Ready For Ripped Abs In 2017? Then Eat More Of These 7 Foods

Ready For Ripped Abs In 2017? Then Eat More Of These 7 Foods
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It seems like something everyone wants are ripped abs. At the same time, it can be the hardest goal to achieve. Why is that? According to a lot of trainers, there are a few factors to consider. 

For one thing, doing a billion crunches is not the key. You actually need to incorporate some consistent cardio, along with some squats, dips and lunges. Another thing to keep in mind? It really doesn’t matter how much you exercise if your diet sucks. In order to get the six-pack that you’re looking for, you need to get in plenty of protein, healthy fats and the right kinds of carbs into your system.

Your diet? That’s what we’re going to focus on today. If you’re committed to incorporating the following seven foods on a weekly basis (and you stick to a smart exercise regimen), you’ll be ready to show your abs off come Memorial Day.

Lean Chicken

Chicken is going to get you the protein you need to develop your muscles. Chicken also contains tryptophan (which is a mild anti-depressant), the amino acid homocysteine (which is great for your heart), the mineral phosphorus (which protects your teeth and bones) and selenium. The awesome thing about selenium is it helps to increase your metabolic rate; something that always works in your favor during a workout. Just make sure the chicken is lean. Otherwise the fat can work against your abdominal goals.

Bell Peppers

A lot of us only look at bell peppers as a way to season our food. You might see them differently after you see all of their health benefits! Bell peppers are high in Vitamins A and C. As a result, they work to keep your immune system strong. They also contain beta-carotene which means they are an anti-inflammatory food (always helpful when you’re pushing yourself physically). Something else that they have in them is capsaicin; that reduces bad cholesterol and any body pain. Plus, they are a low-calorie food (45 calories per cup), so you can snack on them before or after you exercise.

Chocolate Milk

Bet this made you smile. Yep. You’re reading this right. Chocolate milk also goes on the list of things that will help your abs to look amazing. The milk alone is a form of protein. It also contains calcium and Vitamin D. The combination of the two work together to decrease fat and lipid absorption. Then there’s the chocolate that’s in it. It contains several B-complex vitamins, which gives you the energy that you need. For this reason, many trainers recommend that you wait until after working out to drink it. It will replenish you. (If you don't like dairy, you can also drink chocolate almond milk and still receive the same benefits.)

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