Four Tricks For Six-Pack Abs
Six-Pack Abs Series, Part Six:
When it comes to getting six-pack abs we are always looking for different ways to speed up the process. By now in our series, we know that 80% of the results you will get comes from nutrition. We also know that the combination of proper nutrition and doing the correct workouts will greatly speed up those results.
We have also discovered some outside factors that can absolutely kill our fat loss efforts if we don’t take care of different aspects of our lives.
Today, I want to show you a few “tricks” that can help with speeding up the process of getting six-pack abs and burning fat. And the best part is, doing most of these is as simple as sprinkling a little spice on your food.
Before jumping into our topic today, please note that by just doing the “tricks” below, you will not get six-pack abs. The best way to get fit, burn fat, and put on lean muscle is by having an awesome nutrition and workout plan! What we will be going over today is simply to HELP with those results, not GET you the results!
Take a look below at some of the tricks you can start incorporating into your daily routine to help speed up your fat loss efforts:
Fat Burning Spices
This is one of my favorite spices to use. Cinnamon can be used in coffee, tea, protein shakes, and more. In a recent study, it showed that adding cinnamon to a meal lowered the glycemic index of the foods by 18-29%. Now the reason this is important is because the higher the glycemic index of a meal, the higher your blood sugar levels rise (something we definitely don’t want when trying to get six-pack abs).
Here are a few of the great benefits cinnamon can bring:
- Helps keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Helps to maintain insulin sensitivity
- It contains great antioxidants
- Reduces LDL cholesterol levels
- And much more…
So is cinnamon really the ultimate belly fat burner?
Well, although it may not have a direct result of burning off belly fat, it does help burn tons of fat in an indirect way. As was stated, cinnamon helps control our blood sugar levels and helps to maintain insulin sensitivity.
As we read about in part three of our series, controlling insulin and blood sugar levels is vitally important when trying to lose fat and get six-pack abs. So adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to meals can help ensure that your blood sugar levels stay level, hence allowing your body to burn fat.
Now before you run out and start eating a jar of cinnamon a day, let me say this: Just like anything there is, eating too much of one thing can be detrimental to your health. This includes cinnamon!
The best way to use cinnamon is to sprinkle some on meals throughout the day. Try keeping your daily intake under 2 teaspoons. Staying in the range of 1-1.5 teaspoons a day is usually best.
One of the best times you can use cinnamon is during your cheat day or during cheat meals. Cinnamon will help stabilize your blood sugar levels so the crappy foods that you just ate will have less affect on your body and fat storage. Now don’t misunderstand that: if you eat tons of junk food but add cinnamon to “level things out”, you will still gain lots of weight.
Cinnamon should be used as an add-on to meals to make them more healthy and help you burn more fat. It should not be used as a way to eat more junk!
Cayenne pepper is not only an incredible tasting spice, but it is also one of the best spices for fat burn.
When we consume cayenne pepper, it naturally gives the body a thermogenic boost. In other words, it causes our body to “heat up” forcing it to burn more calories and increase energy expenditure.
Cayenne pepper is also another spice that helps in regulating our blood sugar levels. Just like cinnamon, cayenne pepper can help prevent large blood sugar and insulin spikes after a meal dominated by carbohydrates and/or sugars.
The reason cayenne pepper can help with an insulin spike is because it causes the body to feel fuller for longer, translating into a less dramatic spike in insulin.
When first starting out, be sure to not overdo it with the cayenne pepper; a light sprinkle can go a long way. Start with a very small amount to test out if you can handle the heat of the spice. If you can, start incorporating some into your meals. Again though, do not overdue it!
Ginger is a great additive that you can use when trying to lose weight and burn fat. Ginger aids in the digestive process, which in turn helps boost your metabolism. Having a bad digestive system can really slow down your body’s ability to burn fat (something we definitely want to avoid when trying to get six-pack abs!)
Ginger can help boost your metabolism by 20% according to one study because of the thermogenic response it has on the body. This is the reason why it shows great results in terms of fat loss.
If anything, by adding ginger to your diet you are aiding your digestive track, which in turn will help bring you better overall health.
You can consume ginger in a variety of ways including teas, ground, pickled, or raw. As with the other spices, don’t overdue it on the ginger. Your main focus should be on solid nutrition and a great workout plan to get your results. Ginger will simply help you in the process of losing fat and getting healthy.
Try and keep you ginger consumption between 500-750mg per day.
A few more fat burning spices:
- Black Pepper
As with the spices, monitor the amount you consume in a day. Simply add these spices to food when needed, do not overdo it!
Coffee is talked about a lot in the world of fat loss, but is it really the answer you are looking for? Lets take a look:
(Note: When I refer to coffee, I am referring to black coffee, straight espresso, or Americano’s. I am not referring to lattes, mochas, or any other kind of coffee drink that adds in extras. Those are the ones to stay away from!)
There are two main ways that coffee is shown to help with fat loss. The first is it suppresses your appetite meaning it makes you feel less hungry. Anything that makes you feel less hungry will ultimately have a direct result in aiding with weight loss. It is never advised, however, to suppress your appetite just so you can lose a few pounds. There is a much better way of doing things!
Weight loss and fat loss should happen naturally by focusing on eating whole, natural foods and engaging in high intensity workouts 3-5 times per week. This is where the real results will come!
Next, coffee is also linked to having thermogenic properties, which helps to burn more calories. The caffeine found in coffee helps boost your metabolism and the higher your metabolism is, the more calories you will burn.
There are, however, some definite side effects that can come along with drinking too much coffee. These can include nervousness, upset stomach, insomnia, and more. It is recommended you do not overdue it on the coffee or caffeine.
It is best to drink coffee for enjoyment purposes and in moderation.
Getting six-pack abs and getting in incredible shape starts with the foods you eat. You can then greatly speed up the process by adding in the correct kinds of workouts to the mix.
With everything that was covered in part six, this must be said: Although each of these “tricks” can help you burn more calories and maybe even a little more fat, the only way they can truly help is by combining them with tried and true methods for getting six-pack abs!
This means an awesome nutrition plan combined with doing the right kinds of workouts. All you should take with you today is the knowledge that there are some pretty powerful spices and natural stimulants out that that can help you in your process of getting healthy and achieving six-pack abs. Other than that, continue to focus on your nutrition and workouts, and results are guaranteed to follow!
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