Bradley Watts

5 Foods That Hide Your Abs

The fact remains that we can spend all day every day working our abs. But if we are not eating the right foods, then that work will go completely unnoticed. Abs are made in the gym, but they are revealed in the kitchen…

These are 5 foods to stay clear of if you want to get those abs out in time for summer.

1. Refined grains
Refined grains such as white bread, pasta, and white rice will all contribute to hiding your abs. Most of these foods cause bloating and also spike your insulin levels, promoting fat storage around the belly. Stick to healthy whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or oats to keep you full and provide lasting energy.

2. Fizzy Drinks
Not only are most of them filled with sugar, but even the ones that aren’t will cause bloating due to the gas in these drinks. They are completely empty calories and provide no nutritional value to the body. Not only do these drinks ruin your abs, they have also been associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart attack, gout, osteoporosis, and obesity. This should be enough to make you avoid them at all costs. THE ‘CALORIE FREE’ alternatives. Artificial sweeteners are not only extremely bad for you, but they also affect your metabolism and prevent fat-burning.

3. Salt
Eating foods high in sodium can lead to water retention and our belly’s looking bloated and puffy. Most processed foods will already contain high levels of salt. Try and buy salt-reduced products where you can.

4. Processed sugars
Sugar is like poison to the body. Studies now show that sugar is one of the worst things for gaining weight and also leading to all sorts of other health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Sugar causes an immediate spike in insulin, which leads the body to crash and burn later and increase fat storage.

5. Hi GI Starchy Foods
White potatoes and all the delicious fried foods made from them need to be completely avoided. High GI levels will only spike your blood sugar and lead to overeating when it drops back down. Then things like crisps and chips are all cooked in bad oils that will just make you store more fat. If you are craving potatoes or chips, try making your own oven-baked sweet potato fries for a healthy alternative.