Eat Your Way to Flat Abs

That may sound like a bit of a contradiction. After all, to get flat abs, you need to lose weight, which means eating less, right? Wrong! Eating more healthy food is the key to flat abs. Your body needs to consume fat and calories in order to burn fat. Cutting back on calories and fat will make your body cling to its stored fat. Go on a crash diet and you'll NEVER see those abs you want. Eating right is the key to flat abs. Here are a few foods that will speed up the process:

Avocadoes

Avocadoes are rich in fats and calories, and they will trigger the internal fat-burning mechanisms that burn stored fat. You should limit yourself to a serving or two per day, but the high unsaturated fat content of avocadoes makes for an excellent fat-burning food.

Leafy Greens

They're dark, they're leafy, and they're loaded with all sorts of awesome vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Leafy greens are also packed with fiber, which means they'll fill you up quickly. You don't have to worry about calories with these bad boys, but you can eat as much as you want. Both raw and cooked greens are vital for a healthy diet and weight loss.

Legumes

All legumes are packed with protein, fiber, and minerals. Chickpeas, beans, lentils, and other legumes are a good alternative to high-fat meats. Switch out a few meat meals a week for legumes. The high-fiber protein will fill you up more quickly, and you'll end up eating fewer calories at each meal. They can also turn any soup or salad into a high protein feast.

Fresh Fruit

Yes, fruit is vital for a healthy body AND flat abs. Fruit is rich in sugar, but it also contains antioxidants that improve your cardiovascular function and enhance fat burning. Just limit yourself to 1-2 servings of fruit each day. That way, you'll get the fat-burning nutrients you need without overdoing it on the calories.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms make for a delicious meat substitute, thanks to their rich, meaty flavor and low calorie content. They can be cooked pretty much any way you like, and they'll soak up flavor. If you want to make your meals more filling without adding calories, dice a few mushrooms into the mix.

Dates

Dates are a superfood of sorts. They're loaded with dietary fiber, sweeter than most sugars, and contain a wide assortment of fat-burning vitamins and minerals. You can also eat a few when you need a boost of energy or just want something healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most amazing foods on the planet. Not only does it contain all the amino acids needed to produce muscles, but it's also loaded in fiber, healthy carbs, minerals, and antioxidants. A spoonful of quinoa will make any soup or salad healthier, and can help to fill you up. Just don't overdo it—quinoa is a whole grain, but it's still rich in carbs and calories.

Olive Oil

It may sound odd to eat oil to burn fat, but it's the way the body works! Your body clings to fat in case of "emergencies", but eating fat will signal to your body that it will continue to get enough nourishment. The result will be easier fat-burning. The fatty content of the oil will also trigger the body's fat-burning mechanisms. A bit of olive oil can also add flavor and life to your meal. Definitely a good addition to any meat dish or salad!

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