Getting flat abs requires a combination of exercise and diet. However, diet is more important than exercise. You can spend hours doing crunches but if you’ve got a layer of fat covering them up, you’re not going to see the results you want.
This applies whether you want to lose weight or bulk up. Without making changes to your diet you’re unlikely to see results. It comes down to simple maths, the only way to lose weight is by burning more calories than you’re putting in. It’s a lot easier and faster to consume calories than it is to burn them off. Not to mention we often overestimate how much we burn through exercise and underestimate how much we eat.
It goes further than just counting calories, to get flat abs what you’re eating makes a difference too. You need to eat a diet that is made up of good carbohydrates, protein and fats. Calories that come from sugar promote fat storage and hunger. Calories that come from fat promote satiation. Healthier foods are also more nutrient dense than junk food; meaning you need to eat less to feel full.
What to eat for flat abs
- Foods that have fibre promote fullness and help keep you regular, thereby reducing bloat. Leafy greens and oatmeal are both great sources of fibre.
- Berries contain antioxidants which helps shed belly fat. Add them to smoothies (like our Beet Berry Smoothie Bowl) or your morning oats.
- Water – staying hydrated keeps your body functioning, reduces bloat and helps you feel full which means you eat less.
- Foods high in monounsaturated fatty acid burn fat. These foods include avocados, almonds and olive oil.
- Lean protein like fish, chicken and tofu helps burn fat and keeps you full for longer.