Have you heard “abs are made in the kitchen”?
NEWSFLASH: It’s TRUE! Abs really ARE made in the kitchen.
Of course, I’m metaphorically speaking here; you can’t actually cook up some abs on the stove like you would your favorite meal. But it is true that getting the toned look you’ve dreamed of is going to come from the decisions you make about the food you cook up in the kitchen. See what I mean now?
It may come as a shock to you, but restrictive dieting and quick fixes are not the way to get those gorgeous muscles. You have to EAT and eat ENOUGH to get those abs. And let’s be honest- that’s never a bad thing to hear!
In other earth-shattering news: you also need to eat some carbs to build those abs. No, carbohydrates are not “bad” and will not automatically lead to weight gain. In fact, carbs are so key to so many of our body’s functions that we would be totally doomed without them. Check out this blog post I wrote to learn more about macros; carbohydrates included!
Anyways, back to how abs are made in the kitchen! I know it’s tempting to try out juice cleanses, detox teas, and cut out certain foods that you’ve heard are the devil. They seem like the quickest way to get those picture perfect abs that the celebrity endorsing them shows off. I get it because I used to think the same exact thing!
After all, that’s what the Pinterest graphics and Instagram influencers tell us to do, right?
But here’s the thing: Weight loss is not the same as fat loss.
Weight loss by restriction may not get you that toned look. In fact, clients in the Busy Gal Nutrition coaching program usually start eating more to see results. Besides, we KNOW restrictive dieting doesn’t last because it isn’t ENJOYABLE.
FAT loss requires consistency. Consistently eating enough and consistently balancing your plate. If you’re trying to get toned and work on creating those abs you’ve dreamed of, try focusing on these things first:
- Consistently feeding yourself enough throughout the day. It’s hard enough to get anything done when you’re hangry beyond belief, but it’s definitely hard to get toned if you aren’t eating enough throughout the day to build those muscles.
- Get all the nutrients you need on your plate (including high-fiber carbs!). Focus on what you can ADD to make your plate more balanced and fulfilling, don’t put all the pressure on what to aVoID.
- Fit in your favorite foods in moderation so you can STAY consistent. I know you’ve heard me say it a million times but being overly restrictive will most likely just lead to being miserable and binge eating the foods you miss so dearly while simultaneously ditching your plan entirely. Fitting in some of your favorites on the regular is key to long term success.
- Strength training! Good nutrition is key to toning up but so is building strength. Start incorporating more weight lifting into your workout routine. The weights are for women too! 🙂
- Get some great sleep and manage your stress. Never underestimate the power of a good sleep schedule and stress management when it comes to reaching your health goals!
If your goal is to be stronger, toned, have healthy habits for LIFE, and see results that last-skip the diet mentality and head to your kitchen to fuel your body!
And maybe save this to remind your future self not to waste money on a “cleanse” 😉
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