WICKS’ DIET TRICKS

Work­ing out is but half the bat­tle. Make this sum­mer your lean­est yet by adding Joe Wicks’ go-to in­gre­di­ents to your shop­ping list. Con­sider them your tools for to­tal re­con­struc­tion

Men's Health (UK) - - 7/17 Your Summer Starts Here -

Our cover star shares his six in­gre­di­ents for lean abs. Mid­get trees in­cluded. Nat­u­rally

CRUSH YOUR CRAV­INGS

Nuts are a great way to in­tro­duce healthy fats into your diet, and Wicks makes al­monds his sta­ple. Com­par­a­tively low in calo­ries – a 10-nut serv­ing has roughly 60 calo­ries with 2g of carbs – their fi­bres sta­bilise blood sugar and re­duce hunger, ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion. A win­ning strat­egy for your abs as­pi­ra­tions.

OIL THE EN­GINE

No #Leanin15 video is com­plete without Wicks chuck­ing a spoon of co­conut oil into the pan. And he’s onto some­thing: 60% of the oil’s fats are MCTS, which quickly con­vert to en­ergy. They’re a bit like carbs in that sense, but won’t im­pact blood sugar. A study by the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion found that sub­jects who used MCT oils, in­stead of olive oil, lost more body fat, too.

STAY FIT FOR PUR­POSE

Min­imise missed work­outs by fol­low­ing Wicks’ lead and adding star anise to your cur­ries. It’s a source of shikimic acid, which a study in the Jour­nal of Med­i­cal Virol­ogy found con­trib­utes to im­proved im­mune func­tion. It’ll sup­port pro­tein ab­sorp­tion, too, ac­ti­vat­ing di­ges­tive en­zymes that help your body process the mus­cle-fu­elling macronu­tri­ent.

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