The 10 Best Foods For Your Abs [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 17, 2015

Everyone dreams of a washboard stomach.

But everyone is not willing to put in the work to gain a six pack. Many don’t mind the pot belly and muffin tops, because they dread doing the boring sit-ups and cardio exercises.

There’s no real secret when it comes to having a flat-tummy friendly diet. You simply need to eat more healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. You also need to cut down on junk food, like candy, chips and fast food.

Redbook has compiled a list of the 10 best foods for your abs. Check it out below.

 

Avocados

Avocados

These little green guys are nutrition goldmines! They contain lots of the “good” fats—i.e. monosaturated fats—which fill you up, but don’t get stored as fat. This means you’ll feel full for longer, without gaining weight (whoot whoot!). Plus, one 2014 study from Nutrition journal found that people who ate half an avocado for lunch were more full until dinner than those who didn’t. Avocado toast, anyone?!

Almonds

Almonds

These tasty nuts are great for your abs, as long as you snack on them in moderation. That’s because they’re filled with fiber and healthy fats, which is a great combo for curbing your snacking throughout the day. Stick with one shot glass per serving, plus a piece of fruit to get you closer to that “full” feeling, and you won’t overdo it.

Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

Not only are berries jam-packed with antioxidants, they’re also loaded with fiber, which keeps you full for longer. Plus, they’re a healthy carbohydrate, which means that your body doesn’t turn the carbs into sugar and, thus, fat—it uses them for energy. Blueberries in particular have even been found to help break down abdominal fat.

White fish like tilapia and cod

White fish like tilapia and cod

These white fish are packed with protein, which takes the most work for your body to break down compared to other macronutrients, fats, and carbs, meaning you won’t be as a hungry as quickly. As a result, protein helps your body curb cravings, so you’re less likely to take in unnecessary calories.

Green veggies like broccoli and asparagus

Green veggies like broccoli and asparagus

You know they’re good for you—and your waistline—but why? All the fiber takes longer for your gastric juices to break down, plus it acts like a barrier that prevents sugars from entering your blood stream too quickly, which can lead to insulin resistance and belly fat accumulation.

String cheese

String cheese

Holy cow (get it?)! Increasing your consumption of dairy foods and protein while you’re trying to slim down helps you lose weight and gain lean muscle mass, according to a 2011 Journal of Nutrition study. The reason is rooted in two key ingredients in dairy: whey and calcium. Whey contains a lot of leucine, an amino acid which stimulates the formation of new muscle proteins. And as for weight loss, it’s all about the calcium. It helps excrete fat in the intestine rather than absorbing it, meaning you’ll absorb less fat overall.

Pine nuts

Pine nuts

Sure, these babies are delicious sprinkled on hummus and in salads—but they’re also a major hunger suppressant. 2006 research presented at the Experimental Biology convention found that having half a teaspoon of pine nut oil, which is about a handful of actual pine nuts, may help you ward off your need to feed for at least four hours because they boost appetite suppressors up to 60%.

Salmon

Salmon

The delicious fish contains tons of monounsaturated fats, which can help you slim down. Why? Healthy fat keeps you full for longer. A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that your body converts unsaturated fats into a compound that curbs your hunger. Just be sure to get the wild kind, not the farm-raised kind, because the farm fish are full of antibiotics and other chemicals, which could harm your health in the long run.

Photos via MSN.com

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