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12 Must Have Foods For A Six Pack Diet-Part Three
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In parts one and two of 12 must have foods for a six pack diet, I took a look at six foods that are a must have for anyone who is looking to get into shape and finally uncover those hidden abs. Here is a quick list of the first six foods that where examined; Almonds and other nuts, beans and legumes, spinach and other green vegetables, dairy, instant unsweetened oatmeal, and eggs. In part three we will be taking a look at turkey and other lean meats, all natural peanut butter, and olive oil.

Turkey and other lean meats: Protein is a very important source of any diet, especially a six pack diet, but finding the right sources can be tricky at times. Meat is a protein packed food that builds muscle and improves the immune system, as well as fighting obesity and various diseases. The only problem with meat is that it is often filled with saturated fats and sodium, both of which are diet killers. Turkey on the other hand is a very lean and usually low sodium cut of meat. It is very high in protein and offers some great nutritional value to your diet. I suggest turkey tenderloins, turkey breasts, lean ground turkey, and sliced turkey straight from the deli. Try to avoid pre-packaged turkey deli meats as they are usually high in sodium and stray from self-basting turkeys around the holidays as they have been injected with extra fat.

They are a number of other great lean meats other than turkey that a offer high protein value to your diet. Fish is an excellent source of lean protein that offers a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, and is one of the most diverse foods out there for people who enjoy cooking. Lean cuts of steak such as rounds or loins are chucked full of great protein and creatine-the substance your body uses when lifting weights, and are much lower in saturated fats than t-bones or rib-eyes. Try to avoid sausage, bacon, and other cured meats as they are loaded with fat and sodium. However, I know how much people love their bacon and sausage, so give turkey bacon and turkey sausage a shot. I believe they taste just as good as the pork products, and cut out over 50% of the fat. Turkey brats with grilled onions and apples are one of my favorite summertime grilling foods.

Peanut Butter: I often feel like a grade school kid, but I still love my pb and j's at lunch time. Peanut butter is a delicious, and in moderation, nutritious food that boosts testosterone, builds muscle and burns fat. It also helps fight against obesity, muscle loss, wrinkles, and cardiovascular disease. Jiff has an all-natural no stir peanut butter that is an amazing source of monounsaturated fats and tastes every bit as good as the original kind which contains higher amounts of saturated fats and way higher amounts of sugar. One of my favorite snacks for in between meals is about ten whole wheat ritz crackers with some all natural peanut butter spread on them. Apples dipped in peanut butter and celery filled with pb are both a quick and nutritious snack for any time of the day. As great as the all-natural peanut butter is for you, it still contains fat, so do not overdo it. Limit yourself to three tablespoons a day (trust me, this is plenty of pb for a day) and you will be just fine.

Olive oil: Not all oils are created equal, and some of them are just down right terrible for you. Not olive oil though. Olive oil actually helps to lower your cholesterol level, boost your immune system, fight obesity and cancer, and help lower your blood pressure. It is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and helps you fight off food cravings causing you to eat less. Need I say more? Oh yeah, it has diversity in the kitchen too. Extra virgin olive oil has a great flavor when added to salads, vegetables, and cooked dishes. Put a tablespoon of light olive oil in the pan when cooking eggs, chicken, or anything you do not want sticking to the pan. Make sure to not go overboard with oil olive as it contains 100 to 125 calories all from fat. These are unsaturated fats, so if used smartly and in moderation, they will offer great health benefits. One tablespoon will be more than efficient for pan frying or searing.

So there you have it, three more foods that can kick start your six pack diet and put you on the right path towards a healthier and more confident lifestyle. In part four, I will be evaluating whole grains and cereals, whey protein powders, raspberries and other berries.

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