Technically everyone has a 6-pack. It’s called the rectus-abdominis muscle, and your
abdominals are very important for posture, walking, and they come into play in other areas
of your life that will be left unsaid. To reveal that set of musculature, you can do 2 things: 1)
abdominal exercises 2) lose your belly fat. Belly fat, or visceral fat, is the most dangerous fat
to have, because it overlies your internal organs unlike subcutaneous fat which is just under
your skin. Visceral fat has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack. (Google: “the dangers of
visceral fat.”) This fat can be lost via diet and exercise.
- Bowl of health cereal (e.g., honey bunches of oats, raisin bran, any other cereal high in fiber)
- 1 piece of fruit (e.g., 1 apple or orange)
- Water (stay away from juices, as they’re high in sugar and little else)
- 1 plate of rice and beans with pepper stew. Try to limit portions, as you can eat a healthy meal but ruin it by eating too much.
- 1 plate of pounded yam or eba with egusi and fish. Fish has fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you.
- Remember to be careful about your portion sizes!
Check back for Part 2: Exercise