Guide To Perfect Abs

Eating Your Way To Abs

When it comes to getting those flashy, A-list Abs, is your first choice to jump into that celebrity diet everyone’s been raving about? Where all they take is some exotic jungle juice?

Often times a quick five to ten pounds will come off, but then pretty soon your old eating habits come right back because of the drastic changes in your eating habits.

If you’re really dead set on knocking off those pounds via a diet, then you must make sure to be very devoted to it. Stick to something that you’ll be comfortable with. A Diet is a life-style, not a one-time shindig.

The Food


When you’re on a diet, you won’t be able to eat a lot of the things that you used to. It’s a sacrifice you have to be willing to make, but by the end of the day it’s all worth it. But don’t worry because the wonderful world of substitutes and alternatives are here to help.


In diets you might consume food you might not like a great deal and don’t find comforting or easy to stomach. But that’s why you need to have a diet that caters to your dietary needs.


You’re going to need to be happy and comfortable with it so that you won’t go quitting after a few days. Plus you’ll be working out an appetite because of all the strenuous activity, so you’ve got to love the food.


The very word Diet already calls for a horror movie worthy scream.  That’s because we have this idea of diets equating to bland food and starvation, which is definitely not the case. A diet is basically just a healthier packed plate with better portions.


Therefore it’s time to stop sitting in a party settling for celery sticks while all the other guests are having the time of their lives stuffing their faces with those crab puffs.


It’s time to stop hiding from the social scene as food is such a big part of how we interact. When there’s food presented that you’d love to eat

but can’t, simply because of the fear of having to sweat it out somehow while the others don’t have to worry about a thing, we feel stripped, alienated, alone and insecure. It’s time to stop feeling so because now, we’re trying to become better. A whole new healthier and happier person.


Studies have discovered dangers in the yo-yo diet cycle of slimming down. Gaining it back plus a bit more, losing, and gaining again. It’s stressful on the body to have wide sways in body weight. We think each time that we might not gain it back, but the statistics show that most of us will. And the idea as a whole is crazy and unsafe.


At the start the diet gives you a feel of control. You’re taking control of your eating patterns. You might witness success as the scale drops. But soon you’re fighting cravings for disallowed foods, as well as hunger twinges and a lack of energy from the lower calorie level. Finally you rise up against the diet and begin “cheating.” And before long you’re back to your midnight snacks and old tricks.


A relapse is something we’d all like to avoid.


Your body responds to fewer calories by decelerating your metabolism. Burning fewer calories daily is crucial in maintaining your body functions.


A slow, steady system is best to stick to. Don’t rush things as your body reacts to even the slightest changes. Taking care of our bodies is

of utmost importance. If you don’t impart exercise along with the diet, you’ll lose lean muscle mass as well as fat and water weight. When you lose muscle, your metabolic process is slowed even further and you’d have to eat even fewer calories per day to continue to slim down.

It takes a conscious effort to take a step-up with exercise when on a diet. If you don’t exercise then you’ll fall off of the diet, and dreadfully, the weight will come back on even quicker, as your body is burning fewer calories per day. Even worse, the weight will return as fat instead of the muscle you lost. Your body will look even less lean and healthy as it did before.


That is why every diet needs to have a harmonious relationship with exercise.


Your opening move to improve your health and appearance is to start daily exercise. The exercise doesn’t have to be intense. Pick things you would like to do such as walking, biking, or swimming. Gets your body going most days of the week, leaving a day for resting up from all the toning processes your body is going through.


Find a 100-calorie change you are able to make for this week. Perhaps it’s drinking one less can of cola daily, or having fat-free milk in your coffee instead of cream.

Grab a baked potato instead of that unhealthy bag of chips, or a small plate of apple and cheese instead of that butter cream cupcake. Make a 100-calorie change weekly for the next 6 weeks and you’ll have made a significant alteration in your eating habits.


Don’t think in terms of being deprived of the food you love, because instead you are eliminating calories you could do so much better without. By making these alterations, you are able to tip your energy balance to building and upholding lean muscle while burning and dropping off fat. Now isn’t that just music to your ears?


This will be gradual instead of dramatic. You will eventually notice clothes fitting looser, your waistline shrinking, and your energy level greater. Time to go shopping for that new suite you’ve been dying to get into!


Friends who haven’t seen you in awhile will be struck by the difference. Best of all, you didn’t suffer through a grueling diet, but you fed your body right with better food options and great exercise. Way to go champ!


Golden Honey Oat Bread Recipe


1 1/4 cups and 2 tablespoons water, room temperature (70 to 90°F.)

1/2 cup rolled oats or barley flakes

1/4 cup flax seed cracked

2 cups unbleached flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten

1 tablespoon powdered milk

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast

2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons salt




Equipment: A 9 by 5 inch/ 7 cup bread pan, coated lightly with cooking spray. A baking stone set toward the bottom rung and a cast-iron pan on the floor of the oven.


Step 1: Make the dough (Bread Machine)

In the bread machine container, combine water, oats, and cracked flax and mix to moisten. Then let sit covered for a minimum of 15 minutes.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, gluten, powdered milk, and yeast.


