The Best Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The Best Tasting and Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The old adage that abs are made in the kitchen is very true according to the trainer that I just hired. I’m currently working on my getting rid of the dad bod that I worked hard to form over the winter drinking beer and blowing off the gym. 

I eat pretty healthily but my caloric nemesis is the craft beers that I love the hell out of. Naturally, my trainer suggested that I give up beer entirely until I got to my goal weight but I am not going to give up beer for life. 

Before starting my rigorous routine the following week, I decided that I should figure out a game plan for my beer. After testing several beers I compiled a list of the lowest-calorie beers that don’t taste like garden hose water was the main ingredient. 

Here is a list of the best tasting craft beers that are low-carb and lower in calories. You can thank me later. 

New Belgium Glütiny Pale Ale 

At just 150 calories and 10 grams of carbs, it’s hard to believe that you’re drinking a craft brew. Lots of flavors and it doesn’t taste too light. Most of the gluten has been removed so that your gluten-free friends can have one as well. I was also able to find it at restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and it’s currently only available in the bottle. Just be aware that the ABV is 6 percent and with its smooth taste you might just grab a buzz. 

Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA  

The lively hops will make you hoppy but you will really make you excited is that its only 140 calories. Plus, if you are really into New-England style IPAs, you should be drinking this whether you care about carbs or not. It was one of my favorites because it wasn’t too bitter and you won’t get hammered with an ABV of 4.7. 

Left Hand Brewing’s Saison au Ble de Minuit 

I am not a huge fan of stouts but if you are feeling one this will cut down your caloric intake quite a bit. At 199 calories and an ABV of 6.8 percent you will still get the alcohol you like in a stout but with at least 100 calories or less. 

Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White

I have been a super fan of this beer and was shit happy when I found out it only had 159 calories and an ABV of 5.1 percent. Drinks like a light wheat beer with plenty of creamy flavor—no orange needed. This wheat will become your new favorite beach beer this summer.

Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner

This solid but light pilsner is only 160 calories and has an ABV at 5.3 percent. This beer is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit, a touch of hop and even some spice. The mermaid on the can will also make you not want to use a koozie. 

Sweetwater Brewing’s 429 Extra Pale Ale

I used to drink the hell out of this West Coast-style beer when I lived in Atlanta and it’s still as good as I remember. The centennial hops coupled with grapefruit is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing it’s only 168 calories. Oh, and an ABV of 5.7 percent means you can handle it. 

Cheers! 

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Getting ripped abs is a dedication that actually starts at the dinner table not the gym and if you’ve busted your ass trying to get them, you will want to keep them by avoiding these foods at the Thanksgiving table. 

Refrain from refined grains.  There are actually great gains for gaining muscle and good carbs but it’s the refined grains that could cause fat to find its way your gut. So what are refined grains? Well, they are likely to be in your white-buttered rolls or white, fluffy rices and pastas. If they make their to your plate, just keep passing.

Beer and soda.   Soda and beers contain not only those tiny bubbles that will bloat you out in your favorite pants but will keep you feeling bloated the whole meal. There is also a shit ton of sugar in sodas so why waste those calories on a drink? If you want some alcohol with your meal, stick to a white wine that is dry. 

Mashed potatoes.   This is a tough one to pass on. Potatoes and especially white ones have a higher glycemic index than sugar! Why? Well, blame is on the amount of starch that white potatoes contain which is no good for maintaining those abs. If you must have some, a little dollop for taste will do. Otherwise, reach for the green beens instead. 

Processed sugars.   By now, we have all heard the word “processed” in our foods. Well, pre-packaged foods that sit on shelves and never age can age your body pretty fast. Many of these processed foods HAVE to contain sugar and sodium so they can stick to its shelf life. If it comes in a package and doesn’t spoil for several months or until the end of time, just avoid it. It’s better to go for fresh-baked cookies and keep em’ to a minimum. 

Don’t drop your workout routine.   It’s easy to skip out on workout routines when they are abruptly interrupted by family obligations or family drama. This is can especially challenging if you are traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even if you are not “killing it” during these workouts, it’s easier to return to your normal routine when you are not completely MIA at a gym. Here’s a blog on how to get those six-pack abs in case you don’t have them but want them.

As always, never start a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician first. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and kick-ass abs.

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

Get rid of that beer gut and get that six pack transformed in the form of ripped abs. If you’ve been struggling with getting rid of the spare tire and building at least a four-pack of abs, you are probably doing it wrong. 

Your abs are what you eat:

There is a saying among the fitness industry that abs are made in the kitchen—not the gym. In fact, it’s most likely what you drink that is keeping you from getting rock hard. The biggest liquid calorie culprits are alcholic drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks. Love your smoothies? Try replacing them with dark-green veggies instead and avoid heavy carb-loaded meals such as pasta. 

More is not better it’s actually worse:

Quality over quantity is best when you working your abs. In fact, the best formula is an ab exercise that is only 15-20 reps. You also want to treat these exercises like upper body or leg days. YOU DON’T DO THEM EVERY DAY! It’s best to consult with a professional trainer that can make sure you are doing them right and avoiding injury but to get you started here is a handy blog on ab exercises.

Sit-ups and crunches will only crush your results:

As we mentioned in the above paragraph, quality over quantity. Ask a fitness professional about crunches and they likely tell you that you are wasting your time. Instead, focus on the proper form and aforementioned reps of 15-20. 

Be wary of fat burning pills:

Fat burning pills can be effective for losing fat but they can also eat away at the muscle you are busting your ass to get. It’s best to avoid them and get on a proper diet plan that compliments your efforts. Seriously, resist the urge. 

Prep your meals:

Once you have put together a good meal plan you will want to make sure you stick to it. By preparing your meals ahead of time and having them on hot standby, you can ensure that you will not wander too far and start scarfing down shitty foods like pizzas, and greasy burgers. In fact, one tip is to shop the outside of the grocery store. This where meats, dairies, veggies and the freshest foods with less additives and sugars are stocked. Typically, the inside aisles are full of processed crap that will throw off your goals. 

Lastly, don’t starve yourself or beat yourself up too much if you went out and head a few beers and a burger. Get back to the business of rock hard abs. 

As always: consult your physician before starting any new diet or exercise plan. 

 

3 Ways to Get Six Pack Abs Before Summer

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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.