I wish I could tell you that there was a specific six pack abs diet that you could follow to guarantee you results, but unfortunately there isn't.
Everybody is different, and the 6 pack abs diet that works for me might not work for you.
You can definitely find lots of good information on ebook, magazines etc. but nobody can say that it will give you results.
Every diet has different effects depending on the body type of the person that is following it.
One basic rule to remember:
calories you eat > calories you burn = weight gain
and of course
calories you eat < calories you burn = weight loss
Carbohydrates (aka Carbs)
Carbs are the main source of energy that comes from your meals, and the main source of calories.
High carbs generally means weight gain.
Cutting down carbs in your diet is not always a good idea, especially when we talk about six pack abs diet.
Low carbs means lower energy levels and this can lead to some consequences that you want to avoid instead:
- Loss of strength
- Loss of muscle mass
- Your six pack won't show
If you don't provide your body with the adequate energy you'll find it much harder to lift the same weights that you used to.
This means that you will soon lose that muscle mass that you build during the years.
Even if you are lean your abs don't show if the muscle mass diminishes.
Of course you need to reduce the amount of carbs that you eat, but not too much. See the "sweet spot" topic below.
If you lower your carbs then your diet needs to be primarily made of proteins. Not any proteins, but lean proteins.
They are essential to build or retain muscle mass. Proteins are for you muscle like bricks are for building a house.
Find YOUR Six Pack Abs Diet Sweet Spot!
Here comes the hard part, where YOU are the only one that can help you.
You need to find that balance between carbs and proteins that someone likes to call "diet sweet spot".
It's the right balance that allows you to burn some fat and retain your muscle mass at the same time. There is no advantage in losing fat if you lose muscle too.
I can't tell you how many carbs, proteins, fats you should eat. I came across some weight loss diet calculators, but they don't consider your body type, which plays a big role in a perfect six pack abs diet.
You have to experiment what works for YOU.
Try reducing the carbs and increasing proteins for a while and see the results. If you're not satisfied reduce carbs again and see what happens.
If you notice that you are losing strength then maybe you reduced the carbs too much.
Another tip that you need to remember: have six smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 big traditional meals.
It will help your metabolism to work faster.
Cut your carbs after 5 pm as you probably can't burn them in the evening (unless you train in the evening). Prefer proteins instead.
An ideal day should be:
- 7 am: breakfast
- 10 am: snack
- 12:30 pm: lunch
- 4 pm: snack
- 6:30 pm: dinner
- 9:30 pm: snack
This routine also helps to keep your blood sugar level stable. Proteins and fats have no effect on your blood sugar level, but carbs do.
If you keep your blood sugar stable you're going to be burning a lot of fat faster.
If it has peaks and valleys because you eat too much carbs then you're not going to get a 6 pack, trust me.
In conclusion let's summarize hot to choose your own six pack abs diet:
- Reduce your carbs, allow yourself to eat more carbs on the days that you work out, and cut them again when you don't, and
- Increase proteins, until you
- Find your diet sweet spot that allows you to burn fat and retain the muscle
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