Aside from a chiseled chest, cannonball shoulders, and wide V-tapered back, getting a six-pack abdominals is one of the most desired by most men, as this makes them aesthetic-looking. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 54 percent of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity. For men who are under this category, thy might want to avoid the following foods.
Refined grain is one food to avoid in order to get a six-pack abs, as per Fox News. Refined grain is a component of white rice, white bread, and regular white pasta while unrefined grains are found in whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa. According to study conducted in Pennsylvania State University, people who had eaten whole grains in conjunction to a heathy diet had lost weight from the abdominal area as compared to those who had kept the healthy diet, but had eaten refined grains.
Potato products should not also be eaten if one wants to have a six-pack abs. According to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine, the participants who had eaten potatoes and potato chips gained an average of 3.35 pounds every four years and almost 17 pounds at the study completion.
Processed meat also hinders the appearance of the six-pack abs. A study, which published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, aimed to determine the relationship of eating red and processed meat and involved more than 370,000 people. The study findings revealed that those who ate meat similar to a small steak a day had gained about five pounds in five years.
Frosts, such as cupcakes, also contribute to having abdominal fat. According to Fox News, store-bought frosting still has trans fats, despite the notice given by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). Researchers at Wake Forest University conducted a study involving monkeys eating two kinds of diet – trans fats and unsaturated fats – separately. Study findings revealed that monkeys that ate trans fats had an increase in their body weight by 7.2 percent in a six-year period. On the other hand, those who ate unsaturated fats only gained 1.8 percent. It was also noted that trans fats did not only add new fat, but also move fat from other areas of the body to the abdomen. Aside from cupcakes, trans fats can be found in baked goods, snack foods, and frozen pizzas.
While there are soda products with a zero-calorie label, diet sodas with sugar replacements are believed to be responsible for weight gain. According to Details, a study found out that the amount of abdominal fat was multiplied three times in people who drank diet soda over nine years, as compared to those who did not drink diet soda. Meanwhile, another study involved rats drinking water with artificial sweeteners. Results found that the mice became more susceptible to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, two indicators known to cause weight gain.
Above all, the abdominal muscles will appear if one eats clean and lean. This involves lean meat, fruits, and vegetables. According to Bodybuilding, getting a six-back does not involve starvation diets, since metabolism will shut down and causes the body to store fat. Along with regular exercise, proper diet, adequate rest, and right attitude, one will be able to achieve the six-pack abs that he wanted.