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Summer is coming and there still is time to get those rock-hard abs that you want to sport at the beach. Believe it or not, lurking beneath the surface are washboard abs that are dying to come out—IF you try these workout and diet tips. 

Many men spend countless hours at the gym and still fall short in the abs department. These tips are for guys that have never stepped foot in a gym in the last few months or those that hit it regularly.  

Diet:   Your diet plays a very important role as much as working out on a regular basis. Avoid Ab dietdairy and bring on the lean proteins. Proteins help burn body fat and produces what’s called a thermogenic effect. Experts also tout eating the right KIND of carbs post workout. This includes: steal-cut oatmeal or brown rice. And don’t forget to accompany those lean proteins with two sides of veggies such as spinach or broccoli. Check out these tasty recipes to get started. 

Fat is your friend:   Before you go out and buy a couple of packages of bacon, it’s more
beneficial to eat GOOD fats. Healthy fats can be found in fish (salmon makes a nice lean protein), raw nuts and olive oil. In fact, raw nuts make the perfect midday snack to quell your hunger and olive oil can be easily subbed in place of butter.
Dodge processed foods at all costs. Dietary experts advise doing your grocery shopping on the outside of the aisles since fresh foods such as meats and veggies surround aisles filled with starchy, artificial products.

Do More than Crunches:   Don’t waste your time doing thousands of sit-ups and crunches. Experts recommend 20 minutes of exercises devoted to your core two to three times per week. Our readers found these exercises to be the most effective.  

No one said it was going to be easy, but the good news is men have a much easier time getting those abs to surface and getting them to surface quickly. One great benefit to a strong core is that it elevates every other activity where you would need stamina to perform. 

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