Aside from exercise, a clean-eating plan is your most important element when it comes to encouraging your abs to show themselves. Instead of opting for a trendy diet, choose something that feels sustainable to you for the long haul. As a general rule of thumb, 50 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from carbohydrates (think: complex grains and starchy veggies), 25 percent should come from lean protein (hello, tuna!), and 25 percent from fats (avocado, anyone?).
For carbs, add things like brown rice, bulgur wheat, rolled oats, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and parsnips to your grocery list. Protein can come in the form of fish like tuna or salmon, chicken, ground turkey, and eggs. You’ll find good fats in everything from almond butter to avocados and cashews.You may not want to hear this, but to make the most of eating clean, it’s smart to cut down on alcohol. And sugar. Sorry!