Hours of crunches, planks, weights and cardio are never going to give you a six pack to die for if you’re covering them with a layer of fat.
However, that said, the perfect diet isn’t going to give you a six pack either, if you spend every day slouched on your sofa watching TV.
In reality, your perfect body is made with a combination of exercise and eating well.
Eating well doesn’t mean dieting or not eating, it simply means we need to be mindful of what we are putting in our mouths, and perhaps educate ourselves a little more too.
A healthy meal should ideally be 30% fat, 30% fibre and 40% carbohydrates.
This ensures your sugar levels remain regular and you won’t get that mid morning or mid afternoon dip that leads to binges and sugary snacks.
Eating a high protein breakfast sets you up for the day, waking your metabolism, and again, prevents unhealthy mid morning snacks when your body hits starvation mode.
If you are extremely active, or have a high metabolism and do become hungry between meals, try to opt for healthy snacks which will fill you up.
By ridding of fizzy drinks and sugary snacks, you are allowing your body to work more efficiently.
Too much sugar in your system is converted to fat if it cannot be instantly used as fuel, resulting in weight gain, as well as increasing your chance of getting diabetes.
This type of fat is often stored around your stomach too, meaning not only are those abs going to stay covered, but you’re more at risk of heart disease too.
Snacks such as grains, vegetables, nuts and fruits are a great option to keep sugar levels steady.
As well as protein-rich meals, meals with a high healthy fat content are ideal for keeping you fuller for longer, without encouraging a bulge.
Unsaturated fats can be found in nuts, avocado and salmon.
Fat isn’t the devil it is made out to be.
As long as it is eaten in moderation, it is key to a healthy balanced diet.
Quite possibly one of the biggest crimes we commit when it comes to mealtime, is forgetting to eat at all.
Sometimes people try to save calories by not eating one or more of their meals.
Although you are potentially consuming less calories when you do this, you are also slowing down your metabolism, meaning when you do start eating again, your body will not burn the calories at the rate it was burning them before.
You also risk binge eating again.
Being hungry can also make you feel stressed, as it raises your levels of cortisol, meaning you may gain weight as your body stores fats when it is stressed.
You also need to ensure you remain hydrated throughout the day.
Drinking water aids digestion, meaning it helps to prevent bloating and keeps your metabolism regular.
In short, regular exercise, a healthy diet, plenty of water and less refined sugar and alcohol, and that beach body will be yours.