Add the honey, and oil to the oat mixture and then the flour mixture. Mix 3 minutes and allow to rest for 20. If your bread machine always restarts with a 3 minute mix allow it to do so while adding the salt and then go into the kneading cycle for 4 minutes. If it starts with the kneading cycle also run it for 4 minutes, adding the salt at the beginning of the kneading cycle.

Step 2: Let the dough rise about 1 1/2 inches higher than the sides of the pan. Using the plastic box and hot water it takes 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. At a cooler temperature it will take longer. Meantime preheat the oven for a minimum of 40 minutes.

Step 4: Slash and bake the bread

If you like the look of a bread with a slash down the middle, with a sharp knife or straight edged razor blade, make a 1/2 inch deep slash down the top of the dough. You can also leave it unslashed. Mist the dough with water, quickly but gently set the baking sheet on the hot stone or hot baking sheet and toss 1/2 cup of ice cubes into the pan beneath. Immediately shut the door, lower the temperature to 375ºF/190ºC, and bake 20 minutes. Turn the dough around, tent, and continue baking 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. (An instant read thermometer inserted into the center will read about 205°F.)


Step 5: Cool the bread

Unmold the bread onto a wire rack and allow it to cool, top-side-up until barely warm.

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How Oats Help

Eating oats to enhance good health

is not something new but has been practice through time. Oats is a very simple ingredient with far reaching positive effects and benefits.


Oats within a diet plan provides a wide range of important health benefits which cannot be duplicated by any other food item singularly. Being a significant dietary fiber source, oats consists of soluble and half soluble fibers which help to keep blood cholesterol levels effectively under control.


Some of the areas where oats has been known to be beneficial are in improving heart conditions, regulating blood sugar levels, functioning as anti cancer fighters, keeping blood pressure under control, maintaining regular and healthy bowel functions, helping in weight control, boosting athletic performances, and in general health and longevity.

Oats is also a food item that is rather hardy and can be grown in poor soil conditions which is of course another plus in terms of its availability. The various processes that the oat has to be subjected to before it reaches the dining table does not cause its nutritional value to decrease rather it is able to maintain its concentrated high fiber and nutrient base.


Oats can be a great day starter in the form of a piping bowl of oatmeal which can be more flavorful with the addition of fresh fruits, nuts or the dried fruits variety. It can also be used to make oat meal cookies which are usually a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Breads and muffins can also have the addition of healthy oats to it as with poultry stuffing too.

Black Bean Salad


The Salad – (I try to keep the cuts not too much bigger than the beans & corn – for appearance & to get a little of everything in a spoonful)

2 lbs. black beans (I have a pressure cooker, but go ahead, use 2 15 oz. cans, well-rinsed.)

2 lbs. cooked sweet corn, cut from the cob (OK, you can use 2 – 15 oz. cans of whole kernel corn or 2 lbs. of frozen corn, drained)

8 green onions, diced

2 cloves garlic, large, minced

2-3 jalapeno peppers, cleaned, diced (more if you like)

1 green Bell pepper, cleaned, diced (I also sometimes add a small sweet red pepper, for both sweetness & color)

1 ripe avocado, large, pitted, peeled and diced

1 jar (4 oz) pimentos, drained

3 tomatoes, seeded & diced

1C fresh cilantro, chopped

Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste

The Dressing

3 T fresh lime juice

2 T fresh orange juice

2-1/2 tsp lime zest

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste




Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Season with the salt & pepper. Whisk the dressing vigorously to incorporate. Add the dressing to the salad and gently toss to combine everything. Chill until ready to serve. Lightly toss again prior to serving.


Prepare this salad at least 4 hours prior to serving to let everything – except the avocado – marry joyfully in the bowl.


You do want to let the avocado bathe in the lime juice of the dressing – better presentation that way, and you can store the avocado pieces in a small container. Then, pour the dressing off the avocado and mix the salad with the dressing, then dress the top of the salad with the avocado pieces at service.


Very pretty dish & the absence of any oil seems to make all the veggies sparkle in a light citrus glow. You want this salad well chilled, but if you don’t bathe the avocados in the dressing first, they will end up looking like grey lumps of pork as the air hits them.

How Black Beans Can Help


As more and more people become aware of this particular food called the black bean the interest in it has also become heightened. Originating from Mexico and very much a part of the South American diet, these black beans have been proven to be quite a nutritionally pack food group indeed. Today it is popularly found in most restaurants and homes in various forms such as salads, staples and other delicious dishes. 

The black beans consists of high protein and fiber contents and is considered very nourishing as both these essential elements are present within one food item. Fiber and proteins are considered very important to the wholesome function of a healthy body. Besides this it also has flavonoid anti oxidants content which assist the body avoid oxygen related damage. Black beans also consists of omega 3 fatty acids and has a high nutritional value.

Black beans are also very easy to incorporate into most meals as it has a basic flavor of rich smokiness, which gives added character to any dish. The velvet texture, shape and color hold well during cooking and makes for a very interesting looking ingredient indeed.