Abs Are Made in the Kitchen (Why does everyone keep saying that?)

“Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” is a saying that is used over and over in the fitness world. What you want to know is, does it actually hold some weight or is it just a catchy cliché thrown around by gym rats? I like a modified version of this saying. It’s “Abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen.” I’m here to tell you that this saying, pound for pound, will add some results to your training routine.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or just to add lean muscle, you must eat to support your goals. No matter how much you work out, you must feed your body the proper foods and portions to see results. Many people struggle with getting a solid six-pack, and this includes those who spend countless hours in the gym. Why you ask? Because they are feeding their bodies garbage. To get a visible six pack, you have to shed the fat that is blanketed over them. While you still need to exercise, you support those efforts on the road to that washboard stomach by eating lots of lean protein and fresh vegetables. Leafy greens are going to be the best but don’t forget things like peppers, onions, mushrooms and sweet potatoes. A little fruit is okay. Think berries as they are wonderful additions that are low glycemic. Don’t forget the healthy fats like avocados and olive oil. These foods all aid in building lean muscle and burning fat, and that my friends is the goal.

So now that you know what to eat, it’s important to know what not to eat. Refined sugars, simple carbs like pastries and chips, lots of dairy, fatty meats, processed foods, junk food and fried foods are all holding your six packs hostage. Free yourself by turning your back on these joy stealers. Can’t fathom letting go of these things forever? That’s fine, just limit yourself to having them as the occasional treat. Think the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you eat your goal supporting foods and 20% is used for the indulgent foods. Think smart and allow your abs to shine. They are there after all. They are just waiting on their opportunity to stand in the spotlight.

 

If you need more help putting together a workout and meal plan that supports your goals and your desire to bare abs this summer, e-mail royalpainfitness@gmail.com. Let’s get you Fit to the “T”!

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