on blood sugar levels. The GI diet considers the GI of foods containing carbs in relation to their ability to change blood sugar levels (bsl). The GI scores foods based on how they affect blood…
By: Dave3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Mar 22, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Burning Fat Diet
A burning fat diet is the total antithesis of the typical Western diet today. If you take a walk through any city centre shopping mall you are greeted with numerous vendors trying to tempt you with burgers, fries, fried chicken, donuts...The list could go on but you get the point!…
By: Alastair in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Aug 22, 2011  
1
  Likes: 0

What Do You Get When You Use Celebrity Backed Diet Plans?
If the name belongs to a celebrity it is almost a given that at some point that name will be linked to a weight loss product, exercise plan or exercise machine. But, are they effective and more importantly are they safe? The average person, looking for that one, magic solution…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness  >  Popular Diets   Jul 29, 2012  
2
  Likes: 3

Meals for A Diet – 3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Eating Better Meals
Eating healthy has always been the “elusive obvious.” While every fitness enthusiast should be able to cook healthy meals for a diet, it is amazing how the fitness circles have long accepted the notion that “tasty” and “healthy” cannot sit together in one meal. “It’s either healthy or it tastes…
By: Fitness Cafe' in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Feb 27, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Which Diet Is Right For You?
The burning question, or the fat burning question that is. It seems that lately everyone wants to lose those extra pounds, but not really sure what the right diet is for their lifestyle. There are so many of them out there and I think that it's up to the individual…
By: david oswald in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Mar 11, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 2171    Report this Article