If you’ve ever done 100 crunches a day and patiently flexed in the mirror for weeks at a time, you’ve fallen into the trap of waiting for abs to pop right out and stay there.
I’ve done it, everyone I know has done it, so don’t feel bad when I say it just doesn’t work that way.
Even though core workouts and ab exercises are something you can build every day, the way you EAT is what will give you the fastest results, less bloating, make your muscles visible, and make the MOST of your workouts.
When someone’s eating inflammatory, processed foods, their stomach is usually the first place they see excess weight start to form.
MOST people trying to lose weight the wrong way say that their stomach is the hardest place to see results. When you do it the RIGHT way, it’s actually the place you may see results the fastest.
This post isn’t about which workouts to do for abs because I have my favorites in here. If you do these as consistently as possible combined with eating for abs, you’ll see the best results.
My best hacks to eat for abs and make the MOST of the muscles already there go like this:
Foods that reduce inflammation are SO easy to find and SO easy to include in the recipes you’re already making for yourself. Turmeric can be added to just about anything . Berries, nuts, spinach, avocado, ginger, green tea will keep your inflammation down so that your body can do it’s thing.
Dairy is also not helping the cause.
Beat the Bloat.
Processed food is one of the #1 culprits of extra bloating – especially around the stomach. Why? FILLERS. Chemicals, gums, fillers in super processed food take up space where “whole ingredients” could be and they slow down your digestion because your body takes longer to break these down. Hiiiiii stomach bloat.
But it’s OK. If you focus on MORE whole foods, you’ll naturally start to see results and you won’t even be thinking about processed foods as much. Promise.
If you’re doing those crunches and planks, you’re doing awesome work to build those abdominal muscles. Usually when people grow their muscle, they’re alllllll about protein… especially lean protein. So for the longest time, I thought I needed to eat lots of chicken, eggs, powders, fish, etc. to get my protein levels up and tone my muscles. Animal fat, hormones, cholesterol, fillers, no thank yewwwwww.
I never saw the results I LOVED in my abs until I focused on the plant protein: quinoa, nuts, lentils, seeds, spirulina, dark leafy greens, hemp seeds, etc.
The leanest of the lean – these will supply you with the protein you need if you’re eating mostly whole foods AND burn / digest just about perfectly so there’s less bloat, MORE benefit to your muscles, more fat burn, and quicker results that last.
Dark Leafy Greens
Nobody likes all these veggies by themselves (unless you’re a die hard) but ANYONE can like them when you learn how to make them taste good.
When you think about burning fat and toning your body, you want to burn food like it’s CLEAN fuel, not a dirty tank. Dark leafy greens alllllll dayyyy longggggg.
I know it can be confusing to think of EASY recipes that make these taste normal / indulgent / delish, but I’ve already done the work for you. Check out my crowd favorites right here.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is worth mentioning here because out of allllllll the benefits (immunity, skin, hair, weight loss, etc) it’s SUCH A GOOD WAY TO BEAT THE BLOAT. Sorry for screaming.
I know it tastes like sh*t but let’s be real, some of us drink other things that taste like poison too and we don’t complain at all.
Put a tbsp of ACV in your water daily and know it’s working hard to help you digest correctly and get to your healthiest weight.
OH, & one more thing: DON’T DO A JUICE CLEANSE FOR ABS.
Here’s why: there’s a difference between enjoying a juice and its benefits vs. drinking all juice for days at a time. You might even see results in your abs from a cleanse like that but what you’re losing is probably water weight and your digestion is freaking out because it needs fiber to actually make the most of all the nutrients you’re digesting.
Juice definitely helps you with more real food and less processed stuff, just make sure you’re also getting enough fiber.
So there you have it BUT that’s not all. I’ve been thinking of making you guys a short meal plan that’s easy to follow and that HELPS you eat for abs…
But I need to know if that’s something you’d LOVE.
Share or comment on this post to let me know if a short & easy meal plan would help you stick with eating for abs and I’ll make it happen. Love giving you what you love, so LMK.
XO – Lupe
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