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Why Abs are Earned in the Kitchen and Not the Gym

No matter what Reno fitness center you go to, you are going to run into what may seem like an endless list of exercises – especially when it comes to building the abs of your dreams. Ultimately, when you get right down to it, that sexy set of abs is really built in the kitchen and not in the gym. This is the misnomer: many people become caught up in the delusion that endless ab exercise will actually yield results – this is a one-dimensional approach. To achieve your goals you will need to focus dynamically on diet and exercise. This is where the Flex Appeal nutrition program comes in.

The simple truth is this: the diet you choose to follow and the foods you choose to eat will always dictate your ab results. Diet in most every normal instance correlates directly with how flat and defined your physique will be. There are many other factors that contribute to your end result, but consider this: if you are a male, you may start to see the barest traces of abs at around 15% body fat, by the time your body fat hits 10%, you can actually see them. For a female, the numbers are just a touch higher, meaning you should begin to see your abs at around 15 to 18% body fat.

Why Are Abs Made in the Kitchen?

Some Foods Make You Fat

When you are looking at the foods you eat and the calories they contain, not all calories are the same. The foods you derive your maco-nutrients from and at what time of day this occurs plays a very important role in how your body stores fat. For example, sugar (in any form – added or natural) causes your pancreas to release insulin and your blood sugar levels to spike. If you eat sugary foods on a regular basis, your body more often than not stores the excess as fat.

Other Foods Help You Burn Fat

Just as certain foods (especially sugary ones) may help you gain fat and potentially muscle mass, there are others that can help burn fat. If you eat foods known to be high in protein, doing so creates what we refer to as a thermic effect. This means that your body has to work harder and spend more energy to digest proteins as opposed to carbohydrates or fats. This effect helps to stimulate your metabolism, which in turn causes your body to burn calories. The more high-protein foods you consume, the more calories your body will potentially burn. Protein also aids in muscle recovery – providing your muscles the tools they need to rebuild themselves after an intense workout. 

A Final Thought

If you go to any other Reno fitness center and do crunches all day long, you are sure to build abs, but they are not likely to be visible as your body fat percentage will not be low enough to see them. Instead, they will lay buried under a layer of fat. The truth is that exercise helps you shape and build your muscles, but without a proper nutrition plan, you will not see the gains you might be hoping for. This is why the best abs are made in the kitchen and not in the gym. Stop by our Reno fitness center and sign up for a free trial membership. Our Flex Appeal nutrition experts are on hand to offer you added nutrition resources and answer any and all nutrition questions. Let us assist you in developing a realistic nutrition plan that combines a healthy diet and plenty of the right exercises. 

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