You know how they say that abs are made in the kitchen, they actually mean it. No matter how many crunches you do throughout the day, if you don’t amend your lifestyle, your fitness goals will never transform into reality. New Delhi-based nutritionist Shikha Sharma gives us the 6 rules for carving the perfect six pack abs.
1. Don’t Give In To Temptations
It’s dinner time on a saturday night. You’re contemplating on whether to eat healthy, like you have been throughout the week, or slake your cravings for a beer and a burger. But remember don’t let such temptations get the better of you and waver your faith. Remember, even Virat Kohli had to relinquish Butter Chicken for four years in order to get a ripped physique.
2. Beware Of Not-So-Healthy Foods
Identify foods that are masquerading as “healthy” under the garb of nutritional value and cut them off your diet. Items like cold-pressed juices, acai bowls and granola may contain some healthy components but they are loaded with artificial sugar, says Sharma. She adds, “Small amount of these foods may provide you with little nutrition, but in turn will add a considerable amount of calories to your body which may ruin your whole diet.”
3. Count Your Calories
We are often told carbs are bad for our weight and dropping them is the easiest way to tone our belly. While it is important to be wary of the kind of carbohydrates you’re eating, carbs are an important source of energy for the body. “A balanced diet includes a sufficient amount of all nutrients and vitamins. Carbohydrates cannot be an exception to this. So, completely cutting out carbs from your diet should never be an option,” cautions Sharma. If you want to keep track of what you put in your mouth, it is better to keep track of the number of calories you’re consuming.
4. Mix It Up In The Gym
Losing weight through cardio isn’t enough to sculpt your body. Mix it up with some strength training. Strength training helps maintain a lean muscle mass and lean muscle is more metabolically active than fat. This way, you can burn more calories even long after your workout.
5. Get Enough Sleep
“Our muscles burn calories while we are sleeping. So, if you don’t sleep well you may automatically increase weight or lead to water retention in the body,” says Sharma. Besides, an irregular sleep pattern messes your appetite regulation and physical and mental strength.
6. Early Dinner, Good Breakfast
Never go to bed with a full stomach. If you eat close to your bedtime, your body doesn’t get the time to breakdown the food and burn off anything that you’ve consumed. Similarly, a good breakfast gets your metabolism going and gives you the energy to start the day on the right note.
Accomplishing your fitness goals is always a tantalising thought. But, you have to give some to take some. Get closer to carving a solid six-pack by inculcating these simple tweaks in your everyday routine.