I hear this complaint over and over again from my friends and clients. They say they do core work every day but still don’t have a 6-pack (or even a tighter tummy).
Realistically, you can do crunches all day and still not see a tighter middle if you don’t improve your diet.
That’s right, diet has more to do with how your middle looks than how long you spend in the gym. So if you want to rock a 6-pack by next summer, put down the beer and chips!
Foods that help slim your middle include a diet rich in:
- complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice, cruciferous vegetables, quinoa)
- lean protein
- nuts and seeds (in moderation)
- fruit (apples, berries, grapefruit)
- leafy greens
So, if you want to have a slimmer middle do you have to give up the occasional helping of fries or chips? No. You can indulge here and there (you’re human)! BUT I will be honest- if you consistently snack on unhealthy food and eat meals high in salt, fat and sugar you’re wasting your time doing core work in the gym. You won’t see the results you’re capable of seeing if you don’t CLEAN UP YOUR ACT IN THE KITCHEN.
That’s why the saying goes, “Abs are made in the kitchen”!