Want a Six Pack? Don’t Eat These Foods

Bad Foods for Six Pack Training

six_pack_abs_coupleBad eating habits are the reason why most people do not have visibly toned abs. You can do as many sit ups as you like and train hard and long hours, but if you are consuming more calories than you burn off, your body fat will never be low enough for you to see your six pack. There are three main foods that are detrimental to your abdominal development. Multiple studies have indicated that there are good foods for getting that six pack, and there are bad foods for getting a six pack. Here we list the foods that have been proven to hinder you from reaching your goal of acquiring those six pack acquiring  the most essential belly fat loss.

Trans fat:

Bad trans fat is usually contained in the form of partially or fully hydrogenated oils. This means that vegetables oils are extracted at high temperatures and pressures using metal solvents and hydrogen gas. Then they are steamed, bleached, and deodorized. The chemical turns the liquid into a semi solid (partially hydrogenated) or solid (fully hydrogenated) at room temperature. Trans fats are used as preservatives because they extend the shelf life of many products.

The hydrogenated oils are used in processed and packaged foods like cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, crackers, peanut butter, salad dressing, shortening, and margarine to extend their package life. If trans fats or hydrogenated oils are listed, avoid that food completely. This includes fried food, which are loaded with it and with calories. Not only do these fats make you crave more food, they contain LDL (low density lipoproteins) which are the “bad” kind of cholesterol.

Refined Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup: 

Consuming too much refined sugar – like what is in candy, chocolate, sweets, sodas, cakes, fruit juice, and cereals – is detrimental to your abdominal development. On food labels, avoid anything ending in –ose, such as glucose, sucrose, dextrose, or maltose. Those are all fancy names for sugar.

High fructose corn syrup is used as a sweetener in soda, fruit juice, ketchup, cereal, cookies, sauces, etc. It is cheap so it is widely used. Refined sugar and corn syrup are loaded with empty calories that do not satisfy your hunger. They contain no nutrients and you can over consume. Both cause fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels, which promote fat storage.

White Flours, Grains, and Pastas:

White bread can be fattening – which is a simplification. White flour is a refined carb and is used to make white bread, crackers, bagels, donuts, and cakes. The processing of grain converts it into from a complex carbohydrate to a refined carbohydrate that has little nutritional value. Refined carbs on blood sugar and insulin are similar to that of refined sugars. Stick to one hundred percent whole grains if you need to keep the belly off.

Regardless of what it sounds like, a six pack abs diet is a balancing of things – mostly protein, carbohydrates, and fat for the proper functioning of the body. Try to stick with foods that are natural, whole grain, or nutritional. Eating refined foods makes it very difficult on the body to break these down, and in the case of hydrogenated oils, raises unhealthy LDL cholesterol. So to have a better chance at good abs you should avoid these bad foods for six pack training – trans fat, refined sugars, and white breads.


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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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