If you have ever been around a gym much or talked to many bodybuilders – they have a saying that you may have heard before.

Great abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym!

Basically what that means is that you will only get to see your magnificent abs if you consistently watch what you eat.
Is it a true statement? DEFINITELY!

Does Diet Make That Much Difference on my 6 Pack if I Exercise Enough?

You can bust your ass at a gym all day long and train until you feel like your heart is going to explode out of your chest or your muscles are on fire, and you cannot even lift yourself. But if you have a crap diet and eat whatever you feel like or is convenient at the time, then all your efforts will be for naught. You will never see six pack abs, even though you will be fit and in shape.

Why is this, you ask?
For us guys to see our 6 pack abs, we need to have a body fat percentage of around 10 percent or lower.
Even if you happen to be one of the guys that were blessed with great genetics, you will want to have 11-12 percent or less.

The calories that you intake count, you need to have a diet that is healthy for you and clean.
Does this mean that you can never eat the foods you want again? Of course not.

How Often Can I Cheat On My Diet and Have a Six Pack?

You can have a single cheat day per week or so where you decide ‘stuff it; I’m going to go crazy today!’ In fact, it’s recommended by quite a few fitness experts that you do just that.
Have one day a week where you decide to eat a pizza or whatever suits you; it will help keep you motivated, make you a happier person, and assist in boosting your metabolism so that your body does not go into a starvation mode.

The rest of the week you’ll want to try to stick with single ingredient foods, meaning you will want to avoid processed foods such as pasta, pizza, burgers, and such as much as possible.
Single ingredient foods would be things like broccoli (my fav!!), chicken breasts, fruits, almonds, etc. While it may sound a bit cliché, these are the foods that will help you get that long sought after six pack.
You need to make sure you maintain the right proportion of proteins, fats, and carbs – and they need to come from healthy sources.

So What Are The Foods I Should Regularly Avoid To Keep My Body Toned?

There are some foods that you absolutely want to avoid while on your quest for washboard abs, because not only do they add on loads of calories, they really are not good for you to begin with.

White flour products being at the top of the list of foods to avoid – high glycemic index foods such as pastries, bread, cakes, and white rice, to name a few.
When you consume foods such as these, your body will trigger an insulin response and when your insulin levels spike it works against your body’s fat burning process. You want to try to maintain as steady of a level of insulin in your body as possible.

Soda’s, whether diet or regular (yes even diet), will work against your goals.
Many people have reported on the ill effects of aspartame and what it does to your body, and while nothing is proven yet, why take the chance when you’re working so hard?
Just drink water, your body needs plenty of water anyway, and it helps your body to metabolize the fats.

Are Dairy Products OK?

There tends to be a pretty divided opinion as to whether or not dairy products such as milk or yogurt actually can hurt or help you in your weight loss or fat burning endeavors. I’ve looked around, and I can find as many articles for it as I can that are against it.
I typically like having a glass of milk or a small portion of Greek yogurt in the morning.

I would say that if you are in doubt – go with water.
Otherwise, try what works best for you, remembering that small portions are better than going crazy on them.
If you eat yogurt, get Greek yogurt instead of other kinds that are loaded with extra sugar.

Deep down most of us know what foods are healthy and which ones we should try our utmost to avoid. Junk food, pasta, pizza, candy, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, and yes, even that triple-decker burger with extra cheese and bacon… we know.

What makes your journey to having 6-pack abs so difficult is that you will have to make sacrifices along the way if it were effortless, then all of us would already be walking around and showing them off.

Keep at it, maintain your discipline and determination.

Get past the now and look to your future.

Nobody ever says the next day that they wish they had eaten the lasagna instead of a salad, the foods you avoid in the now you can look forward to on your cheat day instead.

In the end, that quite elusive six pack abs will be yours, but only if you are willing to put in the work and effort!