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The 10 Best Foods for Flat Abs

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Salmon and Quinoa

9. Salmon

Seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These uber-healthy fats may help promote fat burning by making your metabolism more efficient, according to Kleiner. An Australian study showed that overweight people who ate fish daily improved their glucose-insulin response. Translated, this means that seafood may help slow digestion and prevent cravings. If that doesn't hook you, consider this: Seafood is an excellent source of abs-friendly protein.

Try for: Two four-ounce servings per week. Wild salmon, though pricey, contains more omega-3 fatty acids than farm-raised. (If it doesn't say wild, it's farm-raised.) If seafood's not your thing, you can get your omega-3's from flaxseed (grind and sprinkle on your cereal) or walnuts.

10. Quinoa

Never heard of it? Pronounced KEEN-wah, this whole grain contains 5 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per half cup. Cook it as you would any other grain (although some brands require rinsing). Quinoa's nutty flavor and crunchy-yet-chewy texture are like a cross between whole-wheat couscous and short-grain brown rice.

Try for: At least one half-cup serving (a third of your whole-grain requirements) per day. Try substituting AltiPlano Gold brand instant quinoa hot cereal (160 to 210 calories per packet), in Chai Almond and Spiced Apple Raisin, for oatmeal. Look for it in health-food stores.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, June 2006.


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alicemay1919 wrote:

Very true.

5/23/2014 02:32:22 PM Report Abuse
b2001shop wrote:

Some really great information. I seem to need occasional reminders on what is good to eat. Except for quinoa I like all foods mentioned.

5/3/2012 07:45:04 AM Report Abuse
gogail36 wrote:

I enjoyed reading this article very much it gave me great insight on food that i need for my everyday living, thanks so much your doing a teriffic job

4/25/2012 09:32:44 AM Report Abuse
sblake1966 wrote:

i have just completed a 31 day fat loss diet plan and lost 1 and a half stone easily with out any stupid exercise regime horrors at

4/17/2012 01:11:24 PM Report Abuse

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