The Best Foods for Flat Abs

Use these nutrition tips and abs-friendly foods to help uncover a strong, sculpted midsection.

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If your goal this year is to achieve flat, firm abs, or six-pack abs, challenging your core with a variety of abs exercises is important, but even more so is the food you eat.

The age-old saying "abs are made in the kitchen" couldn’t be truer. While abs are trained in the gym, they are revealed in the kitchen. The fact is, nutrition plays a significant role in how your body looks, and you simply can’t out-train a bad diet. So if your goal is to uncover your six-pack, healthy, abs-friendly foods have to be a staple in your approach. Here, we share important nutrition tips and a list of the top foods to help uncover a strong, sculpted midsection.

❯ Eating every 2.5 to 3 hours will help speed metabolism, prevent cravings, and stabilize blood sugar.

❯ Completely rid your diet of processed foods, refined sugar, fried foods, soda.

❯ Say goodbye to diet foods—anything labeled "sugar-free" or "fat-free" contains chemicals that cause the body to not only crave more junk, but also hold onto stored fat.

❯ Eat a serving of lean protein with every meal.

❯ Eat more veggies. Veggies are chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins, and they’re low in calories.

❯ Eat healthy fats. Healthy fats burn unwanted body fat. Plus, healthy fats offer many health benefits for your organs, tendons, muscles, and skin. A Registered Dietician (RD) can help you determine what serving sizes you need. 

SEE ALSO: 10 Moves to Target Your Lower Abs

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