Abs:  How Much Does Your Nutrition Matter?

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For most people committing to a workout routine is much easier than consistently eating clean. After all, a one hour workout is just 4% of your day a couple of times a week. Eating healthy food requires much more commitment and willpower, and is something you have to factor into every meal of every day. However, you have probably heard that “abs are made in the kitchen”. Today we discuss just how important your nutrition is when it comes to seeing results.

The phrase “abs are made in the kitchen” is not wrong, per se, but it has somehow become misunderstood in recent times (if I had a pound for every time someone asked me what foods they need to eat for a flatter stomach or slimmer thighs…). You can’t choose where fat is burned by certain foods or specific exercises.

That being said, losing fat is the key to having more defined abs, and this is achieved more by a calorie deficit, usually a combination of diet and exercise. When it comes to calorie deficit, it is much easier to decrease your intake by 300 calories than to burn 300 calories at the gym.

Having lower body fat is not the only side to the equation. You could diet to ultra lean levels, but you still need to train your abdominal muscles for them to become defined.

In conclusion, while no specific, magic nutrient or food will make your abs pop, having a well planned diet alongside your exercise routine will of course augment the results of your core workouts.

Donia Hilal is a certified nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Her work focuses on women’s health in the Middle East, wellness, weight loss, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition. Passionate about real food and evidence based nutrition advice, Donia welcomes and enjoys guiding clients throughout every stage of their journey towards a healthier, happier life.

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